10 goals for a new year (and decade!) of knitting
It’s a new year and a new decade! A time of reflection, and a time to set some new goals…
A decade ago I could knit- all be it only stocking stitch. It was always very neat, and at one point I even started knitting my mum a toy pug. (Let’s not dwell on the fact its half-finished in my childhood bedroom. Maybe I’ll add it to my list of half-done projects that I really must finish! Sorry mum…)
I didn’t really carry on in my teens, occasionally doing some with my mum, but I never actually made a piece. When I finished university in 2018, I was confused, depressed and unsure. I started full-time work but needed to find a hobby for my days off.
So I picked up some knitting needles, bought a ball of wool from flying tiger, and I knitted a scarf. It was very simple, but it started a passion in me! All of a sudden I was knitting more scarves and hats.
Then for Christmas, my parents bought me a Wool and The Gang knitting kit. It was the ‘Eden Jumper‘ a raglan sleeved, high necked jumper. I was so nervous to start it; how could I possibly make a jumper??? But I did, and I learnt so many skills in the process.
I have since gone on to make more jumpers, gloves, socks, cowls, cardigans, and baby clothes. I’ve even created my own patterns and tested other peoples. My skillset has grown tremendously, and I’ve loved everything I’ve tried.
Not only did knitting become a hobby to fill my time, but it also became something I invested my time into. It helped me to relax.
As I gain more knowledge and become a more skilful knitter, I need more focus on my projects and time spent knitting.
So when could be a better a time to gain focus than the start of a new year, and the start of a new decade.
Knit my first adult cardigan/ master cabling!
My parents bought me the Robinson Cardigan for Christmas and I am so excited to attempt cabling. It’s something I keep putting off as I’m worried I won’t be able to do it. At least in the new year I’ll be forced too!
Knit my Christmas presents
As well as my Christmas cardigan, I was given a lovely pair of socks to knit. I have knitted a pair of socks before, however this time it is far more complex. They have a lovely ruffle around the edge and they’re sparkly!
Really start to design my own patterns
I have so many ideas for baby clothes, hats and scarfs which (fingers crossed) I’ll be able to sell early this decade! There is a whole baby clothing theme that I have in my head, so I am hoping I can bring it all to life!
Sell my first item on Etsy
Surely this is the dream of every avid knitter? Make something that somebody would actually want/ pay money for? I am often filled with a huge amount of self-doubt, but hopefully, as I become more experienced, people may actually use and wear my designs!
Visit more craft fairs
I love craft fairs. Seeing things that local people have made, I find it so inspiring. I would love to eventually have a stall at a craft fair.
Start blogging regularly on my website
Now this is a big one for me. I don’t know if people will enjoy my writing, or if anyone will ever read these, but I love doing it.
I have always loved journaling and the community on Instagram, so why not combine my love of them into a blog!
Give more handmade gifts
As I grow ever more environmentally conscious, I am also beginning to truly appreciate handmade gifts. They’re always so thoughtful and so much time is put into them.
Grow my knitstagram
Now I don’t just mean followers when I say this. There are so many people on Instagram who I talk to and the whole community feel is amazing. I am always so inspired by what I see. I would love it if I could connect with more and more people. This new year would be a perfect opportunity for that!
Okay so there is no way I am ever going to get my head around crochet. I get tangled and confused after two minutes. I am going to try and set aside the time, (and patience) to do more than just a granny square. (Or maybe a more interesting granny square!)
Invest into more eco-friendly yarns
There are so many different yarns made from new eco-friendly fibres, and also from recycled textiles. I always aim to be as environmentally conscious as possible, so there’s no better place than in my craft!
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my life! Do you have any goals for the new year and the next decade? Let me know in the comment section below!
Until next time… Em x