With the new year rolling in, I got to thinking what my knitting new years resolutions are. 2013 was a big year for me knitting-wise. I discovered that knitting is my one true passion, and that I want to knit as a career. I pushed myself more than ever in 2013. I tried patterns that I didn't think that I could do, I read up on techniques I wanted to learn more about, and I started to create my own patterns. I made my first stuffed animal - which was so much fun that I made another. I made my first pair of socks! And for the first time ever I had most of my Christmas gifts done by Christmas!
I've started some serious knitting momentum in 2013, and I don't want that to slow down this year. So I'm going to make some clear goals for the next year to make sure that I keep growing as a knitter.
1. Find a better way to store my yarn. Right now It's in a big ugly plastic box, and some more smaller wicker boxes. This one is going to be hard with where I live now, but once I move into a new place this summer I will make my yarn a priority!
2. Along with that - find a better way to store my needles. I'm pretty organized at storing my needles. I have a case where I keep most of my circular and straight needles, and a pouch where I keep the rest, but I'm not entirely happy with that arrangement. I love knitting needles - they're beautiful! I want them to be on display. So my goal for 2014 is to find a creative and beautiful way to store all of my knitting needles.
3. Knit more lace. Lace is a whole branch of knitting that I have not yet explored. The most that I've done are simple yo's and k2tog - basic eyelets - but I haven't followed a lace chart or really done anything very advanced. My goal for this next year is to explore lace knitting. I don't know if this will happen this year, but it's my dream to knit Girisole by Brooklyn Tweed.
4. Knit more colorwork. Colorwork is another branch of knitting that I haven't really explored. I've done stripes and basic slip stitch patterns that play with color, but I've actually never done intarsia or fair isle. I don't know why because I absolutely love the way fair isle looks. Needless to say, I need to jump in head first this year. Thus, my next goal is...
5. Knit a sweater with a fair isle yoke. Such a classic technique, and it looks so gorgeous. I've never done fair isle and I've never done a sweater with a circular yoke, so I'm excited about this goal! Now for picking out the colors and yarn...
6. Publish 2 knitting ebooks. I have two books in the works right now: an Introduction to Knitting book, and Sexy Knits! I'm so excited to finish these babies and share them with the world, so stay tuned!