Well it seems like everyone else is doing it, so I guess I will too… (yes, mom, I probably would jump off the bridge if someone told me too… I’m just that kind of girl…)
So what AM I talking about? End of the year roundups, and next year’s goals.
I had a few craft goals this year.
* Knit or crochet 10 shawls in 2010. Technically I did make well over 10 shawls, but quite a few of them I personally didn’t count towards the goal. If it only took me a few hours to make, despite meeting the yardage requirements, I didn’t count it. So I actually made 9 shawls that met my personal (additional) requirements. All in all, however, this is significantly better than what I usually accomplish when joining one of these groups. My favorite shawl (using someone else’s pattern):
Frozen leaves I made 4 variations of this shawl this year!
* start designing again. I reworked/reedited a lot of my old, free patterns, and put them up into pdfs. I released several self-published designs & am in the process of getting a design published by Knit Picks & 2 patterns in the Crochet 2012 calendar. My most popular design, by far, is the boringly-named Half Circle Shawl:
A ravelry fan club was formed, and I hosted 2 Cals for my own designs on the group.
* Tackle cables! I’ve finished one cable hat to date, and dabbled with a few cables on scrap yarn, but I’m just not a cabler. I was determined to make 3 small cabled projects this year, just to say I know how. End result? Not one cabled project completed.
Reading goals: My goal every year is to read 52 books. As stated in Tuesday’s post, I failed miserably this year. But, I did start this review blog!
Goals for next year:
* Knit or crochet 131 cat shelter blankets in memory of Zorro, one for each month he lived with us. I’ve already made a few.
* Knit or crochet at least 26 hats for the homeless
* Continue making the odd blanket or two for nursing home residents (goal of say, 10)
* Continue knitting/crocheting for charity as the need arises
* Make 2 pairs of socks for dad – one for Father’s Day, using the yarn I gave him at Christmas, and one pair for Christmas 2011. Make 1 pair of socks for mom for Mother’s Day, using the yarn I gave HER at Christmas, and possibly a pair for Christmas. Make 3 pairs of socks for Jon; probably one to just give him, and 2 for Christmas. Make 3 pairs of wool-cotton blend socks for me, using scraps I’ve been saving, & at least 1 pair of worsted weight wool slipper socks, to replace the badly felted pairs.
* Try the cable resolution again: 3 small cabled projects.
* Finish the sock yarn afghan
* Finish the Moorish Crochet afghan
* Finish the Around the Twist afghan, and write up the pattern. Possible KAL.
* Finally make Jon a sweater. This needs to be a priority in my personal, non charity, non designing craft time!
* Finally get my act together & do some serious sewing.
* Read 52 ya/adult books new-to-me, and 25 additional “younger” books, rereads, or audiobooks. Try to read more fan fiction, which I love but never seem to actually read. Utilize the kindle!
* Continue blogging at least one review per week, keep up with In Your Mailbox (helps keep me organized), and write one craft post a week, probably WIP Wednesday or Fiber Friday.
* spin more.
* use my slow cooker more.