A few months ago Iggy wrote a post about setting some knitting goals for the New Year. She wasn't just talking about the usual list of things she'd like to knit, but about more general overall goals for knitting.As a professional organizer/personal life coach, setting new goals comes as easily to me as breathing. But setting goals for my hobby? Wouldn't that take all the joy and spontaenity out of knitting? Wouldn't that feel just a little too much like work? I've been pondering the idea ever since. IF I were to make knitting goals for 2010, what would they be??
I started off by reflecting on my knitting over the past year. I realized that my knitting has been rather impulsive in 2009. I see a pattern I love and I just forge ahead and knit it. I find a yarn I want to try and grab any pattern I can to go with it. I have a gift to produce by a certain time, I choose a quick knit and go for it knitting madly to deadline.
Yes, it's been fun, it's been interesting, and I've stretched myself with new stitches and techniques as a pattern has called for them, but what I'm left with at the end of the year is just a hodge podge of knitted items (some I love and some I sort of regret).
So....for 2010 I want to knit to a plan. Within the plan I can be as impulsive as I like with yarn and pattern but by the end of the year, I hope to have a collection of knitting that makes sense. Here's the plan:1. The first goal is to work on a knitted wardrobe.
What are the basic knitted pieces I'd like to own and actually need to complete my wardrobe? I'm working on a list. So far I have a need for scarves, hats, possibly mittens ('ve made these for others but somehow always neglect to keep one for me); a shawl, a wrap and a shrug (for my special occasion dresses); a couple of cozy cardigans for kicking around home; a couple of dressier cardigans for wearing when I go out; some pull-over sweaters; and a few pair of socks (these are low priority but I should probably try them sometime).
2. The second goal is to create gifts in a timely manner that will be treasured by others.
I created a Knit-worthy Survey which I distributed to family members this past Christmas and I got lots of great feedback so that I now know what knitted items they would REALLY love me to make for them, what colors/yarns they would prefer etc.
The next step is to start these knitted gift projects well enough in advance that I am not knitting up against tight deadlines (which really does take a lot of the joy out of knitting for others).
As well, I want to continue to knit for charity (I think it's good to give a portion of one's time and yarn to a good cause)
3. My third goal this year is to learn some new skills.
I don't have any one specific skill in mind, but overall I want to improve my skills as a knitter. For starters, I'd like to work on improving my finishing techniques--I have always dreaded stitching up my knitted pieces and I'd like to feel more confident in that piece of the project.
I would also like to attend a knitting workshop to advance my skills so I'll be keeping my eyes and ears open for something that I've never tried before.
4. My fourth and final goal is to begin to knit outside the lines.Whether it's for my own wardrobe, or knitting for others, I would like to be a bit more creative in my knitting. I want to take liberties with patterns and maybe even create some designs of my own. I may get no farther than dipping a toe in the waters of knitting design this year, but I do want to at least begin working toward a more artistic approach to knitting.
So, there you have it. My knitting goals for 2010. What are yours?