I spent some time in December thinking about my goals from last year and my goals for this year. I felt last year like my time for fiber arts was being ruled by my goals. Finish x many designs, knit x many yards, and so on. In some ways, it sucked the fun out of it. I think it was a combination of too many goals and being too optimistic. So this year I’ve dialed back and instead of focusing on quantity, I’m focusing on learning new things. That sounds way more fun, right?
A couple notes about the blog – I’ll be staying with the blog posts every other week, with a focus on them being shorter. They’ll also be published on Sunday going forward.
Review of last year:
I knit 3,500 yards across nine projects. Six of those were my own designs, with one not yet released. Four were shawls, two were cowls. I finished one spinning project but have several more on the wheels and bobbins. I released five new patterns, the most recent being the Sybil Ludington shawl, which may be my favorite. I taught two new classes (Lace Knitting 101 & Bead Knitting) plus one old one (raw fleeces) at two different fiber events.
About setting goals:
I posted year before last about setting SMART goals, particularly as they rely to fiber artists. That post is here. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time relevant. While I think its a valid method, its not what I used this year.
- Write and submit one article
- Develop and teach two new classes
- Design and publish two new patterns
- Learn how to knit entrelac
- Learn how to knit brioche
- Learn to spin with beads
- Spin a consistent worsted weight yarn