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!



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!





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! 🙂


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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Personal Creative Goals for 2017

Before the year gets any older, I thought I’d better share my personal creative goals for 2017. I like to blog them because:

  1. Knowing others know about our goals:
    • makes us think harder about them and if we really want to commit to them.
    • makes it harder to sneak out of working them, because none of us want to be thought a failure.
  2. Declaring we’ll do something publicly makes it feel more important and therefore we’re more likely work on it.
  3. Having others on our side can provide us with encouragement when we wobble, praise when we succeed and advice when we get stuck.


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What motivates you to be creative?

The main reason I set crafty goals is not to motivate myself to achieve them, but so that I can explore my motivations and learn from them. While reflecting on my goals from 2016, I found myself recognising how strongly my sensory preferences had impacted on both my motivation and satisfaction levels this year. Fascinating for me. Boring for you.

So rather than wittering on about me, I thought I’d chuck some questions at you that, if you wish to use them, can help you reflect on what you did and didn’t achieve last year.



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