I’ve never been one for making new year resolutions. It seems like so much pressure and what’s important to me in January, may not be as important in August, or June, or even March. This year feels different though. As we come out of a difficult 2020 and look forward to perhaps an easier 2021, I’m taking stock in the things around me. Like many others, I’ve been purging clothes and housewares. It’s not as much fun for me to wear pretty things or set a pretty table when I’m not sharing the experience with family and friends. Not to worry, I’m still dressing and eating each day. I just don’t need as much variety in my clothing or on my table.

I have been knitting for decades, consequently I have far more sweaters than what I wear each winter. I’ve boxed up the ones that I don’t intend to ever wear again and now I have lots of space on my closet shelves. I also have a huge stash of yarn that has been boxed up because I adopted two rambunctious kittens during the summer. They’re starting to settle but I am still finding balls of yarn all over the house each morning. This led me to thinking of my personal knitting plan for the coming year. Yes, I have a large quantity of yarn but stash reduction is not really my goal. Organization is more important right now. And I’ve been itching to knit some sweater patterns that I’ve been meaning knit since the 1980s. What? The 1980s? Why would I want to do that? Well, despite our recollection (if we’re old enough to remember) or our perception (if we’re not) of the 1980s, there were some classic designs being offered. There was the big “preppie” fad after all. So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to use yarn that I have to knit sweaters that I’ve been meaning to knit. Let’s see how that goes.

As I approach my 63rd year of life, I’m also finding that my personal style is evolving. My attempts at being “edgy” have always fallen flat. So no more sweaters with pointy bottoms or asymmetrical construction that I won’t wear. I’m going to knit garments that appeal to me as the wearer. I’m going to knit garments that flatter my healthy crone body and my gray hair. I’m going to knit garments that have a pleasant song as they are knit.

Here’s my first inspiration. This lovely bulky boucle yarn that I purchased in 2008 in southern France. I have no idea where we were that day but we ended up in a village in the mountains where there was a small yarn warehouse. It was overseen by a very introverted man who seemed quite surprised to see a small group of American women on a knitting tour. A very friendly German shepherd was also keeping sentry. The dog may have been why I bought so much yarn. I also found a pretty tweed that became a small stole and a bulky rose wool that became a felted bag. I had planned to make a drop shoulder cardigan with this yarn. I’m not sure if I want a cardigan anymore but I do have some toggle buttons that might convince me to knit a cardigan.

I admit that I’m curious as to what it will become. I’m off to swatch.

Happy Knitting.