The Bog of Lost Scholars

July 3, 2011

Craft Goal Progress

Filed under: Crafts — castiron @ 11:41 am

Now that the year’s half over, time to check in on my craft progress.

1. Finish all the projects started before 2011 (except for sweaters/vests and Heere Be Dragone) in 2011. I’m making pretty good progress on this. I’ve finished the following:

  • Blue Curacao Shawl
  • CTH Peacock Socks
  • Hobby Horse
  • Katika
  • Garden Gate Socks
  • Bear Rug
  • Copper Penny Socks
  • Spot Check Socks

Still remaining to do:

  • Linen Bag
  • Loud Escher Socks
  • Shall We Dance Doily
  • Medallion Travel Bag
  • Microsock

I’m not sure I’ll get all these done; the Linen Bag, in particular, is very slow. But if I can get at least one or two of these done, I’ll be satisfied.

2. Finish at least two sweaters/vests that I started before 2011 in 2011. Half done; I finished the Oblique cardigan earlier this year. So far I’m on track to finish at least one more by the end of the year, especially if I can focus on one.

3. Successfully complete the 52 Projects in 52 Weeks challenge in June and sign up for another year of it. I did successfully complete it, but I’ve decided I’m not going to sign up for another round. I want to focus on finishing my existing projects, not on a goal that encourages me to start a bunch of small easy-to-finish projects instead.

4. Start at least ten projects with stash I’ve had for more than two years.
I’ve almost met this goal; I’ve started nine projects with stash bought or received before 1 January 2009. (Thank you, Cast-On Mania.) If one counts old scraps, then I’ve met the goal, but I’m limiting this to unused stash.

5. When I buy new yarn, start the project it’s intended for within a month of purchase.
Failing miserably, but I’m not surprised. It’s a further sign that I have too much stash and too many projects going.

6. Make at least ten projects from patterns that have no Ravelry pattern photo (i.e. my Needlecraft for Today patterns), and take a good picture that can be used as the pattern photo.
Eight done; four in progress.

7. Start a blanket to use up sock yarn scraps.

8. Start at least one project from my stash of wool that’s stored in the freezer.
One sweater started, though I haven’t gotten very far with it.

9. Weave some towels from the gazillion cones of cotton yarn I’ve bought.
If I ever finish warping the loom…..

10. Go through the bins of yarn I got with my loom, and log everything I want to keep in my Ravelry stash.
Not completed, but I’ve made a start, and I also got rid of a bunch I knew I didn’t want.

11. Knit five pairs of plain socks.
Three done, one close to done, and two likely to be finished by the end of the year.

12. Use all the remaining yarn from the Loopy Ewe orders that made me a Loopy Groupie.
Ha! Though I’ve actually made a little progress on this; there’s only seven skeins left to use. I don’t expect to meet this goal this year, but I might get several items started, at least.

13. Knit all the kid sweaters that I’ve bought yarn for (one in progress, three unstarted).
Not yet, and probably not happening, but I hope to at least finish the in-progress one.

14. Reduce my knitting/crochet yarn stash so that it fits on my allotted yarn shelves (or at least is out of the closets).
Ha! Not yet.

15. Start working regularly on all the cross-stitch and sewing projects.
Not yet.

Overall I’m happy with my progress. I’ve started a lot of projects that have lingered in the queue, and finished a bunch as well. Participating in Cast-on Mania did throw off my finishing progress, but at least it got other stash into use.

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