As the new year brings in lots of reflection and planning, many knitters like to take stock of their stash, plan their projects for the year or have a tidy of their Ravelry library. Setting new year resolutions can often seem like setting yourself up for failure with all the best of intentions.
So here we like to keep things simple: a new yarn resolution.
Whatever your resolution, don't pick something big but set yourself onto something achievable. Maybe that is spending 15 minutes clearing out your Ravelry list or 30 minutes bagging up your works-in-progress. Before Christmas I spent an hour taking out any yarn from my stash that was bought in London. If I'd not used that spare brown ball of yarn in three years, I wasn't likely to use it this year either. It felt good to have that clear out.
Get Out There
Try something out of your comfort zone. Not knit a sweater before? Find a simple starter pattern and get swatching. Not tried a technique you see all over Instagram (brioche I am looking at you), get some tutorials and see how you get on. There's something called Swing Knitting. Any ideas? I might try some this year.
Bring it back in
Make whatever you do personal. There really is nothing more personal that creating something. Whatever you make takes a small part of you with it. Whether it is your memories, your smell, the love for a person you put into a project or more likely, your hair. Make what you make this year really personal. Make it matter.
For Sonic Knits the big new yarn resolution is to source new, smaller wool suppliers. There are some lovely sheep to skein farms out there like Bleeting Becka and Homefarm Wensleydales where thanks to how we price our clubs means that we can be a bit more creative with our wool sources.
This matters to us because it means we know how much the sheep are loved and cared for as we meet the farmers who put that passion into it. And that makes a difference in the quality of the wool too. Which in turn means that fibre wants specific dyeing techniques and often colour palettes that are taking us away from our current style.
Plus we are getting the real joy of supporting other small British businesses and that raises our hearts no end.