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Resolutions for the New Year!

My favorite thing about a new year is setting new goals for myself.  In 2010 I accomplished some lofty yarncrafting goals: I knit my first sweater(s), learned complicated lace and cable patterns, and added color-work to my repertoire.  For 2011 I want to focus on organizational goals: keeping my stash organized, finishing all my projects, and sticking to my pattern queue.

What are you're yarncrafting goals for 2011? Will you learn new techniques? Knit or crochet a pattern you've been wanting to try? Donate more finished projects to charity? Share your crafty New Year's resolutions in the comments below.

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  • KristyRecycles

    One of my many resolutions is to make 365 items in 2011. Keep in mind that several small things can be made in a single day.

  • Allison

    i want to finish all of my outstanding crafting projects. I tend to start a lot and then see something else that catches my eye and move over to it. :) So clearing the slate is my goal this year :) That and making a ton of squares to sew together to make blankets for the kids down at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for Christmas 2011!

  • Mel

    One of my resolutions for the New Year is to knit a Fair Isle Sweater for myself and do more charity knitting. .

  • Knitkids999

    My resolution is to finish undone projects.....not starting new projects....
    and not buying anymore yarns until I finish all my projects!

  • Jwicker0404

    I am going to learn how to knit in 2011

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N6LWBYHINVGUPOINSOVYIT5Q2A AMV

    Learn knit increases and decreases, finish my wips!

  • lani353

    My resolution is to learn more finishing skills so my projects look really professional, ie., like someone who knows what they are doing! :)

  • Bare49

    My resolution is to knit one million mittens for charity. I've always knit for charity but never in a really organized way. I hope to enlist the help of fellow knitters and I need to develop a system to collect/distribute. Advice and volunteers welcome!

  • Jumasto

    My resolution is to use up all the yarn in my stash, making toys and baby items for donation to the local Children's Hospital, as well as toys for distribution at Halloween (instead of candy) and for the charity toy collections. I'm also making slippers for a youth organization I belong to.

  • Sue Walley

    I totally agree with Knitkids999-I have to reduce the stash or move to a bigger house!!

  • Glouise6468

    my resolution is to get my online web page up and running and make a lot of things for everyone to buy.

  • Glouise6468

    my resolution is to get my online web page up and running and make a lot of things for everyone to buy.

  • Glouise6468

    my resolution is to get my online web page up and running and make a lot of things for everyone to buy.

  • Glouise6468

    my resolution is to get my online web page up and running and make a lot of things for everyone to buy.

  • Glouise6468

    my resolution is to get my online web page up and running and make a lot of things for everyone to buy.

  • Elainezirkle

    This year I am going to try lace weight yarn and make something really special.

  • Lfcole

    My first goal is to knit the Tree of Life Afghan. Next I want to use up at least one third of my yarn stash. Then I'd like to learn to make a sweater.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Joy-Watson/619932867 Rebecca Joy Watson

    I am so excited about tapestry crochet! I've been reading up on it and have just started my first project: a hat worked in three colors. My resolution? I want to pursue in-the-round projects using tapestry crochet, and learn how to design my own patterns.

  • Linda Quick

    MUST learn to make socks, both knitted and crocheted. I know I can do it, but I keep procrastinating. I also want to teach myself entrelac.

  • Dcox

    My goal is to find a project that will allow me to use up the many" Leftovers" I have accumilated over the last year.

  • tif

    i just want to make more stuff. it seems like homework and other things get in the way.

  • Mbsp

    In 2010 I taught myself double stranded knitting, how to knit estonia lace and studied more of the Scandanavian knitting techniques. I am always trying to expand my abilities and don't give up on the first try. Speaking of that, I attempted a pair of socks that are lace over the knee that is an expert pattern which turned out "OK" but I am not happy with them so I will rip out and do it again until they are perfect. That's the best thing about knitting, you can always rip it out and start again without wasting your yarn! My goals for this year are to learn at least three more techniques that I currently don't know how to do.

  • FoxFire

    Taking my husband's advice, I am knitting less quantity and more quality. That means less "scrap yarn scarves" and more beautiful, classy clothing. I am also going to balance out knitting for me with knitting for a few great charities (Socks for Soldiers comes to mind). This way, I don't end up with a bunch of things my family don't need, and I get to enjoy a few of my own knitted items!

  • Karen

    I'm going to work on the afghan my step-son selected when I offered to make him an afghan. It's intarsia knitting which I know very little about. Never tried it. But, I did tell him to pick his favorite pattern from the many on Lion Brand's website! So I have no one to blame. I think I'm going to make a pillow first to try and get the hang of it. His project comes up this year.

  • Laura

    I'm with you Lindsey, my resolution for 2011 is also to improve all of my organization of my stash and knitting tools. I also plan to make my first project for myself...slippers, after spending all of my years of knitting making gifts and items for others.

  • Tammy

    I am going to teach my first beginner's knitting class starting in January here on Cape Cod. Nervous.....you bet, but if 1 or 2 catch on I'll feel on top of the world.
    Next I have 2 sweaters to finish....1 is a lace sweater for my 6mo old granddaughter while the other is for....me! Finishing an entire sweater for myself will be a first. I usually knit for others.
    Lastly I want to learn Entrelac and also how to knit socks on 3 needles. Not a big list but plently to do. There are also my wips to finish......a knitters work is just never done!

  • Romana

    I want to finish the sweater I started 2 years ago that was interrupted by a fall and dislocated elbow. Also, I want to learn intartia knitting.

  • Shirley

    Doing a pair of socks a month and doing a different stitch with each pair.
    Also trying to de stash

  • Gamma22

    Because I anticipate moving to a nursing home within the next couple of years, I need to reduce my stash. My goal is to knit up as many afghans as I can to donate to shelters for abused women.

  • Fonziedog1

    I'd like to learn to make knitted I-cords and attempt cables.

  • Suestoutnh

    This year I want to try knitting some lace projects like scarves and gloves...maybe some in silk blends...and try tunisian crochet In 2010, I dove into crocheting and knitting doll clothes,boucle hats, crazy helmets inspired by video games, designing scarves, fingerless mitts, mobius scarves and a cabled afghan. There aren't enough days !!!

  • http://r-anne-dom.blogspot.com/ Ennadoolf

    Funny, I just blogged about my new year's resolutions today - and yes they are crafty! lol
    http://r-anne-dom.blogspot.com/ for my short list. :)

  • Doobee60

    To lean Bavarian crochet and to try making Monk's cloth afghans for my southern relatives

  • KnitWit

    My goal for 2011 is to enjoy every minute I'm able to knit--several years ago when I was suffering from "chemo-brain" I couldn't knit at all, not for about five years. These past couple of years I've knitted gifts for just about everyone I know and a hospice group as well. So may I never run out of friends to knit for, and always have a beautiful yarn on hand for the "next" project. And while we're making resolutions, might as well include knitting more socks for mySelf.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G57YPJKUGNAQBUZ6K5STH5LOY4 Donna

    2011 Yarn Resolutions - This year I am planning to learn to knit. I crochet quite well, but there are so many beautiful patterns and items knitted, I have decided to learn a new skill this year! I also plan to make all of our adult gifts this year - crochet, knit, paper crafts, clay, sewing - it's a large endeavor but I am going to achieve these two goals! If anyone has an idea of what a good, first knitted project would would be, I'd love to hear it.
    Happy New Year to all! It's up to us to make our new year a successful one!

  • http://peapodsplainrocks.blogspot.com/ LMarshall

    My goal for 2011 is to finish a number of knitted items that have been lying in their project bags waiting patiently. I want to create and stick to a monthly list of goals for new projects...especially those for friends and the church bazaar in November. I also want to leap into projects that require learning new skills with the same abandon I used to as a beginner.

  • Dancing_jensen

    I want to follow through on my charity donations this year. For years I find a charity or two I want to give to, maybe even make up an item or two, then never get them out. This year I'd like to get the projects to people who need them!

  • Lynne

    I intend to crochet a sweater for myself. It will be the first sweater I've made. I also plan to make a circular afghan for my oldest granddaughter. It will be the first afghan I've ever made. After that I will make a zip front sweater for my fiance. It's tunisian crochet which I've never tried. So this year will be about making items I've never tried before.

  • Ruthey1954

    I plan to find a pattern for knitting a sweater "in the round" and making one. I had a pattern for an Icelandic sweater many years ago that was knitted from the bottom up. I would like to try one that is from the top down in the round. Does anyone know of a pattern like that?

  • Aessenmacher

    I've been knitting in the round to avoid seaming for a couple of year. Time to move past that milestone this year. In 2010 I finished 60 projects, and learned to cable. Seaming in 2011 here I come!

  • Aessenmacher

    I've been knitting in the round to avoid seaming for a couple of year. Time to move past that milestone this year. In 2010 I finished 60 projects, and learned to cable. Seaming in 2011 here I come!

  • Aessenmacher

    I've been knitting in the round to avoid seaming for a couple of year. Time to move past that milestone this year. In 2010 I finished 60 projects, and learned to cable. Seaming in 2011 here I come!

  • Aessenmacher

    I've been knitting in the round to avoid seaming for a couple of year. Time to move past that milestone this year. In 2010 I finished 60 projects, and learned to cable. Seaming in 2011 here I come!

  • Margaret

    One of my resolutions was to not carry my WIP knit sweater into a fourth year, so
    I ripped it out and in a few days I will be done with my crocheted sweater that I love! My other resolution is to use up my yarn that has accumulated through the years of learning to knit and crochet (so it's not necessarily yarn I like now) so that I can buy just yarn I like. And I want to keep my WIP list at 5 projects or less.

  • LisaS417

    I am learning how to crochet in 2011- I got a head start yesterday by watching the videos on this website and then went to youtube for more instruction and started a practice circle center for a granny square afghan! I'm excited to get my yarn tomorrow and start working on the afghan!

  • julielf

    Stash management! My daughter teases that the next time she wants yarn, she'll just come to my house, since I have the contents of a small yarn store here! Any helpful hints on good storage techniques would be appreciated!

  • Audrey

    I hope to work on using double pointed needles. I just can't seem to get this right!!!!!

  • Luv2Knit

    Sounds like a lot of us have the same goal. Mine isn't any different really...I have a load of unfinished projects that really need attention. I am goint to "TRY" to abstain from the craft store for the better part of the year until I tackle them. LOL, that would probably be more on the line of "Miracle" rather than "Goal"!

  • http://www.sew-and-grow.blogspot.com Millie Green

    I learned to knit finally in 2010, using looms. In 2011, I want to greatly increase my speed and also learn knitting (proficiently) with needles. I also want to make at least 1 or 2 new loom patterns. For project goals, I want to knit a tank style sleeveless sweater (or, hopefully, rather, at least 3) by spring and complete several pairs of socks this year. But first i need to finish the bathroom rug and honeycomb scarf that have been on looms for too long!

  • Traci

    I just learned to knit about 2 years ago. I was busy making several different things. But I just got started making chemo caps. I made one for a friend of mine who is battling breast cancer. I have decided for 2011, I will make at least one chemo cap after each project I make for myself or family and friends. I love how quickly they knit up.

  • Tammie

    My husbands' grandmother passed away a few days before Christmas. During our last conversation with her a few weeks before, she asked me to learn how to knit for the both of us, as she had never learned. I've planned on learning to knit for years, but now I am so much more motivated and excited to learn. Also, for Christmas I did my first filet crochet runner for my mother-in-law. It turned out so beautiful that I have a goal to create my own pattern for an intricate filet crochet Christmas runner for next year.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A4OLYADXXI2GZCE2RXGRVCZGIM Teresa

    I am going to try to knit an afghan for myself. I have 3 charity groups I knit for every month plus I am in 2 dishcloth group KALs. Not enough hours in the day.

  • theodore

    I'm gonna try knitting my first adult sized sweater.

  • Mrsluckystone

    My first priority is to finish the project I'm in the middle of and then to learn how to use the lace blocking wires I received for Christmas. I'm looking forward to doing more lace patterns.

  • 13curly

    I want to finish the 3 sweaters I started in the last year. One I have to finish before Stitches West at the end of February.

  • Hzjewl

    1) To finally knit a pair of sock or two or twenty along with a sweater.
    2) Start Christmas gifts in January not September.

  • Queenpattijo

    I'm going to learn how to knit socks on my new knitting sock loom that I received for Christmas.

  • Coffeebuddy

    My goal for 2011 is to make something for myself. I'm always knitting and crocheting for others.
    fran

  • Carcher

    I am interested in completing The Knitting Guild Associations Master Knitters program. I finished the Basics program in 2010 and learned so much. My projects have taken on a new look. The program helps you identify problem areas, look at your projects with a critical eye, and correct small problems that effect the look of the piece. I want to complete Master Level 1 in 2011. I think it will take 10 hours per week. I plan to spend 5 hours each week end and 1 hour each week night. I am keeping a blog of my progress at http://forgetmeknotsgarden.wordpress.com/ Check it out.

  • koffiebean

    Use up my stash! I'm a yarn addict when there is a sale at my local yarn shop! So much yarn, so little time

  • Ngeorge2

    I have two resolutions: (1) use a specified portion (not all!) of my stash before any more yarn purchases. (2) never have more than 3 knitting projects going at one time

  • I want to take the Master Knitter and Master Crocheter courses!

  • Anana

    I really would like to learn how to knit top down and start a crochet vest

  • Patty

    I have several goals for 2011, first is to better organize my stash and then check there before purchasing more yarn. I did use my stash to make hats, mittens and I've started socks and feel pretty good about that. I would like to expand my Tunisian Crochet techniques and make more gifts in 2011.

  • :)

    No more yarn purchases until I eliminate my stash. Okay, not all of the sock yarn as I don't think that's possible, but all of the rest.

  • Jan0310

    I want to make a sweater that actually fits! Time to focus on gauge and adjusting the pattern to fit me. And finish all my wips. And reduce the stash.

  • JudiB

    I want to become proficient using double-pointed needles and learn how to make socks. I also vow to finish one unfinished sweater and donate more knitting to good causes.

  • Hapiatlast

    Crafting resolutions for 2011:
    1) Finish what I have started. (UFOs)
    2) Use up all yarn, fabric, notions, patterns, etc. that I have purchased with the intention of "making" something.
    3) Really, really make birthday and Christmas gifts myself.
    4) Set aside time, instead of finding the time, to pursue crafting
    5) Challenge myself to learn new techniques instead of sticking with what I know.
    6) MOST OF ALL: Enjoy the process.

  • Liz

    Take photos of everything I make!

  • Liz

    Take photos of everything I make!

  • Voiceovergirl

    I want to do many of the ideas listed already. Finish projects, organize my stash, don't buy anymore yarn and give away old yarn I found from 20 years ago. Also I want to knit my myself a sweater. Thought I'd start small and knitted a baby sweater it took me 6 months, just finished, a real feat for me. I'm a crocheter, it's much faster
    Working on challenging myself with different knitting styles of hats. Keep your fingers
    crossed.

  • Gwen

    Wow! So many resolutions! My stash is organized and manageable, only have one UFO (it's the project I work on between the others) and I completely enjoy my crochet work. So, I hereby resolve to challenge myself to learn more and more difficult stitches well and to learn more about creative design. The road to new knowledge and creations will be exciting!

  • Nezini

    I decided to crochet a scarf a week to give to the Home of the Innocents here in Louisville. Also to finish all my crochet projects that were started and pushed aside for something newer and more interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Kettell/624195686 Sarah Kettell

    My New Year's crafting resolution is to give sock knitting another shot. I plan on trying the double circular needle technique instead of the four double pointed needles, which is traditional. I also want to make more for my Etsy store and actually make a sweater this year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=845650267 Jennifer Hoogerdijk-McLarty

    I want to learn Intarsia knitting this year. This is the one technique that intimidates me. I taught myself to knit and did cable knitting on my very first project (the project I taught myself to know on). I was told this was pretty incredible that I could cable knit so early in my knitting experience. My philosophy has always been that if you can follow instructions, you can do it successfully. For some reason I'm afraid to follow my own philosophy when it comes to Intarsia knitting. Here's hoping I can accomplish this in the new year.

  • Sjohnson622

    My husband has wanted a sweater since I first learned to cast on about 3 years ago. I signed up for the Inishturk knit-along last year, bought the yarn and needles, and it sat in the bag in the corner.

    #1 is to finish the Inishturk by St. Pat's day (I swatched in size 8 and got 16 stitches over 3.5 inches, so I cast on in size 9 last night and started a new swatch. That is a start, right?)

    I'm also guilty of having and endless queue and number of half-finished projects. So, I hope to clean this up before moving on to new. This includes:

    #2 is to make make the hats I have in my queue for family members.

    #3 Make sweaters for my daughter (I have a bunch of patterns in my LBY queue, but I'm determined to finish #1 before I cast on any of them.)

    #4 Master mittens this summer/fall in time to make some for gifts.

    #5 Learn the Granny Square so I can use up the left over yarn. I'm told these are fun, easy, and relatively mindless which will be nice after a stressful day. I'm the only novice crocheter I know who doesn't know the granny square! LOL

    #6 - Learn Intarsia and make the Country Afghan. I read on a parenting blog or website (wish I could remember where) that next season maps are going to be the hot item for kidswear and decor. How neat would it be to have that done by Thanksgiving?

  • Sjohnson622

    My husband has wanted a sweater since I first learned to cast on about 3 years ago. I signed up for the Inishturk knit-along last year, bought the yarn and needles, and it sat in the bag in the corner.

    #1 is to finish the Inishturk by St. Pat's day (I swatched in size 8 and got 16 stitches over 3.5 inches, so I cast on in size 9 last night and started a new swatch. That is a start, right?)

    I'm also guilty of having and endless queue and number of half-finished projects. So, I hope to clean this up before moving on to new. This includes:

    #2 is to make make the hats I have in my queue for family members.

    #3 Make sweaters for my daughter (I have a bunch of patterns in my LBY queue, but I'm determined to finish #1 before I cast on any of them.)

    #4 Master mittens this summer/fall in time to make some for gifts.

    #5 Learn the Granny Square so I can use up the left over yarn. I'm told these are fun, easy, and relatively mindless which will be nice after a stressful day. I'm the only novice crocheter I know who doesn't know the granny square! LOL

    #6 - Learn Intarsia and make the Country Afghan. I read on a parenting blog or website (wish I could remember where) that next season maps are going to be the hot item for kidswear and decor. How neat would it be to have that done by Thanksgiving?

  • Jennie

    1. Finish all UFOs (I'm almost done as that was a 2010 resolution).
    2. Whittle down the stash.
    3. Anything new should primarily come from the books, magazines, and patterns I've already purchased (rather than purchasing new).
    4. Learn to cable.

    I've got a whole year, right?

  • theFilus

    Last year I wanted to make a cable knit scarf for my son. I've never done cables, as the needles always slip out and cause frustration. I decided to make a differnt one. I took some fimo clay, made a wearable hook that I use to pick up stiches and knit off the hook when needed, One for my thumb ( front stiches ) and one for left ring finger for back stiches. Works great, never seen one before, and maybe I should sell them!

  • Fayza

    I want to finish the Knit Lion Country Afghan, which I started on New Years' Eve, as well as reduce my stash by knitting more of it up.

    I also want to learn to knit socks, because my best friend joked that I should make socks for my fiancee to keep him from getting "cold feet"... haha. Funny.

  • http://notjustapurlgirl.blogspot.com/ Kristi Paul

    Learn (or attempt to learn) entrelac knitting. More charity knitting. More knitting gifts. Knitting for my house, not just clothing.

  • amanda

    Donate any yarn I know I have no intention of using. Organize the yarn I plan to keep better.

  • Lutie

    I am a pattern junkie - I have hundreds of patterns, many printed out from the internet, and they need to be organized by type (hats and caps, socks and slippers, etc.). Going to enlist DD #3 in this and pay her for it. I keep them in redweld files. I've done it before so I know it really helps, to be able to find them later, but it just sort of creeps up on me!

  • Pat Snyder

    Too many resolutions: crochet socks, finish cardigan (don't you hate sewing things together?), clean out yarn, organize patterns. But my favorite resolution is to go to the conference in Minneapolis in July!

  • http://bniel.blogspot.com/ Beth

    To get some crochet patterns published!

  • Rclclark

    I am knitting for a charity shawl project so will continue this, we meet as a group once or twice a month. Just ordered yarn to make leggings for my daughter and hope to get an early start on some items for next Christmas. Also have an new baby coming in summer so will knit something after finishing the leggings!

  • Susan DiCocco

    I will use all the yarn I bought last year (on impukse) and try my hand at spinning yarn. There will be a spinning class in Philadelphia in a few months.

  • Scrapperg

    I have resolved to finish all of my PhDs (Projects half Done) this year and really learn how to knit socks. I have a pair in the works, but I am scared to turn the heel and finish the toes! I also have at least two scarves started as well as an afghan, so there is plenty to do.

  • Ijfranklin17

    My resolution is to finish as many UFOs as possible and organize my stash and patterns. I'm like others posted here...I see a new pattern or new yarn and have to take off in that direction. I am determined to not purchase any more yarn until my stash is under control. I also want to learn how to know socks using the Two-at-a-time-toe-up pattern.

  • Martha

    My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in October. She lost all of her hair a couple of weeks ago. I found a crocheted chemo cap pattern on this web site and made her a cap from organic cotton. I am going to see how she likes it... and, if she does... I would like to make one or two a month this year to donate to others going through chemo treatments.

  • Hapi2Run

    I'd like to learn how to crochet this year. Lots of friends tell me it's easier than knitting, so why am I so hesitant?? I'd also like to finish my Christmas gifts by Thanksgiving.

  • Knittat

    My resolution this year is to learn to knit in the round and with double pointed needles. I want to be able to knit caps for an ER closet and socks for my sister.

  • Tammy R

    Complete at least one level of the Master Knitting program!

  • Mountain_butterfly

    I just completed my very first sweater. It was my own design and turned out great. My husband loves it. Now my goal is to make a sweater for each of us, and learn to do socks. I've always done for everyone else. This year I intend to make some of the things I need.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D45J2GJFPS25SHVS2ZSHOIV4JY BEATRICE

    i like reading what others are thinking about.We did a r

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D45J2GJFPS25SHVS2ZSHOIV4JY BEATRICE

    i like readin what others write.it gives me other ideas.We did a room over this fall because its in the basment my son said hey mom knit the rugs for the floor.of course i'm really thinking about that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D45J2GJFPS25SHVS2ZSHOIV4JY BEATRICE

    i like reading what others are thinking about.We did a r

  • WAyarngal

    My goal for 2011 is to continue to learn lace knitting, and master simple things with a knitting machine which I have had for several years but not had time to work with. Most of all to spend time with my almost 13 year old handing down the spinning, weaving, knitting etc. she is now so interested in. We will be organizing our own craft cottage in the back yard and I hope to stay healthy as I am stage 4 Breast cancer but stable now. It will be a great year!