Tuesday, December 06, 2011

2012 Knitting Goals

I worked these out a little over a week ago, but haven't taken the time to post them until now. Actual knitting takes precedence over projected knitting fantasies. This is what I have planned for the coming year:
  1. Finish the "iguana sweater." It's only called that because the color name is "iguana." It's a spring sweater, so having it done by the beginning of March would be good.
  2. Finish the Big Crocheted Blanket. I started this one last year as a stash buster, and it is definitely that. It's turning out huge and heavy, and I'm saving it for a snowy day when I will enjoy wrapping it around me as I work.
  3. Finish the Mitered Square Blanket. A perfectly good knitted blanket that I got bored it. It was on my UFO list for this year too. Time to get it done.
  4. Finish blankets that need sewing up. There are at least 6 sets of afghan squares stashed around the house. I want them gone. That means sewing them up. More good work for cold winter nights.
  5. Crochet linen sweater. Last summer I was looking for a light-weight sweater to wear over a tank top that was dressy enough for Sundays. I found a pattern. I found yarn. I just need to make the sweater. Projected completion by May 1.
  6. Make 4 pairs of socks for me. I have sock yarn that needs to be used. I need socks. Good summer knitting.
  7. Make 1 lace shawl for me. I have lace yarn and patterns and sometimes I like a piece of knitting that takes more skill and patience. Good for the warm summer months.
  8. Crochet 6 baby blankets to be given to charity. I need to use up stash, especially scraps. There's always a need for blankets somewhere.
  9. Stash reduction. Charity knitting should take care of this if I don't buy yarn unless I have a specific project for it. By the end of the year I don't want to have any more yarn in bins in the carport.
  10. Charity projects to be determined. In recent years it's been baby sweaters and hats. This year may bring a change to that. When I see what the need is, I'll figure out what I can do about it.
Ten goals is plenty. Most of these pass the S.M.A.R.T. test (they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely). Stash reduction is a bit loose, but I don't have a good way to tighten it up without measuring yardage or something else that is going to take up way more time than it's worth. I would have been fine this year except for taking on a huge batch of yarn that had been donated to Assisted Living that nobody wanted to fool with.

Back to Christmas knitting. Less than 3 weeks to go.