This is the time of year when everyone & especially bloggers, seem to talk about what they accomplished & what their goals are for the next year.
I’ll at some point write up a recap of last year & how I did with my challenges, but not today .
I did want to share my goals for next year. I tried to be more realistic then I’ve been in years past, but still challenge myself a little.
First, design goals:
* continue to submit. This is really tough for me, but last year I started to submit & I’ll write more about that later, but it’s important to me that I continue to try.
* at least LEARN about advertising outside of Ravelry. I may not actually do so, but I want to start figuring out what my options are & where to advertise. Anyone have any experience with this? Care to share?
* self-publish at least 12 crochet patterns & 3 knit patterns. Yes, I said knit! It’s good for me, as a designer, to get outside of my comfort zone.
* complete my crochet master’s through the guild, finish my knit & crochet certification, & at least explore other avenues of teaching (locations)
* get back into blogging. Yes, I know I’ve been really lazy this year with blogging, between my site being down for a couple of months, & starting to teach, the blogging’s gone by the wayside, but I think it’s very important as a designer that I maintain an online presence besides on Ravelry
* continue to donate patterns as prizes when opportunity arises – I’ve felt from the very beginning that this is very important to me, both for me personally & as a design business
* Run another cal on my Ravelry group. Something “big” ??
* learn to weave. yes, I really want to do it this year! Even if just on little loooms!
* hairpin lace. I have quite a collection of hairpin lace (vintage) looms & I’d really like to explore this craft more
* continue to concentrate on charity projects as much as possible. My “main” charity goal this year is a dozen patriotic afghans to donate to local veterans by Veteran’s Day. I’ll continue to make afghans for the local nursing homes & to whoever else needs them, and like I have the last several years, leave myself open to whatever other charity projects may come my way
sad to say, none really, other than to try to read more this year – I managed 32 books/audiobooks for 2012, which is not at all bad considering I work full time, teach when I can, & run a design business. This ties with 2009, is a little worse than 2010 (40, my best year since I started keeping track) and is much, much better than the FOUR I read in 2008. I’m not going to set a goal other than to read more, so, let’s see 36 books for 2013!