The past few weeks have led to a lot of reflection about 2012 and ideas for 2013. Ali Edwards always recommends “one little word” for the year, and this year I am choosing “acceptance.” For me, it means accepting who I am as a crafter. With all these years of crafting experience, I think I know some of the things I like to do and some of the things I do not. For example, I love scrapbooking, but I am just never going to be one of those “one photo super ephemera page” type of scrapbookers. I know, never say never, but some things I can be pretty confident about. I do not enjoy quilling or crocheting tiny toys. I have no desire to knit a complicated cable sweater for myself. These are things I know about myself. But in 2013, I want to find other crafting realizations of acceptance. Maybe I will always have a stash of yarn and I just have to accept that. Maybe it is acceptable to have hundreds of buttons for scrapbooking. I want to accept who I am and not feel guilty about who I am not as a crafter. A lot of knitting podcasters have been talking about the “no guilt” year and “acceptance” is my version of that this year.
So all of that being said, here are my goals for 2013. After seeing what happened in 2012, I am sure there are several projects I will come up with that do not relate to this list. But I am excited to make these projects happen in 2013.
- Keep track of three stashes – fabric, yarn, and fiber.
For the past two years I have kept track of fabric, so that should be easy. I am not a prolific fabric user. Last year I kept track of my yarn intake/outtake, which was quite the eyeopener. It really helps me think about new purchases. One of the ways I was able to help balance my yarn purchases last year was through buying fiber. Well 2013 is the year for keeping track of fiber too. The main goal for all of these stashes is always to use more than I buy.
- Finish spinning the fiber for a handspun sweater and knit it.
This was something I started working on last spring when I became more serious about spinning and won a new wheel. I m halfway done with spinning the 32 ounces of fiber and want to finish that. I hope to three ply the fiber. Then I want to knit myself a sweater out of it. It is taking sweater knitting to a whole new level!
- Do not participate in Campy Loopy this year.
This sounds like a funny goal, especially because I try to keep my goals positive. But for the past two years I have participated in Camp Loopy, a three month long knitalong where you buy yarn for each project during the summer. It is a great program because you receive free yarn and discounts. But it also consumes my summer knitting. Sure, knitting a sweater in a month is great, but it requires buying yarn and picking a new pattern. I have plenty of yarn! I want to knit what I want to knit this summer – no rules.
- Knit six projects for myself out of the six “brown bags” I created.
Two years ago I knit 12 socks in 12 months, partially due to the incentive of the “brown bags” I put the yarn in. It was surprise each month what I would get to knit with. It also required a lot of my knitting time, as you can imagine. So this year I am reenacting that goal by cutting it in half – six bags throughout the year. I have already bagged up the yarn. They are all skeins that I decided “I must knit with this in 2013.” So that should be fun.
- Make a t-shirt quilt out of my box of t-shirts.
This goal has been on my mind for several years, but I definitely want to make it happen in 2013. I am confident enough in my quilting abilities to make it a success. And it will be a great way to see some of my favorite t-shirts.
- Create a master list of scrapbook pages that need to be completed and do them.
I am again behind on my scrapbooking pages. I did not scrapbook as much in 2012 and need to get back to it. Usually I go on a long retreat weekend to make it happen, we will have to see when I time for that in 2013.
- Organize my stamp filing cabinet this year.
Almost everything I have is organized into a space. In fact, some days I have time for crafting, I just use it to organize. But somehow my stamps have gotten a little out of control in their filing cabinet. So I would like to organize that in 2013 and be able to see all of my stamps easily. One of the things I know about myself (part of acceptance) is that I need to be able to see it if I am going to use it on my cards.
Seven crafting goals for 2013, I think I can make that happen! It is going to be another busy year, but I am looking forward to it. Hope you are too!