The Bog of Lost Scholars

December 27, 2011

2011 Craft Goal Update

Filed under: Crafts — castiron @ 1:11 pm

While it’s not quite the end of the year, it’s close enough for me to check in and see how I did on my 2011 craft goals.

1. Finish all the projects started before 2011 (except for sweaters/vests and Heere Be Dragone) in 2011. I made a good dent in this, finishing the following:

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

Still unfinished, and not likely to be done in the next five days:

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

2. Finish at least two sweaters/vests that I started before 2011 in 2011. Done; I finished the Oblique cardigan and the Flutter Cardigan.

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 decided not 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.
Done; Cast-on Mania did help with that!

5. When I buy new yarn, start the project it’s intended for within a month of purchase.
Ha. Not even close. Definitely a sign that I have too many projects in progress, if I can’t start a project I’ve specifically bought yarn for.

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.
I finished nine. Some others are in progress but won’t be done by the end of the year.

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

8. Start at least one project from my stash of wool that’s stored in the freezer.
Done.

9. Weave some towels from the gazillion cones of cotton yarn I’ve bought.
Still haven’t finished warping the loom after a year and a half. I’ve resolved that by 1 January, I have to either warp it or rip it out.

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.
Done! Also knit three pairs of patterned socks.

12. Use all the remaining yarn from the Loopy Ewe orders that made me a Loopy Groupie.
Not done, but I made progress; I’m down to six skeins.

13. Knit all the kid sweaters that I’ve bought yarn for (one in progress, three unstarted).
Didn’t happen.

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

15. Start working regularly on all the cross-stitch and sewing projects.
Nope.

Still, overall I’m satisfied with what I actually did accomplish in 2011. I finished 42 knit and crochet projects: four sweaters, six scarves, ten pairs of socks, three hats, nine dishcloths, a pillow, a shawl, five ornaments, a stuffed toy, a rug, and a bag. And I still might manage to finish a cross-stitch ornament before the year’s end. There’s a lot of stash for me to use, but I am actually producing a bunch of finished projects.

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