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?
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!
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.