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2016 Goals

January 1, 2016

Last year ended up being a major year of flux and the blog suffered a bit for it. I am hoping to remedy that in 2016 and to kick things off here are my goals for the new year.

  1. Post more on the blog. As mentioned above there was a serious downturn in posting, to that end I am hoping to hit the post button at least a couple times a week.
  2. Make/Finish a garment for me. I actually casted on for a Mama Vertabre back sometime in December (oops for not making a project page.) My goal is to finish it up before the end of the year. Seems easy enough.
  3. Update Ravelry pages more. As mentioned above I am not the greatest at remember to start project pages or stash or really anything else. This year I want to try to get a better record going.
  4. Knit from stash. This shouldn’t be too hard as my yarn budget has tanked thanks to the not working. The plus side is I will be using up all that wonderful yarn I bought and love(d) at one point or another.
  5. Knit with my handspun. I have quite a bit of the wonderfully (and not so wonderfully) spun stuff sitting in a bin. I have the shawl that I am still working on, as well as the Giant’s mitts, but I want/need to use more.
  6. Spin more. Along with the lack of posting, there has also been a dip in the amount of spinning I have been doing (which at least helps me out some when it comes to goal 5.)
  7. Read 30 books. Just like my yarn and fiber stash, my book stash has quickly outpaced my reading habits. The number gives me a little less than 2 weeks to finish each book. Which should be more than enough time, even with the last few Game of Thrones books on the list.
  8. Long Range Planning Box. Just like previous years, the goal is to work on a variety of stuff throughout the year so when events or holidays pop up I can just pick one out and carry on.
  9. Indulge my art. I love to draw/sketch but haven’t really done much in the last year, and it is time to remedy that.
  10. Finish two cross-stitch patterns. Oh yeah, I do have that as a hobby as well. You may not remember because it’s been so long since I even considered picking it up. Although that didn’t stop me from buying patterns. Two seems reasonable considering how amazingly slow I am at it.
  11. Air the stash. In connection with keeping Ravelry up to date, I do want to do my annual airing of the stash. This always serves to remind me of the yarns I have as well as give me some inspiration.
  12. Charity knitting. I know that my local animal shelter is often looking for small blankets to keep in the kennels, as it gives the animals something soft and familiar when they are waiting. I know when we got Toby he had a sweet little blanket that made the trek with him and it seemed to help him out.
  13. Knit socks. This is a goal I seem to have every year, but this time I am going to forget about throwing 12 skeins into paper bags and instead be more deliberate with my picks.
  14. Learn how to sew a project bag for myself. The Giant and I have a sewing machine, but I will be honest I can’t really remember how the darn thing works.
  15. Declutter. We have a lot of extra stuff hanging around in our home and it’s time to take a hard look at it all.
  16. Learn to accept the fact that my life has changed. This one will probably be the hardest to work through. Chronic illness defintely caused a lot of changes to not only my life, but also how I interact with the world. I know that a lot of times people go through a grieving period and I seem to be stuck in the denial stage still.

So there you have it, 16 goals for the new year. What can I say hope springs eternal, right?

Do you have any goals for the New Year? Which one do you think will be the most difficult to achieve, the easiest?

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6 Comments
  1. We must be kindred spirits! I don’t formally make a list because I’m just immature enough to pull the “You can’t make me!” attitude and refuse to do anything on my list, even the things I want to do. But, in the back of my mind…. I know I need to do a better job of keeping up on Ravelry. Nothing like trying to post 15 finished items at once… Then there’s the stash knitting. My stash drawers & box lids won’t even close anymore. It’s definitely time to shop from the stash pile instead of the LYS. The idea of a Long Range Planning box might solve trying to kitchner while driving to the birthday party… And I too have a sewing machine that I can’t even remember how to turn on, but I’d LOVE to sew my own project bags. Hopefully 2016 will be the year. Happy stash knitting!

  2. What a lovely list. I’m doing a little word þis year, rather than a list, but I might sneakily make one too, after seeing what you’ve got on it 🙂

  3. Such a great list. I’m happy to see you making a conscious effort to work through the uncomfortable time of adjusting to a chronic illness. The beauty of this struggle is that you’re not alone. This craft world has embraced my struggles as well. I look forward to hearing about your crafting progress and cheering you on as you conquer this health challenge. Best of luck knit friend.

  4. Thank you for sharing all of these goals! The last one is so hard; we all have a hard time accepting how we change over time. You’ve shown a lot of grace so far. I know you can get the rest of the way there and make things work.

  5. Great list! Now that I am feeling better, I want to get back to my knitting. My needles have been silent for too long!

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