I know I have been absent from AmandaBanana Knits and Paints, I kept thinking about the blog and wanting to write but I hated the fact that I had been lazy and hadn’t written. So because I hadn’t written for weeks, I was afraid or embarrassed to get started. Then weeks became months and the embarrassment and fear or failure grew bigger. My silly fears became my downfall and I didn’t post for the last few months.
I decided that January, full of resolutions, would be the perfect time to restart AmandaBanana Knits and Paints. A new year, a new me and a second beginning for my blog. Fear will no longer stand in my way.
In the beginning of 2917, I had three knitting goals (if I remember correctly):
- Minimize my yarn stash and use 20 balls of yarn before buying more
- Make my husband a sweater
- Make me a cowichan sweater
So how did things go? I decided in June that I would wait on the second and third goal. I really wanted to work on minimizing stash and purchasing yarn for two sweaters would not help with that, especially when I already had yarn for multiple sweaters!
The first goal went well, I used 20 balls from stash, it took me longer than anticipated as I was on a fingering weight kick! For the year I ended up using 49 balls of yarn, way more than I purchased. Until the end of December, any purchases were used immediately. After that I focused on Christmas knitting.
Here is my full jar of yarn labels.
For 2018, I have some similar knitting resolutions:
- Minimize yarn stash, only participating in a one ball per month subscription of Knitted Wit yarn my local LYS is having.
- Having 60 balls of yarn in my jar by the end of 2018
- Use up scrap yarn, it is beginning to pile up!
I still plan on making my two sweaters but I really like the idea of minimizing stash and decluttering my yarn room.
Good luck to you all on your knitting resolutions!