So we are a little while into 2021, and so far the world has not completely folded in on itself, so that must be good news, right?
I had for the last two weeks been very steadfast in saying that this year I was not going to make any resolutions, outside of the specific plans and goals that I have set myself for my side-business. And yet, here I am now sitting on my couch, wrapped up in a blanket, before the youngest realizes that I am awake, and writing a blog post about my intentions (which to me sound a lot like resolutions).
Here they go anyway:
Participate in more KALs I joined the Fasten Off Yarnalong towards the end of 2020, and it was so much fun. Since Ravelry released their new design, which made the site inaccessible to many crafters, I have only spent functional time on the site, rather than scrolling through the groups and reading threads. So even though I was never a big participant in the forums, I felt like I was missing some of the community that I felt part of by reading. With the YAL, we had a Discord Chat, but it was still all easy going and slow-paced and I really appreciated that. Now for January, there is going to be the Cassiopeia KAL, which is run by three wonderful women living in the West of Ireland. It's for the Cassiopeia Shawl by Evin O'Keefe, which was part of the Planetary Sisters countdown calendar, so I already have the perfect yarn ready to go. It kicks off on the 20th, so you still have some time to sign up if you want to join.
Make more for myself This is a big one. Right now, a lot of my knitting time is taken up either by something I am making for other members of my family, or by a design I am working on. During the YAL, I got the taste for purely selfish knitting when I made the gorgeous Syncopation Shawl because I decided that I needed to learn how to do Brioche right there and then. Now every time I wear it, which is a lot because it's so cozy and Ireland has gotten cold, I'm reminded how much fun knitting for myself is. Which brings me straight to my next point:
Have more WIPs I know, this one is probably counterintuitive for some people, but I currently am (almost) monogamous in my knitting. Right now, there is one lace shawl on my needles, and some socks, which I will need to most likely frog, because they were an epic fail. The lace shawl is very intricate, and doesn't make good TV knitting, so that disqualifies half of my knitting time. My intention for 2021 is to have more projects at the same time, so that when any of them become too bold and need to be put in timeout, there is another one there, that can easily take its place.
Enjoy my stash I was about to write as a fourth point "Don't buy new yarn until I've worked down my stash", but then I just laughed at that. Honestly, my stash makes me happy right now, just being able to look at it and see the potential in every skein.
What are your intentions for the year? Do you want to make more time for your knitting?