This year my crafty goal is project/people focused! That great project that is earmarked for a person and a birthday. I'm going to make it happen. That pattern I want to knit that cuts out at size 2 that I want to knit my 17mth old. I'm going to make it happen. That scarf I've wanted for the past three winters. I'm going to make it happen.
Now the trick with this is how to manage derailment. You know what I mean. That shiny new project that you see in a magazine, on a blog, in the wool shop...how to stay focused and not bored or feeling like I MUST finish this boring project list first...
Well firstly, none of the projects I have on my to do are boring. I got them all for a reason and I still want to knit them up. Sure there are some yarn buying mistakes in my stash. I'll work out what to do with them as the year progresses - new pattern or simply donate the yarn.
There is some gifted yarn in my stash. Again I need to be honest with myself. Is it free knitting that interests me or should I just say thanks but no thanks and pass it on.
There are some key projects that I am prioritising and planning so that they don't get left to the last minute.
This beautiful kit, pattern and wool, that got mid last year is for my son. His birthday came and went last year and there was a clearly no knitting. Since he turns 5 this years really need to make it happen or he will be too old I think for a soft toy dog. There's a sewing pattern set aside for his birthday to that was purchased at the same craft expo.
In the middle there is the last two balls for my sideways cardigan. I've got about 30 rows left in the body to do and then I am onto the arms. I want this finished by about March/April.
In January I set myself some by March goals, a birthday gift that I am currently sewing up, a new baby gift that just needs to be sewn up and then as a bonus I found out over the weekend that the baby isn't due until May! I'm ahead of myself!!!
I'm really enjoying the focus and purpose that I've created by knitting the things I want for the the people I want by a due date - probably because I have loads of time and I'm not at the final hour.
What are your plans for this year? What crafting goodness do you really want to make happen? Perhaps it is to build your stash...reduce your stash...craft for charity...make that poncho/jumper/blanket for yourself.
Let's get crafting.