The beginning of the year is a good time to set goals for the year. Since this blog is primarily about sewing and knitting, that's what I list. (Other goals, personal goals or reading goals for example, I may share as they come up but that's a bit more than I want to keep track of publicly!) I enjoy having a master list of goals for the year and selecting a few each month to focus on. I rarely meet all those goals each month, but one of the fun things about blogging is talking about the ups and downs of my favorite hobbies. It surprises people I know in real life when I tell them that there are actually people on the internet who are interested in reading about other peoples' quilting and knitting projects. Sometimes it surprises me too!
I participated in Judy L's UFO challenge for the last two years, but I don't think she's running it the same way this year. I liked the way it existed last year and the things I was able to get accomplished, so what I'm going to do is compile a list of all my known sewing projects as of now. I will categorize them by WIP's - things I'm actively working on as of the last few weeks/months; UFO's - projects started but in a state of long-term neglect; and USO's - Un-Started Objects, projects I want to start but haven't yet. Today's post will list all of these in one long list, and then each month I will pick 4 projects I want to tick off the list for that month. Ideally it will be one UFO, one current WIP, another project in any of the three categories of my choice, and a knitting project of my choice. To make things interesting, I'll select the UFO project randomly. I'm going to leave the knitting category undefined because I like to follow my whimsy there, and my whimsy changes. I may or may not find a place to link up my progress on a regular basis, but that's not as important to me. To give myself an incentive... maybe if I finish all 4 monthly goals, I will allow myself a trip to a yarn or fabric store or online shop. Otherwise I will be crafting from stash exclusively except for necessary batting and thread. I will be tracking my stash usage of both yarn and yardage, but that will be on a different schedule. Last year I allowed bonus points for projects above and beyond the stated goals. Bonus points mean absolutely nothing, but for a slightly obsessive personality like mine, they are also part of the fun. And I can use them to "atone" for a monthly goal that I didn't meet, so it builds in some flexibility.
- 1996 Piecemaker's Calendar Quilt: finish hand applique and embellishments
- " " (enough to make 2 months' worth of work)
- 1996 Piecemaker's Calendar Quilt: complete top.
- Scrappy Trip Around the World
- Classical themed tote bag
- Felted wool blanket(s)
- wool hooked rug in Mariner's Compass design
- knitting: On your Toes gray sweater
- knitting: Carnaby Street skirt
- knitting: Rosalind sweater
- Farmer's Wife Quilt - machine quilting and binding
- Celtic Solstice mystery quilt top
- Thoroughly clean and organize sewing area (I need to do this at least 3 times a year!)
- Conversion to Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User system is still ongoing.
- String Star
- Not All Who Wander are Lost quilt - a good month's progress would be 6 small blocks
- APQ low-volume quiltalong
- Bowling-style knitting bag (I can't believe I haven't started this YET!)
- three-quarters bag kit from Connecting Threads
- heirloom linen blouse
- wool stuffed toy cat
- Frugal Patch quilt top
- Celtic Solstice quilting and binding
- Country Stars quilting and binding
- Clean out the flannels - make 3 or 4 baby quilt tops
- knitting: design stranded colorwork forest sweater
- knitting: socks for Daniel
- knitting: socks for Steve
- knitting: socks for me
- unravelling thrift store sweaters
- New York Beauty quilt top
- a quilt with 1930's fabrics
- maybe another Double Wedding Ring quilt
- Of course I reserve the right to start a new project at any time of the year
- I owe my mother-in-law the machine quilting on at least one quilt... soon!
Whew! Well, it's not really too bad. I have fewer UFO's than in previous years, and my stash is better organized. Here are two of Grandma's quilts that I pinned for her, just to break up the length of this post:
And a patriotic lap quilt from a free pattern she got.
Now, on to January's goals:
1. UFO: #8 came up, knitting the On Your Toes gray sweater. I will at least dig it out of the pile and evaluate. It has been hibernating a long time.
2. WIP: Celtic Solstice mystery quilt top. That could actually happen.
3. another WIP: Farmer's Wife quilting... binding can wait, but it would be great to free up the machine.
4. Knitting: finish the argyle socks for Secundus.
If making decent progress on UFO#8 is impractical, I will substitute one of the other knitting projects. Bonus points for finishing a thorough tidy-up of the sewing area, making a bag, or any of the other projects really. See how easy I'm making this for myself? A monthly, modest shopping excursion is a good prize to work towards. If I finish all the UFO's and WIP's listed here, I think I should get a new sewing machine next year. (Just kidding, Steve... I know it may have to wait until after Secundus is through college).