Every year, my husband and I set goals for our family—budget, health, travel, business, and so on. This year, I decided to make knitting and crochet goals, too.
When setting goals, there are two questions I ask myself:
Once I know what I want to accomplish, I break it down, putting start and complete dates in my planner, noting patterns, yarns, and so forth. This makes my goals measurable.
I get so excited when I make these plans, I sometimes add way too many projects. When I put them on the calendar, I realized the amount of projects weren't realistic. I removed some, and now I'm at a place I feel I can manage. Knitting is supposed to be fun, not stressful!
Here are my goals:
1. I want to be able to knit and crochet when I’m 85 years old without joint or hand pain. So I need to take care of myself, which feeds into my overall health goals, but I will also research specific hand and arm exercises that I can do to increase my knitting strength. I explored some exercises to keep me in "knitting shape" in a Facebook Live broadcast earlier this year.
2. Pick projects where I might learn one or two useful tips to add to my toolbox, such as this brioche knitting project.
3. I will commit the provisional cast on to memory so that I don’t have to look it up each time. (More broadly, I will memorize one new skill every month.)
4. At the end of 2019, I will have knit three new sweaters that I can wear often. Meaning the right size, the right yarn, the right fit, and projects that fit into my current wardrobe. I will start my first sweater in January, the next in April, and the last in June. I love this colorblocked cable cardigan!
5. I will knit at least one Christmas gift monthly. I will make several baby gift sets right away, two girl gifts and two boy gifts using neutral colors. Check out this darling striped sweater!
6. I will finish at least four pairs of socks this year. One of them might be this pretty, lacey pair!
7. I will do at least two more double-knitting projects this year. I demonstrated double-knitting in this Facebook Live broadcast.
8. I will crochet at least six projects this year, incorporating new techniques so I can improve my crochet skills. This gorgeous shawl would be the perfect spring project.
9. I will knit at least 3 projects for charitable causes.
I invite you to join me in some (or all) of my goals—we can do it, with thoughtful planning.
Happy knitting, and happy new year!
P.S. Leave a comment and share some of your knitting and crochet goals!
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.