It seems that 2022 has been filled with more revelations than resolutions, so this year, we will simply refer to these as goals. Setting knitting goals is fun and helps us to continue improving our knitting skills. If you are putting together some knitting goals for 2023 to help you get more serious about your knitting and need some fun ideas, keep reading.
You know which project- the one that has been pushed to the corner month after month. Maybe you made a mistake and didn't have the energy to fix it. Perhaps you got distracted by a new, shiny project. If you ran out of yarn and haven't been able to find any more, read 3 Clever Ways to Find Discontinued Yarn. Whatever the reason, now is the time to finish it! Completing a project after months (or years) of procrastination feels so satisfying.
Knitters around the world are visiting breathtaking destinations with their knitting peers and you could be one of them. We were thrilled to learn that there are destination tours that focus on visiting sheep and goat farms, touring textile mills, and relaxing while knitting a favorite project. If you plan to vacation this year, consider a holiday destination package designed for knitters.
It is easy to get comfortable in your current knitting knowledge. Don't allow yourself to be stagnant. There are so many stitches to learn and breaking out of your comfort zone is fun. Here are some new stitch suggestions for getting started:
Do you feel stuck at your current skill level? Maybe you don't even know which skill level you are. Use this guide to determine your current knitting skill level and then set a goal to improve by one level within the next year. The only way to improve your skill level is to move outside of your comfort zone and learn a few new stitches and techniques.
Knitting isn't limited to adults. Learning to knit requires determination, tenacity, and a love of learning. Does this sound like your child or grandchild? Children who learn to knit improve fine motor skills and master counting, simple math, and patience. When you teach a child to knit, you are passing the skill to a new generation and experiencing valuable bonding time with a child who will appreciate the attention. We urge you to teach at least one child to knit in 2022. If you aren't sure where to start, read How To Teach Kids To Knit.
If you would like to reduce your carbon footprint this year, there are a few ways that knitting can help with that. Use recycled yarn, reknit a few old garments, and shop for sustainable yarn. Learn more about how to become a more eco-friendly knitter in this article.
Your faithful cat or dog likely sits next to you for hours while you knit. This year, consider knitting something special for them. From sweaters to pet toys, and even their own cozy blankets, there are so many fun knitting projects especially for your pet.
Research shows that weighted blankets are instrumental in reducing anxiety and even minimizing the effects of panic attacks. Weighted blankets are like a giant, safe cocoon for someone who is struggling with depression and other mental illness. This year, take the time to hand knit a weighted blanket for someone experiencing anxiety. Not only will the gesture touch their heart and warm their soul, but the blanket will help them with restful sleep and reduce the effects of their anxiety.
Related: Make Your Own DIY Weighted Blanket
Every year knitters around the world make a resolution to go on the "yarn diet." Simply stated, they promise not to buy any more yarn. We hate that idea. Buying new yarn brings so much joy and is an essential part of knitting. Rather than resolve to go on the "yarn diet," consider committing to bust through that yarn stash.
Knitting is commonly thought of as an individual activity that takes place in a comfy chair in the corner of the room. And, it can be, but it doesn't have to be. Knitters are social people, too, and enjoy sharing their love of the fabric arts. If the isolation of the pandemic is taking its toll, consider starting a knitting group this year. If you need help getting started, read 5 Steps To Start A New Knitting Group.
Knitters are inherently generous. We are usually busy knitting caps for NICU babies, teacher's gifts, or scarves for family members. This year, be deliberate about knitting for yourself. Select a knitting project that you adore with colors that excite and knit for yourself! Here are a few suggestions:
Happy Knitting into 2023 and beyond!