Beginning of a New Year

2019 is just hours away and I’m still trying to decide what I want to achieve in the new year.   Weight loss, reduce debt, save more, and other things in that nature are no fun and I don’t even really want to think about them at the moment in order to avoid a depressing night and a stressful year.  So, this particular article will be solely my thoughts out loud to decide what my New Year Resolutions should be.

At the stroke of midnight, I will be shutting down HappyLittleYarn.com as far as selling brands outside of my own.  I will still continue to hand dye and sell yarn, but this is all I will be selling from this point forward.  And honestly, I might not even do that for long.  I enjoy it, but the market for hand dyers is very diluted.  Everyone is doing it.  If you aren’t widely known, good luck on getting your brand recognized.  So if 2019 is not a profitable year for HappyLittleYarn.com, I will call it quits as of December 31, 2019.  Let’s say Resolution #1:  Stay Profitable.

Garments.  (To a knitter, that should be a complete sentence, right?!)  I have yet to finish a garment, and I’ve been knitting close to 10 years. (sigh of embarrassment)  I have 1 sweater and 1 cardigan on the needles at the moment.  I have several sweater quantities of yarn in my stash as well.  However, I don’t think I’d be completely happy wearing a sweater/jumper.  I live in south Georgia (US) and it is never quite cold enough to stay in such a warm garment.  However, a cardigan is easily removable.  That seems like something I would wear.  Resolution #2:  Finish a Cardigan.

Something that has been on my mind for several years is TKGA Master Knitting courses.  I really want that title “Master Knitter.”  In my eyes, it is like the Iron Chef of the knitting community.  It requires a lot of commitment.  But, I went through 6 years of college.  I should be able to handle 2 or 3 years worth of knitting homework, right?!  Besides the fact that the last time I had an exam, homework, class, or anything in that natures was 2008… my motivation is squat these days.  BUT, I really want to try.  So, Resolution #3:  Finish the first course of the Master Knitter program.

Lets talk about social media.  I’m not going to lie, I’m getting older and technology and social media platforms are starting to confuse me.  However, in order to gain a greater presence in the knitting and hand dyeing community, I need to make my mark in social media.  Well, I do have a YouTube channel, Happy Little Yarn.   I am a slow knitter, without the greatest attention span and very little spare time, so it is hard to publish a weekly episode like I need to do.   So maybe my next resolution should be to knit faster… but that is highly unlikely.  But, I do think people prefer a smaller podcast (vlog?) that is around 20 to 30 minutes.  With that in mind, I’m going to mark on my calendar biweekly dates that I will be recording throughout 2019.  *Deep Breath*…. Resolution #4:  Record YouTube episodes on a biweekly basis.

Finally, I want to touch on something that might not be entirely about knitting.  I’ve always had a passion to write.  But with my attention span at the size of a gnat, and my lack of motivation, I have not written anything since 2010.  But, inspired by one of my favorite movies Julie and Julia, I have figured out a way to incorporate my writing into my (very little) knowledge in knitting.  Blog my way through the Master Knitters courses.  It might have some personal thoughts along the way, but I’m going to base it on my progress through TKGA Master Knitting program.  Therefore, Resolution # 5:  Blog my way through the first year of the Master Knitters program.

Now, let’s summarize this all up.

New Year Resolutions for 2019:

  • Keep Happy Little Yarn profitable
  • Finish a Cardigan
  • Finish the first course of the Master Knitter Program
  • Record YouTube episodes on a biweekly basis
  • Blog my way through the first year of the Master Knitter program

 

Wish me luck!

Happy New Year!

 

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