After the limited quantities of yarn that came in this year (by comparison to previous years) as well as the Great Destash, I feel myself craving very few purchases. But that doesn’t mean grabby hands aren’t looming, especially with the allowance of superwash once again. I need to mitigate that.
After the success and rewards of 2016, I feel another weighty goal is necessary for 2017. Something with similar motivation. Something that presents a similar challenge. Something that taps into my overall goals for 2017.
After much consideration, here are my goals for 2017:
- No Nylon (or synthetics).
Nylon is a polymer – a plastic basically. And that means it is a petroleum based product. In light of the stand off at Standing Rock and the Trudeau government approving two of three proposed pipelines, I feel the need more than ever to reduce my use of petroleum based products. And this action just makes sense to me. I’m not a sock knitter and should I become one, I already own heaps of yarn with nylon. Wool wears well and suits the majority of my preferred knitting. Plus, it is biodegradable!
- Work from the stash you LOVE.
While I truly adore my stash and don’t think I could bear to part with any more of it, it’s still substantial. And abundant. That means I need to make a concerted effort to utilize it. Many patterns are populating my Ravelry queue that I want to knit, that I have reserved the yarn to knit, and it’s high time I do so. Ever wonder how long you could knit, if you just knit from stash?
Gross, right? Just me?
The hoarder stands alone.
- One purchase of Superwash yarn is allowed prior to Knit City 2017.
(That’s October 1st and 2nd)
While I tried to block out much of the incredible colourways being created by seriously talented dyers for the bulk of 2016 (survival techniques, yo), I have begun stalking a few and I need to scratch the itch. And yup, I will adhere to goal number one for the year when I do place the order. This is basically to ensure that I don’t fall off the wagon which is goal number two with a thud.
- The built in loophole: Yarn for Softsweater testknits is permitted*.
*Provided I don’t have appropriate yarn in my stash.
(That’s a fairly substantial proviso!)
I am a pretty big fan of Sylvia, the magician behind Softsweater Knits. Over the course of 2016, I was fortunate to build a friendship with her and cheer on the publication of her first book, Shawl Joy. Plus, I just freaking love her designs. I love lace knitting. I love the rustic yarns that inspire her. They just suit me and I wear her creations a lot. An inordinate amount of time has been spent mulling over this loophole over. I discussed it with my husband and nearly wrote a pro/con list. When I realized it would look like this:
Pro: I LOVE her patterns. I LOVE knitting them. I LOVE wearing them.
Con: I’d probably buy the yarn anyway so…fail.
I thought it reasonable to allow for it.
Who’s Type A? Seriously.
- Embark upon a new knitterly path.
It’s vague, I know.
An idea has been percolating for a while now and recently a further aspect of it struck me. It’s vital to me that I explore this further and get this idea into motion. Once it has legs, I will share more.
Onward into 2017, I look forward to new lessons garnered. I anticipate a struggle and welcome the reward.
Onward into 2017, I feel a renewed passion for knitting. I wonder what the year ahead will bring to my outlook on yarn and this craft.
Onward into 2017, I wish you lessons, passion, and reward. May you find success in your goals and what you endeavour to do. Wishing you oodles of cheer & a very Happy New Year! xo