As we just entered a new year (and a new decade – I can’t believe it), I wanted to share my 2020 knitting goals.
I know that a lot of people create a Make 9 for their knitting goals, but the Make 9 isn’t really my thing. I tried it last year and I found that it felt restrictive and it left me feeling guilty if I made something that wasn’t part of the 9. So I tossed the whole thing out the window.
This year, I’m focusing on broader goals like certain colours, techniques and types of projects, with some specific projects included as well. And I have some goals relating to my own designs.
I think I’ll do a follow-up post – maybe a video so I can show off the yarn – about the specific patterns and yarns I want to knit up in 2020!
So here we go:
This year is going to be a big year of colour work for me, I have a few stranded colourwork sweaters in my Ravelry queue. And I have a few faded projects in mind as well, I’ve never knit a fade before so I’m excited about that!
Last year I feel like I knit a lot of darker colours and neutrals. I’ve started some projects recently that have pinks, and nice teals – I’m really into the dark grey and greens/blues combination in my Overlander Shawl.
These are the types of colours I’d like to keep working with this year. And I think that at the end of the year they’d all work nicely together in a scrappy project like an AquaMarline, pattern by Park Williams. Which brings be to my next goal…
Last summer I started a Coziest Memory Blanket to use up the scraps from my sock knitting, I knit a lot of socks last year! And I really loved the opportunity to use up those leftovers in a fun way.
This year I’d like to do something similar with my scraps that aren’t sock weight, like the AquaMarline or the Home Sweet Home Formula by Tina Tse, maybe both. It depends on how much knitting I get done!
Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with having a large stash! But for me, having a lot of yarn and projects on my queue is a source of anxiety. I look at all of the yarn and I just see the projects unfinished and it’s overwhelming.
This year I want to clean up my stash and complete the projects that I already have yarn for first. Then I’ll move onto pattern stash busting and knit through the things on my Ravelry queue that I don’t have yarn for yet.
The goal here is to enter 2021 without an overwhelming yarn stash and Rav queue! Is it too soon to be talking about 2021?!
Designing and pattern releases
I have so many ideas for designs that I just need to sit down and knit up. As well as a couple that I’ve fully written and just didn’t have the confidence to put through testing and release.
So my goal is to get through some of these. I’m not going to put a number on how many I’m going to release or put too much pressure on myself, but there are 5 or 6 patterns that I hope to release in 2020. And I have yarn for all of these! So that’s also stash busting.
Some of these new designs will be free on the blog and others will go up in my Ravelry store.
So there they are, those are my knit goals for 2020. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what I’ll be focusing on this year, and maybe took some inspiration for your own goals.