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.