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Goals…Goals…

A little more than a week into the new year and I have been pondering goals this whole time. I am still on the market for a good notebook/planner of for plotting and planning on the go.

I want to work through the stash, and at this point, its yarn, fiber, beads, and fabric. I want to make things with all of these supplies. So goals. Overall its to make more.  I know well enough to know that without some ideas on how to do that, months would slide by where I know I want to work on things but am not sure what or how.
   

Knitting
Sweaters
– honestly this will just get its own post I think but two major parts
1) Finishing started sweaters (all 5)
2) Knitting all the new sweaters
Socks  – same as the sweaters really just fewer pairs on the needles than sweaters in progress

Spinning – Finishing all the spinning in progress (are we seeking a trend yet?)

Sewing – Finish that dress
Make more bags
More DPN holders
More clothes

Beads
Resume monthly shop updates
Plan some themed items (Halloween, Mardi Gras, etc)
Collaborate with a dyer/bagmaker/stitch marker maker etc

Gearing up for 2018

One of the things that I have been thinking of in the weeks leading up to the new year is getting some of my crafty mojo back. There have been a lot of instances lately of not having time, and way too many instances of half finished projects.  And so many ideas that haven’t gone nearly as far as they should.

I’m still trying to plot out how the year is going to go when it comes to making. I feel some things need to be scheduled.  Shop updates have become more sporadic, I have so many WIPs.  And I keep gathering sweaters worths of yarn.

   

I have sweaters chosen for most of these, and of course am itching to cast them all on and make a dozen more sweaters. I possibly have the yarn for that too.

Quarterly Update

April is nearly over, and so the first part of the year has wrapped up, How am I  doing on goals so far?

Knitting Goals 

  • Finishing all the WIPS from the last year (Did you see yesterday’s post…I may have a problem)
  • Knitting more sweaters (always a goal) – I mean I was able to cast on 6 last year…
    • On Sweaters, I’ve finished the Honey Pullover and am working on the body of Ommegang. With the sleeves done its just lots and lots of cables right now. I’ve also cast on  Stripes Gone Crazy and am planning to make the Oh So Faded Sweater. So  more sweaters are starting to happen.

  • More socks (Box O’sox 2017) Well there are two pairs completely done and two more that are on the needles.  And one that just needs the heels. So many socks done, for me at least.
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  • Ornaments for me and gifting I need to go on a shopping bing at Lexicorp

Spinning Goals 

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  • Enchanted Mesa out of handspun Loop Batts.
  • Just finish some of the *cough* number more than six *cough* spinning projects in process
  • Make those handspun socks – Well I found the fiber

Sewing Goals 

  • Having fun with making bags so more accessory projects
    • DPN Holders! 
  • Actually make a garment perhaps a skirt, with pockets
  • Building my Split cosplay for Flamecon – It may be serger time
    • It may be time to start buying supplies.

A bit of a shorter list this year but, most of these items are multipart.

 

2017 Plots Plans and Possibilities

So what are the plans for the year.  Well the first one was mentioned yesterday. So many WIPs. So many WIPs.

Knitting Goals 

  • Finishing all the WIPS from the last year (Did you see yesterday’s post…I may have a problem)
  • Knitting more sweaters (always a goal) – I mean I was able to cast on 6 last year…
  • More socks (Box O’sox 2017?)
  • Ornaments for me and gifting I need to go on a shopping bing at Lexicorp

Spinning Goals 

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  • Enchanted Mesa out of handspun Loop Batts.
  • Just finish some of the *cough* number more than six *cough* spinning projects in process
  • Make those handspun socks

Sewing Goals 

  • Having fun with making bags so more accessory projects
  • Actually make a garment perhaps a skirt, with pockets
  • Building my Split cosplay for Flamecon – It may be serger time

A bit of a shorter list this year but, most of these items are multipart.

 

2016 Goals Round Up

2016 has been quite the year. I moved, and did quite a few other things. But lets look back  at all the things I plotted back out in Jan.

 

Knitting Goals

1. Year of the Sweater- One Sweater every two months *finger crossed*  – Royale started body is about 3″ still.   Cabeladabra became my Rhinebeck sweater and there was really just lots of frogging otherwise.  Stonecutter, and Kitra both need to be tried again. I do have part of Ommegang and part of Artichoke french again in black.  I mean that is six sweaters attempted….

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2. A pair of socks – A girl can dream – apparently it wasn’t that far fetched. Two pairs of socks done.  Three more on the needles, because my startitis is strong. 

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Spinning Goals

1. Learn supported spindling
2. Get a supported Spindle and bowl 

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3. Spinning down the fiber stash or at least spin more than I take in.   Well I added a little to the stash at VKL but have quite a few spindles in progress so maybe? I haven’t finished anything yet  but have five or six projects going right now.  So that would be staying on track sorta-ish. 

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Sewing Goals 

1. Finish my Dress
2. Sew some new bag styles

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3. Learn some new skills
4. Sew more in general

Shop Goals

1. Continue to grow the inventory (I’d like to add notions and other sized bags to the shop as well) Done!
2. New Logo (More a new take on the current owl than a full revamp) – Have contacted an artist and everything!

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3. A couple more craft shows, still looking for the holiday market that fits
4. Better tracking of things to make 2016 taxes easier.

Life Things

1. Organize Stashes (Fabric, Yarn, Fiber, Beads) – they were packed does that count
2. Go through the wardrobe and donate/trash clothes – First round done 
3. Donate some books
4. Pack
5. Move

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12 in 2016
1. Captain America Baby Blanket  – Done! Gifted
2.  Another large wrap shawl like Color affection (Lilli Pilli started)

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3.  Luxury Handspun Hat Continued
4. Stonecutter  – Tried so hard, and got so far but in the end it doesn’t even matter
5. Handspun Mitts – Mixed with Mithril

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6. A chunky cowl
7. A heirloom lace shawl
8. Double my memories blanket (not a single square added all year whoops!)
9.  A mystery KAL
10.  Handspun Hat (Still at the spinning stage) Can we count a hand dyed hat?
11.  Bring back Christmas Gift Knitting – (I have ideas at least now- so progress)
12. Christmas Ornaments – One done  and gifted 

Another Quarter Another Update

Homes are changing, boxes packed, apartments emptied. I packed all the books. I lost count once I surpassed 20 boxes of books, because really, did I need to keep counting? I donated, a few shelves worth, and still the movers were all “so you like reading eh?” Though we did end up having a conversation about comics that was pretty fun.

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Knitting Goals

1. Year of the Sweater- One Sweater every two months *finger crossed*  – Royale started body is about 3″ still.  I’ve also started Cabeladabra and that is growing quickly. It is already about 8 inches. 

 

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2. A pair of socks – A girl can dream – apparently it wasn’t that far fetched. Two pairs of socks done. 

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Spinning Goals

1. Learn supported spindling
2. Get a supported Spindle and bowl 

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3. Spinning down the fiber stash or at least spin more than I take in.   Well I added a little to the stash at VKL but have quite a few spindles in progress so maybe? I haven’t finished anything yet  but have five or six projects going right now.  So that would be staying on track sorta. 

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Sewing Goals 

1. Finish my Dress
2. Sew some new bag styles

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3. Learn some new skills
4. Sew more in general

Shop Goals

1. Continue to grow the inventory (I’d like to add notions and other sized bags to the shop as well)
2. New Logo (More a new take on the current owl than a full revamp) – Have contacted an artist and everything!
3. A couple more craft shows, still looking for the holiday market that fits
4. Better tracking of things to make 2016 taxes easier.

Life Things

1. Organize Stashes (Fabric, Yarn, Fiber, Beads) – they were packed does that count
2. Go through the wardrobe and donate/trash clothes – First round done 
3. Donate some books
4. Pack
5. Move

12 in 2016
1. Captain America Baby Blanket  – Done! Gifted
2.  Another large wrap shawl like Color affection
3.  Luxury Handspun Hat Continued
4. Stonecutter
5. Handspun Mitts – Mixed with Mithril

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6. A chunky cowl
7. A heirloom lace shawl
8. Double my memories blanket
9. A mystery KAL
10.  Handspun Hat (Still at the spinning stage)
11.  Bring back Christmas Gift Knitting
12. Christmas Ornaments – One done  and gifted 

 

Quarterly Update

Time seems to be flying, and plans are changing, but I’m still as usual mindful of my goals in general and am a bit surprised to see that I have been making progress even if it doesn’t always feel like I am giving enough time to my crafting life.

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But general life is also changing so i’m adding to the goals.  I’m moving this summer, so that’s a big thing that has to be planned and organized.  Especially as a crafter.  There are a lot of things to pack and move. Have I mentioned I have a lot of books? I mean a lot of books.

 

Knitting Goals

1. Year of the Sweater- One Sweater every two months *finger crossed*  – Royale started body is about 3″ right now. 

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2. A pair of socks – A girl can dream –I have joined the box of sox kal in a hope for additional motivation. 

Spinning Goals

1. Learn supported spindling
2. Get a supported Spindle and bowl 

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3. Spinning down the fiber stash or at least spin more than I take in.   Well I added a little to the stash at VKL but have quite a few spindles in progress so maybe? I haven’t finished anything yet  but have five or six projects going right now.  So that would be staying on track sorta. 

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Sewing Goals 

1. Finish my Dress
2. Sew some new bag styles
3. Learn some new skills
4. Sew more in general

Shop Goals

1. Continue to grow the inventory (I’d like to add notions and other sized bags to the shop as well)
2. New Logo (More a new take on the current owl than a full revamp) – Have contacted an artist and everything!
3. A couple more craft shows, still looking for the holiday market that fits
4. Better tracking of things to make 2016 taxes easier.

 

Life Things

1. Organize Stashes (Fabric, Yarn, Fiber, Beads)
2. Go through the wardrobe and donate/trash clothes – First round done 
3. Donate some books
4. Pack
5. Move

12 in 2016
1. Captain America Baby Blanket  – Done! Gifted
2.  Another large wrap shawl like Color affection
3.  Luxury Handspun Hat Continued
4. Stonecutter
5. Handspun Mitts – Mixed with Mithril

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6. A chunky cowl
7. A heirloom lace shawl
8. Double my memories blanket
9. A mystery KAL
10.  Handspun Hat (Still at the spinning stage)
11.  Bring back Christmas Gift Knitting
12. Christmas Ornaments

2016 Goals: A Start

So with the fact that my knitting and working schedule is changing of course I am aiming for some of my more elaborate goals this year.  So what’s first up? I’d like this to be the year of the sweater. Possibly another sweater dress. I have plenty  of sweater quantities of yarn so I just have to get knitting.

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I say a start as I think I will add more to the list but, I want to keep it at least a bit realistic. Besides the fact that the first knitting goal is a huge undertaking alone. That will have to be broken out into its own post.

Knitting Goals

1. Year of the Sweater- One Sweater every two months *finger crossed* 
2. A pair of socks – A girl can dream

Spinning Goals

1. Learn supported spindling
2. Get a supported Spindle and bowl
3. Spinning down the fiber stash or at least spin more than I take in My booth at VKLive is so close to Loop. This may end badly. 

Sewing Goals 

1. Finish my Dress
2. Sew some new bag styles
3. Learn some new skills
4. Sew more in general

Shop Goals

1. Continue to grow the inventory (I’d like to add notions and other sized bags to the shop as well)
2. New Logo (More a new take on the current owl than a full revamp)
3. A couple more craft shows, still looking for the holiday market that fits

 

12 in 2016
1. Captain America Baby Blanket
2.  Another large wrap shawl like Color affection
3.  Luxury Handspun Hat Continued
4. Stonecutter
5. Handspun Mitts
6. A chunky cowl
7. A heirloom lace shawl
8. Double my memories blanket
9. A mystery KAL
10.  Handspun Hat (Still at the spinning stage)
11.  Bring back Christmas Gift Knitting
12. Christmas Ornaments

2015 Goals Round Up

2016 is getting into gear. So how did the 2015 goals  make out? Some good some not so good. The 12 in 2o15 needs some major help.
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1. Four more sweaters in 2015. That’s one a season, totally reasonable, and I would like at least 2 to be pullovers, and at least one to be done in pieces. its about time I got to building a sweater. And right now I have the yarn for a few sweaters!
1. Alta – Green Gloss DK –  swatch is done and wayyy off. I’m losing about 4 stitches every 4 inches. Math will have to be done. Done and worn to Rhinebeck! 
2. Stripes Gone Crazy – Cashmere Wool Blend
3. Blue Wool of the Andes Pumpkin Ale 
4. Eco Wool Francis Revisited will be cast on later this week?   Done!

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5. Bayside  Body done, most of the first sleeve is done and the goal is to wear it to VKL in a couple weeks so nearly there.
6. Wine colored Sock yarn

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Featherweight has been cast on. – Body is done, just needs sleeves and the border
*Baby Bunting 

Five sweaters done, two on the needles. I like  making sweaters. More sweaters!
2. More craft fairs – I want to do more vending (VKLive happened!) I vended at the BKCG WWKIP again, did Funday Sunday on Smith Street, and will be doing the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk show the Friday of Rhinebeck.  I now have an Events page where you can keep up to date on where I shall be popping up.
3. More Spinning. Joining the DSPAKAL means I will start my year spinning. The 680 yard loop bump seems to have that covered, even if I haven’t had a chance to spin since the tour de fleece started.
1. Six complete spinning projects for the year (knitting handspun or spinning a project) – Hitchhiker is done, the loop bump above, and a few squares on the  sock blanket from fiber samples. 
2. Get one of the spindles I have been eying maybe as a reward for hitting the 50% mark(Uh – I may now own two Turtle Made spindles, an Aaron Makes stuff spindle, and a Golding)
4. Socks!!!! I have two actual pairs on the needles. I have cast on Hermione’s Everyday socks…Now where did I put them…found! Placed with the other wips! 
5. As I mentioned yesterday, more collaborations.Clubs, Giveaways, Stitches South!
6. Updating the graphics of the blog and published patterns (new laptop should help get this going but its still a work in progress) 
7. Gloves! Both the designing of and knitting of other patterns – My Thrummed flip top mittens are a start right? a still incomplete start but a start
8. Designing – So many swatches guys – SO MANY – Submissions! Things are out, patterns are being written
9. Plan another epic birthday – there may be zombies  whiskey  There was brunch, there was Ethiopian, there were friends. 

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And the 12 in 2015 – hmm er…
1. Alta Swatched  Done!
2. Stripes Gone CrazyI may have cast on featherweight with this yarn
3. Bayside sleeves separated and approaching the body increases decreases  ribbing  body done sleeves in progress 
4. Handspun Socks take two – uh
5. Blanket – Cozy Memories Blanket
6. Gloves – Thrummed flip top mitts One mitt mostly done. Just needs a flip top.  Second cuff done. 
7. Flintshire Take II – well I used the yarn for mitts. but a red flintshire would work too.
8. Release a Cowl Design – couple different swatches floating around and a pattern on the needles 
9. Handspun Hat with Luxury tribbles – Cashmere! Yak!  Spinning stared
10. Thrummed Hat! – I don’t wear mittens but a Hat would be great.Likely not as then there would have to be lining.
11. A Colorwork project
12. Christmas Ornaments – After setting up the tree this year we noted it was lacking in handmade, personal items. Especially in the home of two crafters.