Setting goals helps guide and focus energy and allows us to sustain the momentum we set for our lives. Goal setting also promotes our sense of self-mastery. If becoming a more proficient knitter is one of your goals for 2021, here is some guidance for how to set your goals and some goal ideas.
Steps for Setting 2021 Knitting Goals
The goal setting process can become overwhelming if we don't take the proper steps.
Write Out Your Goals
Physically writing out your goals (or typing them) makes them real and more tangible. Use a journal, notebook, or a planner and write the specifics about your goal. As you put your goals to paper, consider the other events on your calendar and whether the timing of the goal is reasonable.
Set Flexible Deadlines
The purpose of goal setting is to challenge yourself to do things that add value to your life. If you impose strict deadlines on yourself, the goal may begin to cause undue stress. Dream big, but set flexible deadlines because life happens.
It is easy to remain in our comfort zones. Setting goals should involve challenging ourselves to something new. Vary your goals between projects you love doing and projects that will challenge you to learn a new skill or work with a new pattern or yarn.
10 Sample Knitting Goals
Now that you know the process of setting your knitting goals, here are some of the goals we are going to work towards this year. Use these knitting goals as inspiration and adjust them to make them your own.
1. Join an Online Knitting Community
COVID-19 has turned our world upside down and forced us to retreat from the community spaces we once loved. Maybe the physical spaces are gone for now, but the community still exists. Zoom Virtual Knit-a-Longs are a great way to feel connected with your knitting community. Even if you don't feel internet savvy, challenge yourself to join at least one knit-a-long this year.
2. Knit a Sweater for Yourself
Even if you have never knitted a sweater before, make 2021 the year you knit one. If you have knitted sweaters, commit to knit a special one for yourself this year. Select the perfect, comfy yarn and your favorite pattern, sit down and knit the perfect sweater for yourself. You deserve it.
3. Learn at Least One New Technique
Whether you have been eyeing double knitting, brioche, or entrelac, commit to learn at least one new technique this year. Learning new techniques allows you to knit more complex projects with more detail. Find a YouTube video and start practicing your new technique.
4. Learn How to Spin
If you have interest in spinning, start looking for a used spinning wheel in your local marketplaces or on EBay. Although not exactly knitting, mastering the ability to spin the yarn you need for any project is satisfying and an awesome skill to master.
5. Knit a Project for a Child
There is something so special about handcrafting a garment for a sweet little person. In a way, you become part of something so pure and precious. Whether it is a dress for a small child in your family or warming caps for NICU babies at your local hospital, knit something for a child this year. Your heart will thank you.
6. Knit a Pair (or Two) of Winter Cabin Socks
Wearing a pair of super soft, cozy winter cabin socks is like therapy for your feet. Putting on these socks is instantly relaxing. Whether yours are elaborate with raised cables or simple and ultra warm, commit to knit at least a pair or two this year.
7. Knit Projects Using Your Existing Stash
Every serious knitter has built up a considerable yarn stash. It becomes an obsession. Yarn shopping is the best kind of retail therapy. If you have overindulged in yarn shopping, plan a few projects this year designed to use yarn from your existing yarn stash.
8. Knit with a Tricky Yarn
Is there a particular yarn that you tend to avoid? We all have preferences for our yarn selections. If there is a yarn that gives you some trouble, decide to knit a project using that troublesome yarn. Many times, taking some time to get used to a particular yarn allows it to grow on us.
9. Choose Different Colors
Knitters tend to get stuck in color ruts when it comes to choosing yarn. It makes me chuckle when I admire a bright purple sweater, but then I retreat back to my greys and blues. Deliberately select a yarn that is outside of what you would typically select. Knit some hot pink socks or a vibrant teal shawl. The project doesn't matter, only that you select an outside of the box color and go for it!
10. Design Your Own Pattern
If you have been knitting for a while, chances are that you have had several ideas for designing your own garment. Make this year the year that you design your own pattern. Bringing your original ideas to fruition is so rewarding and you will certainly feel pride in the finished product.
Now that you have a plan and plenty of ideas from which to draw, take some time to plan out your knitting goals for 2021.
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