Tuesday, January 5, 2016

What's on tap for 2016?

This year will involve major life changes so who knows how the crafting will go. Still, I will set some goals for the year.

  1. I would like to complete 24 new projects this year. I will probably make a lot of hats but I don't want to set a specific number of hats.  
  2. The only yarn that comes into the stash will be worsted or bulky as that I what I use the most. Also, I am only allowed to add 12 skeins of yarn to the stash. I hope that I don't add that many but I want to give myself a little wiggle room because I will be attending the SSK vendor market. 
  3. I need to finish or frog all 10 WIPs that were on the needles at the beginning of 2016. Let's be honest, once a project goes in to timeout, it's basically dead to me. The projects are: 
    • Baby Alpaca GAP-tastic Cowl cast on in August 2015
    • Purple & Gray Striped Scarf cast on in August 2015
    • Brewster's Multnomah Shawl cast on in July 2015
    • Cascade Textured Cowl cast on in February 2015
    • Felted Tweed Duotone Cowl cast on in November 2014
    • Sausalito Smoky Cables-and-Lace Hat cast on in July 2014
    • The Grind Mitten cast on in January 2014
    • NW T9 Dissertation Project cast on in October 2013
    • Savory Bay of Fundy cast on in August 2012

Monday, January 4, 2016

Did I meet 2015's goals?

In a word, no. However, I exceeded my expectations on the travel goal and came close on the knitting goals so I am fairly pleased.
  1. Instead of visiting two new states this year, I visited five: Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi. I planned on visiting Minnesota and North Carolina but when I looked at a map, I realized the spot I was going to in North Carolina was really close to the borders of South Carolina and Georgia so I made sure to plan excursions to those states while I was on vacation. I ended up taking a work trip that allowed me to travel through Mississippi so that state was an unexpected get at the end of the year.
  2. I was a little short on my new projects goal: 21 projects instead of 24 and 10 hats instead of 12.
  3. I didn't knowingly purchase any new fingering weight yarn but in the gift bag for ZK2015 there was a skein of fingering weight yarn so technically, I purchased it.
  4. I frogged four of the WIPs that I had at the start of 2015 and I finished one WIP so I did meet that goal. I could have done better as I know there are some of the other projects that I will probably never finish so I should have just frogged them. Still 5 out of the 11 being gone is what I was shooting for.
Overall, it was not too poor of a showing for 2015.

Oh the places I've been...