I am sure I have mentioned it before; I don’t really buy into the whole “New Year’s Resolutions” thing. But I am a list maker, and therefore, theoretically, goal-oriented. So, I do like the whole goals list (which really, is just a list to tasks...which is kind of a list of goals...which are kind of like resolutions...maybe I am more resolutions-oriented than I thought, oh well, moving on...). Also, the late date in my entry on New Year's Goals (or what have you), is not due to any sort of procrastination on my part...I just like to be thorough (and set impossible goals for myself. It takes loads of time to set yourself up for failure the way I tend to do, really.).
I have thought really hard about what I want to accomplish this year. The original goal I came up with was: finish up (in whatever way possible to bring said project to termination) all my unfinished objects (UFOs) or works in progress (WIPs). While this might sound perfectly doable for a normal person/crafter, we have to remember, I am not the normal person/crafter.
I am somewhat magpious when it comes to crafting. All things are shiny and they attract me, thus I start projects readily and move on to other projects before started projects are completed. I listed all of my UFOs and WIPs, got a little depressed, drank something fizzy and uplifting; and, after coming up with a list that was completely unfeasible, I added a few more things to it just to give myself something to ruminate over, because, that’s what I tend to do. Here are my crafting goals for 2012—if you are drinking anything, I suggest you desist in that until you are done reading my list…you know, for your own safety:
1) 12 in 12. Yeah, not original, but so catchy. I am going to knit twelve sweaters this year. More precisely, I am going to knit/finish twelve sweaters this year. I will tell you up front that I have a few sweaters that are, for all intents and purposes, done (one of them just has to have the ends woven in and a good soak and blocking); but, whatever. I have a ridiculous amount of yarn that needs to be used. What I am showing you is just what is in the visible cabinet. This doesn’t even take into consideration the stuff in bins and bags elsewhere in my craft space. So yes, twelve sweaters (and by sweater, I mean anything that in some way covers some part of a torso of any size. Therefore vests and baby sweaters totally apply here. See? Bam, doable. Sure.
2) Knit other things in addition to sweaters. This is purposely ambiguous. Because aside from the mittens Little Sir has asked me for and something I will knit next month for a knitterly friend, I don’t feel any great need to be specific…but I should knit other things… and well, I have at least three things that are already done, they just need to be blocked. No really, that is how pathetically busy I was last year.
3) Do some. I like to do a little bit of everything just so I don’t lose the skills. Also, I have a few crocheted things that are done (see above, on the left)…but you know, the ends need to be woven in and the pieces blocked. Broken record, right?
5) So maybe a scarf? Maybe two? Why don’t we just fold it under the umbrella of “do some”? Yeah, as Little Mister would say (as he nods and flashes me a look that seems to suggest that he is trying to figure out how he can possibly be related to me), “yeah...that’s a good idea, okay.”
6) Again, just do some. This includes embroidery as well as cross-stitch. I have a design/pattern that I need to “test-stitch,” I did the drawing last year, I just haven’t stitched it. I wouldn’t mind doing a few other things, which I probably will in the summer when I don’t enjoy working with wool so much...but I want to knit 12 sweaters, so....
7) Well, you know, just do some of it. I still owe Stacey 8 ounces of dyed BFL (I have not forgotten you, Stacey!). And well, I have a shop, so there’s that. But I only list what I have, and I like to get it out of my house as soon as possible so I am not tempted by it.
9) I would also like to try and sew some clothing this year, but this is low priority, I won’t resort to self-flagellation should my efforts in this pursuit fall flat, but there you are.
Quilting (really, if you are drinking or eating anything, now is the time to put it down)
10) 24 in 12. I know; but, the sad part is: this is me showing restraint. It seems lofty, but I felt like shooting for 12 in 12 would be a bit cheaterly of me considering that I have 8 quilts that are all quilted and just need to be squared up and have the binding applied.
So 24 quilts this year…I actually listed out all the quilts that I want to finish and the complete list has 40 quilts on it, and well, no. That would just be a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure, wouldn’t it? So 24 quilts. Yep. Get excited.
11) And yes, I intend to actually blog about all of this in-process this year. I would like to start next year off with a post looking forward, not necessarily backward...because I am progessive like that.
If you look at the list, you probably get the sense that 2012 will be a productive year for me, craft-wise (presumably). You probably also get the sense that any success in accomplishment this year could, really, be attributed to diligent starts (but unfortunate stops) in previous years. But mostly, you probably get the sense that I am completely out of my mind. Let’s be honest, this list is stupidly unfeasible when you consider the other factors of my life (husband, children, job, school, side business ventures, etcetera). But well, you know, I like a challenge (and yes, I am probably a little nuts too, I will own it). So here’s to 2012, may she be craftily productive.
Okay, you can resume consuming culinary delights now. I know I could certainly use a drink.