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There’s something so promising about crossing the threshold of a new year. Each of us has the same thoughts running through our minds… This is the year I’m going to do _____! This is the year I’ll give _____ up. This is the year I’ll start _____. This is the year I’ll work on myself, take up a new hobby, be kinder to a certain person or let a fragile friendship finally break.  I always look at a new year as a sort of spring-cleaning for the soul. Take a good look around, clean things up, dust it off, start fresh and with purpose. It’s the universe’s way of giving us a do-over every year.

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As we look back on 2012, it was a rollercoaster year, as many tend to be. Whenever the morning news does those year-end retrospectives, I always end up with tears running down my cheeks, both from laughter and sadness. Am I a sap? Perhaps. Or maybe I’m just human and it’s amazing how both long and short a year can seem once we take a good look back on it. If you need a reminder how fast time flies, look at the children in your life. Remember they were so tiny you could hold their entire body with one hand?

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I always make a list of resolutions around this time. Over the years I’ve scaled it back and tried to be both optimistic and reasonable. A lot can happen in a year! A friend said to me this morning that she had heard something on the radio about making a small personal change each day of 2013. Imagine all the changes that could happen over an entire year! That’s 365 days worth of self-improvement! I’m being a little more realistic and trying each week to do something better for myself. 52 vs. 365 seems more achievable.

I’ve also made a resolution to knit more things for friends for no particular reason. You don’t only need to knit for birthdays, holidays or special occasions. What about knitting a cabled cowl for a friend just because?

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I offer up Daphne’s Cabled Cowl, named after a talented and kind knitting friend. The cowl is knit up in Cascade’s STUNNING Magnum Handpaints. The variegated color ways are to die for and with one hank equal to one cowl, you can knit one up for all your friends in a different color way! I was always a big fan of Magnum – it’s lofty, super soft, strong and now they have even more colors in both solids and variegated (almost 75!). There’s something very satisfying about knitting with super bulky on size 15 knitting needles. The thick cables almost look like entrelac (without the fuss of entrelac) and no wind will pass through this yummy 100% Peruvian highland wool yarn. I am in love with this comfortable wool and with their colors and this unisex cowl, you could get started knitting your “just because” gift pile.

To help you start knitting for people for no other reason other than brightening their day, Cascade has generously given me a hank of Magnum Handpaints in the same color as Daphne’s Cabled Cowl to give to one lucky reader. Leave a comment with your new year’s resolutions and a winner will be chosen at random! Thanks, Cascade!

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Each year I pledge to try and take more in stride. I’ve learned to let people go, let more people in, be thankful for what I have and not worry so much about what I don’t. At the end of the day I have a loving husband, a wonderful son, a crazy pug, a roof over my head and an impressive yarn stash. I’m overly blessed and I’m thankful.

What are your resolutions, dear readers? Welcome, 2013. Let’s make it a good one.

Free pattern available for download here.

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26 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lee #

    I like your idea of small personal changes and will see if I can make that work. I also plan on continuing to get through a large yarn stash! Thanks for the giveaway! Happy New year!

    January 1, 2013
  2. connectcarecooperate #

    Happy New Year everyone, I plan to pay it forward more for this new year, I plan on taking my love of knitting up another level this year, be more focused on my many god given talents…and make the world around me a nicer place to be..peace and love always

    January 1, 2013
  3. Kittykatz (ravelry) #

    I’m just going to take one thing at a time and try to work on being calm. More knitting. More exercise. More spinning.

    January 1, 2013
  4. hawknitr13 #

    thank you for the lovely giveaway…i’m going to try to pray each day, try not to utter any cross words, keep knitting from my donated stash for St.Marys Prayer Shawl Ministry, and exercise!!!
    ^)^ linda

    January 1, 2013
  5. lindarumsey #

    I don’t tend to make New Year Resolutions, but this year I want to make more time to knit and craft, which will probably mean less time on my laptop.

    January 1, 2013
  6. Susan Rabatine #

    I don’t normally make resolutions for the new year but this year I have resolved to actually FINISH several projects. 🙂

    January 1, 2013
  7. Julie #

    My resolution is to keep my tiny crafting industry (mostly unpaid) better organized. I’m going to start now and clean up my crafting space!

    January 1, 2013
  8. maureen murray #

    this year my resolution ius to downsize ie to take my craft room for a room to a closet- that is if i donts see anymore wonderful yarns like magnum to tempt me to add to my stash

    January 1, 2013
  9. Eve Sclawy #

    The past two Holiday parties I have been to I discovered something that gives me great pleasure! I just learned and started knitting in late summer – and seem to spend ALL of my “spare” time doing it – I’ve made so many more scarves and cowls than I could ever enjoy myself – so when someone pays a compliment to a scarf I am wearing and seems totally genuine in their sentiment – when I sense they truly like the color, style, design – I take it off and gift it to them. What fun this has become!! I will continue to knit things I love – and if I can then share that happiness with others I m happy to do it!

    I would love to try something with Magnum Handpaints and if I don’t win this giveaway – I will just have to get some on my own to knit!

    Thank you and Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2013
  10. Lynette O #

    I want to learn more- cables, socks, knit my first sweater! I want to challenge myself with my project choices this year.

    January 1, 2013
  11. Lynette O #

    I want to learn more- cables, socks, knit my first sweater! I want to challenge myself with my project choices.

    January 1, 2013
  12. kat lai #

    I hope to be able to learn more knitting this year. Just started end up 2012 and really love it! I hope I can knit everyones presents this year!

    January 1, 2013
  13. Joanne #

    To take a moment each day for reflection… and to be thankful.

    January 1, 2013
  14. Rebecca #

    Happy New Year! I’m resolving to give up dairy for at least a few months. Knitting resolution is to learn entrelac shaping and knit an entrelac sweater.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    January 1, 2013
  15. Angie Hathaway #

    My resolution is to focus more on me and learn to say NO! I find myself with 0 hours a day for myself since I’m always saying yes to helping people move, working for friends for free, etc. 2013 is the year of Angie!

    January 1, 2013
  16. My resolution for this year is to make healthy choices, both physically and mentally. And also to knit a pair of socks. 😉 Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2013
  17. This year my New Year’s resolution is to learn to be less judgmental of myself and others. It’s about letting go of ideals of perfection and learning to live happily with who I am and who others are.

    January 1, 2013
  18. Amber #

    Mine is to get organized and finish all of my projects! And to get in shape before trying for baby three.

    January 1, 2013
  19. Barb #

    My knitting resolution is to always learn something new with each new project. Thanks for the chance to win and learn something new!

    January 1, 2013
  20. My resolutions are to eat as healthy as I can, to think before I speak, and to finish all of my WIPs this year!

    January 2, 2013
  21. My #1 resolution for 2013 is to be kinder to myself.

    January 2, 2013
  22. There is something so luxurious in a bulky knit cowl! Thanks for the pattern and great giveaway!
    Resolutions for this year is to practice more yoga and eat more healthy.

    January 2, 2013
  23. My resolution/goal for this year…I want to finish the first complete draft of the book I’m writing. I already have 5 drafts, and none of them are complete! And I want to really get my new knitting business going. That’s such a beautiful cowl! I’d love to make it.

    January 3, 2013
  24. Nancy Dolder #

    Tanis
    Happy New Year to you and your family. The law is not a challlenge but knitting is and I intend to keep learning with knitting every day as I try to do with the law.
    the Judge

    January 7, 2013
  25. Xaja #

    My resolution is to learn more about knitting this year until I can make a sweater.

    January 15, 2013
  26. Pat #

    I want to be me. Finally

    January 16, 2013

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