New Year’s Resolutions For A Knitter (Anytime. Anywhere.)

New Year's Resolution fit for any knitter. Anytime. Anywhere.

New Years? Already?

I am in denial.

I already told you what I hope to knit this year, but I didn’t tell you how. I have resolution, knitters. Brace yourselves.

Knit the stash.

Yawn. Ya. Ya. Every knitter’s worst knitmare (not a typo). True nonetheless. I think I have enough yarn stashed away in the hall closet to get to me to my birthday at the end of April when I typically stock up for the year. Yarn stores be warned: I am not coming.

I hope.

Buy a Swift and Ball Winder

Because I have to buy something related to knitting, even if it isn’t yarn. And, seriously. Enough is enough. All this winding over the back of a chair? It’s ridiculous.

Why don’t (all!!!) yarn companies just sell their yarn pre-wound? For knitting’s sake…

Start a Knitting Group (Again)

This was my New Year’s resolution in 2012. I actually did it. For a while. Until I was too pregnant to keep hosting and organizing. Given I live in the middle of nowhere, it was quite the feat. There are more knitters in the sticks than one might think. (We are everywhere! Mwha ha ha!!!) I aim to give it another go. But not at my house.


Meditation has never been my thing. I invariably get stressed at the end of a yoga class when you lie down, close your eyes, and just are. Who has time for that?!? I just think about all the things I should be doing…dinner, dishes, laundry, yada yada. A wise friend told me I can knit and meditate. Just focus on the stitches and think of nothing else. No chores. No future knits. No problems. No dreams. Just, well, nothing. The stitch. I am going to try. It’s my only hope.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?

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  • Reply Jennie January 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Wonderful resolutions! A swift and ball winder are so helpful. I have broken 3 knit picks winders (which they kindly replaced), but finally upgraded to a Stanwood winder-I highly recommend them! They’re so quiet and have a large capacity-a totally worthwhile investment!

  • Reply bonnyknits January 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Knit from the stash!! It needs to happen, and it shouldn’t be a knitmare since I have such pretty yarns in there…right? So I’m with you in the staying away from yarn stores!

  • Reply Tina January 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Knitting from stash this year too, as well as spinning from stash.

    • Reply Tina January 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Oh, and a swift and winder is a must ????

  • Reply Paula @ Spin a Yarn January 1, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I also have a Stanwood Winder and a Stanwood Tabletop Amish Style Swift. It was an investment that was well worth the money and I got both on Amazon! I don’t really make resolutions as they are too hard to keep; however I should really knit from my stash. I just need to find the perfect patterns for the yarn I have 🙂 I took advantage of way too many holiday sales and the stash is ever growing. I have yarn everywhere!

  • Reply Tamera L January 1, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Knitting as meditation. Yes. That flow state is AMAZING. And, good luck with cold-sheeping. Out of curiosity, is there some special wooly event that coincides with your birthday in April, or is this just a regularly-scheduled stash enhancement?

  • Reply nanacathy2 January 1, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Good plans. Knitting wise I plan on stretching my skills and doing more difficult things. We shall see. Good luck.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise January 2, 2016 at 6:01 am

    I have a swift and a ball winder and they are just “okay”. I struggle with the swift it’s not swift. I knit a lot so my intentions for the new year are more about my mindfulness and healthy eating (?!).

  • Reply Stefanie January 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    A ball winder and swift are the best investments a knitter could have. I’ve had mine since 2008 and they gave me my money’s worth besides are in still great condition. I personally would rec a standing up tall swift as I’ve heard the one that lays flat on a table can cause the yarn to come off while spinning. While an electric one is so much more a convenience, there are sometimes tangles in a skein.

  • Reply Audry January 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I think knitting tools are always a great investment. I bought a ball winder and swift when I realized I spent more time winding than knitting. Then I upgraded my ball winder (the old one had lived a good life) when I realized I spent more time untangling the resulting ball.

  • Reply Hannah January 3, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Ugh, I hear you on the yarn stash front. I just went through all of mine and found out I had enough to last me months and months! I like the knitting meditation idea, I don’t like doing nothing either! it sounds really interesting!

  • Reply Elise and Life January 3, 2016 at 2:30 am

    I’m definitely doing a knit-the-stash resolution this year too! And I agree about the horrors of winding yarn, it seems to take forever! 🙂

  • Reply jappremdesigns January 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I recently bought a swift and winder on Amazon for a good price. I bought the Stanwood Needlecraft Wooden Umbrella Swift Yarn Winder, Size Medium for about $50 and got the Stanwood Needlecraft Large Metal Yarn Ball Winder for about $70. The large ball winder does up to 10 oz while the regular sized one only does 5 oz. I used regular shipping, but the package came in the next day. These seemed like the least-expensive ones while still delivering good quality and holds a lot of yarn. All the reviews were 5 stars. I saw some cheaper ones, from China, but the reviews weren’t as good.

    I haven’t used them yet, they just arrived last week.

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  • Reply operacat February 1, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Agree about the Swift and yarn winder!!!

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  • Reply Lorraine Helms December 31, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Before using up my stash, I need to find it all and organize it!! There’s yarn in every room of my home!!! Wish me luck!

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