2022 – The Year of …

For 2022, I aspire to be content with my knitting. I know what you are thinking, why would she even be knitting if she was not happy? Let me explain. 

For the majority of knitters, we want new needles, yarn, the latest pattern that just came out, a knitting bag, or we no longer enjoy the project we started (even if we are only 3” away from having an entire sweater completed 😂) and abandon it for a new project that excites us. We seek the adrenaline and satisfaction this provides us in the moment. Our eyes get so big dreaming of the possibilities that we forget to enjoy the now. But what would happen if we did not buy anything new, and finished the projects we started (even when we aren’t thrilled in the moment anymore with them) for a whole year?

That is where I believe contentment will be learned – finding the happiness and satisfaction in the progress of it all. If anything the past couple of years has taught me is that I so desperately want to skip the now and plan and dream for the future. I want to escape the present. Perfect example, on our 7 day move to Alaska, often at times, I just so badly wanted to be to the next stop so I could say, we only have however many days left until I do not have to be in this truck anymore. If I am doing that in life, my guess is I am also doing that with my knitting as well. Which is why I have decided to be bold in 2022:

My 2022 Knitting Resolutions

  1. Buy NO new yarn.
  2. Choose projects that will only use up yarn from my current yarn stash.
  3. Knit a pair of socks every month OR knit 12 pairs of socks by December 31, 2022.
  4. Finish all the current WIPs (work-in-progress) or hibernating projects:
    1. Zweig sweater
    2. Lap blanket 
    3. Little linear sweater 
    4. Peep show shawl
    5. First sock KAL
    6. Ripple bralette
    7. Rainbow fingerless mitts
    8. His and hers Christmas socks
    9. 1 Pair of husband socks
    10. 2 Pairs of socks for me that only need heels done
    11. Scrappy knit pillow
    12. Basic balaclava

I tried to set SMART goals but still allow myself the wiggle room for creativity to thrive. What are some of your knitting resolutions for 2022?

Until next time,

Happy Belated Winter Solstice

Happy belated Winter Solstice! It has been far too long since I have been to my own blog. Life has gotten in the way. But one of my resolutions for 2022 is to get back to writing about knitting, and let’s be real, my knitting life has taken a back seat burner to the rest of my life. And 2022 is going to be the year I change this.

The sunset on December 21, 2021 (Winter Solstice) at around 2pm in Alaska.

I recently moved to Alaska with my husband. Everywhere you look, nature just takes your breath away. As I write, there is a winter storm baring down on us, with snow flying around like a snow globe (but you can only see this if you turn on the lights outside since it is so dark out  otherwise one could not even tell it is snowing outside 😆 ).

Alaska has taught me so much for the little time I have lived here. But it smacked me in the face with an important reminder, my knitting skills are ever so appreciated here. 😊  In the short time I have been here, I have knitted my husband a double sided hat in fingering weight yarn, myself a quick chunky cabled hat, started a cabled lap blanket, making myself a balaclava (for those -30 F days that I need to venture out into), and slowly working on finishing up pairs of socks I abandoned long ago (which was quite silly  on my part since they only needed the heels to be finished!). Knitting the basics for winter has reinvigorated my love for knitting again. 🧶 I hope you will join me on my journey of living life in Alaska while making knitting a larger role in my life.

Until next time,