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2014ResolutionsWOW.  I just looked back at our January posts for 2013 and 2012, and think it’s time to have a serious talk with myself!  Now I know it’s useless to be bummed out about missed resolutions and unfinished projects, but what an eye opener — two years later, two of my three goals for 2012 remain unmet!  2012, people!!! I have yet to knit and steek a fingering-weight colorwork blanket (although I have started one, the stunning Snowflakes by The Needle Lady, a rockstar of colorwork knitting), and I’ve only just returned to work on my Level III Masters.  It’s not all bad news, though — the good news, read REALLY good news, is that I totally rocked my design goals!  My first book, Knits of a Feather, came out in September and continues to be a source of inspiration for me.  Writing a book is something I’ve wanted to do since childhood, and I’m still over the moon about it!  This year I’m pulling together ideas for a second book, and plan to continue submitting to magazines and collaborative projects, too.  But it’s definitely, without a doubt, more than time to get those two other goals taken care of.  They’re on the list, and now it’s time to get crackin’.  Here’s my plan:

TKGALevel3Swatch-Devote 5 hours each week to the swatching, writing, and designing remaining to complete my Level III submission, aiming to have it in the mail come fall and any necessary revisions completed by the end of the year.  With a baby on the way, I think (hope) this is doable!  Sleep baby, sleep!
-STOP CASTING ON for a billion new projects a month.  Spend time on one or two, and make sure they’re very different — different needle sizes, different attention required, etc.  This will help me to progress on the lightweight baby blanket that seems to be taking an eternity, when really I’m just not spending enough time on it!
-Aim to devote a little time every day to designing, whether it’s a simple sketch, swatch, or writing out a proposal.  A few minutes here and there will really add up!  I’m aiming to put out a second book, and at least 3 additional patterns this year (aim high or why bother, right!?)

Jen. . . your turn!

Oh boy.  Well, 2013 was a huge roller coaster of a year for many reasons.  The biggest challenge throughout the year was balancing the things I want to do with the things I have to do.  Our big relocation, just a week ago, was the culmination of a whole year’s worth of smaller tasks that took a lot of time away from my yarny goals.  My reward is 2014!!  2014 is the year of JEN.  Here are my hopes and intentions for the new year!

coffee mug cozy

A little project for steeking practice

Looking back on my previous goals, I find that I’ve tackled new techniques, like steeking, I’ve repurposed stash that I know I’m not going to use, and I got to knit with my own handspun!  With the help of our Finish-Along I also cleared out some UFOs and ripped out those I was never going to complete.

Back in 2012 I intended to complete my Level II on the Masters, but I didn’t quite get there.  I don’t have far to go, however, so I’m making it a priority for 2014.

-I’m with Celeste on being more focused on one or two projects without casting on for everything under the sun.  I still have Christmas gifts to finish so that’s automatically keeping me in line (I really don’t want them to be Valentine’s Day gifts).  I have a long to-do list but if I only have one or two projects on the needles they’ll be completed faster.

-I think I have to knit my way through Knits of a Feather!  KoaF for 2014!

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What are a few of your challenges for 2014?  We’d love to hear — and help, if we can!

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