Happy New Year, but first

I, like many people, was more than happy to put 2016 to bed.  What a year!  I noticed on New Year’s Eve a few of my friends started posting collages of their favorite moments of 2016 which focused on the good and not all the bad.  With that said, I wanted to look back on my knitting year.

Checking in with Ravelry – I had 27 finished objects.  This is not entirely correct as I doubled up on a few projects which takes the number up to 31 and I also did 3 mermaid blankets that are not on my page so we can say 34.  I made 8 tiny Christmas ornaments for my cousins that is listed as one project so we can go ahead and bump it up to 42 which is really good!  Hats off to me!

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Ornaments made from various patterns using Lemonade Shop Omaha colorway

Next, I went back and checked my goals I listed in the first post of last year – here’s what I found:

  1. Cold Sheep
  2. Finish all of the Projects that Time has Forgotten
  3. Mittens
  4. Online hashtag projects
  5. Knit the Sky project
  6. Test/sample knitting
  7. Refocus on selling finished objects
  8. Work on developing a class to teach kids to knit
  9. Make a few changes to the blog

Well, I did okay with this list.  I failed miserably at Cold Sheep.  I actually had a conversation with my parents last night as we were talking about moving around some furiture about my stash.  My mother suggested I only buy yarn if I’m going to use it right away. I explained that is the only time when I buy yarn but it doesn’t always happen (or it ends up in the ever growing pile of UFO’s).  I did triumphantly declare I had not bought any yarn this year to which my dad looking at me and said “it’s only the 6th”  Small steps, dad, small steps.  Same rules for Cold Sheep this year – travel is exempted and I do have a trip planned to L’Oisive The and possibly Loop London this summer so yarn will be coming home with me!

I did finish all of the Projects that Time has Forgotten but more on that next week.  I did make myself a pair of mittens and I love them!  I’ve been engaging more on Instagram with hashtag projects which is fun.  Nothing from Knit the Sky.  I did more test knitting and I expanded that into tech editing which will be more of a focus here on the blog this year.  I did some selling of finished objects and feel I have a better plan for this year. Nothing on teaching kids to knit yet and no changes to the blog but they are coming! Overall, a mixed bag but that’s okay

Other notes of importance – I went to Rhinebeck!!!!!!  I went with a bunch of friends and met up with more friends at the festival and it was a whole lot of fun.  I went to our local sheep and wool festival.  I had a really fun yarny adventure during my trip to Colorado.  I participated in #knitterspayitforward which was uplifting and reassuring during a very dark time.  And, I started my tech editing business which is super exciting!

With that, I think I can officially put 2016 to rest.  More on my goals for 2017 next week!

Hey there 2016!

Wow – 2016, already??!!  I feel like I was just writing my 2014 year in review post just the other day.  I did not set forth any concrete goals for 2015 so instead of looking back I’m going to look ahead today.

Here’s the list for 2016:

  1. Cold Sheep
  2. Finish all of the Projects that Time has Forgotten
  3. Mittens
  4. Online hashtag projects
  5. Knit the Sky project
  6. Test/sample knitting
  7. Refocus on selling finished objects
  8. Work on developing a class to teach kids to knit
  9. Make a few changes to the blog

This is a long list to tackle in one blog post so this week I will focus on Goal #1 – Cold Sheep.  I need to watch my budget a little closer this year and so I decided to cut back on yarn purchases.  I was listening to back episode of A Playful Day’s podcast and she had a similar goal and declared she going Cold Sheep and I love that term!  I think we all grapple with this decision as I do feel like I want to support both my LYS and all the lovely independent dyers that I follow on Instagram.  My hope is that there were plenty of knitters who went Cold Sheep last year who will now make up for my lack of purchases this year.

To be realistic about it, I have some rules for my year of Cold Sheep.

  1. Cold Sheep does not apply while I’m traveling.  I love checking out yarn stores and sharing that here on the blog and I often pick up a memory of the trip.  I do only try to buy yarn that I cannot find at home or is local to the area I’m in.  (note, this does not apply when I “travel” to Ann Arbor, otherwise I would go broke at Spun!)
  2. Cold Sheep does not apply if I go to any wool festivals.  This may be the year I make it to Rhinebeck (more on that later 🙂 ) and I can’t have my hands tied if I finally make it to the holy grail of wool festivals!
  3. I have two gift certificates to my LYS and hope that will get me through any emergency purchases.  You know, when some new yarn comes in and we all HAVE to buy it and make the same thing!
  4. Last exception is a new Christmas yarn.  This was the first year I bought a Christmas yarn and I really enjoyed working with it during the Christmas season.  I cast on a shawl and made some good progress and will plan on finishing over the course of this year so it is ready to wear in December.  I would like to make this a tradition and my plan for this year is to get a self striping Christmas sock yarn and start a pair of socks.

Goal #2 really goes hand in hand with #1.  I really need to complete the projects in the Land of Forgotten Projects – I have moved all the UFOs to my antique chair in my living room so I see them ALL the time – staring at me blankly, saying “why have you left me??”

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Once they were all in one place, I went through and did an inventory and wrote down what needles were the in project (thanks for that awesome suggestion Knitmore Girls!) and where I had left off.  Let’s face it – half the battle with UFOs is figuring out where you left off because we all think we’ll remember but then two years go by and who the heck knows???

 

And, as for non-knitting related goals – well, I try to keep it simple.  I’ve been working on minimalism and capsule wardrobes and am really seeing some benefits so I will continue on that path. I did see an interesting post on Facebook yesterday which I’m going to try and do this year.  The goal is to save 1 penny on 1/1 and 2 cents on 1/2 and 3 cents on 1/3 and so on.  By the end of year, you will be putting in $3.66 and will have saved over $650! (after reading the comments, I double checked the math and it is correct so game on!)  That screams plane ticket to me so I found this pot that I’m not using and put it on the first thing I see when I walk in the house – my kitchen table and hopefully that will set me up for success.  Day 2 and it’s looking good!

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I saw a similar post that had to do with increasing daily steps and I need to print that out and figure it out but it seemed like a good way to up the step count which is always a good thing!

I think that is more than enough for now (and, perhaps a bit ambitious!). Over the next few posts I will expand further on the rest of the knitting goals but until then I wish you all happy crafting in 2016!