Friday, January 11, 2013

101 in 1001 Review

Since I seem to be on a kick of reviewing what I've done in the past, I thought I would tell you all about how I did with another so-called project of goals.  One that I had started about three years ago called 101 in 1001.  As in I was going to accomplish 101 goals in 1001 days.  I did one blog update about it (which is here in case you wanted to see) back in 2010 and then didn't say another word.  But just because I didn't say anything about it on the blog didn't mean that I didn't keep up with it.  Cause I did.  Or at least, I tried to.  In the end I simply ran out of time and didn't get my list of goals completed.  But you know what?  I don't feel bad or even guilty about that.  Not one bit.  And I'll tell you why.

101 goals may not seem like a lot of goals to accomplish in 1001 days.  But if you made the kind of goals that I did, it would.  You see, I made most of my goals way too big and a lot of them way too labour intensive.  I basically had set myself up for failure.  Now, you're probably thinking I'm just making up excuses as to why I didn't get all my goals accomplished.  But here, take a look: one of my goals was to knit 10 sweaters/cardigans for myself.  Yup.  That's just ONE goal.  Considering that it takes me approximately a month to knit a cardigan, this one goal took me almost a year to accomplish.  See what I mean?  Way too labour intensive!  And way too much time needed to finish that one goal.

Another goal was have 30 handmade items of clothing in my wardrobe.  W...T...F...What was I thinking??  When I started this "project" my sewing time was basically nil.  So that meant most of these handmade clothing items were going to have to be knitted.  Again, look above.  If it takes me a month to knit a cardigan, and since tops are pretty much all I knit in terms of clothing (for some reason, I don't consider socks as an "item of clothing in my wardrobe"), well, you do the math.  I'll wait.

Yeah, it would take me 2.5 years to knit 30 garments!  And that's without doing any other kind of crafting.  Totally not feasible.  Totally setting myself up for some hardcore failure.

What I should have done was set a bunch of smaller goals.  LIke the knit a pair of socks goal (at the time of writing this list I wasn't a sock knitter).  Or I should have at least broke down the bigger goals into smaller goals, like go through all my clothes and donate/repair/refashion what I don't wear any more and organize mine and Brett's bedroom closet.  See how those were 2 separate goals that eventually made up a bigger goal?  Not that I fully accomplished either of them.  But that's besides the point!  So anyhoo, how did I do?  Well, I got almost 50% of my list done, with about 20% of them in the process of being done.  Not bad considering that I started this project in December of 2009 and managed to keep at it until time was up in September of last year!!  

I won't bore you by listing all 49 completed goals, but I will list some of the big ones:
  • Make 10 of the items in my Ravelry queue (back when my queue was a mere 5 pages!)
  • Knit 10 sweaters/cardigans for myself
  • Teach myself how to knit continental (I'm very slow and my tension is insanely tight!)
  • Open my own Etsy shop
  • Go on a family camping trip (which has now turned into a must-do for summer!)
  • Buy a new camera
  • Knit a project that involves lace

Some of the goals that were accomplished that were things I've been wanting to do but had always put off for some weird reason:
  • Participate in a craft swap (not like Ravelry yarn group swaps, but a proper group of people being assigned a swap partner kind of swap)
  • Bake madeleines until I find the perfect recipe (thanks Just Jennifer for helping me on this one!!)
  • Make my own vanilla extract (and now I will never go back to store bought!)
  • Make homemade Playdough for the Munchkin in various colours (SO fun!)
  • Bake a pie

Some of the goals that I never got around to but would still love to eventually accomplish one day:
  • Go strawberry or blueberry picking at a local farm with the Munchkin
  • Wear more dresses!
  • Make homemade marshmallows from scratch
  • Go to Tofino
  • Participate in either "Me Made May" or "Self-Stitched September"
  • Have at one point 30 items in the Etsy shop (that's a biggy!)
  • Participate as a vendor at a craft fair (this is a MAJOR biggy!!)

I had a plan of having another list of 101 goals to do when these 1001 days were over so that I could start up again, but I don't think I'm going to do it any more.  As awesome as it was to get so much done, I realized that my tastes and goals change too much and sometimes too often that I could see a chain of reactions happening that would throw off the whole list.  If you saw the original list I had made at the beginning of my 1001 days, you would've seen a whole different list from what it is today.  But that's different, each goal was a pretty big one and didn't have much or anything to do with one another.  But if I make my goals smaller and a bunch of them relating to one another for a bigger goal, I can see it all going downhill.  I'll definitely keep the goals list that I started cause I still want to go to Tofino and I still want to have 30 items in my shop (amongst other things) but I don't want to put a death date on this list as to when I want these goals done by.  So this list will just always be an ongoing thing that will be playing out in the background.  No due dates, no pressure.  All's good in the hood.

I'm still thinking about the goals that I would like to achieve in 2013.  Like my friend Em, I totally want to share and make my goals public so that I can both keep track and make the blog (and you) hold me accountable.  I've had to re-think a few of the goals, as certain things have come up that made me think I might need to change game plans.  Unlike resolutions though, I can break and at least change my goals a little throughout the year if I need to and there won't be any feelings of failure like you would if you break a New Years resolution.  

Has anyone else done something like 101 Things in 1001 Days?  Or made goals or resolutions for 2013?  Let me know what you're working towards, then we can be each other's cheerleader! 

♥ Happy Friday! ♥


  1. That's a pretty good effort Mel! Especially considering some of the goals you completed were such big ones. I have an update of my progress on my new list to go onto the blog on Monday. I just realised some of my goals are a bit big too. Oh well I'll just keep my fingers crossed I get them all done.

    1. It's so hard though to not make them big, especially when you think about the time frame given. But then you have to remember all the other goals! :p

      I'm sure you'll do well with your list, I mean, you accomplished SO much last year and if my memory is correct, you're only a few months into this new one right? Either way, I can't wait to read about it on Monday! :)

  2. My 3 knitting goals this year are to learn socks, cables, and to do a cardigan/sweater. And somewhere in there, start Nuvem... may the knitting gods be with me. haha!

    1. Hahaha, you can totally do it!! Socks look intimidating, but are actually easy! Same goes for cables!! If you ever need any help, don't be afraid to ask! :)


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