It’s Nice to Have Goals

So on New Year’s Eve, I took a quick look at what I did in 2013, and mentioned there were some things I’d like to do in 2014.  I cannot say I actually set goals, because they were all pretty darned vague, and I would like to have something to work towards.

“I am planning to start spinning again in January and am considering saving up for a Woolee Winder to make my spinning that much easier”.  I will spin 5 times a week for the year; I am never going to get any good at this if I do it in constant fits and starts.  If I do keep to this, and I think it will improve my spinning, I will get a Woolee Winder in the spring.

“I have nine WIPs and four projects in “hibernation”, so I do need to get back at some of those.”  I will cut that number in half by January 1st, 2015 and have no more than 7 WIPS/hibernating projects at that time, whether I finish the ones I have on needles or frog them.

“I am also planning to knit from stash a bit more.  I added quite a bit towards the end of the year, factoring in several yarn-y gifts, and I have some great plans for some of those skeins.”  For every two skeins I move into “All Used Up”, I can add one more to stash.  (This will be by far my most challenging goal, to be certain, as I am completely given to fits of “ooh shiny”!)

“My last goal of the year…to at least start, if not complete, my first sweater.  I have two sweater quantities, a coupon for Custom Fit (kindly given to me by my friend, Jenn) and measurements taken for me by Kim.  All I need to do now is do some new swatches and I’ll be ready to go.”  This goal was nice and specific.

And there was one I forgot.  My dear friend Val has sent me three separate stashes of light fingering weight handspun over the past year…all gorgeous and all deserving of being knit into something awesome.  I have queued two of them and I will knit at least one of these projects this year.

So, goals for 2014…there they are.  I am not going to set goals of how many yards to knit or pounds of fibre to spin, mostly because I don’t want either of those activities to become a chore, and I fear that for me, goals that specific might make them so.

Let’s see how far I get with these 🙂

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One thought on “It’s Nice to Have Goals

  1. I like having knitting goals for the year, too. They seem to be easier to keep than the exercise ones 🙂
    One of my resolutions for this year is to knit with my favourite yarn or colour of the moment in my stash. Too many times I have held on to a precious yarn until it is no longer my favourite anymore….I also resolve to steek something this year. Let’s see how we do.

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