As we celebrate a new year, many will use this time to make some resolutions to improve things over the next 12 months. I will be joining in on the resolution tradition, with several focusing fiber.
- Stash Reduction:
Over the years, my yarn stash has grown, and now it is at the point where even I have to admit, it is a bit out of control. One of my goals for 2018 is to address that issue. Now, don’t worry, I’m not doing anything crazy like vowing never to buy yarn again. My plan is to stick with a 3 for 1 ratio for the year. For every 3 skeins of yarn that are used, sold, donated, etc, I can bring 1 new skein in. I have not worked out the details, any new large projects would require some destashing in advance, but I’m confident that I can figure it out. The next couple of resolutions will also support this ultimate goal of reducing stash size.
- Increase Production:
As mentioned in a previous post, my finished project list isn’t really where I would like it to be. In 2017, I only finished six projects, and they were all fairly small ones. I would like to see that number go up for 2018. I haven’t settled on a good goal for finished items, and I don’t really know if I will, but I’m hoping to see more knitting time. I have a list of projects that I’d like to work on, including the Gramps Cardigan for Kiddo and the Persian Dreams Afghan (both of which I have the yarn for) and I always have the yarn for socks! I have to remind myself that the Persian Dreams Afghan will be a pretty big undertaking and I need to allow myself time for that one. First up, will be finishing the Shark Tail Blanket for Kiddo. I’m probably about halfway done with it, so I’m hoping to complete that one in early January.
- Learn to Weave:
I have had a loom sitting in our spare room for over a year now. I always mean to start using it, but just never can seem to get around to it. I have decided that, in the interest of stash reduction, this will be the year I finally learn to use the loom. I do think this may counteract the increased production that I’m hoping to see in 2018, so fingers crossed that I learn to use the loom quickly and have even more finished objects to show for it.
- Organize the Yarn:
Maybe this should actually be item 1, because it seems like it would be the first step in the stash reduction project. I have most of my yarns listed using the Stash feature on Ravelry, but I know they are not all on there. I want to make it a priority early in the year to make sure I know exactly what is in my stash, so I can plan projects that use the yarn I already have. I also need to figure out a better way to store my yarn. Currently, I have some in every closet in my house. I have a couple of organization projects planned that should help to tackle this issue (including making yet another attempt at turning the closet of doom closet under the stairs into usable storage space) There is a lot of yarn stored in that closet, including my massive collection of sock yarn, so hopefully, conquering that closet will help in the yarn organization process.
- Stash Reduction:
Anyone else try the whole resolution thing? Do you have fiber resolutions for the new year?