Happy New Year 2017

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Happy New Year to everyone!   New years is a time of reflection and new beginnings.  We moved into a new house back in August.  We actually down sized into a smaller home.  With small square footage comes less storage.  This is where one realizes that there is a problem with lots of yarn, and lots and lots of projects, and project bags.  Projects in various stages of doneness.

I have mitts, socks, socks, and lots of socks, scarves, stoles, shawls and cowls.  I have hats, berets, boot toppers, shrugs, tank tops, ponchos, sweaters, and a Christmas stocking.  I have baby blankets, baby hats, and baby sweaters.  Some of my projects are in the beginning stages, some are a third of the way done, some are half done, some have beads, and some are fair isle.

When a project is near completion, I finish it.  It builds momentum, it’s fun, and I finish.  Most all of my projects are knit with nice yarns, and I love them all.  When I moved, I did get rid of a few and I also gave away a little bit of my stash.  The stash is a whole other story.  I have a representation of all the weights and all the colors, but I don’t have huge quantities of anything.  So, if I want to knit a sweater or an afghan, I’d have to go purchase yarn.  I don’t have a lot of sport weight and I don’t have much chunky weight or bulky.  But, I have mohair, alpaca, new wool, merino, silk, cotton, wool/alpaca blends, wool/cotton blends, some metallics, and even a bit of cashmere.

My husband and I had the retirement talk over the weekend, so the situation needs to reduce further.  All the time, the designers are coming up with fun sweaters that are hard to pass up, baby items that are beyond cute…the yarn companies are coming up with yummy colors, tweeds, heathers, halos and marls.  I’m going to have to down size some more.  I’ve just let it get out of control.  I want to knit everything, and I don’t want to miss out on anything.  Yes, I know some knitters that don’t have to purchase yarn, that don’t really care what everyone is knitting, that aren’t on Instagram; that just finish what they’ve started — but that’s not me.  I love yarn, I love knitting, and I love yarn shops.

 

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I must work hard this year of 2017 to wrap up some projects, finish what has been started.  I will start each month with projects planned.  I will try to finish a few things, and if I’m successful and feel the need to purchase yarn, or cast on a project I will let myself, but only one, if two have been finished.  If I’m not really feeling it I will continue to finish projects and just keep going.

I’m planning to blog it through, and I hope it will inspire knitters to carry on with their projects.  I also want to mention, that if you want to spotlight your yarn shop, if you are a knitter, or a yarn shop owner, let’s do it.  Just email me over some digital pictures and a few lines and we’ll talk about your shop, and your town.

The yarn shop ally in the Pacific Northwest~

6 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2017

  1. Yvonne

    Mary, you have some beautiful projects going. My goal for 2016 was to work through my stash. I’ve done pretty well. I also decided to donate yarn I wasn’t going to use to a friends Mitzvah knitting group. Most of the yarn was big box store yarn that was given to me in 2014 by
    friends, I now they will use it before I ever will. My other goal was to FROG anything I didn’t want to finish no matter how far along I was.
    My stash is mostly fingering weight so I am going to have to knit a lot of shawls!!
    Happy Knitting in 2017
    Yvonne

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    • Pamela

      I’m with you on this journey, Mary. As I’ve said, my son had an intervention before Christmas about my yarn habit. I have to agree with him, between my yarn and fabric habits, it is out of control. I need to get it under control and see what I have and finish what I started. My goal for 2017 is to finish at least 12 WIP’s. Luckily, this seems to be a theme on Ravelry, so I am talking to others as well. I need to organize my stash and decide what I want to keep and what I need to dispatch. There are also lots of 12 month challenges out there that can help me with using up yarn. One is a 17 hats in ’17. I’ve wanted to do at least a dozen for quite a while to donate to our church’s Clothes Closet. So, this month I am finishing a WIP, working a new item and making a hat. Hopefully, in a few months I won’t feel so overwhelmed.

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      • Mary Neill Post author

        That sounds like a good system Pamela! Now that you mentioned hats, I had to go and see how many hats I had “already started”! I have 13 hats in various stages of doneness, including the brightly colored baby hat pictured above. When we moved, I wrote down all my projects, so I would have a written inventory. I could just knit hats this year. The chunky cowl pictured I cast on New Years Day. I plan to finish that for this weekend. It was a kit I purchased for my daughter in law and I’m going to see her this weekend, so I’m knitting it now. It knits up on size 17 needles – that will get done (but that’s a new project). I will be blogging my way through so stay tuned.

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    • Mary Neill Post author

      We’ll see how I do! My first response to the new year was to find my oldest project and finish it…but it was a Christmas stocking. I decided to dig that out in September, and finish it then. I really didn’t feel like working on a Christmas project, now that the holiday is over.

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  2. Nancy

    Hi Mary…..I want to organize my yarn and many projects too! …..I’m inspired by your ideas and will organize my WIP’s…..maybe I can complete some old projects…..Yeah !

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    • Mary Neill Post author

      I should’ve been adding projects to my Ravelry page, but when we were moving I just wrote them down on a spiral notebook and I keep it on my desk, so I can refer to it easily at my fingertips.

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