Wednesday, January 11, 2012

crafting goals

This past Christmas I made the majority of the presents we gave to everyone.  It was insanely stressful, but I loved giving something that I made with my own two hands.  Entirely satisfying.  This year, my kids will be older, I won't have a little baby like I did last year.  Instead, they are able to play together and occupy themselves for periods of time without me having to intervene (for the most part).  My goals for crafting this year are:

Knit sweaters for my little family

I have knit a few little sweaters in the past couple years, one for my daughter, and one for each of my nieces.  This year I would like to knit myself a sweater as well as Matt and both babes.  I think I will probably start with the kids because knitting for littles is so much easier.  I think because they knit up so fast.  And then I will have to look at patterns for men's sweaters.  I already know which one I want to make for myself, but that will be last.  Stay tuned for updates on this :-)

Knit socks for myself

I rarely knit myself anything, but I was given a gift card for Christmas with the expectation that I would get something for myself.  So I am going to go out and buy the yummiest yarn I can find and knit up some socks for myself.  I better work on finding a pattern...I only have baby sock patterns...I'm hoping it doesn't take too long.  I have heard adult socks can be a not so fun project.  I am hoping for an easy pattern that will knit up quickly though.

Handmade presents for Birthdays/Christmas

I have it in my mind that I will make all of my presents this year.  I'm not sure if I will be able to accomplish this goal or not, but I am going in with a positive attitude.  And while I don't want to be thinking about Christmas gifts for 2012 right now, I think what will help me accomplish this goal is to start making now, and setting things aside for the holidays.  I am also going to cut way back on who we make for this next year.  I think we may be getting close to the time when we just give presents to the kids in the family, instead of everyone.  It gets really expensive, even if you are making it yourself.

Learn to make soap

This is one I have been thinking about for a while now.  I would love to learn to make soap.  It seems like a  fun hobby.  I think it might be a little expensive to start though, so I might not start that until some of our homestead goals are taken care of.

Sell something I have made

I really would love to sell something that I make.  Maybe through a craft fair in the fall or on etsy.  I haven't decided what I want to make to sell, but I'm sure I will come up with something.

Get through all of my works in progress

Self-explanatory :-)

What about you?  Do you have some crafting goals this year?

Joining Ginny in her yarn along!


  1. Learning new things is a major goal for this year! I want to learn how to preserve food and to sew. I considered soap making as well but I'm a bit afraid of all the messy and a bit dangerous parts... Maybe we could cheer each other along during the year! :)

  2. I wish you the best of luck with your goals. They sound very attainable.

  3. Thanks guys! I am really hoping to accomplish all of the goals I have written about this week, but staying motivated for me is always difficult! I think I will try and actually revisit these once a month and see where I am, and maybe steps that might help me improve my chances of completion :-)

  4. Good luck, and well done for putting some things for yourself on the list. It's easy to make things for others only!
    I thought about soap making just today as well, how I would like to learn. Maybe we'll both manage this year?!

  5. I think you are awesome and the fact that you handmade as many gifts as you did is pretty impressive! Oh and I used to make soap all the time - it's pretty easy!!!


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