Early New Year’s Yarn Resolutions

When you want to make a resolution that will stick, turn to your trusted hobbies…like yarn!

It’s that time of year, when the magic of the season is winding down. With one big hooplah left, my thoughts have turned toward the new year and the much-hated resolution time.  I have written about the futility of this practice before, especially when it comes to life-changing practices. It’s great to review your life and make tweeks here and there, but expecting to lose those extra 10, 20, 30 pounds or write the Great American Novel may be a stretch.  For me, those aren’t the kind of decisions made during New Year’s.  What’s your process, if anything?

Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!

So I’m making a resolution that I should be able to stick with. For January, I am going to wallow in yarn indulgence and make nothing but socks. I have drawers full of fingering weight yarn that are stuffed. I have nowhere else to put the fluffy, gooey wonderfulness, so I’m going to do what nature intended, damnit!

Having said that, my first two sock projects are being made with worsted and bulky yarn, in that order!

As for sock building technique, I am so married to the concept of cuff down, I don’t know if I’ll honestly ever try toe-up. I know, there are those of you in Yarnlandia that are die-hard toe-up fans and you’re huge advocates, and that’s ok. I just don’t like the increasing part of it – I’m a decrease kinda gal. My focus, instead, will be stranding or the fair isle technique when possible. I have seen some beautiful works of art intricately worked into a pair of socks, and that is my ultimate goal. To get there, I just need to keep practicing, because apparently, I’m not a natural – but that’s never stopped me from doing something I want to do!

As for my online graphics business, I’m still waiting for the “surge” – ! If you’re old enough to know what I’m talking about, bless you! LOL! And I do appreciate any of you sharing the link. It’s the digital version of “word of mouth”!

This shop is for those of you who don’t like Etsy! I know there are a few of you out there. ūüėČ https://inktale.com/nittinninja

For those of you who prefer Etsy, or just don’t care! Remember, if you’re not into the product concept, please share it so someone who would like it can view it! https://www.etsy.com/shop/NittinNinja

I also plan to do it this year – I promise! I’m finally going to make a temperature blanket for 2020. Tomorrow, I’m going to battle the post-Christmas crowds and make my way down to Joann’s in Roseville – ugh! – and get my yarns.

These are my temp ranges and colors. Didn’t want to get too complicated on either. I’ve seen some charts that break down the temp by five degrees and have 16 different color variations. I will be using the crochet moss stitch and starting on January 1st. Wish me luck!

So there you have it; some resolutions that will be easy to obtain! Yay! What do you have lined up for the next year?

Year’s End and Yarn Fashion Trends

With 2015 rapidly approaching, most of us reflect upon the last 12 months, some of us actually write up a list of resolutions, while others of us don’t really care. ¬†I would put myself in the last category; not that I couldn’t do with a few of the usual resolutions, such as lose weight, but one does not have to wait until the new year to effect that life change.

 

Over the course of the last several weeks it would seem that I’ve been busy with my yarning, but not in any significant way. ¬†Since I’ve taken up with big, bulky yarns – love them! – my projects have a tendency to last about a day, and then I’m casting about for something else…no pun intended there. I have mentioned, frequently, that I like quick projects for that instant gratification one feels when one is finished, but now, I’m looking for sweater/pullover projects. ¬†The one I started last month turned out to be a dud, and I had to frog the whole thing. ¬†Whoever wrote the pattern didn’t make the sleeves concomitant with the size and I didn’t catch this until I was putting the sweater together. ¬†>:-( ¬†I will be posting the patterns I whipped up with pictures, with either a pattern from me or a link to fiber artist I found.

In the interim, it’s that time for me to post fashion trends information for those of you who are interested. ¬†And guess what? ¬†Bulky yarn is IN! ¬†Enjoy the read.

http://blog.lionbrand.com/2014/12/23/5-knit-and-crochet-and-yarn-trends-for-2015/