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Ditzy Girl
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USA
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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  09:20:48 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Kitten summed up my intention except I have 3 quilts to finish as well
as continuing to use up stash and finish my beaded stole/shawls.
No new books, I will attend one class this year if Kay Meadors comes to
Little Knits, but that is it. Oh to continue to declutter. I have been using stash to do scarves and hats. I might give scarves to everyone next Xmas. I have lots of 2 or 3 balls of yarn.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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linda-gail
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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  10:34:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit linda-gail's Homepage Send linda-gail a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I "intend" to spin a little each day (I knit each and every day already).
I intend to use more stash yarns and minimize purchases but will not go on a buying boycott. Been there, done that, not necessary for me at this point. Besides, I need to support my LYS at least a little. I appreciate her being there.

This will be a knit socks for men year (as compared to knitting socks for me, which is what I do most often)

Go to Rhinebeck for the NY sheep and wool festival. I've been there twice but really want to go again - enough so that I plan to skip MD sheep and wool for the first time in over 10 years. I'll go alone or with someone, but I'll go. (It's a 5-6 hour drive for me)

I intend to contiue to learn about different breeds of wool in either a spinning or knitting form (Hint, hint, Clara to hope that you will continue the breed of the month thing on Ravelry)

That's it, I think. No specific techniques or projects in mind, just learn and experiment and use more of what I have, enjoying and appreciating every step of the way.


Linda, knitting and spinning away in MD
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knittingsister
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USA
5 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2010 :  12:52:33 PM  Show Profile Send knittingsister a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I never thought of resolutions for knitting, except to knit every day -- no determination required for that one! Knitting from stash would be a very good one for me; I seem to buy new for each project.
Also, I am getting very good at weighing and converting to yardage, mainly to assist in using the ends of worsted yarn skeins for charity mittens, hats, scarves, etc.
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jamieknits
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14 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2010 :  1:39:59 PM  Show Profile Send jamieknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My biggest knitting accomplishment this year was to get all of my yarns and UFOs catalogued in a big Excel spreadsheet. I tracked projects completed and purchased on one page (goal was to make more than I bought -- did not quite accomplish). Another page was devoted to partially completed projects. I noted why I had stalled out and made the (hard for me) decision to rip out several of them. I have fewer WIPs/UFOs now than I started the year with (even ignoring the frogs), so that feels like a major accomplishment. Other pages are devoted to specific stash areas in the house (what is in which drawer) so I can actually find a particular project when I want to.

This has helped motivate me to use what I have. I knit quite a few things for charity this year, making a serious dent in my leftovers bins. I showed a few friends my WIP/UFO page and was sufficiently humiliated by their laughter to make an effort to cut it down a bit.

My knitting goals for this coming year are:

1) Keep the spreadsheet up to date and refer to it whenever I think I "have to" shop for new yarn.

2) Organize and cull my massive collection of knitting books and patterns. I have already set aside some duplicates to offer to friends. This year I went through some old magazines and tore out patterns I wanted and tossed the rest. I am considering replacing magazines I own with digital versions to save on space. Has anyone done this? Are you glad you did? Any tips?

3) Further decrease my list of WIPs/UFOs.

4) Complete more knitted projects than I buy (measured by both number of projects and number of balls of yarn).

Jamie
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KathleenR
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USA
8 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2010 :  1:40:04 PM  Show Profile Send KathleenR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm delighted to say that two of my five grown daughters will be marrying for the first time this year, 2011! My second oldest, at 47,is being married in Portland, Or. and my youngest, at 41, will be married on the beach in Nag's Head, N.C. The other three are married with children. I do a lot of knitting, and sometimes can squeeze in a project for myself!

In addition to the many ongoing knitting projects I'm engaged in I'm going to knit some beaded starfish, 3-6 inches wide, for the hair and gown of the daughter who will marry ocean-side. Her nuptials are planned for mid-spring. Also, I'm planning to knit a smallish lace stole or cape for the daughter who will marry in the fall in Oregon. Nothing too extremely fancy as I'm just now becoming comfortable with lace knitting. But, I am inspired to do well for my girls, being very happy for both of them!

KathleenR
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La galloise
Chatty Knitter

France
162 Posts

Posted - 12/30/2010 :  3:56:45 PM  Show Profile Send La galloise a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I still like to make resolutions for the new year.
For 2011 it's to plan my time better,to allow for at least one day spinning per week, one day sewing, a some knitting each day...... and more exercise every day
Mary
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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  4:12:21 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I want to work from my stash, primarily the sock yarn. It grows much faster than I can knit it up.

I want to get my Etsy shop up and running. I'm going to sell some quilts, bags, and knitted items that never found a home. (Actually, I could sell some stash there, too!)

I also want to win the Lottery, retire, build a new home, and enjoy life without the pesky business of going to work every day.

Jan
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2totangle
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Posted - 12/31/2010 :  12:31:31 PM  Show Profile Send 2totangle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm intrigued and inspired to hear about all the plans for new designs!

I wish I could remember who posted last year about her family's belief that your whole year will go the way your New Year's Day goes. I spent January 1, 2010 with violent food poisoning, and it was all downhill from there. Good riddance, 2010!

Although I've frequently turned to knitting therapy this year, I've recently had some insights that I hope will help me enjoy it in better perspective. Not everything needs to be a masterpiece. No one else will ever see what I see in any particular piece, and that's just fine. If a gift is received with "You're so talented" instead of "I love it," that might mean that you've slightly missed the mark and your efforts are better spent in some other way. At some point, if you find yourself covered in your own hand-knit items, knitting, you might want to go outside.

My goals for this year are modest. Don't buy any more blue-grey yarn. Knit for kids. Make small, simple, thoughtful things, and give them away.

Although on a daily basis I'm aware of the things that I'm discontented about, the things I lack, I keep thinking of a line from D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow about being a rich woman, being content. Once again, despite being very frugal, I find myself with a stash to keep me plenty busy in the next year. There will always be more patterns and yarn than I can knit, and I can appreciate them and let them go.

Suzanne

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anderknit
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Posted - 12/31/2010 :  4:18:56 PM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My oldest daughter is going away to college in the fall of 2011, and my intention is to send her there with a knitted afghan. I also intend to knit a pair of socks for a dear sister-in-law who has been so supportive during this very difficult Fall. I did a pretty good job of knitting from stash this year, and I intend to continue to do so. I also intend to try to destash the yarn I know I will not knit.

Non-knitting intentions? After my mother died in late November, I made a list of all the house projects I wanted to do - the kind that do not involve anyone else. Like: getting rid of the kids' toys (see above - kid going to college!), reorganizing the pantry, cleaning up my home office. I'm not going to go overboard here, my goal is one of these tasks per month.

Good luck to everyone!



"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.' "
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donnawatk
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Posted - 12/31/2010 :  9:36:45 PM  Show Profile Send donnawatk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I promise myself after reading about the retreat this year that I would stay healthy so I can go in 2011. Donna
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Ceil
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Posted - 12/31/2010 :  11:28:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Steeks. And finish writing two music books.

Ceil
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
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kbshee
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Posted - 01/01/2011 :  10:06:24 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Happy New Year Everyone!

My first highlight of 2010 was learning how to do double knitting! It is one of the few techniques that has always scared me and now I'm pretty comfortable with it! The second one is that my DH built a yarn wall for me (cubbies, etc), so now I can see all my gorgeous yarn!

My goal is to Cold Sheep and knit 10 miles of yarn this year...I'm keeping track on my blog. My stash has gotten out of control, and this year I will bring it in to control...sell things that I'm not crazy about, and enjoy the beautiful yarn I have and create beautiful things from the yarn!

I did promise myself that if I knit five miles by the Black Sheep Gathering that I can buy a few things, but it feels great to make this commitment to enjoy what I have and not be distracted by every pretty thing!


kim in oregon
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lmickelb
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USA
2 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2011 :  6:14:14 PM  Show Profile Send lmickelb a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Complete my first Dale of Norway sweater, spin and knit 2 self designed Christmas stockings, study and learn more about sheep breeds and their fleece, become a proficient spinner.

Oh yeah - in my spare time de-junkify and organize my home, particularly my kitchen.
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LiatMGat
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USA
5 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2011 :  02:24:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit LiatMGat's Homepage Send LiatMGat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm going to try to do some just-for-fun knitting! I also hope to add 100 more knitting videos to my YouTube channel.

Liat
http://knitfreedom.com
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Laxmom4x
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Posted - 01/02/2011 :  03:51:02 AM  Show Profile Send Laxmom4x a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Even though my stash isn't very big by KR standards, I'd like to use some of it up. Frog a UFO and organize it all. At this point I want a dresser for my stash, and am going to hunt tag sales. I liked the post about only getting yarn at festivals, since I loved knitting the yarn I got at Rhinebeck, and the closest LYS, has help with too much of an attitude, so I won't miss them. I might have to include WEBS in with festivals though, it's near my mom's and such a fun place to go. I was also inspired by Donna's hat knitting and come September, that would be great, because our school has a "mitten tree" (and hats too.)

Janet
"Change is inevitable except from a vending machine"
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mkfromKansas
Chatty Knitter

339 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2011 :  07:58:34 AM  Show Profile Send mkfromKansas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I resumed knitting about 5 years ago with lukewarm reception from family. BUT NOW, at last, I found I prefer knitting flat goods - mainly dishcloths and blankets. However, my daughter works at a nearby retirement home and she shared some of the dishcloths with her co-workers and they all want more! Also, the head of housekeeping said they could use a lot of lap blankets and would I care to make some? They need to be 2x3 feet and no fringe. What a perfect way to use up a rampant stash! It gave 2011 a while new directive for me. yippee!!!
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KnittingKnoobie
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USA
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Posted - 01/02/2011 :  4:35:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit KnittingKnoobie's Homepage Send KnittingKnoobie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My knitting resolution for this year is to make toe up socks. I've avoided patterns because I don't know how to do this so this is at the top of the resolution list.
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magifox
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21 Posts

Posted - 01/04/2011 :  06:54:18 AM  Show Profile Send magifox a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am so in awe of many knitter's on this page. My stash is wee by comparison to most - just odd skeins etc so WHEN Ifinish the scrap blankie that I started 2 years ago, I will try the scrappy scarf, finish Henry scarf (34,500+ stitches to go) for my brother, try toe-up socks and entrelac too. Happy New Year everyone!
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purlewe
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Posted - 01/04/2011 :  12:34:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My biggest intention is to cut my UFOs in half!! 11 knitting projects, 2 quilt projects and 2 xstitch. I would like to see those stats as 5, 1, and 1.

My mother made me a homosexual.
And if you give her some yarn, she'll make you one too. ~quentin crisp

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LiatMGat
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USA
5 Posts

Posted - 01/06/2011 :  12:16:40 AM  Show Profile  Visit LiatMGat's Homepage Send LiatMGat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KnittingKnoobie

My knitting resolution for this year is to make toe up socks. I've avoided patterns because I don't know how to do this so this is at the top of the resolution list.



I have a toe-up sock video tutorial that you might like! It comes with a pattern for quick worsted-weight toe-up socks and a lot of people have really had fun with it. Toe-up socks are so awesome!

knitfreedom.com/classes/toe-up-socks

I hope this is helpful with your resolutions!

Liat
http://knitfreedom.com
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