Monday, January 6, 2014

Helloooo 2014!!

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The holidays are officially over.  The Mister is back into the regular ol' work day grind, the kiddo is back in school, even our compost pick-up is back on a regular schedule.  All of which means that I should now get out of the "holidaze" mode and back into a regular work schedule.  After all, fabric isn't going to cut itself out nor will bags just sew up themselves.  I wish though!  I have a feeling it's going to take me a few weeks to get out of my lackadaisical state and into a routine.  In the meantime I've been thinking about my goals for this year.  Unlike last year, in which I had accomplished maybe a handful out of the massive list (re: setting myself up for failure) of goals, I've decided to keep my list fairly on the simple (and obtainable!) side.

In no particular order of importance, my 2014 goals thus far:

Sew a quilt.  I keep meaning to finish the quilt I had started for the Munchkin before he was even born but have discovered just how horribly cut the pieces are.  I'm going to have to consult a quilting master to find out how I can selvedge the project.  Even though it's suppose to be a crib quilt, I think the Munchkin would still enjoy it as a lap quilt for when we're snuggling on the couch.  So while that project gets sorted out, I've got a lovely pile of fat quarters sitting by my sewing machine just waiting to be turned into a quilt.  Eek!!  I'm excited!!

Sew a few mug rugs.  This has always been on the to-do list for years but for some reason it always gets pushed to the very bottom of the list.  Now that the Munchkin is in school though I'm finding that I need more things to add to my "teacher/support worker appreciation gifting arsenal" other than knitted items, because let's face it, sewing something awesome can be much faster than knitting it!  Not to mention that all the coasters in the house have somehow manage to disappear and we have resorted to using the envelopes that junk mail comes in as coasters.  I seriously hang my head in shame at this.  Please don't judge.

Knit at least 25 hexipuffs.  2013 was beyond a dismal year in the hexipuff department.  If my notes are correct then I had only knit a disappointing two hexipuffs all year.  And those were knit in the final days of December!  Eep!  So incredibly sad.  I know a fair amount of people who have vowed to knit a hexipuff a day this year, but I really can't commit to something like that.  I'm too much of a fickle knitter to stick to that kind of knitterly responsibility.  So instead I tentatively plan on knitting a few hexipuffs after each knitting project I do.  If the project had involved fingering weight yarn then I'll use the leftovers to knit up a few puffs, if the project involved heavier weight yarns then I'll dig into my mini skeins stash and knit up a few from there.  Easy peasy, right?  We'll see.  Ask me after a few projects to see if I've kept up this plan.  So far I'm off to a good start, I've already knit up 4!

Blog more.  A MASSIVE thank you to all the readers who have stuck around!!  2013 was a pretty quiet time around here, with me blogging maybe once a month??  The blog was starting to look pretty pathetic.  But I vow to blog a whole lot more in 2014.  I have a pretty long list of things I want to blog about but I promise it's not going to be all filler and no sustenance!  A lot of the topics are things I've been asked often about and things I've been wanting to blog about all year long.  Yay!

Give the blog an overhaul.  I've been dying to give the blog a makeover since last summer but just never got around to doing so.  I think the plan of blogging more this year will give me that much needed push to get it done.  Yet I don't think it's a job I'm going to tackle myself.  If I want this goal to happen I think I'm going to have to hire someone to do the overhaul for me because knowing my luck I'll break the Internet somehow.  If anyone knows of anyone who does this kind of work or knows of a good website, please let me know!

Make time to knit.  This might seem like a pointless goal because what knitter wouldn't make the time to knit??  But for a while there in the height of my bag production I would go days without knitting a single stitch.  And you know what?  It drove me batty.  I was not a pleasant person to be around.  I was wound up, I was stressed out, I was all twitchy.  It wasn't good.  Even the Mister was commenting on how I needed to grab my knitting and "chill the eff out".  So when things get crazy I must remember to carve some time out in the schedule to do some knitting.

Try my hand at fair isle.  Or at least something new and challenging in the knitterly department.  Enough said.

Design more.  This is something I've been wanting to do for so.freakin'.long.  But I somehow manage to always either talk myself out of it or second guess myself.  I have sketchbooks and notebooks full of ideas that I would love to turn into actual garments and patterns.  It saddens me to see that some of those ideas have already been taken (some recently too!) and yet the one major thing that holds me back (aside from rejection) - grading.  It scares me shitless.  Me and math?  We just don't mix.  But that really shouldn't hold me back.  Right?  So this year I'm going to face my fears and give it a go.  Deep breath.  I can do it...


So that's the 2014 game plan.  I'm sure I'll add more goals throughout the month, mainly pertaining to the shop and the product lineup.  Has anyone else made their 2014 goals yet?  If so, let me know!  I'd love to hear what everyone has planned for the new year!!

♥ Happy 2014!! ♥


8 comments:

  1. Can you find yourself a design partner, maybe someone who can help with the mathy bits? It would be so awesome to see what you come up with and I'd hate for math (stupid, stupid math) to be the obstacle that prevents you from showing off your talent.

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    1. I thought about the design partner, but I think you need to be on the same level as each other and that can be a little hard to find. I've been looking into classes and whatnot the past year and so far nothing has really stuck. :( I just might have to find myself a tech editor that's either willing to teach me or do it for me. Or find a fellow designer who has the time to teach me!

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  2. I love the idea of mug rugs as teacher gifts! Like you, I have done the knitted gifts in the past but you have inspired me to maybe try a sewn gift.

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    1. YAY!! :) Don't get me wrong, if I had the time I would love to knit all my gifts but sometimes when you need something in a pinch and you know the recipient isn't into chunky cowls, a sewn gift could come in handy!! I think if I had a stockpile of little things like the mug rugs, I'll be ready for when a quick gift is needed! :) Good luck with your sewing!

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  3. Happy New Year! I'm so pysched to see that you'll be blogging more in 2014. Let me know if I can help you with your blog overhaul, too!

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    1. Thanks for the offer Stefanie!! :) Happy New Year to you!!

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  4. I feel you with the grading thing! I know it's just math and that I could do it if I did some research, but for some reason it's still super overwhelming to think about.

    Happy New Year - looking forward to reading in the coming year!

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    1. Thanks Cory! :) Yes, for some reason, even the thought of the simplest math makes me sweat. Which is incredibly crazy, because if it came down to it and I wasn't told ahead of time I'd do it without thinking. But tell me I have to do math ahead of time, and I freeze. :/

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