Crafty Goals for 2013

Well, kittens, it’s that time again: the end of one year and the welcoming of the next.  Which means resolutions/goals/whatever-you-want-to-call-them.  I know many do not like them, but I really enjoy reflecting on my year and then choosing things I’d like to focus on and improve upon the next.  I may not always do them, but I’m not an all-or-nothing personality.  I’m more about the journey than the destination.  I like the process of self-evaluation.

2012 wasn’t the best for goals so I did not make to many.  But now things have settled…even if they’re far from ideal.  I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I’d like to accomplish goals-wise in 2013, and I think I’ve come up with a pretty doable list.  (Stashdown hasn’t been going the greatest–you’ll see more in a few days when I get home and can complete my 2012 analysis–but I’ve been improving over time and I hope next year will finally be The Year when all of this work finally starts to pay off.)

Crafting Goals for 2013:

♥ Work on Giftmas crafts throughout the year, preferably one every other month.
   – 2 pairs of adult socks
   – 1 pair of socks for each of my children
   – a custom designed “wolfie” doll for The Girl
   – a Batman doll for The Boy
   – small ornaments for family and teacher gifts
   * I have most of the yarn on-hand already for these projects.

♥ Knit 4 pairs of socks for myself out of existing stash.  At least 2 should be self-striping.

♥ Knit my winter coat. (This will be a 30 point project due to the amount of work and complexity. Point system to be detailed later in this post.)

♥ Knit The Husband’s socks before he leaves on his business trip. He has US size 13 feet: hold me, kittens.

♥ Design a Shiba Inu toy and write up pattern.

♥ Finish Goodale sweater plus at least 2 others from stash.

♥ Finish The Boy’s wide stripes blanket.

♥ Finish the queen sized bed quilt.

♥ Start new king sized bed quilt.

♥ Cross stitch 2012’s Dessert of the Month sampler and start on 2013’s Woodland Sampler.

♥ Only purchase yarn that has been earned with the “points system” to help keep stash in numbers low this year.  The system is a little rough, but I think it could work.

   – 1 finished pair of socks = 5 pts
   – 1 finished sweater = 10 pts
   – 1 finished knit toy = 3 pts
   – 1 small finished project = 2 pts

    -To earn a skein of sock yarn, I need to knit 25 pts worth of projects. (This number is high due to the fact that I stashed so many random skeins of sock yarn in 2012.)
   – To earn an under $100 sweater quantity, I need to knit 20 pts worth of projects. Roughly a 2 for 1 ratio.
   – To earn an over $100 sweater quantity, I need to knit 30 pts worth of projects. Roughly a 3 for 1 ratio.
   – To earn an over $150 sweater quantity, I need to knit 40 pts worth of projects.  Roughly a 4 for 1 ratio. (Added 06 January 2013 after assessing types of sweater quantities in stash.)
   – Gift project yarn is free, if an immediate cast on.  Exception will be made for sale yarn (ie-Knit Picks Swish Tonal which I use all the time for gift knits).

And I think that’s it.  How about you, kittens?  Do you have any plans or strategies for 2013?  Did you finish what you wanted to in 2012?  Happy 2013!


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