Keep It Simple

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016!

For the past few years, I’ve done a New Year’s blog post with a long list of things that I wanted to accomplish for the year. And I might be doing a bit of that this year, too.

However, I noticed I like to go a bit crazy and pile a bunch of things onto my plate all at once. It sounds really good at the start of the year, but by summer everything falls apart because I have so much going on in real life. During this past summer, I took huge load of summer college courses that ate up all of my time. Once the semester was over, I had a really hard time getting back into the swing of things at Monster’s Toy Box and a lot of my big aspirations got tossed by the wayside. I don’t want to repeat that again this year if possible.

So above all, my goal for 2016 is to:

1: Keep it simple and take things one step at a time

Yeah, at some point I might go over the top like I tend to do. So if I do, I want to be able to do it “in the moment” when I can fully assess the situation and whether I can deal with everything going on. Instead of, (for example) planning some crazy event for next December eleven months in advance when I have no idea how life will go between now and then, I will focus on what will be going on in the early parts of year and try to make that the best that I possibly can (while still trying to keep things simple).

And a few other things I would like to do:

2: (Finally) learn how to sew

Goodness… I have had this one on the to-do list for years now. But I got my very own sewing machine for Christmas, so I really have no excuse not to anymore.

I have even taken my first steps towards accomplishing this one. I’ve gotten my pattern and fabric all cut out already. I purchased a set of Abbey Glassenberg’s cute critter patterns some two years ago with the intention of eventually making them. Here’s to hoping that I end up with something that looks at least a little bit like a teddy bear once I am done!

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3: Crochet a new afghan

I already have a blog post written up about this goal that should go live in a day or two detailing exactly what my plans are. The gist of it, though: I want to make myself a new blanket, one row at a time, one day at a time. If I have done my calculations correctly, it should take be the better part of the year to complete. It will give me something to look forward to working on every day: a bit of mindless crochet and a new stripe of color to add to my afghan.

4: Keeps my Ravelry up-to-date

Ooh, boy. This is one of those things I struggled with the second half of last year. I keep pretty detailed logs of when I start projects and how much yarn they take to make, plus I photograph everything. But I’ve slacked on actually putting any of those projects up on my Ravelry notebook. So, this goal is two-fold: get everything back up to date, and keep it that way. I actually really enjoy putting up all of that data on Ravelry, so I don’t know what I have been avoiding it…

That about sums up my “big” goals for 2016. Not too much, but again, I’m trying to keep it simple! How about you… any goals you want to accomplish for 2016?

Posted by Patty on
I have a few wips to complete. They are motif style afghans and I need to crochet more blocks then sew it all together. I'd like to learn how to knit Continental style. You know all those bit and pieces of skeins we all have left over after completing amigurumi, I need to find something to make with that yarn!
Posted by Alyssa on
Patty... those are some great goals! I've dabbled in knitting Continental. Apparently it is a lot faster and less strenuous than the "normal" style. Plus it is good for stranded color-work.

My personal suggestion for odds and ends: stripy, scrappy monsters! Could be a lot of fun. ;)
Posted by michaela on
I'm in the same boat with keeping Rav up to date I failed miserably this last year and I am hoping to do much better in the New Year. Can't wait to see what you come up with this year!
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