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Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2010

It's New Year's Eve, and I'm having a party tonight!

I'm already thinking about tomorrow, though—I can't believe it's going to be 2011. Why does the time seem to go faster as we get older? My (totally nonscientific) theory is that we have more to worry about and our minds are working faster to process everything, so it seems like time passes quicker.

With time going by so fast, I feel like I have to evaluate my knitting projects and get organized! This organization bug seems to hit me two or three times a year. I'm moving in the next couple of weeks, so it's the perfect opportunity to go through my stash and organize my projects.

I thought I'd do a list of knitting resolutions for this newsletter, but it occurred to me that I haven't checked in on last year's resolutions for several months! Let's do that now; here they are:

Learn the Norwegian cast-on. Done! I use this cast-on a lot now, it's a good staple and its stretchiness is perfect for hats and cuff-down socks.

Don't start any  new projects until my important UFOs are finished! Mission somewhat accomplished. I finished several UFOs, including several of my knit-along projects. (I'm almost always the last one done with my own knit-alongs, and I never did finish my Every Way Wrap!)

Do an entrelac project. Nope, not done. I'm leaving this on my list for this year.


Intarsia Beret from Inside Intarsia
Circles from Inca Knits
Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style

Practice my intarsia skills. This is partially done. I've practiced my skills, but I haven't done a real project yet so I'm going to bump this up to the top of my list. I love our Knitting Daily Workshop Inside Intarsia with Anne Berk (now available as a digital download!); I've had the Circles jacket (from Marianne Isager's book Inca Knits) on my list for over a year now, and Inside Intarsia inspired me to actually tackle this project. I have a couple of things to finish first, but I hope to get to this project by the fall. It'll be here sooner that I think!

So, here are my resolutions for 2011:

1. Knit an intarsia project; hopefully I've practiced enough to do Circles! But I think I'll start with Anne Berk's Intarsia Beret from Inside Intarsia, which I would love to make in brown, tan, and maybe a China blue.

2. Knit an entrelac project. I love Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style! It's also been on my to-do list, so I think it's about time to tackle it.

3. Finish at least one of my knit-alongs on time.
That's a big goal for me, but I know I can do it. (The next knit-along will be announced here on January 3.)

4. Organize my knitting needles and catalog them in one of those cool iPhone Apps.
I know I never need another pair of 9s, for instance, but can't seem to find any circular 4s. How can that be?

5. Take advantage of the aforementioned organizing bug!
I plan to go through my stash and put together my works-in-progress projects (WIPs) so they're easy to finish. I'm going to put them in Ziploc bags with the patterns and needles, and I'm also going to make a list of which needles are in which WIP and keep it with my needles, just so I don't buy needles I don't need. I'll also put upcoming projects in bags with their patterns. I like to do this because it helps me visualize my stash in terms of finished objects, not just as bins of yarn.

I think that's enough to keep me busy.

It's been a wonderful year for me and I hope you've had a good one too. At my party I'm going to raise a glass to you, my Knitting Daily friends; thanks for a great year of knitting, fun, and friendship.


P.S. Leave a comment and tell me what your new year's resolutions are!

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Jan B. wrote
on Jan 17, 2011 12:10 PM


I've inherited my mother's supply of knitting needles so, added to my own, I have a lot!  I understand your needle stash predicament! I store all the straight ones in two roll-up frabric containers, one purchased, one I made years ago.  But I've way outgrown them.  Do you have any ideas for storage of a large quantity of straight needles?  Should I make a roll-up one that will hold them all?  I haven't seen a suitable one readymade.  For my circulars, I am thrilled to have found the Circular Solution, which hangs from a hanger and keeps them all untangled and easily identifiable.

Thanks, Jan

MarianC@7 wrote
on Jan 11, 2011 12:29 PM

Hi Kathleen - I really enjoy your posts.  I'm going to borrow two of your ideas:

The I phone app idea & putting upcoming projects in zip locks. Thanks.

I grew up in Rosalia so I am familiar with Spokane & still have family living in the area.  May your New Year be very kind to you & yours.


randspearson wrote
on Jan 5, 2011 6:07 PM

For you iPhone app..... Knit Minder! Love it! So far the best I've used!

For New Years- finish some UFO's!

shodge wrote
on Jan 5, 2011 8:20 AM

Kathleen, you will love the entrelac stole. Debbie Bliss's "How To Knit" also has a good pattern. I made mine in just 3 weeks (yes, I lost sleep) last August, using Noro Silk Garden Lite...9 different colorways! I saw this in a shop in NYC and was blown away. With 9 different colorways, the result is an absolute knockout. Good luck and have fun. (And do learn to knit backwards; it isn't hard.)

Susan in S.C.

KaytD wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 4:01 PM

I am addicted to bags; forget your Manolo Blahniks, if I was Carrie Bradshaw I'd be barefoot - with a stunning purse!

When I begin to organize myself, I take out my beautiful bags and begin to distribute my WIPs and UFOs among them.  I then hang them on pegs in my hallway (so other's can enjoy their beauty) and each day I grab whichever takes my fancy.  Each project gets worked on little by little and before you know it they're completed.

moulderp wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 2:43 PM

I don't have an iPhone but I created a listing in Excel a few years ago. First I listed the straight needles by size and length and another grouping for circular, also by size and length. (I have three lengths of some sizes.) I carry a printout in my address book, so it is always handy.

Love the demos!

ckmay wrote
on Jan 4, 2011 10:48 AM

What type of iPhone app are you referring to using to catalog your supplies (knitting needles, etc.)?

DebbieP@3 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 7:15 PM

I too want to get more organized.  I love your idea of not only putting the current projects in bags, but the upcoming projects in bags too.  That way when I am ready for something new, I won't have to go searching for what I need for the new project.  Good luck to everyone who is trying to get more organized this year!

KimC@3 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 5:38 PM

Happy New Year Everyone,

For 2011, I plan on doing the following:

1. Catalogue my knitting patterns.

2. Organize my stash.

3. Knit more from my stash and buy less yarn until a good amount of my stash has been knitted up.

4. Learn double knitting.

5. Go to one knitting seminar/festival/cruise.


bobbinalong wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 5:26 PM

When it comes to why time seems to go faster as we get older, my personal theory is this:

When you are four years old, 12 months is 1/4 of your lifespan!  When you are 20 years old, a year is 1/20 of your life.  Five years to a 20-year-old may then be the same relative time as a year to a four-year-old.

As far as 2011, I have resolved to go on a strict diet beginning January 7th -- my goal is for my HOUSE to lose 10 pounds of clutter daily until I have everything organized (except my "studio" space, which functions best in happy chaos).

Happy New Year!

ValSew on Ravelry

texgal55 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 4:52 PM

Happy New Year to you also, Kathleen!!  I thoroughly enjoy your Newsletter.  I makes me feel better knowing that you, too, are not perfect. I have about 5 projects that I need to do, some in knit and some in crochet. Those things are going to be at the top of my NY Resolution list.  I'm not much on organization either, so that's going to be next on my list. I have yarn, needles, hooks, and other tools scattered hither and yon.  Next, I want to learn English knitting and also intarsia.  I knit continental style (at least I think that's what it is -- it's the throw your yarn method.)  I crochet much faster than I knit and I'm thinking that one reason I'm such a slow knitter is because I don't English knit. It just seems that every time I'm going to knit something, I'm in a hurry and don't want to slow myself down by trying to learn a new method. I'm also going to knit some socks this year. I want to get  that book you mentioned. I want to learn to design my own scarf.  I also want to do some mitts this year. I vowed around Christmas this year, as I was struggling to get things finished, that I would start as soon as I get my left over projects done on things to give as presents for Christmas 2011. So wish me luck!  You mentioned moving -- I hope that means just another abode and not another town?  Knitting along, Myra Wade

on Jan 3, 2011 5:34 AM


je voudrai souhaiter "BONNE ANNEE" à toutes les tricoteuses de ce site et vous remercier pour tous les modèles et leurs conseils

                          MERCI  et BONNE ANNEE   A TOUTES

on Jan 3, 2011 5:32 AM


je voudrai souhaiter "BONNE ANNEE" à toutes les tricoteuses de ce site et vous remercier pour tous les modèles et leurs conseils

                          MERCI  et BONNE ANNEE   A TOUTES

on Jan 3, 2011 5:31 AM


je voudrai souhaiter "BONNE ANNEE" à toutes les tricoteuses de ce site et vous remercier pour tous les modèles et leurs conseils

                          MERCI  et BONNE ANNEE   A TOUTES

knitfixation wrote
on Jan 2, 2011 11:19 PM

Hi!  I love getting your daily e-mails - it feels like you are a guest in my home.  As for your New Year's Eve post:

My theory on why time goes faster the older we get:

When we are, say 10 years old - 5 years is half of our life - it seems like forever.  Conversely, when we are 50, 5 years is only one-tenth of our life and seems like a drop in the ocean.  5 years to a child is a long time but to a seasoned adult, it's a tick in time.

Keep the informative posts coming!  I love to read them.  As for resolutions, I am going to learn new techniques.  Just learned the wrap and turn today and I love it.


MarcieF wrote
on Jan 2, 2011 12:15 AM

Entrelac - I have a new book from the library with the clearest instructions I've seen - and, honestly, I just want to knit a swatch so I can tell myself I have done it.  I don't want anything made from it - took me a while to admit that.  But as a technique, it looms in my future!

on Jan 1, 2011 11:36 PM

Your number 5 resolution need to be my #1. I always mean to do this but don't get it done and it is so frustrating to not be able to find the size needles I need. Thanks for the push in the right direction. Cataloging my needles in my phone is also on my to get done list!.  Happy New Year.

Carol, knittingrammy, Pitman, NJ

JaniceS@13 wrote
on Jan 1, 2011 4:05 PM

My resolution?  To hopefully get across to sites like this that NOT everyone wants an emagazine or an epattern.  Some of us do NOT want to have to print out reams and reams of information.  Some of us do NOT want to have our laptop or other electronic device in front of us when working on a pattern [or recipe for that matter].  Efiles are not handy when you're sitting and waiting at a doctor's appointment, when you're at a sports event or a hundred other places.  Electronic devices will and do fail....and what happens to all of those saved files?  Additionally, by doing away with printed matter, like your magazines, you are missing out on a large demographic.  I know of plenty of people, 50 and older, who are still not computer literate and probably never will be.  Obviously I'm one of those people who wants the paper in her hands.  I don't want an ebook, or an emagazine.  Give me paper!!!  Thanks for letting me vent on a pet peeve.

kronos wrote
on Jan 1, 2011 1:56 PM

I find finishing one UFO before starting a new one does help. If you have a lot of UFO's you may want to make that finish 2 before starting a new one. It also helps the save the boring areas for TV watching or chat projects. (rib, straight knitting) and counting and setting patters for alone times.

I use the free app Needles and it has a field for notes. You could use that for entering the project were the needles maybe hiding.

You may also want to try the Yarn Harlot's idea of monthly projects. Hers were a pair of socks a month. If your wish to do's are big projects, you may want to make it project per quarter.

I want to try spinning and weaving this year. I have several UFO counted cross stitch projects that I hope to finish this year. Knitting has taken up my cross stitch time.

Back to knitting.

knitterlynan wrote
on Jan 1, 2011 12:43 PM

Hi Kathleen,

I love your organizing resolutions! I just moved and I am in serious need of some organizing motivation! SO that is definitely one of my resolutions for the early new year.

My biggest resolution is to start doing samplers . I usually find a pattern I like. And try to learn any new techniques as I go along. I'm impatient to get the project finished. It's time for me to slow down and enjoy the learning process.

I want to learn fair isle knitting, heirloom lace knitting. I have accumulated some FANTASTIC patterns in both styles and i'm itching to learn :)...

Thank you for taking the time to create this newsletter! I love reading it! Happy New year!

Zoe wrote
on Jan 1, 2011 11:53 AM

Hi Kathleen,  thanks for being you and helping out with the Knit A Longs.  I have a suggestion, if I may.  There are many of us knitters who can't stick to a large project because of various reasons.  Would it be possible for those of us who would like to learn/practice new knitting skills, to have a How To Knit A Long???Each week you will pick a "new" technique and we will take the week to learn it.  Like make an entrelac swatch that is about 8 inches big?  Or make a lace swatch of leaves? Make a swatch learning how to wrap and turn?  How to knit a tube with the magic loop.  The list is endless for techniques.  Some of us just need to be in the same boat as more experienced knitters to learn these things.

My New Years plan is to knit a different type of sock pattern each month in 2011.  I love socks but really only stick to the basic sock pattern.  Happy knitting to everyone in 2011.

JanetM@3 wrote
on Jan 1, 2011 9:57 AM

I made a New Year's Resolution last year to organize the "delayed" WIP's and new projects in much the same way you have suggested.  I use 2 gallon sized Zip Locks.  I put the yarn, pattern, and sometimes needles into the bag.  These bags are gathered into a large basket or plastic storage box.  I visit these bags often and almost always know which one will be next.  Since I get enthralled easily by a new project and have found it is difficult to find the yarn in the past, I try to order the yarn quickly.  Before, I would have four black yarns and a jumble of magazines or patterns and I would forget what goes with which.  No longer, I have things under control.

My resolution this year-no new WIP's until two current projects are completed.  (Since I usually have about 4 or 5 going-car project, large, small, etc.- this should be doable.


thorhammer wrote
on Jan 1, 2011 1:25 AM

I put all my needles into my iPhone app the other night - I totally geeked out and they're all in there now - glad I only have a very modest collection of about three dozen pairs! But you know what? The VERY NEXT DAY, I was shopping for needles and my list included a set of 3.25mm dpns . . . which my iphone told me I already had! Saved myself a few bucks! It is the Way Forward :P

gramm wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 10:29 PM

Thank you for the past year filled with inspiration and information. I have tried new things and fallen in love  with knitting all over again. Thank you very much. This new year I will organize...make a knitting for charity, give back to this community I love...Happy New Year to you all!!

Broot wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 9:05 PM

I read your organizational resolutions with interest.  I carry a pocket PC which runs excel - in it I have:

a spreadsheet showing what needles I have of what size, separated by straight, double pointed and circular

a spreadsheet of my yarn stash.  Now if I would just look there when I want to start a project instead of running off to the store for something new and pretty!

a spreadsheet of the work I've done / am doing.  I note when I start, when I end the knitting, and when I actually truly finish it as well as the pattern, yarn and size of needles.

My resolution for 2011 is to finish up the 11 or so projects that are currently on the needles before I start anything else big!

I love KD - it's the first thing I read when I check my email at night.

Happy 2011

Beth in Oregon

Bmtkitten wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:38 PM

Kathleen, I grew up in Spokane.  I, like you, need to organize my stash and projects and to find uses for all the baby yarn I have stashed away.

cfbirds wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:37 PM

And Happy New Year to you.  I like the deal of putting unfinished project in ziplock bags.  I have some of mine in colored bags and I can't see what I have.  And maybe I will put them on a shelf instead of the big bins.

yarnchick wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:20 PM

I, too have started organizing my many yarns designated for sweaters, shawls, wraps, and ESPECIALLY socks.  I put all my sock patterns for specific needle sizes in a large tote, with at least one 40" or 47" circular needle for two-at-a-time magic loop knitting, and the yarn I have.  I must have at least 20 or so sock projects waiting for me, and sweater totes waiting in the wings.

I currently have 3 sweaters on needles, with 1 almost finished.

I started 2010 with a project notebook for each month with one new project designated for starting on each Monday of the month, with the goal of finishing the 4 or so projects by the end of each month, or within one month of each project's start.  I did finish quite a few, but when new goals arose, some projects have been deferred.

I plan on continuing this notebook.  I record the start and completion dates for each project and place a checkmark in front of the project when it is completed.  I also try to schedule at least one child's project/month for a grandchild (birthday, Christmas, Valentine's day, Easter), and with 3 grandchildren, this keeps me busy.  I try to schedule a charity item each month as well, or a part of one.

lnf13 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:02 PM

Best wishes to all for a safe and very Happy 2011.  

I need to cataloge and store my needles, I need to finish a few WIPs and I need to get back to my knit and knatter group.  I want to custom knit a pair of navy blue lacy socks for my grandmother.  

lnf13 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:02 PM

Best wishes to all for a safe and very Happy 2011.  

I need to cataloge and store my needles, I need to finish a few WIPs and I need to get back to my knit and knatter group.  I want to custom knit a pair of navy blue lacy socks for my grandmother.  

janeliz wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 5:34 PM

Yes I agree the year does seem to fly by especially when you are trying to finish all the gifts you want to make by Christmas.Every year the lists grow along wtih the unexpected projects.This past year I was on track until a friend asked If I could make a few baby sweaters for a relative.What did I say?Of course no problem and there I was night before our holiday party finshing up a scarf I started and needed to round off my gift list.What did I learn?To finish every little started project before I started another one.That is my BIG RESOULUTION.Hope you suceed in your goals and have a very Happy New Year,Jan

Mimi wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 5:27 PM

Happy New Year 2011. Best informative magazines for Knitters: Interweave knits and Piece work. Katheline Please, Please HELP those like me,who would LOVE to Work a proper: PICK-UP STS on a cardigan BUTTON BAND.  the left/right  sides are never the same and it does not look  good.


on Dec 31, 2010 4:43 PM

I love your newsletter and really identified with some of your resolutions. I too am going to organize my needles and stash including catalogging every yarn and yardage. I have about 15 totes full so this will be a big project. Now that I am no longer a beginning knitter I'm going to take the suggestion/resolution of another reader and donate all the acrylic, baby yarn etc. to a group or charity that can use it. There's a wonderful womens rehab program in Philadelphia that uses the meditative qualities of knitting as part of the recovery process. I've purchased the plastic make-up cases to put small projects in like socks and mittens so I can always have a project for on the go knitting. I'm also going to log on and use Ravelry more often. Finally my goals this year include learning  and completing 1 project in colorwork, 1 top down sweater, and attend the Oregon Black Sheep Festival. It's going to be a busy year! Thanks for all your inspiration!

Rochonne ( Oswego, New York)

BlairJ wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 4:10 PM


1. Organize my "stash" so I can see what I have

2. Organize & catalog my needles & hooks

3. Norwegian cast-on sounds interesting - try it out

4. Finish a few UFOs (I shudder to think how many I may have)

5. learn to weave

LaurenK wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 3:23 PM

Happy New Year, Kathleen and Krew,

I must get organized....that should be #1!

I must finish the projects I start....I want to knit things for special people in my life, but get distracted and don't get to them.  I should make a list and follow it.

All that aside....I so enjoy getting your newsletter.  I can't buy a lot on my very limited fixed income but I do learn a lot and do find something special now and then.

So Please have a Happy, Healthy New Year and maybe one day I'll be able to join one of your fabulous knit-alongs!!

Lauren in W MI

Lois@19 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 3:03 PM

Happy New Year! My 2011 resolution is to make something for myself, not just give-aways. Organization is also a top priority, in yarn and in life. I  always enjoy reading your posts.

Have a great 2011!


Elaine cJ wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 2:43 PM

A few years ago I hit on a good way to organize my circular needles. At the housewares store I bought a package of those white plastic stick-on hooks. I wrote a number on each one with a Sharpie and affixed them to the side of the bookcase where I keep my knitting patterns and books. It was wasted space behind a door. On the door's back, I posted a computer-generated list of all the needles hanging nicely from the hooks. It works great!

Thanks for KD! I made gift rosettes for three people so far, and plan more. Great way to use up small amounts of yarn.

Jean@147 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 1:13 PM

Kathleen - Thanks for your daily dedication and the confidence you give each of us to complete our projects.  In your organization efforts and move, keep an eye out for Christmas stockings that have the design (such as Santa or Snowman) actually knitted into the stocking.  These were popular years ago and I will continue to look for them in 2011.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!

jlee1142 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 1:12 PM

Thanks for the idea of putting patterns and yarn into a bag for each new project--I just bought a bunch of yarn on sale and it would be easy to forget what I bought each one for!  That helps keep the 'stash' under control...

Happy New Year!

Azariah wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 1:03 PM

1. Learn Entrelac

2. Spinning on a wheel with alpaca

3. Dying with plants

4. Crochet 1 hat a day

5. Finish my wedding ring shawl

6. Publish my first lace design

MiaJ wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 12:55 PM

Thanks for the New Year Resolution List.  I am also organizing my stash and putting  some patterns that I had longed wanted to start in a special binder--then went through the stash to see if what I already had could be used for these projects.  I found some great matches. My New Year Resolution includes continuing to seek out yarn stores and sources wherever I travel and to make a project based on that yarn.  This year, I found some great handspun at a farm in Cumbria England and made two hats from the yarn

yarnladee wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 12:51 PM

One tidbit on organizing.  You can get oversized ziploc-type bags with handles at the Dollar Tree stores.  They will hold large projects up to afghan size!

yarnladee wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 12:51 PM

One tidbit on organizing.  You can get oversized ziploc-type bags with handles at the Dollar Tree stores.  They will hold large projects up to afghan size!

SoleilD wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 12:42 PM

I too would like to organize my knitting - especially my needles.  I have seen some expensive (although very nice) cloth needle containers, but I am not sure they will hold all of my needles.  I would love to explore the ways other knitters choose to organize their tools.  Do they hang their circulars like the stich and *** book model? a folding organizer?  I have my straight needles in a vase currently, while my circulars are in a jumbled heap in a plastic shoe box (not pretty!).

I am also wondering what on earth to do with my giant tote of partial skeins.

Quickie49 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 12:24 PM

Scary thought... you have enough needles to bag them with your projects. But I too want to knit something in entrelac. This might be the year of that and the sock. Happy New Year and enjoy your party as much as possible because after that MOVING :-(

Jan Yoder wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 12:01 PM

I want to encourage you on doing an entralac project.  I learned this technique in October, and loved it so much, I made a fantastic scarf for both my sons-in-law.  It really is not very difficult, once you have been through the pattern several times.  Lots of fun.  HAPPY NEW YEAR, can't wait to see what the kal will be.  Jan

Grannypooh wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 11:55 AM

Hi Kathleen, Would you please think about doing an entrelac project for one of the knit alongs?  I have been given instructions and even watched a video, but can't seem to get past the first triangle row when the "turn" starts.

Thanks for all the emails and fun this year,

Happy New Year!

Teresa A.

Erika T wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 11:19 AM

My New Year's resolution #1 is to learn to knit better!!  I starting knitting this summer but my mentor lives an hour away so I REALLY hope your newsletters and website can help me out.  #2 knit myself a sweater or vest etc., actually maybe  just a pair of socks since a plain hat took  me forever to finish Lol!  Did I mention I was a newbie?

mymath54 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 11:13 AM

What a pleasant surprise your daily emails have been.  I began the year knitting a cap to match my coat for a trip to Washington DC.  Then, I knitted a baby sweater for a niece, and saw that you had sock patterns.  Decided to try them and Wow!  Never thought I'd do a project like that.  Looking back, this has been a productive year.  Thanks!

nyeager wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 10:47 AM

My resolution: catalogue my knitting patterns!  I did my needles last year and out them in two zipper notebooks: <7 and >8.  Each size is in its own zipped pencil bag.  My patterns are virtual, online, printed, and books.  I'm lost!!!

mary r@4 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 10:46 AM

Happy New Year to you also.  Thank you for a great year.


Joan Street wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 10:42 AM

I also am going to finish an afghan I started this year and a baby blanket.

How can I get the pattern for the LADY ELEANOR Sarf or find the book Scarf Style??

Happy New Year!!

llamamom wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 10:14 AM

1. Finish the 3 UFOs

2. Do more charity knitting

3. Get the 30 pounds of fleece shipped off for processing, so I can spin some yummy yarn!

4. Get the needle chaos organized. <adjunct, never let movers touch the knitting stuff again!>

5. Buy a skein of extra-yummy yarn every other month, and MAKE something.

6. Knit more socks

hoodedmaiden wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 9:57 AM

Kathleen ur such an awesome  lady.. i feel like ur right beside me knitting with ur tips and such.  My NY's Resolution is to learn  more about this incredible craft called Knitting.  I started years ago but was content with just knitting and purling.. but now knitting has soo much more to it.  Im gonna try and learn  new things this year,, like cables and entrelac and my ultamate goal is to learn how to knit socks.  Keep those Knitting DAily   newletters comming.. i look forward to each and everyone of them .  Such an impiration!!

         Susie (an obsessed knitter)!

cathyannie wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 9:57 AM

Your number 4 circs are all in your UFOs partying with my best 1's and 2's languishing in sockland.

caiking wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 9:47 AM

My fiber resolutions are almost-word for word- the same but instead of an entrelac project I am going to face my fear of crochet!  What does happen to those size 4 needles??  Happy New Year & blessings on our WIPs & UFOs.

Lali wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 9:47 AM

Hi Kathleen,

I feel I need to thank you for your entertaining and very informative blogs which I faithfully read as they arrive weekly.  I feel as if I know you, 'knittingly' anyway and I look forward to your musings regularly, with my morning cup of coffee.  :-)

Look forward to continue in 2011.

Wishing you all the best in the new year,

Alicia Navia

shr212 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 9:37 AM

I'm going to join a sock club and learn how to "catch my floats" while making an adorable baby argyle sweater vest.  Cheers!

LoveCorgis wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 9:07 AM

Happy New Year Kathleen!  Thank you for sending a KD email everyday.  How do you think of something to say each day???

I use Microsoft Excel program to keep track of my patterns, needles, and yarn.  I also use Post-It flags on the patterns so I know what yarn goes with that pattern.  Like you, I have bought needles I thought I didn't have, so now I take my needle inventory with me (always in my purse) so if I should happen to buy any on the spur of the moment, I know what I have and what I would like.

I don't make New Year's Resolutions, because I find I don't keep them anyway.  I currently have four projects going...two are long-term (sweater and top) and two are short-term (socks and hat).  Prior to this year, I only had one project going at a time.  This year, since I am retired now, I decided to branch out.  I am a relatively slow knitter - Lily Chin has nothing to worry about with me knitting beside her!

Mom taught me how to knit at age 14.  I never knitted another thing after that until about 6 years ago.  Now knitting is my main hobby.

Vivky in Minnesota (AKA Minne"snow"ta)

supergrandma wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 9:04 AM

This Christmas I made a personalized USPS hat for my mail lady.  Red, white and blue with USPS all around it.  She loves it and said everyone at the Post Office wants one, too.  I'm thinking for the New year I will make hats for all those people I usually give gifts to....I'd love to share a picture of my lady in her hat, if you would like to see...

on Dec 31, 2010 9:02 AM

For 2010 my two knitting resolutions were to embroider on my knitting and learn beading.  Unfortunately, I got so busy knitting other projects for others and myself that I never accomplished either.  I WILL accomplish both in 2011!!  Thanks for all the inspiration you supply every day!!

Happy New Year!!!

Shama D

sarawutzke wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 8:46 AM

I so agree on finishing UFO's before doing new projects. I moved cross-country and promised not to start anything new once I got here. I finished ALL my old projects and have done only one thing at a time, and it's AMAZING how much more quickly my projects are zipping on and off the needles. I did an entrelac scarf, and it is so beautiful, I can't wait to do another. I did it based on the tutorial from Knitting Daily. I rely so heavily on the tips and videos I get from you guys, so thank you! This year, I'm going to finish the Tree of Life afghan, which I cast on two days ago (need to finish by January 22nd!) and I'd love to do a color-work project. I have some Scandanavian stockings that I'd love to give to my parents for Christmas next year. Better hop to it.

jacquimac wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 8:44 AM

Hi and happy new year .

My new year resolution is to start knitting i recently took up crochet but love all the patterns tips and advice you give .like most of us i have loads of unfinished projects on the go and determined to work through them .

Jackie (scotland)

Sandy Perez wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 8:42 AM

Ewe Stash is my iPhone app. For needle inventory- NYR for 2010.  Though Vogue knitting has it all- projects, needle inventory and counters for different projects.  I also have an ap for searching knitting shops when I travel. Wool and yarn. HappyNew Year! Sandy

KarinM@3 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 8:41 AM


I believe all your size 4 needles are in my needle organizer. I just wanted to put a new one away, and realized that I have at least 5 size 4 circular needles already.

Happy New Year!


jpeist wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 8:35 AM

Hi, Kathleen, from a fellow Washingtonian. I'm over in Lynnwood, WA.

I eagerly await your newsletters every morning. This year, you inspired me to get back to knitting. Your cheerful and honest manner of writing is very encouraging. I love to knit socks, and your letters have excited me to try new methods of cast-ons. I'm even going to try toe-up socks and knitting two socks at the same time! Of course, I love "Sockupied"! I hope there will be more issues. The videos are wonderful.

Getting organized is always a goal for my  New Year's resolutions, and this year will be no different. I have several pairs  of socks I want to make as gifts, so those will be kitted up. I want to finish a hat I started two years ago. And I want to knit two short sleeved sweaters for summer. That should about do it for me. Organizing the rest of my yarn into projects might make it onto the list...if I can figure it out.

Best wishes for the new year and for your upcoming move. Thank you for the year of great newsletters, and I look forward what you have for us in 2011. I can hardly wait!

RoseH@2 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 8:33 AM

Happy New Year! Thanks for all your info throughout the year.

You have given me inspiration this year.



Peggy@114 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 8:18 AM


Make the Lady Eleanor!  You'll love it.  I hadn't been knitting too long before I decided to tackle it and then went on to make 3 different versions. For mine,  I used Noro yarn in blacks, grays, and browns so it goes with everything and is the most elegant thing I own!  At the same time, with jeans it's so down to earth casual.  

My next project is a poncho featured in "Entrelac, the essential guide to interlace knitting" by Rosemary Drysdale.  Check it out, a great reference book with some neat patterns.

UPannie wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 8:17 AM

Kathleen, thanks for all the good information you have shared with us this year.  My intention for the new year is to find a pattern and make a sweater for my dear husband, who wants a cardigan------in a large, large size.

on Dec 31, 2010 8:02 AM

Happy 2011 Kathleen,  I want to tell you how much I enjoy your newsletter, you inspire, you encourage, you make me laugh out loud, it's as if you are 'sitting right next to me' while I knit.  I love starting my day with a little dose of Kathleen! I have not make my New Year's resolutions but in my mind your list has made me resolution is to write my list on paper and check back from time-to-time Thank you for being 'real' and sharing yourself with us!

Mary anneZ@2 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 7:59 AM

Oh my gosh Kathleen - the Lady Eleanor has been on my to-do list for more than a year. It's ust beautiful - hopefully I will e-mail back 12/31/11 and say done!

Mary Anne

Martiniiis wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 7:58 AM

Hello and Happy New Year!

Lion's Brand Yarn has a free pattern called Tumbling Blocks which is a wonderful entrelac baby blanket. I have made 3, and quickly.So, I'd give it a try so you can check that off your 2011 list and have a baby gift ready to go!

Thank you for your blog.

Jackie in CT

P.s. Norwegian Cast on? I'll have to try it. :)

DevoZ wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 7:42 AM


my first entrelac project was a hand towel. Since you want to do an entrelac project aim for something small. You know how boring scarves get, no matter how fun the pattern is. Or dare I say it an entrelac hat.(not that I would wear one).  

 Ravelry has a paper that you can print out to keep track of your needle stash.

Good luck with the New Year, hope your move is fast and easy.  I will take any leftover yarn you dont want.:-)


SonjaM@6 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 7:41 AM

greetings Kathleen,

what a great email on the last day of 2010.  you have inspired me to set a few new year's resolutions before the clock strikes midnight.  Finish my Master Knitter level one is my biggest plan of attack.  Then i want to re-organize my stash and locate all of my needles.  i totally understand you plan of attack in not purchasing needles i already have.  I am sure i will have more resolutions as i get farther in to 2011.  thanks Kathleen for a great year's newsletter.  Happy 2011, Sonja :)

klandreneau wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 7:19 AM

Hi Kathleen!

Happy New Year to you!  Just want you to know how I have enjoyed reading your newsletters!  I love the variety of topics--some interest me, some don't but I still read through or save for later in a special folder in my email account to read and use later.  I also enjoy your personal notes--makes you a "real" person--a rare commodity these days!

Thank you for all your hard work!  Hope your move goes smoothly.

May God bless you in the year to come!


twfancynancy wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 7:13 AM

Happy New Year to You, Kathleen, and all of Us as well!

Time seems to go by faster as we get older, because every year is a smaller part of our lives.

For the past ten years, my resolution was to learn to crochet and read patterns as well as I knit. Well, I have put that off another year...Lol!

Perhaps this year, I will learn the Brioche Stitch I so admire, and make that terrific 'Pecan Pie' hat! That's enough resolutions for me, until I crack the crochet one!

Best Wishes, twfancy...Nancy in St. AUGUSTINE, FL

on Dec 31, 2010 6:57 AM

Kathleen, first I want to tell you thank you for your day to day encouragement with my knitting.  I look forward to seeing what Knitting Daily will teach me for that day.  Never disappointed.  I received an iPhone for Christmas and am thrilled to know there are knitting apps for it.  Haven't gotten quite that far with it yet.  Thanks for that tid bit.  :D  

My New Year's Resolutions will be to 1) finish my husband's Sirdar Click (Christmas) sweater. Only have the cap of the sleeves, neckline, blocking, and seaming to go; 2) start my Christmas 2011 knitting earlier so I can finish in a timely manner; and 3) be a monogamous knitter -- its either finished or frogged!  Actually I need to apply all of these to other aspects of my life as well.

I WILL APPLY THE 5 P's to KNITTING:  Kareless Konsideration Kauses Katastrophic Kanitting!  I just coined this but think it works.  

Happy New Year

Sue (Picknitter)

PegH wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:49 AM

Kathleen, with your accomplished knitting skills, an entrelac project will fly through your needles.  One imperative: learn the simple, enjoyable knitting backwards technique.  You'll see that stockinette entrelac eases through your fingers for the beautiful diamond treatment we all love.  Take on a scarf or Lady Eleanor from Scarf Style for a relaxing project that won't require stitch counters or gymnastics!  Happy New Year, Peg

anana wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:45 AM

Dear Kathleen,

Très bonne année from France,

I really love your e-letter. here I share my resolutions:

translate (from english to french or spanish) at least one pattern from the fabulous magazine Interweave Knits

learn the top-down technique

knit in the round a cardigan

start a crochet vest.

I hope I'll be able to do all this!

have a nice time at your party

Bernita wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:39 AM

Hi Kathleen, thanks for all the tips, tricks, and humor you have shared with us this year.  I have learned so much from you, the best probably being how to knit cables without a cable needle. I finally did a large Aran afghan for my oldest son that I like to call cables cables everywhere. Took me a good 8 months but it was ready for Christmas, yeah!  What iPhone apps are you looking at cause I would love to find one as well.

MelodyC@6 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:23 AM

Your resolutions sound great!  I need to get organized, but I have quilting as well as knitting projects.  This year I am going to get more projects finished and hopefully not start anything new.  Good luck.

chimneymom wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:21 AM

Kathleen, I have a theory about why time seems to race by more quickly as we get older: each year represents, percentage-wise, a smaller portion of our life. Think about it - when you're 5 years old, a year is 20% of your life, now at 50+ it's barely 2%.

My crafting resolution for this year is to enjoy the process - not be so consumed by getting to the end result that I fail to take pleasure from the act of creating itself. I am in to many types of crafts, but I seem to get a project started and either do it part-way then abandon it or go at it day & night until it's done (but my arms and hands need medical attention).

Happy New Year!

MaryL@87 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:16 AM

I just want to wish you a happy 2011 and tell you how very much I enjoy your newsletter. While we've never met, I feel like you're a friend. A friend who shares her best ideas and her "mistakes". Thank you!

lisams wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:07 AM

It's funny you posted this since I have been thinking about my own NY resolutions for my knitting/crocheting! So now I'm going to share:

1) Make myself a sweater in a luxurious yarn

2) Organize my needles, stash and projects. (I got a Kindle so I can put all my PDF files on there! YAY!

3) Charity knit four our Prayer Shawl Group at least 4 items (1 per quarter)

4) Reduce my stash to high priority yarns and donate the rest if I can't use it!

Thanks for the inspiration! Happy New Year!

peppered4 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 6:06 AM

I have never seen entralac before and that is going to be my goal this year - to do a simple scarf and see how I like it. The look of it is beautiful!!! Happy New Year!

shy@2 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 5:30 AM

OMG, the STASH. Need to start knitting again!!!!!

chris lines wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 5:15 AM

My new years resolution was to do something about an Aran jumper that I started (and almost completed) 23 years ago. I was about to start frogging it to knit some long mittens for my daughters, when my eldest daughter (17) spotted the jumper and said 'Wow, I really like that, will you finish for me?'. So I did: finished the collar and the final sleeve and presented to her as a Christmas gift. I am so pleased that fashions have come full circle and the design, which was from a Patons Diploma Aran Fashion book from the 80s, is finally finished and being worn by my daughter - who would have thought it?!!  Can this be the longest UFO ever to finally get finished!

msrobin wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 5:10 AM

Happy New Year Kathleen!

I love the daily emails.

My resolutions:

- Organize my needles and supplies.

- Create my personal sock club from my stash. I can store the yarn, patterns and needles. This way I will always have something to knit when sitting in physician's waiting room.

- Finish a jacket that was started over a year ago.

- Learn some new techniques such as double knitting and reversible cables..

- Knit a Dr. Who Scarf for my husband

- Make certain that I knit a little bit everyday!

Leenda@2 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 5:00 AM

I've found the best app for knitting on the iPhone to be vogue knitting, formerly called knit buddy. Works great. I dont buy duplicate needles any more ;o)

IreneW@5 wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 4:34 AM

I like your new year resolutions, they sound just like some of my - almost always in mind - ongoing resolutions any time, never mind new year; and since a few weeks into the new year I shall reach 76 think how much faster time goes, but my mind mind has never got past thinking it's 28-30 you'd think I had all the time in the world.

One of those funny little quotes one sees here and there suits me fine

"Youth isn't an age, it's an attitude of mind".

And I must add that I always read and enjoy your comments;  just wish I was more pc-literate, could easily convert money values, then I'd be ordering things like Knitting Traditions, Piecework, etc.

Best wishes and a happy new year

Irene (Essex, UK)

on Dec 31, 2010 4:29 AM

Thank you, Kathleen, for a wonderful year of KD that I look forward to each day.  I love your lighthearted, fun approach to what you're up to and your excitement about new items, techniques and especially your free patterns.  

I've made an important discovery about my own needlework persona: I hate doing long projects that become monotonous and never get finished.  I finally finished an afghan for my college nephew after 2 years! but in the meantime also made my first pair of socks that were actually wearable!  Kroys new Stretch Sock yarn was the key...I figured they might actually fit if made with a stretch yarn and I was right!  That first pair is mine because the first sock  has a couple of little ladders in it that I left there as a reminder of what to do right after learning how to avoid them.  And I left the little holes that appeared at the pick-up-stitches heel area after learning how to correct that.  My second sock was nearly perfect!  Now I'm planning to make a pair each for my 2-1/2 year old granddaughters from the same yarn so we 3 can all have a pair of "Gramma socks'!  I also found a wonderful, simple but classic looking crocheted zipper-front vest to make for my husband in a beautiful soft green tweed that he really likes. I never thought I'd crochet an item of clothing since I don't usually like the chunky look of crochet but this has a ribbed look and is made in one piece from left to right.  I'm flying through it and have completed 1/3 of it in about 5 days of working on it part-time!  I seem to have found a new surge of energy for doing smaller projects that can be completed in a short time as I watch the progress unfold each day.  Maybe I can work myself back up to longer, more involved projects eventually but, for now, actually completing items for gifts and seeing them come out as they should is a real thrill and my goal for this new year!  Happy New Year and keep that inspiration coming!!!

Julie in the Berkshires

just_cheryl wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 4:21 AM

My new years resolution is to start a large project on the first (such as a jumper or dress!) and not start another one until its finished! Ive only ever managed to finish two large projects before and I'd really like to make myself something, wear it with pride and be able to say "I made this"

I also need to make my sister's new baby a beanie hat :)