10 New Years Resolutions for Knitters – Patty Lyons

It’s that time of year again. Time to reflect and think about your year. A few years ago I wrote my own list of “Knitter’s New Year’s Resolution“, but this year . . . I’ve put together a list for all of you.

Let me know about your

New Years Resolutions for Knitters

1) Learn a New Skill

Knitting is a never ending journey. There is so much to learn. This year I want to dig deeper into new constructions and color-work.

What do you want to learn? I hope to see you in a live class this year (I’ll be all over the country!), but if not, you can take a live streaming class, or a video lesson.

2) Give Back

Share your amazing talents by knitting or crocheting for charity. There are so many organizations in need. Here’s a nice list of crochet charities, and knitting charities.

3) Love Your LYS

Having spent 7 years working in 2 yarn stores, I can tell you it’s the hardest job in the world! Take the time to visit your local yarn store.

4) Knit a Sweater

This one is near and dear to my heart. I’m a sweater knitter. I love it. I have since I was a new knitter because nobody told me “it was hard”, so . . . I just took it one step at a time. I hear all the time from knitters “maybe next year”, or “I’m not good enough yet”. NONSENSE! Make this be your year. If you want to be walked through each step of a sweater, join me in one of my sweater classes with hours of videos.

5) Join a Group

Knitting is social! In addition to the fun of a Ravelry group, I also have a free community group on my education platform. Want to meet up with folks IRL, check your LYS to see if there’s a knit night. How about a Meet Up? Did you know there are over 900 groups!

6) Finish those WIPs

You loved it enough to cast on . . . how about finishing that bad boy? It will feel sooo good!

7) Get Over Castonitis

On the other hand . . . give yourself a break if you have multiple projects going at once. I’m a big believer in the challenge project, the mindless project, the big project, and the tiny one.

8) Forget Speed

There’s WAY too much focus on knitting faster. Slow down . . . knit mindfully, knit well, knit comfortably, knit happily. All of these are more important then knit faster!

9) Don’t Forget Your Stash

You loved it when you bought it. Try alternating new loves and old. We all love to buy new yarn (and we need to in order to keep our LYS in biz!), but don’t forget about your old friends. Try stash busting every other project.

10) SWATCH!!!!!!!!!!

If you know me at all, you know how I feel about this. What do we love to do? Knit! What do we have to do to make a swatch? KNIT!!! Remember it is not a pass fail test. You are making a fabric swatch. You are test driving it. Don’t believe me? Join me in one of my gauge classes!

Have a great knitting year.

Leave me a comment and let me know what your Knitter’s Resolutions are for 2023.

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