Renee Jones moved back to the Chicago area from the Carolinas over the summer with boxes, plural, of unfinished knitting projects. Her goal for 2013 is a direct reflection of those boxes: “I am going to finish all of my one-sleeved sweaters,” she says. For the remaining days of 2012, Jones has joked that she is starting as many projects as she can and just focus on finishing in 2013.
Thus is the life of the knitter; New Year’s resolutions do not have to be based in finances, romance, health and wellness, or even improving on a personal best. Resolutions can be based on an aspect of your life, like being a better driver, cook, or even knitter.
Jones is not the only one who would like to finish projects which have been started, but are still hanging out on a spare needle or stitch holder somewhere. Katherine Hegg, instructor and employee at Knit Nirvana in Forest Park, is renewing her resolution from last year of finishing old projects. A sufferer of the “Start-its,” Hegg has a goal of finishing six old projects in the coming year.
Chicagoan Katie Jacob agrees. “Mine is to finish my UFO’s (unfinished objects),” she says, as she jokes that she has had the same New Year’s knitting resolution for the past several years.
Shell Bibbs, a Maywood resident, is excellent at crochet but wants to spend 2013 improving her knitting. “I want to get so good that everything I’ve ever wanted to knit, I can do it.” For others, it is a matter of dedicating time. “I just want to do it more,” says Oak Park resident Eleanor Trenary.
Amy Kaufman was given a copy of a knitting book for Hanukkah by her husband of 20 years. She once knitted a knee-length panel coat with the help of a friend, who rewrote bits of the pattern for her, and it took her six months. Kaufman’s goal for this year is to complete a pattern from her new Hanukkah present. “I want to both start and finish the Garter Stitch Coat,” she said, flipping to the page in the book to show it off.
Concentrating on specific items are another common resolution; as the Windy City Knitting Guild has unofficially declared 2013 as the Year of the Hat, Karen Plomin will focus on making hats. “I plan on doing at least one hat pattern every month to donate to charity,” she says. Karen also has a project that was put aside so she could finish her Christmas knitting, and that project will be resumed in January. “Spring Aqua Sweater I see you hiding in the corner, prepare to be finished!”
No matter your resolution, 2013 can be a year of challenge, or a year of back-to-basics. The beauty of the new year is that it is whatever you make of it. I ask readers to please share their New Year’s Knitting Resolutions in the “Comments” section below.
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