Now we’ve closed the door on 2017 it’s time for me to look back at the creative goals I set last year and what I learned/relearned from them.
Attend two workshops/course – achieved.
- I attended an overpriced (IMO) workshop at Unravel in February and learned not to book overpriced workshop that don’t teach you anything.
- I signed up for Jane Dean’s spinning workshop although I’d said I wasn’t going to learn to spin. Jane is an incredibly knowledgeable lady and a fantastic teacher. She’s also an amazing lady who reappeared in my life just when I needed her. So along with learning to spin, I was also reminded to go with flow and trust the universe to put me and the people I need to be with in the right place at the right time.
Knit Lovely Husband a sweater – achieved
Given this was last year’s ‘failed’ goal, I guess the moral of the story is ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try again!’
Learn something knitting related each month – Completely and utterly lost track of what I have and haven’t done on this one. Do I care? No 🙂
Knit something that isn’t a project for the Dartmoor Yarn Company at least three times a week – achieved – check out my knitting projects completed in 2017 here.
Learning: Don’t end up so focused on achieving you forget to enjoy yourself.
Make a knitted bag – not yet, but I still really want to make some bags and this goal is keeping that in my sights, so will go back on my list next year.
Make gift a least once a month – over achieved. I may even find time to write a blog post about them.
Become and remain UFO free all year – having been UFO free all year, I finally admitted at the beginning of November that ‘that’ scarf and the mitred mystery had become UFOs. However for a good six months of the year I was knitting UFO free and I certainly appreciated not having UFOs nagging and draining my energy. I’m therefore planning on dealing with all my UFOs asap and aiming to remain UFO free from then on next year.
Write up non-DYC kit patterns within a month of completing an object/garment – Eek! Apart from the Santa sacks, I’ve not written anything up for months, which is really silly given I’ve done all the designing and knitting and people are asking for some of the patterns. I’m not only going to redouble my effort to write up patterns this year, I’m also going to reflect on what deeper issue stopping me here.
Work on my patchwork quilt for and average of an hour each day – opps! Haven’t touched this for ages. One for attacking this year under the umbrella of becoming UFO free.
Indulge in creative play one afternoon a week – I didn’t managing this every week, but did some and want to do more, so will be resetting this goal again next year.
All in all a mix of results, but as many of you will already know, I don’t worry so much about goal achievement, but more about using goals to keep focus and/or for what I learn from them.
What did you learn from any goals you set in 2017?