- Get smarty. Take this time to read your planned projects' pattern details. Use this time to get accurate measurements, double check sizing and definitely highlight or circle the pattern sizing that applies to you. Stop when you get to swatching...no cheating here!
- Get outta the house! Go ahead, after all that planning who wouldn't feel inspired to purchase some new materials to work with. Plan a coffee and yarn shopping day!
- Time to get sorted. Paper patterns are the best and the worst. They are fun because you can download and print instantly but on the flip side, they need a place to live. Use this time to sort out your paper patterns by pattern type or by clothing and home wares, baby and adult, or even just knitting and crochet. Label everything and in time you will appreciate your sorting skills!
- Purge. Much like point number 4, it's time to purge your collection of knitting books. There are a few questions you can ask yourself to help set up rules around what can stay and what has to go such as: Have I even looked in this book in the past year? Did I buy this for myself or was it an add on sale at the op shop because it was only $1.00? Will this book of adorable newborn patterns still fit my 18 year old son? You get the point. Be realistic.
- Look inside your knitting bag. Can you even see the bottom for all the threads and needles? Perhaps its time to lay out all your needles that you have collected and separate out and keep one (okay, maybe two) full sets.
- Is there a designer in you? Do you always think of little ideas to knit and promise yourself you will write it down but never do? Today is the day to write down a few of those soon to be knitting patterns. Start by sketching on some graph paper or writing out one size in words. See where 'just getting started' takes you!
- Create a style journal. This year I made a conscious effort to be more picky about what I knit myself. One thing I found really helps is to cut and paste images of the things you think you like into a journal. Revisit these images later and decide if there is any longstanding feelings about the item. If not, don't remove the image simply 'x' it out so you remember later on that maybe the '80's slouch off one shoulder sweater just isn't for you anymore. (... or maybe it is!)
- Do a video course. There are some awesome online video courses out there that lets be honest, only work if you have the time to sit and watch them. Now is your chance to pic up some extra techniques and know hows about anything really!
- Look for inspiration. Get online and peruse the troves of patterns out there. Don't just go to your regular hangouts, look at new designers or follow a different hashtag. Every once in a while, I let myself get lost in the blogsphere. I start with one of my favourite blogs and allow myself to take the journey of clicking links to other sites or social media. I have found new knitting designers, patterns, tools and much more, just by not controlling the search so much as taking the journey.
- Personally, I like the tidbits of tasks that make up the whole of a project, so step 1 - 9 really suit me. However, It's okay too to just walk away from your knitting world. Set everything aside and do something different!
I really do love knitting. If that's not obvious throughout my posts and photos, it will become very apparent in the following list! As I wait for my thumb to heal, I have realised that there are so many back end tasks that can be done in preparation for my upcoming knitting and crochet projects. This is by no means a 'must do' checklist. Think of it as a there's more to knitting than knitting list!
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