Before you pop the champagne this New Year's Eve, you'll want to set your resolutions in place. Most people base their resolutions around health and wealth, but there's no reason you can't focus your new year energy to your knitting as well. Here are a few ideas:
Learn a new technique. Whether you're intrigued by intarsia, curious about crochet, or wild about weaving, there's no reason to limit your crafting repertoire in 2013. You can sign up for classes at your local yarn store, or teach yourself. With resources like books from your local library, videos on YouTube, and the advice of those on Ravelry, you won't be learning alone.
Bust through your stash. Still staring at skeins you bought way back during the Yarn Crawl in October? While others join Weight Watchers, you can go on a yarn diet and resolve to not buy any new yarn until you've used what you already have.
Finish your Christmas gift knitting early this year. Now that all of the presents from 2012 have been unwrapped, there is no better time to start thinking about next December. With the reactions to gifts fresh in your mind, you can better gauge what handknit gifts your family and friends would appreciate most. No need to cast on immediately, but just starting the planning in January will help avoid greater stress and panic in the later months.
13 _______s in 2013. For those who have a favorite type of project, it's easy to find more than a dozen different patterns you'd like to try. It's best to tackle this kind of resolution this year, before the number of required socks or shawls gets to be too ambitious. Alternately, you could also set a goal to complete one a month.
Craft for charity. It's better to give than to receive all year round, and even better to give to those in need. There are a number of opportunities to knit for charity depending on what you'd like to make. Currently, The Knitting Nest is collecting enough mittens to fill the front window of the store, to eventually be donated to Saint Louise House.
What are your knitting resolutions for 2013? Did you accomplish your resolutions from 2012?
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