2022 brought many changes to my life and more than a few challenges. This time last year I was anxiously preparing for the first of a series of interviews that would lead to a significant career change. I battled guilt as I left teaching in the middle of the school year and entered the world of fundraising in higher education.
As I transitioned from teaching to my new position, my knitting and crochet took a back seat. New and numerous professional challenges came with exhaustion. By the time I made it home each night, I was too tired to knit (gasp!). Don’t feel too sorry for me. I still completed multiple projects. I was drawn toward simplicity and it took me more time to complete projects. My yarn purchases also outpaced my needles by a lot. I now have, what I would consider, a large stash.
The New Year always feels like a fresh start to me. I am one of “those people” who set goals and tried to keep resolutions with varying degrees of success. I have two knitting-related goals this year:
Use my stashed single skeins to knit more socks- I love to buy pretty sock/fingering weight yarn. The problem is it then languishes in my stash. This year, whenever I finish a larger or non-sock project, I am going to pick one of these beautiful single skeins and make a pair of socks. I am going to pick patterns from, the artfully published, 52 Weeks of Socks book. On my needles now is the first pattern in the book, Intersections, by Marceline Smith. I don’t expect to knit a pair of socks each week and I don’t want to. My goal is to make more socks, which I wear regularly, and put a dent in my stash.
Grow Dove Call Knits- I am not sure what this will look like. Suggestions are accepted! I would love to write more and self-publish a few more patterns. Knitters and crocheters are the best people, and I would like to make more yarn sports friends and share more of my passion for these crafts.
I will share my progress on these two goals. For now, since I actually made it to midnight last night, I am off to take a nap! Happy New Year!