Looking Back, Looking Forward: Crochet Resolutions

Jan 6, 2012

It appears to be January again.
That means it's time to take a look at last year's resolutions, give myself a report card, and set new goals for this coming year. I think I might need an extra cup of hot cocoa to get through this!

Last year's goals:

1. Work from the stash. Grade: C.
I was pretty good at using up stash yarn this year! Unfortunately, I also replaced that used stash so quickly that the space it occupied didn't even have the chance to see sunlight. My one comfort is that if I hadn't kept using up the yarn as quickly as possible, we'd have to move the furniture onto the roof to make room for the new stash.

Goal:                                                                  Reality:  


2. Craft selfishly. Grade: D.
I did make myself a shawl (a BIG shawl, to be fair), and a hat. But...that's it. I did what I always do and made a lot of gifts. I blame this generous crafty nature for the onslaught of yarn (see goal 1). I couldn't make that baby toy out of alpaca lace! I had to go get cotton. My built-in loophole for last year is still serving me well in bailing myself out of this failing grade.


3. Finish projects. Grade: B.
I did, I did! I finished a lot of things. Not everything, alas, but the work-in-progress pile shrunk considerably. I am the proud owner of fewer than 10 WIPS. Ok, that sounded better in my head. However, I have not added to it at all. I would give myself an A, but I cheated a little and ripped out two big projects that I knew would never get done.


4. Spin 4oz fiber/month. Grade: F.
I...don't even want to talk about this one. I seem to have mistaken this rule for acquire 4 oz of spinning fiber a month.


5. Teach someone to crochet. Grade: A+.
I am happy to say that I have taught over a dozen people to crochet in the past year! The + is because one of them is a recovering knitter. I'll continue to convert/teach as many people as possible in the years to come!

Ok, so about this whole 2012 thing. Apparently I need to be more reasonable, as far as what I can really achieve in terms of goal-making. So we'll start there!
1. Be kind to myself. I just want to point out that giving myself huge lists of behavior-improving laws is not the best way to start the year off with this goal in mind!
2. Finish a few sweaters for myself. This is a bite-sized version of my "craft selfishly" goal from last year. That was too broad, so I'm narrowing it down for a better chance of success. Plus, I have two in progress already, so it should be well within reach. Please note the lack of commitment to a specific number of sweaters that must be made in order to achieve this goal. That is key in keeping with goal number 1.
3. Don't pretend like I'm not going to crochet holiday gifts this year, and then realize in October that that's exactly what I'm going to do after all. That was awful. Accept that crafting gifts is just what I do, and start in June. But not before June!
4. Continue to stash bust. This is going to be a lot like last year in that I need to work pretty fast in order to stay ahead of the incoming yarn. I may have slipped and signed up for two sock yarn clubs... So I need to make way for two dozen skeins of yarn that should be landing in the next 7 months. Oops! Basically, I need to make a couple of chunky sweaters. This works well with goal number 2.

5. Crochet less. Yeah, that's right. No need to adjust your monitors. And yes, I know this is in direct violation of goal number 4. What I'm really saying is that I need to spend more time cooking and getting a garden established at our new house, and I'm ashamed to say I know from personal experience that that is really hard to do with a hook and yarn in hand! I get so buried in projects that I sometimes forget that there are other hobbies that I enjoy. So: Crochet smarter, not harder. For the record, I'm calling this now: I am so going to fail this goal. But I'm going to try!

Ok, there are five new craft goals for 2012! Now I can cross "make five craft goals" off of my broader "life goals" list. What are your craft goals for the year? How did you do last year? Shall we commiserate? Please don't tell me you aced everything.

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pattyb1 wrote
on Jan 7, 2012 3:53 PM

Sarah, don't be so hard on yourself.  If you continue I shall have to follow......my 2011 goals were alot like yours and I didn't do as well as you did, so give yourself an 'atta girl'.  I don't spin but I wanted to teach my granddaughter,and used the excuse that she is too young.  She is now 6 and 'asked' me to teach her, any suggestions?   I made a few things for me in 2011 and for 2012 I started the calendar amigurumi CAL (used stash yarn) and will make an afghan (had to buy yarn) for our living room.  So that's a start.  Do get outside and play in the dirt.  Plant some flowers and veggies, you'll have something pretty to look at while you eat a fresh from the garden salad (with crochet project on lap).  Happy 2012, thanks for your post.

BarbaraR@6 wrote
on Jan 7, 2012 7:36 PM

Sarah, I'm proud of you and your commitment to even grading yourself. Teaching more than a dozen people to crochet in one year is amazing. I'm lucky if I can get one person remotely interested in either crocheting or knitting. Happy hooking and good luck with the gardening.

on Jan 9, 2012 10:09 AM

I am a littel jealous of that stash! and how do I sign up for a yarn club?? that sounds cool!

This year I did not do a tunisian project like I had hoped, I did finish an afghan for my son ( after the yarn sat on the shelf for 6 months) I only have 2 WIPs........ I am forcing myself to finish things before I buy more yarn..... I want to learn how to do an amigurimi, make a sweater for myslf in my favorite color changing yarn, and do the chain reaction afghan..... my littlist daughter has asked me to make her a sweater, so I think the blueberry popover sweater from a few issues back has just been added to my list.

And I too have a "crochet smarter" goal.... I need to put down the hook and excercise more.

have a good new year!

coppertop wrote
on Jan 10, 2012 12:13 PM

Sounds like you did great last year & I bet you do even better this year!

My goals are to stop starting a project & not finishing it & starting another.  Also, to make more things for myself.  Not that I'm trying to be selfish, it's just even if I start making something for myself, if someone says they like it, no matter how hard or long I've worked on it, I give it away.

Laurinda3 wrote
on Jan 10, 2012 7:05 PM

My 6 1/2 year old son saw the yarn pictures on my screen, pointed in shock and exclaimed, "What?! Does she REALLY have that much yarn?!" Which is pretty funny given my stash of yarn and spinning fiber is enough to completely insulate the attic space above my rather large craft studio.

Since I am just getting started getting my designs published, my big goal is to get my designs published by at least 3-5 different publications during this year. Unfortunately my stash has grown a lot faster since I started working on new designs, but at least I didn't have to buy it all.

Five goals is a good number.... have to work on that. :)