Crafty Goals 2017

Last year I did accomplish most of the crafty goals I set, unfortunately documenting this progress on the blog didn’t happen but I’m all set to change that.    I finished blankets, did some colorwork, started my first sweater (which I still haven’t finished), did some charity knitting, sewed a bit but primarily focused on dyeing.  You can expect more of the same with an extra push in some areas.  My goals this year are:

  • Craft without pressure.  I’m a slow crafter and sometimes I get caught up in the number of FOs saga.  This year, I’m going to be a Cyndi Lauper crafter — this girl just wants to have fun!
  • Recommit to blogging. This space is where I document my crafty and sometimes life journeys and I enjoy doing so.  Last year I cheated on the blog with Instagram (not that I’m giving that up) but I need to do more detailed crafty postings rather than the insta documenting that platform supports. I also need to share posts here other than book reviews.
  • Reduce my stash by 6000 grams.  Sounds like a lot but last year between projects, destashing, gifting and charitable donations, I destashed 9000 grams.  I would have done more but I bought 6 skeins of yarn last year and they narrowed down my destash amount a tad bit.  😀
  • No yarn/fiber purchases for 2017.  I’ve done this before and I’m back at it again.  I have a large stash and while there are other yarns/fiber I want to try, I know I can still be creative with what I have.  Enough of the excess!  After I reduce it by 6000 grams, I’ll give myself permission to get more next year (all being well).  And just so you know … gifts don’t count in the no purchase goal.  LOLOL!  I’m just sayin’. 😉    Seriously though, it sounds tough but I only purchased 6 skeins and 1 fiber batt from a destash in 2016.  How hard can it be to go from 7 to zero?  😉
  • Finish Craftsy class learning schedule I already put together.  Purchasing the classes is like purchasing yarn — easy to do but no good if you’re not using them.  I’ve already made a schedule of 13 classes I want to complete this year.  It’s 1 up from the number I completed in 2016.  My goal is to really dig into them and get everything I can instead of just bulleting through them.
  • Charity knitting.  What can I say about this except that there are so many people in need, I’m going to do what I can with the skills I have to alleviate some of this need.
  • Personal Sock Club.  I’ve heard about it, I’ve seen people just loving socks, knitting socks, crocheting socks, talking about how much they love socks and I want to make socks too.   I just haven’t been bitten by the bug … yet.  This year I aim to make at least two pairs.  I’ve set up my own sock basket, put yarn and patterns together.  Let’s see if I come through with at least two pairs at the end of this year.  😀
  • Improve my spinning.  I need to finish my breed study sampler I started in 2016 and spin the braids I’ve already set aside in my spinning basket.  Most of the Craftsy classes I’ve scheduled are spinning ones so I’m ready.  I haven’t set a specific number of handspun skeins I want to achieve by the end of the year but I’d like to end the year with strong singles, multi-plied skeins and obviously improved spinning.  After this very generous gift of spinning tools (fiber and yarn) from my friend Monique, how could I not spin more this year?

  • 1 year, 1 blanket.  I’m not sure where I saw it listed like this, maybe a bloggy friend I visited and the phrase stuck with me.  I like having at least 1 long project every year, another blanket is the ticket for me.  I’ve already picked my yarn and pattern — I’ll be starting it this month.
  • Improve my dye portfolio.  This is listed last but it’s not the least.  Regular readers of this blog know that I enjoy dyeing.  I might not knit or crochet a lick of anything sometimes but I’m always dyeing.  I want to see where this takes me this year.

So there you have it — my crafty goals for 2017.  All things being well, it’s going to be an exciting crafty year.

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24 comments

  1. That’s a great list. This past August, I caught sock knitting fever. There seems to be no cure, since I’ve only increased in my intensity to make socks. I have always loved the feel of hand-knit socks. I was gifted with several pair when I was a child. I had no idea they were hand-knit until years later. Those socks were colorwork socks and were my favorites until I outgrew them. I think I had about six pair.

    Why do I adore hand-knit socks? It’s like a soft cushion hugging my feet. I’ve made socks before, but this time around I’ve switched to knitting toe-up, instead of cuff down. Also, my default is knitting four at a time, toe-up. In doing so, I have two pairs of socks! One for my daughter and one for me. She loves them as much as I do. When it comes to socks, nothing beats a hand-knit sock customized for your feet.

    You had me at socks… but I do like all the things you hope to accomplish this year!

    1. Your comment is so timely and a reminder of why we love handmade anything. What’s even more insane, a friend sent me a package this week with 4 pairs of hand knit socks for Christmas! Overwhelmed is an understatement. So I can truly say I absolutely understand why you love them so much. 🙂

  2. What a lovely list! I particularly like the charity one as I agree there are so many in need. Looking forward to keeping up with your 2017 adventures.

  3. Got a few of those same goals also this year. Got a lot more done last year than I can remember. I’m sticking with my work on only one project at a time rule that worked for me last year so I actually end up finishing something, LOL Need to recommit to blogging also, fell off the wagon badly the last few months, ’cause Instagram became an online sidechick for me too, LOL

    I went to Vogue Knitting Live so I already violated my destashing clause and no new yarn purchase rule this year, smh. But I only bought cotton so I don’t feel all that bad about it.

    1. We should absolutely make some knitting days in the park happen this year. I feel like the year started ahead of me … had the flu for the first three weeks but I’m back now and ready to tackle that list.

  4. great goals and so inspiring!!!
    Better than my goal which is “knit what I want when I want”hahaha
    I look forward to reading your future blogs and progress on goals 🙂

  5. I haven’t come up with my 2017 crafty goals yet. Can I cheat and copy your list, lol. Seriously though, that is a very inspiring set of goals. I have several Craftsy classes that still need to be viewed. One is on knitting an Icelandic cardigan with a steek and another is on improving crochet skills. If you come across any good spindle spinning classes on Craftsy please please please let me know! Can’t wait to see your progress on your goals!

    1. Yes they are and it’s time I get to them. The flu for three weeks in January stole some of my momentum but I’m not going to be stopped by that. 😀

  6. What a great list and I think I’ll save it and refer to it this year. You’re inspiring me to get spinning and dyeing again. And does new yarn purchases count if it’s for charity knitting? lol

    1. LOLOL! Some people actually don’t count it. To them, it’s stash in, stash out and not accumulating. You can make your own parameters. 😀

      Your spinning and dyeing are lovely and I want to see what you do this year!!!

  7. What a great list of goals! I love the idea of being a Cyndi Lauper crafter — that’s perfect! I’ve never taken a Craftsy class — I would like to at some point!! Can’t wait to see more of your dyeing (and knitting and spinning) in 2017!

    1. I think you’ll love the Craftsy platform. I’m a visual learner so the videos absolutely satisfy that. Where I am in NY it’s tough to get to a knit/spin group so Craftsy fills that void.

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