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New Year, New Thoughts on Knitting

As with almost every January, in the process of evaluating last year and conceptualizing the coming year, I come to some painful realizations regarding my knitting.  It must be the New Year but, especially this year, I’m having some new and different thoughts on my knitting.  And not all of them are good.

I have too much yarn.

Duh.  We all know this.  Almost every January, I vow to not buy any yarn until the DFW Fiber Fest (usually in April).  Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don’t.  But one thing I want to focus on in 2021 is using some of my yarn scraps.  Perhaps I should make some scrappy socks!  Fortunately….

I don’t feel the need to buy yarn.

Something must be wrong with me.  Maybe I have COVID.  But right now, I have no wants or needs or desires for more yarn.  I look through Instagram and nothing fazes me.  There’s no stopping to ooh and ahh over a colorway.  Nothing.  Something is seriously wrong.  And even more amazing, I keep dreaming of knitting with the yarn in my stash.  What is wrong with me?!

Color inspires me.

You wouldn’t know it from the way I dress (neutrals!) but it’s true: color is what inspires me to knit.  I’m working on a non-colorful project right now and, though I always enjoy knitting…it’s not inspiring me.  I keep thinking of the colorful yarn in my stash and how much I want to knit with it, not the blah stuff.

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It’s overwhelming.

There are so many projects I want to knit and I get too easily overwhelmed by them.  How do I choose what to knit next?  Outside of a few birthday gifts, I have free reign to choose what I want to knit, except….

I’m working on my own designs.

As I’ve mentioned before, the minute I have to knit something, it becomes un-fun.  Usually, the whole “color inspires me” thing keeps me going but not so all the time.  I did a rough pass on a design and it’s going to take some more work.  And suddenly I’m uninspired. Perhaps I should choose a different yarn – one that is sure to keep me happy and color-fulfilled.  

But designing patterns takes time away from other knitting.

I guess if you’re a professional designer, you enjoy the process and don’t really think anything of it.  But I love knitting and I love following a pattern.  So this whole writing a pattern thing might not be for me.  Or maybe I’m just unsure of myself.  Either way, I need to snap out of it.  I have ideas that need to get knitted and then written up!


There are my inspiring thoughts.  I’m not in a knitting funk, to be clear, but I’m in an overwhelmed funk.  There’s so much I want to do and not enough time to do it all.   Maybe I should make a list!  

How’s your knitting going in the New Year?

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