I usually tend to spend time between Christmas and New Years thinking about goals. I was really glad when my friend contacted me to setup a video chat to discuss our fibery goals for 2018. I’m glad I dialed back last year to focus on learning and quality, rather than sheer quantity. That said, I feel like I could have been more productive in 2017. So this year I want to be more productive without going overboard. My friend had the best idea – her word for 2018 is FOCUS and I couldn’t agree more. I want to be focused with my time and focused with what I work on.
Review of last year:
- Write and submit one article – Nope, will try again this year
- Develop and teach two new classes – Beat this with three new classes
- Design and publish two new patterns – Met this with my cowl for Malabrigo and my Cathay Williams Shawl
- Learn how to knit entrelac – Nope
- Learn how to knit brioche – I not only learned but completed a brioche cowl
- Learn to spin with beads – Nope, will try again this year
- Spin a consistent worsted weight yarn – Nope. I really haven’t been interested or motivated in spinning a thicker yarn.
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 three new patterns
- Learn and complete one project using Portuguese Knitting
- Complete 57 blanket squares for a total of 100 (approximately one per week)
- Finish a pair of socks
- Spin 4 ounces of yarn every other month
- Finish two in-process spinning projects
- Complete a 1-2 ounce spinning project with beads.