Progress on this year’s goals

It occurred to me the other day that for months now I’ve been completely ignoring the goal list of I wrote at the beginning of the year. Looking back I discovered  I decided to pursue creative ‘explorations’ as well as plans and goals.

Explorations are basically following my heart during my creative time and seeing what evolves and, apart from my mojo going AWOl, so far so good.

Plans and Goals

Whilst not always completely fitting the criteria to be goals, most of my creative plans at least had time frames attached. Here’s what I planned for this year that I’ve already achieved or have started working on…

  • Take part in Scrap Happy every month – so far so good.
  • Use scraps or materials from my stash, rather than new, as much as possible this year – I haven’t bought anything new, so I must be.
  • Make a birthday present for a friend whose birthday was Jan 11th.

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  • Make the cork picture I’ve save over 100 corks for.

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  • Finish renovating our blanket box.
  • Dig out any UFOs and finish them before the end of the year – no photos, but I have. Maybe I should fess up to those next week.

What I haven’t achieve/started working on…

  1. Design a Christmas cardigan.
  2. Make some birthday cards by the end of January.
  3. Make secret advent present before 1st December.
  4. Make a Christmas table runner – well before Christmas.
  5. Make some Christmas table mats – well before Christmas.
  6. Make Christmas crackers – before Christmas.
  7. Santa Cowl – before Christmas

Apart from my birthday card goal – that I missed achieving – everything else is Christmas linked. The idea of these goals was to get a head start on Christmas early in the year. But right now, with the sun shinning, I’m not in the least bit inclined to work on any of them. I wonder how close to Christmas I’ll be, before I start to work on any of them?

If you set them, how are your goals going this year? And have you done anything towards Christmas during 2020?

Until next time,

Bekki x

2020 Goal Setting

This year I’m planning on pursuing  both creative ‘explorations’ as well as goals.

Explorations

Explorations are basically about following my heart during much of my creative time, so I’ll blog about that as it evolves.

Plans

Whilst not always completely fitting the criteria to be goals, most of my creative plans have at least time frames attached. Here’s what I have on my list so far…

  1. Make some birthday cards by the end of January.
  2. Make secret advent present before 1st December.
  3. Take part in Scrap Happy every month.
  4. Use scraps or materials from my stash, rather than new, as much as possible this year.
  5. The first goal I had on my original list was to make a birthday present for a friend whose birthday is Jan 11th – already complete 🙂

To achieve before the end of the year:

  1. Design a Christmas cardigan.
  2. Make the cork picture I’ve save over 100 corks for.
  3. Finish off renovating our blanket box.
  4. Dig out any UFOs and finish them before the end of the year.

To achieve before Christmas:

  1. Make a Christmas table runner – well before Christmas
  2. Make some Christmas table mats – well before Christmas
  3. Make Christmas crackers – before Christmas
  4. Santa Cowl – before Christmas

I’m sure this list will grow, but that’s it for now.

Hope you crafting’s going well.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Are you setting goals for 2020?

It’s at this time every year I hear the debates about whether we set goals or not. I didn’t set any goals at the start of last year. 2018 had been a difficult year and all I knew at that point with any certainty was that I wanted another dog in my life. The universe  quickly obliged and on January 12th Harry arrived to live with us as his new forever home.

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Harry’s arrival meant we had to quickly cover my lovely Laura Ashley settees with boring plain throws.

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Knowing they would be there for the long term, I wondered how to make my settees a little more attractive. I thought a quilt would add some interest, but I couldn’t possibly start making a quilt unless I finished the king size quilt I’d started two years earlier and abandoned. Finishing said quilt involved a lot of free motion quilting.

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I absolutely love it! This led to me dabbling with free motion embroidery…

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But I grew frustrated at my inability to create the images I wanted to. And so I decided to learn to draw.

I loved it!

I loved it so much that I forgot all about FME and focused on drawing.

After nearly 3 months I was ready to add some colour to my pictures. On advice from Lovely Eldest about the best medium for a beginner to try, Santa obliged with some appropriate presents.

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So this is where I’m at at the beginning of this year; about to head out on a painting adventure. Should I set goals for what I want to achieve in this (and elsewhere)? Or should I just go with the flow?

Going with the flow last year took me in an unexpected direction. But maybe if I’d set goals I’d have set one to finish the king size quilt and ended up exactly here anyway. Or maybe if I’d set that goal along with others I would have had the other goals calling me so hard I’d wouldn’t have ended up here.

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And wherever I’d ended up, who’s to say if it would be a better or worse place to be in? (This certainly isn’t a bad one.)

Every day we make a many many decisions. Even the smallest seemingly most insignificant can change the course of our lives forever.  IMO there’s no point looking back and wondering if we made a right/wrong or good/bad decision; we just took the choice we thought was right at that time. And for me, there’s no right or wrong in choosing to set goals; it’s whether we feel we need/want to set them or not, and how we chose to use them if we do.

Have you chosen to set goals this year? And why did you chose/not chose to set them?

Until next time (when I may or may not be setting some goals)

Bekki x

Frog or Finish Nine for 2019

Over at Beads and Barnacles Pippa’s been getting organised with Make Nine and Use Nine grids. She’s inspired me to make a grid of nine projects I want to frog or finish this year. I know I’m a bit late in the year for posting my UFOs, and I know I usually just list them, but a grid makes a nice visual reminder and is a manageable number. So here’s my Frog or Finish Nine for 2019…

  1. We’ve already discussed this this year – it’s the patchwork quilt.
  2. Two project bags that just need handles.
  3. A Santa sack that just needs sewing up.
  4. An almost finished cardigan that I just need a friend’s opinion how the opening should sit to finish.
  5. A crochet top that has to be frogged – my thumb’s too sore to crochet these days 😦
  6. A pair of socks.
  7. A too boring shawl that needs frogging.
  8. A shawl that needs blocking – it’s always so damp in Dartmoor, I never want to deliberately make something wet just to dry it off.
  9. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll recognise this UFO – I’m still wrestling with myself; I don’t seem to like it enough to finish it, but can’t quite bring myself to frog it!

In truth I could finish 7/9 of these in and evening if I frogged number 9. Let’s see how long it actually takes me.

Until next time,

Bekki

Progress on my goals for 2018 – two months in.

Since March has already been and gone, I thought I’d better get on and review my March progress on this year’s goals.

March has been exceedingly busy, but not with crafting I’ve completely ignored my goals to:

  • Make a gift a least once a month on average
  • Give random gifts (gifts not attached to birthdays, house moves, Christmas etc) at least 6 times this year
  • Write up my outstanding knitting patterns then write them up within two weeks of object/garment completion – sorry Lynn
  • Become and remain UFO free all year.
  • Spin for 15 minutes a day when possible
  • Finish the quilt I started in 2017

I have achieved my goal to always have some knitting using yarn from my stash on my needles, but only because I haven’t touched it all month!

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However, there are two goals I have made progress on:

1. Make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more ecofriendly business

Last month I announced the arrival of Naked Kits in the web shop. I’m hoping the virtuousness of this move makes up for failing to work on so many of my other goals last month.

2. Experiment/play/learn once a week

Two ticks here:

  1. I’m still working very slowly on my new kit – but it’s still frustrating me, so I haven’t picked it up as often as I should have. It really should be finished and out in the shops by now!
  2. I’ve knitted the shawl collar for my Pineapple Cardigan four times now and ripped it out three times. I am finally happy with it and am sewing it up!

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Although I’m planning on getting more crafting done in April, the garden is absolutely desperate, so if the weather finally becomes more spring-like, I’m not sure I will.

How did your crafting fare in March, whether you set goals or not?

Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

Bekki

Progress on my goals for 2018 – two months in.

Yes, I know, another month has whizzed by and is already becoming a fading memory. So, since February’s been and gone, it’s high time I did my monthly review on this year’s goals. Here’s how I’ve done…

Make a gift a least once a month on average

This month I sent Lovely Eldest one of my sheep coasters

To give random gifts (gifts not attached to birthdays, house moves, Christmas etc) at least 6 times this year

The coaster was a random gift – but I’m not sure gifts to daughters count, since random gifts to daughters are are part of mummy code in my book.

Felted Sheep Coaster

Make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more ecofriendly business

Grrr. I have made two very minor steps in this direction: I added the Sheep Coasters to the shop, which are completely biodegradable, and selling wool on cones reduces packaging. But it’s really not good enough on my part. I do have two other plans. One I just need to get on the website and change the way I offer things – no excuses, need to get on with that. The other is more about recycling and I haven’t had time to sort that out, so will make a priority goal for March.

Become and remain UFO free all year.

I have made some cushions from the NYS fabric that I was counting as a UFO, because it had been hanging around so long. But I need to make more to count as a whole FO completed.

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I’ve also added a few squares to my mitred square cushion.

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Experiment/play/learn once a week

I’ve been working on my new kit – but it’s frustrating me, so I haven’t got on as fast as I should. Although several prototypes have been knitted.

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I’ve also been learn/experimenting in the spinning direction during February, so all good with this goal.

Write up my outstanding knitting patterns then write them up within two weeks of object/garment completion.

This is where I really notice that time has flown. I felt as if I had this goal properly in my sights, but all I’ve done is publish the Sheep Sock pattern and the Paw Prints Sock pattern. Both of which were already written up before the end of Jan.

Spin for 15 minutes a day when possible

Opps! Spinning hasn’t been quite so frequent, but as I said above, I have done some…

Always have some knitting using yarn from my stash on my needles

Opps! This one isn’t happening. Yes, my UFO scarf is stash yarn, but I haven’t done more than a dozen rows this month. At this rate it’s going to take me 18 months to finish it.

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Finish the quilt I started in 2017

Not yet touched, but I want to get the other quicker unfinished sewing projects out of the way first. Problem is I could end up making that excuse all year.

All in all, I think I’ll award myself a C+ could do better. However, the point of reviewing is:

  1. To remind myself of what I haven’t done.
  2. Check in with myself about the reasons I haven’t done  what I said I wanted to do.
  3. Give myself a kick up the bum to do things I need to do.
  4. Recognise things I don’t really want to do and let them go.

So off to have a think about those things.

How’s your crafting fared in February, whether you set goals or not?

Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

Bekki

Progress on my goals for 2018

Bet I’m not the only one saying ‘Wow! That month went quick!’ And since January’s come to an end, it’s time for me to review my progress on this year’s goals. Here’s how I’ve done…

Make a gift a least once a month on average

I made two gifts last month, one a two dog crochet hook/pencil case..

Dachshund Dog Crochet Hook Case - Pencil Case

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