Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2012: A Crafty Review

I think it's fair to say that at this time of year it's pretty common to see and read posts about people reflecting about their previous year.  Well, this post is no different.  Like most knitters and crafters out there, I've been going through and organizing my WIPs, attempting to straighten out the stash (which also means culling it a bit!), and thinking about how well I did with my knitting and crafting in 2012.

Well...compared to other years, 2012 wasn't the year for hand knits.  At least, not on paper.  And definitely not according to the blog.  On paper (I keep tabs of FOs in a trusty notebook!) I apparently accomplished 27 projects.  Of the 27, 25 were knitted and 2 were sewn.  But if you look on the blog, what you see in the above collage of photos is it.

Yup...

Mind you, I didn't include all the hexipuffs I had knit last year, since individually they're not really anything and together make up for one (large and nowhere near being finished) project.  I didn't consider them a project even though I had knit a total of 66 hexipuffs in 2012!  I also didn't count all the Mason Jar Cozies that I had whipped up for gifts that I added with the Cuppows that I had gifted throughout the year.  Nor did I include the test knits that I've completed that I am not able to share with you until the designers/companies give me the green light to do so.  Also, all those crayon rolls that I made last month?  To me, that's one project.  Other things that didn't make the list: all the project bags that I made for my etsy shop (and the past few months I made A LOT), the handful of pajama bottoms I had sewn for the Munchkin (and totally didn't blog about), the 3 teacher appreciation presents that were gifted at Christmas, and the various sewn prototypes of items I was hoping to add to the shop.  Now that I think about it, I guess I shouldn't be too hard on myself for thinking I only accomplished 27 projects.

I didn't make a ton of crafty goals last year other than to buy less yarn (I think I'm even...I'm not any worse than when I had started the year, that's for sure!), reduce the stash (let's not go there), only knit with yarns that I love (which I did), knit a sweater a month (which I didn't), and to keep up with the 3 S's of always having a sweater, sock, and shawl project on the needles (which didn't happen). 

I haven't completed my list of goals that I want to accomplish this year yet, as I'm still pondering what it is that i want to actually accomplish.  So far, unofficially, I want to knit more socks, knit up as much of the bulky weight yarns in the stash (hey, one hank is basically the same size as 2 skeins of sock yarn!  That's a big deal when it comes to stash space!!), and to branch out more in my project yarn selections...as in to actually use the Sweet Fiber, Tanis Fiber Arts, and The Plucky Knitter yarns that I have and to not just hoard them.  Sounds reasonable, right?  I think so.  I also want to make a few sewing goals, but for now I need to really think it over and figure out if what I want to do is actually a reasonable goal to set considering the time I have available in general.  Don't get me wrong, it's good to set big goals for yourself but you should definitely set "stepping stone goals" leading up to and in order to achieve the big ones.  That you don't feel like a complete and total failure when you don't get the prize you had your eyes on at the end of it all simply because you didn't allot yourself proper time.  You know what I mean?  I used to do that all the time and then be all down and hard on myself for not being Super Woman, when even Super Woman herself probably couldn't do it!  Anyone else making crafty goals for 2013?  I'll definitely post my list when I finish making it, that way the blog can hold me accountable!  And so I'll actually get off my butt and do them!

So, how did you do with your crafting in 2012?


8 comments:

  1. I've been doing the same kind of taking toll and organizing over the past few days and while I didn't set any hard goals last year I still feel like I didn't accomplish as much as I'd like. For this year I think I'll keep things simple: if I get the courage to sew me some trousers and a jacket, I will certainly feel like Wonder Woman (or so I hope)!

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    1. I'm thinking of keeping my goals for this year pretty simple too. I always set goals that are a little bit bigger than I should without thinking or putting into consideration the other crafts that I would also like to do. Time always gets me!

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  2. you were a busy little bee! that's a lot of projects to complete!! i'm hoping to also knit more socks this year... apart from my skews, i really haven't knit much... or any. so that should change :) xo

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    1. I felt like a busy bee, but to me it doesn't look like I was! Oh well.

      I think 2013 to should be the year of the socks!! ;)

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  3. Wow! You have a very productive year. And 66 hexipuffs! That is amazing. I don't think I would have the patient to make a hexipuff blanket.

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    1. Thanks Kat! I'm actually quite surprised that I haven't given up on the hexipuff blanket myself! I think this project is mentally fooling me - even though it's quite a huge project, casting on and binding off is soooo satisfying! Even if it is going to be over 900 times! :p

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  4. I realize this is coming a little after your Cocomint Cream post, but I finally got to David's Tea, have steeped my own cup and you are absolutely right, it is heavenly! Thanks for the suggestion! PS - Love your 2012 work, I wish I could get my sweaters/cardigans to fit as well as you get them. I'm going to have to steal your secrets.

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    1. Thanks Dana! :) I think my sewing/fashion background has made understand my body a little more and so I've been able to make my cardigans fit me better from the get-go. I also think knitting patterns in one piece rather than in pieces makes it easier for me to try on and adjust as I go.

      I'm SO glad that you liked your David's Tea! Sometimes I fear when I mention foods or drinks that I like, people will try it and wonder if I have any taste buds! :p

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