December 29th, 2017

WEBS Fiber Follow Through: 2018 Crafting Resolutions

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New year, who dis? #WEBSFiberFollowThrough, that’s who! 

2018 is coming, and at WEBS we are all about making new resolutions – especially those that have to do with yarn. Whether we want to knit more, work through our stashes, or learn a new technique, a new year is the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf, and pick up your needles, hook, drop spindle . . . you get the idea.

Back in 2013, Dena, our e-Commerce Marketing Manager, wrote a blog series that took us through each day in January with a different tip or trick to keep us organized and on track. The 31 Days to Get Organized series is an invaluable resource when it comes to considering all the ways to streamline your fiber artistry. Now, five years later, we’re taking it up a notch and setting realistic goals for ourselves. I asked a few of my coworkers if they have any crafty resolutions for 2018.

For her New Year’s resolution, Dena says, “I want to pick up my needles every day in 2018. When life gets busy, taking the time to knit drops off. Knitting is good for my brain and makes me happy. So I want to commit to just 15 minutes of knitting every day. Knitting baby steps will turn into forward progress on my WIPs. #kniteveryday.” So much can be accomplished in just 15 minutes a day – in a week, that’s almost almost two hours of knitting, which really adds up!

Mittens knit by Abby in Spincycle Yarns Knit Fast Dye Young

Jess, one of our customer service representatives says, “I have a boring typical resolution to use my stash and not add to it.  Only buy yarn with projects to make it with. I also resolve to finish one of my projects that has been in time out for quite some time now!” 

Andrea, our Email Marketing Coordinator also wants to finish all of her works in progress. She told me, “I have 12 or so, some of which are 10 years old. I’m hoping that by doing this, I’ll finally rid myself of ‘start-itis guilt’.” We all know that guilty feeling of starting a new project while there are  still a few (or more) sitting on our needles. Even though most of us knit for our own enjoyment, it’s a tough feeling to shake – I have multiple projects myself that I should probably frog, wash the yarn, and then reskein. 

And as for me, I am always hoping to finish a set number of items in a year, like three sweaters, two shawls, and 4 pairs of socks. It rarely happens, but a girl can dream. In 2017, most of my knitting was for WEBS – a shawl, a blanket, a cowl, and many, many swatches. I did manage to complete several weaving projects, a Find Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry, as well as a few hats and most of a sweater. This coming year, though, I’d like to consciously work through my stash.

Marykate’s Find Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry knit in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Working at WEBS is definitely dangerous if you’re a fiber junkie like me.  With all of the new and exciting yarns, patterns, and accessories coming through on a daily basis, I can hardly go two weeks without coming home with something. For the most part, I try to keep my stash organized. Since working here, I rarely buy without a project in mind, but of course things wind up at my desk that I absolutely NEED! Wildwood Yarns Superwash DK Hand Dyed by Madelinetosh and the Ziggy Stardust Cowl Kit from Freia and Tanis Grey are two items that recently followed me home. Still, like a lot of us,  I feel kinda guilty buying more yarn when I have SO MUCH at home.

This fall, I got rid of a TON of yarn. Scraps I didn’t know what to do with, colors that didn’t excite me, pilled/felted/cat-chewed bits and hunks of unidentified yarns and projects went straight into a garbage bag. Full or nearly full skeins of nicer yarns went to work friends. All of my yarn (with a few exceptions) fits neatly into a set of shelves. With everything on display, sitting pretty and looking organized, I really don’t have an excuse to not use my stash!

What I’ve come up with is a new system, borrowing from Dena’s January 10th, 2013 blog post, “Tracking Your Yarn Stash”. Dena talks about using Ravelry, Excel, and other programs to keep an inventory of what’s in your stash at home. Personally, I think a Google doc or an Excel spreadsheet work best for my needs. I can organize what I have in any way that I choose, and it’s easy to update and switch around.

To start, I’ve been tracking the brand name, yarn name, weight, color, and color family – just like Ravelry. I can also easily rearrange the order in which yarns appear, but I have them organized by planned project. Another rule of thumb I have is to store yarn with the pattern, or in a box with the name of the intended pattern written somewhere on it. It’s been helping me to be less disorganized, and I feel like there will be less of a chance that I’ll see a single skein and ask myself, “Why did I buy this?”

I’ve also listed the quantity I have on hand of each color, the date of purchase if I know it, where it came from, as well as the intended pattern. I also would like to put a link to the finished project on Ravelry.

I also added a couple of extra tabs at the bottom to organize fiber and any patterns or books that I don’t currently have yarns for, but would like to knit. I’m hoping that this will help me weed my ever-growing book and pattern collection, but we can get into that later . . .

What are your new year’s resolutions? Let’s all keep each other accountable in 2018! Tag your posts on Instagram as #WEBSfiberfollowthrough for a chance to be featured! 

And don’t forget – if you’re looking to add some stash to knit up in 2018, our Year End Sale is going on now through January 4th in store and online!

An Amethyst Brook afghan in the works.

 

Marykate

Marykate

Marykate has worked at WEBS since April of 2016, first in the retail store, and then as the Marketing Coordinator. She is mainly a knitter, which she's been doing since childhood, but dabbles in spinning, crochet, and weaving. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her three cats and enormous stash of Valley Yarns.
Marykate

2 Responses to “WEBS Fiber Follow Through: 2018 Crafting Resolutions”

  1. Tonya Leach Says:

    What are the yarns in the first photo? I would love to add those to my stash!

  2. Marykate Says:

    Hi Tonya, it’s 2/14 Alpaca Silk – perfect for weaving or even lace knitting!

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