It’s just about halfway through the year, so I wanted to write down how I am doing so far on my goals:
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Goals for next year:
* Knit or crochet 131 cat shelter blankets in memory of Zorro, one for each month he lived with us.
Chain Stitch Square pattern (free download)
The above is definitely my most important goal, and I’ve finished about 70 or so for the year with some in progress, assorted various patterns, so I think I’m right on target!
* Knit or crochet at least 26 hats for the homeless
Only 3 hats so far have been made, but I did make 2 scarves & several of my sample shawls were donated.
* Continue making the odd blanket or two for nursing home residents (goal of say, 10)
I had to check Ravelry because I wasn’t sure how many I had actually finished, but I’ve actually made 9 so far. The above is my favorite (my Coins Quilt free pattern). I am planning on continuing to design a few more afghans, & the samples will then be donated, either to a nursing home, or raffled off / auctioned off for charity.
* Continue knitting/crocheting for charity as the need arises
Nothing so far. One afghan in progress to be donated to the New England Falcon Club of America raffle for their August show (not really for charity, but still…)
* Make 2 pairs of socks for dad â€“ one for Fatherâ€™s Day, using the yarn I gave him at Christmas, and one pair for Christmas 2011. Make 1 pair of socks for mom for Motherâ€™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 Iâ€™ve been saving, & at least 1 pair of worsted weight wool slipper socks, to replace the badly felted pairs.
pair for mom for Mother’s Day is done, 1 pair of cotton anklet socks for me, done
* Try the cable resolution again: 3 small cabled projects.
None so far!
* Finish the sock yarn afghan
Have worked on this a smidge – I’d guess I added about 20 squares to it.
* Finish the Moorish Crochet afghan
* Finish the Around the Twist afghan, and write up the pattern. Possible KAL.
Ha! I’m still working on it. I was actually doing well on it & started sewing up the squares, but I still need to finish about 4 squares & sew it up. It’s a big blanket, done in garter stitch, and 100% wool. The pattern is written up, I do need to draw a little schematic for it & I cannot draw straight lines!
* Finally make Jon a sweater. This needs to be a priority in my personal, non charity, non designing craft time!
Ha! Still hasn’t happened, and I don’t expect it will. I’ve always wanted to make him a sweater, but he just doesn’t wear them.
* Finally get my act together & do some serious sewing.
I did do some sewing – I still want to sew – but I really just don’t have time!!
* Read 52 ya/adult books new-to-me, and 25 additional â€œyoungerâ€ books, rereads, or audiobooks. Try to read more fan fiction, which I love but never seem to actually read. Utilize the kindle!
Not sure how many I’ve read, I haven’t updated my excel spreadsheet in a while so you’ll have to read all my reviews to find out how many I’ve finished!
* 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.
Well… I’ve dropped In Your Mailbox. I figured no one really cared what books I got from the library or in the mail or d/l to my kindle & I really seldom get books in the mail & even less often buy them. I think I’ve done pretty good with a review a week & a craft post a week, though!
* spin more.
did spin a bit this year, but not a lot.
* use my slow cooker more.
I was actually using it quite a lot for a while, but haven’t used it much lately. I’m not sure why, but every time I use the slow cooker, let’s just say I get sick. Doesn’t matter what I cook.
Not on my list, but other things I have managed to accomplish:
I self published 16 patterns so far this year, 8 paid patterns & 8 free patterns, with 2 patterns due to be published by the Crochet Calendar later this year, and 6 more patterns in various stages of testing/editing.
Spring Stripes scarf – a very easy, summer scarf pattern, written for 2 widths, skinny & regular, and also available as a kit !
Dudley, my favorite shawl pattern so far this year…
buy now for only $5!
And changing the subject slightly, but while I have your attention LOL go check out Hookin It Up! a monthly crochet blog party I’m going to participate July 10th!