I love creating goals for the new year, especially when it comes to my creative endeavors. I have many crafting loves but my heart still belongs to knitting and spinning.
Last year I made made the goal of spinning more, and I did but soon slowed down. By August I wasn’t spinning and I simply had no desire to spin. There were many underlying reasons I stopped but I will just say I was burned out because I over did it. I will say though I love the skeins of yarn I created this year and have enjoyed knitting small accessory pieces with handspun!
I didn’t draw as much as I wanted too, but I am happy with what I did draw. My favorite piece this year is a bird I drew in August. I absolutely love it and plan to make a similar one to have a pair.
I didn’t do much in the way of photography but I did get outside more and enjoyed my year of walks with our sweet boy in the park. He is a great motivator to get me out walking because I simply do not want to disappoint him and not take home to his park.
So enough rambling, it’s time to talk about those 2020 goals …..
Goal #1: Carrying forward My 2019 Goal to 2020 for spinning and using my own handspun for projects.
- I want to spin my stash down
- Rotate my wheels so I use them more
- Spin with intention
- Join SALs (spin alongs)
- Learn new spinning techniques
Why mittens? Besides keeping your hands warm at this time of year, they’re an achievable challenge for most spinners . . . but they do have a few hidden requirements, such as maintaining spinning consistency, choosing durable fibers and yarn structures, and using a pattern you like enough to make twice! – Anne Merrow
Goal #2: I want to make 12 pairs of socks new year and think one pair a month is quite doable.
I work at home and I have a job that allows me to knit while working. I may end up making more than a dozen pairs, but I want an achievable goal, so a dozen pairs sound good. I have so much sock yarn in my stash that it’s almost ridiculous and it’s time for new socks.
I also want to use new patterns and plan to pull out my Cookie A books (I miss her designs), Socktopus by Alice Yu, Op-Art Socks by Stephanie Van Der Linden by and Silk Road Socks by Hunter Hammersen. I also have a ton of digital patterns to go through as well. I do want to try color work this year as well, so will be looking through patterns I already own to see what might entice me to try something new, and different.
Goal #3: I want to do more needlework, such as embroidery and wool appliqué.
I do not plan to go overboard in the needlework area, but I do have several holiday pieces I want to make for our home and for a few friends. I have plenty of pattern, hoops and threads, so this will be a great way for me to use my stash instead of buying more.
Goal #4: I want to to sew more, which includes making my own clothes.
I think having more “me made” wardrobe is an inspiration goal and one I truly want to achieve above all my other goals. I am still learning to sew but truly love what I made
this year and I am super excited about making more things this coming year. My husband has even asked me to make him a few pairs of pajama bottoms! This year I plan to make more tops and try my hand at pants, and maybe even lingerie. I have a very inspiring friend on Instagram that keeps me motivated to learn and achieve new things.
My second sewing goal is quilting. I plan to start with small projects, such as mini quilts, and learn as much as I can o I can make a decent wall quilt. Some day I even hope to make a quilt for our bed.
I also have personal and spiritual goals. My husband and I have plans to do more fun things, take more road trips and to start planning our future of moving back home to Kentucky. A new year, a fresh start and a new challenge!
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C.S. Lewis