Wednesday, January 8, 2014

crafting goals


Oh crafting, how I love you so!  Unfortunately, I never seem to accomplish all of my crafting goals – not even close!  This year I am giving myself a much bigger break than the other goals that I have.  Why?  Because I really do all of my crafting for my own enjoyment.  It is typically a relaxing activity for me (except around Christmas when I tend to put the pressure on myself), so why do I need goals at all?  Well, again, it gives me something so strive for.  What are my goals regarding crafting this year?

Sewing

This year I would like to spend a lot more time sewing.  I have in the past, but not as much last year.  It is something that I definitely enjoy, especially because it seems that I can whip up projects in such a short amount of time (which is the complete opposite of knitting for me!). 

Mainly, I would like to make more garments.  Specifically skirts and tops for Emma and I, and shorts and tops for Jack.  I would love to also do some pajama pants for the kids, I never seem to be able to get the sizes that I need, either the waist fits but they are too short or the length is right but they fall off when the kids are running around.

I would also love to make two quilts.  One for Emma from all of her receiving blankets, and one for Jack with all of his receiving blankets.  I have had the receiving blankets in bags for several years now, always looking at them and wanting to make a quilt, always afraid that I will totally screw it up.  I hope this is the year I just bite the bullet and start them – finishing would also be good!

Knitting

My hope for this year is to increase the amount of projects I do.  The only way that I will be able to do that is to knit faster, or find larger periods of dedicated knitting time.  I think that since the kids are a bit older, I will have a little more time for knitting. I won’t have to be as concerned about a little taking off with my yarn while I am not looking (or I am looking!). 

Last year I wanted to knit sweaters for both of the kids.  But, I ended up only knitting for Emma.  This year I would like to knit sweaters for the kids and also for myself.  I’m not sure I will knit something for myself…I really like knitting for kids because it doesn’t take nearly as long.  However, I think that knitting a sweater for myself would be wonderful. 

In the meantime I plan to knit more cowls for myself and the kids (and maybe Matt!).  I realized over Christmas that the kids preferred wearing a cowl that I had rather than their scarves, and it stayed on a heck of a lot better.  Cowls for kids seems like a relatively easy project, so I will be starting that after I finish the final two Christmas presents I am working on – yes Christmas presents!

My whole hope for this year, crafting wise, is to do more of it.  I feel like the kids are a little older and I can do a bit more, and I hope that I carve out the time to actually do what I set out to, instead of letting the time escape me.


What about you?  Do you have some pressing crafting goals this year?  Do you want to knit more, learn a new crafting skill?  And quilters – tell me the truth, is it really difficult?  Or have I been psyching myself out too much?

Linking up with Nicole, Tami, and Ginny

11 comments:

  1. Looking at that list, seems like some major projects in your future! Especially all the sewing. I, however, will be happy to make a coffee cup cozy ;)

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    1. you know, I never even thought of a coffee cup cozy...what a great idea!!! :-)

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  2. I really want to learn colorwork this year. I said that last year, too, but . . . but this year I mean it! :)

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    1. colorwork...yes...that is something I keep saying I will learn as well, but haven't yet. I have enough trouble with stripes...so not sure I am ready :-) Good luck!!!

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  3. I have been making big people cowls and not even thinking about making them for kids! What was I thinking!?!?!? Of course kids would like them better!! I made neckies out of fleece for my kids to match the fleece hats we made and wore it all skiing and it was good and safer and stayed on and tight and warm! I think you just gave me a great AHA! moment. I can start new year's christmas knitting as soon as I get home!! OK, maybe not yet, but anyway.
    We make our own flannel pants all the time. We are all tall and storeboughts are toooo short! So for adult, I buy three yards, even it out and cut it as long as the end of the fabric. College daughter wears hers unhemmed and flipping over the end of her foot. Yeah, they start looking bad, but she wears the a ton. The others, I roll a little hem, then flip up a large hem with a bigger stitch. For kids, always add to the bottom of the pattern. Then when they get too short, I pop the hem string and let them down. Run the elastic through the waist and try them on. Can always make it tighter with an extra tuck of elastic. Or cut it out and make it bigger if you need. It's all hidden in there anyway. You can do it. My biggest spiritual gift is CHEERLEADER!! go for it!! You'll be glad you did. For summer, you can tweak the pajamas with cotton and make them any length you want

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    1. Great ideas! Thank you so much! I think making the pajama pants longer is a great idea (and one I never thought of!), so I will definitely be trying that! Yes, cheerleader is a great thing!!!

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  4. I love that yarn. I couldn't tell by the photo but does it have sparkle to it?

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    1. Yes! It does have a bit of sparkle to it. I really like it, it is pretty soft even though it has the strand of sparkle in it :-)

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  5. There are always lots of things I want to do at the beginning of a year........at the moment I am taking stock as I did so much crafting for Christmas.

    Hope you find the time to reach you goals they all sound wonderful :)

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  6. Wow you have got a lot of goals. I hope that you manage to achieve them all and more. Towards the end of the year I had lots of plans for this year, making dresses for me and my grown up daughter, knitting for friends and family. We have move to a new location on the cards now so I'm not sure how many of them I'll achieve but I'm sure that I'll be able to put my creative skills at use decorating or making blinds or curtains.
    Happy crafting
    debby

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  7. So you spurred me to start composing a crafting goal list for my own blog and I got overwhelmed with just the projects that are currently in progress. I like the idea of the receiving blanket quilt. I need to make two T-shirt quilts from my children's large collection. Go for it. When my daughter was little I made her several jumpers to wear. She loved them.

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