January 07, 2019 2 min read

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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:

  1. Are my goals concrete and measurable?
  2. Are my goals realistic?

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.

    free cowl brioche knitting pattern

    Channeled Colors Brioche Loop & Scarf by Marcy New

    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!

    free sweater knitting pattern

    Sisterhood of the Sweaterby Katie Rempe

    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!

    free baby knitting pattern

    Stripe-o-saurus Sweater

    6. I will finish at least four pairs of socks this year. One of them might be this pretty, lacey pair!

    Shenandoah by Brenda York

    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.

    Refracted Lace Shawl

    9. I will knit at least 3 projects for charitable causes.

    knitted knockers for charity

    Knitted Knockers

     

    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!

    Kelley Hobart
    Kelley Hobart



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