Editor’s Resolutions

needlework goals
 

What do you hope to achieve this year in your needlework?

Keep reading to learn what our individual needlework goals are this year. If you're inspired, join us!

We're looking forward to making 2014 our most creative year yet.

 
Our 2014 Needlework Goals:
 
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Abbi Byrd

Assistant Editor,
Needlework Traditions

 

Jeane Hutchins

Editor of PieceWork
 

Anne Merrow

Editor of Sockupied
 

Karen Brock

Assistant Editor,
PieceWork

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I'm multi-tasking, working on a knitted shawl and starting my first quilt.   In 2014 I WILL finish this scarf that I started at least 2 years ago for my niece!   I'm waving the white flag and knitting from my very extensive yarn stash!  

I'm cracking the codes of vintage patterns.

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Learn more about each of our 2014 goals!
 
 
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my 2014 goal:
I'm working on a knitted lace shawl and tackling my first quilt!
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Abbi Byrd

Assistant Editor of Needlework Traditions


My 2014 Goal:

 

Over my Christmas vacation, I started working on Benitoite, a knitted lace scarf pattern by Tetiana Otruta. This is my first time working with laceweight yarn; I’ve knitted lace with worsted weight yarn in the past, but working with finer yarn definitely takes more concentration! I’m loving it so far—especially because the yarn I’m using is a sumptuous bison down and silk blend. I hope to finish the scarf in 2014 because I can't wait to wear it.

 

I also hope to spend time this year working on my very first quilt. I just need to cut some more squares and I’ll be ready to go! I've had such a great time picking out the fabric, I'm anxious to attempt this project.

 

For those of us that like to dive into different areas of needlework, having more than one project going at once is par for the course. Easily jumping from one technique to another keeps our interest. Quilting can take up quite a bit of studio space, where as a knitted shawl can travel easily; so no matter how much time we can devote to needlework or where our crafts can be done, there's always more to do and more techniques to learn and master.

 

Join Abbi this year in tackling new techniques, perfecting her needlework skills, and multi-tasking because of her love for needlework. Whether you cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or even quilt, the Needlework Traditions Shop has a bevy of resources for the multi-crafter.  

 

 
Make this your goal!
Are you tackling a long list of projects this year, taking your needlework to the next level? Check out these resources to help you achieve this 2014 goal, no matter what your favorite craft may be:
 
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PieceWork 2004-2005 Collection CD   Knitted Lace of Estonia with DVD   Knitting Traditions Fall 2013   PieceWork Sept/Oct 2008 Quilt Digital Issue
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my 2014 goal:
I'm determined to finish a scarf that I started two years ago for my neice!
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Jeane Hutchins

Editor of PieceWork


My 2014 Goal:

 

I am dreaming that in 2014 I WILL finish this scarf that I started at least 2 years ago for my niece! I absolutely love the stitch pattern; it’s called Caterpillar. One of my favorite things is looking through stitch-pattern books and marking the ones I would like to try. That’s how I found Caterpillar. This time next year, I am planning to share a photo of my finished scarf, along with that sweater I started last year…

 

Aside from simply finding the time to finish your works-in-progress, inspiration plays a key role in motivating us to tackle those pesky projects or start new ones that hold our attention. If you're interested in new stitch patterns or projects that you CAN finish, join Jeane in tackling your old pieces so you can start anew.

 
 
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Are you looking for inspiration and want to finish your works-in-progress? Join Jeane in adding more projects to the completed pile with these resources to help you achieve this 2014 goal:
 
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Scarf Style 2: Innovative to Traditional, 25 Fresh Designs to Knit   Interweave's Compendium of Finishing Techniques eBook   PieceWork Jan/Feb 2007, Knitting Digital Issue   Creative Estonian Knitting with Merike Saarniit
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my 2014 goal:
I'm knitting from my very extensive yarn stash!
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Anne Merrow
Editor of Sockupied and video editor of knitting and crochet workshops


My 2014 Goal:

 

In 2014, I'm waving the white flag and knitting from my very extensive yarn stash! I have way too much yarn for my tiny house, and I need some stash-busting projects to make a serious dent in the piles of yarn.

 

Sound familiar? Knitters and crocheters love yarn, and we often buy one or two skeins of yarn we fall in love with without having plans for each skein.

Instead of moving to a larger home, Anne is focused on using up her stash. Tiny projects that require small amounts of yarn is a great way to make a dent in your yarn stash!
 
 
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Are you in serious need of stash busting? Check out these knitted accessory projects that require small amounts of yarn to help you achieve this 2014 goal:
 
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Interweave Knits Accessories 2009 Digital Issue   Beyond Basic Garter Stitch with Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn   One-Skein Knit Projects eBook   One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet
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my 2014 goal:
I'm cracking the code of vintage patterns!
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Karen Brock

Assistant editor of PieceWork


My 2014 Goal:

 

I love cracking the code on old patterns, especially those with no illustration of what the end result will be, no yarn size, no needle size, and no gauge. It’s fun to experiment (and fail!) and to learn.

 

I plan to spend much more time in 2014, working out the details of some of these vintage patterns and then actually doing something with them! I already have several little edgings and swatches languishing in the corners of my yarn stash, but now I want to apply what I’ve learned to actually make something—knit a fabulous scarf or work a new stitch pattern into a hat design.  

 

 

 
 
Make this your goal!
Are you a lover of vintage patterns? Check out these old patterns that can help you dive into old patterns, whether you want to knit them as is or turn them into modern accessories:
 
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Weldon's Practical Knitter, Sixteenth Series eBook   Miss Watts New Illustrated Knitting eBook   Ladies' Needlework Knitting Tales and Poetry eBook   Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls eBook
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More Weldon's eBooks            
 
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Resolve to make your needlework a priority in 2014!

Browse all our inspiring resources today at the Needlework Traditions Shop!