A look back at 2015 lessons learned…

This is the time of year to reflect on the past year and the lessons we learned.   I asked The Stitchin’ Den staff to specifically think about what they learned from or about knitting and other fiber arts in 2015.  (Disclaimer:  I am using “knitting” or “knitters”, but, in this post,  that word will include all the fiber artists.  So if you are a crocheter, seamstress, cross stitcher, quilter, or…please substitute your craft for “knit”).  The staff  answers were as varied as the people and are listed here to stimulate your thinking.

What did you learn from or about knitting in 2015?

Susan — If you need to untangle mohair, put it in the freezer and try again.  If that doesn’t work, throw the yarn away!

 

Donna–Don’t let emotion cloud reason:-)

Kathy –I knew I had an excessive amount of projects started, but when I took an inventory of my WIPs, I was truly shocked!  I do think I have finally learned that one CAN start too many projects!  I need to become a “monogamous” knitter.

Alison — Since January 1, I have put all my finished projects in my notebook on Ravelry.   It enables me to keep a record of the needle size, the yarn used, and the amount of yarn required.   It also enables me to record the start and  finish date so I can remember how long it took.  There is a place for notes so I can remind myself of any changes I made or difficulties I encountered.  I also upload a picture.  By doing this I realized that I have completed 45 projects this year, which seems amazing.  I would never have guessed I knitted so many…mainly because 3/4 of the projects I knitted were for others, and I gave them away.  Next year, I may knit more for myself.

J’Ann — When casting on a large number of stitches, avoid the frustration of counting stitches over and over again by placing a marker every 20 stitches.  This allows you to get your new project started much faster and easier.

Elaine — This year I learned that my ideal project combines “plain” yarn and interesting stitches.  I call the family of stitches that I enjoy so much either “squooshy” or “two-and-a-half dimensions” because they tend to be thick and soft.  If they are also reversible, so much the better!  In traditional terms, some of these stitches are brioche, fisherman stitch, knit-one-below, reversible stripe, reversible eyelet stitch, reversible cables, and tuck stitch.  I hope to keep adding “squooshies” to my repertoire.

Pati — I learned to knit this year.  I am currently working on my fifth project.  I am hooked!

We encourage you to think about lessons you have learned from or about knitting this year.  You may be like some of us and use these lessons as a starting point for developing your 2016 fiber arts goals.