I have a bad habit of setting unrealistic goals for myself. I honestly can't remember the last time I actually managed to do everything on my weekend to-do list but I'm pretty sure I was still in school. When Tadpole came along I found that two items over two days was pretty much the limit of what I could accomplish during the first few months. That was an adjustment, to say the least!
But I like lists and dreaming up things that I want to do, so here are my (crafting) goals for 2012:
1. Be more centered.
Actually, this is my big goal on all fronts this year. Between having a baby and starting a huge new job (in addition to "parent"), I've often felt like I could never quite get my feet under me. So you can see why I'm going back to making lists.
2. Organize the stash.
I have a lot of really nice yarn in my stash that I'm looking forward to using. I also have some that I probably will never use. I doubt I have time to work with everything I want to so that means the other stuff really needs to go. And I can't easily work through the stash if I don't know what's there in the first place.
3. Knit with stash/don't buy new yarn.
I know I said this last year but I really mean it this time (here's hoping you don't read this sentence again in 2013). This is how bad my guilt over the stash has gotten - I was happy when I went to buy a Sundara holiday bag and the last green one was sold out by the time I got to the checkout.
I don't think I could make it a whole year without buying yarn so I'd better set out some (limited!) exceptions to the stash diet.
(a) purchases at sheep & wool festivals or similar events are ok.
(b) gifts of yarn may be excepted. Whether Mr. Thinks and Frogs can give the gift is TBD.
(c) special souvenir purchases while on vacation may be allowed.
4. Spin more.
I loved the Tour de Fleece but haven't spun much since then. Right now I'm working on spinning for a swap with Jacey do I'm at least off to a good start.
5. Quilt more: finish the quilt and make at least one other quilted item.
What quilt? I know, I've been working on it for so long I sometimes forger about it. But I'd really like to finish it. And try some other patterns!
The set-up for quilting (or sewing) always seems to take a really long time. Knitting is much better suited to fill a ten minute chunk of time - I can knit for all ten! With working on the quilt, I feel like I spend right minutes setting up and then only have two left to make any actual progress. And that doesn't count when I have to iron the fabric first!
But I also like how (relatively) little time it takes to make a big quilting FO. Plus, I'd like to be more proficient at using my sewing machine.
Would you believe I worked on the quilt last weekend? I'm two strips away from finishing the third block of four. Progress!
I think that's it. No links or pics this time since I'm on my phone (just handed off the baby to see if my better half can have more success with a crib transfer) and I've really got to go get some sleep.
Replies to comments on the previous post are coming, I promise.
Happy New Year! I'm looking forward to what 2012 has in store.