Category Archives: 2018 Goals

Monday’s Plan of Action for week 3, 2018

 

First, my plan is to finish my 2018 crafty plan posts and post them. – DONE

Second, I want to get going on the routine I’ve set for myself and see how it will work.  You’ll read more about my routine when we get to the last post of my 2018 crafty plan. – I POSTED THE ROUTINE AND SO FAR, I’M FOLLOWING IT.

Third, create January goals… – DONE

Here were the specific crafty goals I made last week:

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 5 – Finish Row 5.  I am halfway through and will post an updated picture some time this week. – DONE
  • Resfeder socks – do 5 rounds per day, which would be about 35 rounds for the week.  I believe that will mean that by the end of the week, I’ll be done with the leg and ready to start the heels. – DONE
  • Christmas socks – I’m working on the foot and I have about 2-3 pattern repeats to do until I’m able to start on the toes. – DONE
  • Harry Potter – I have to connect the shoulder and start on the sleeves. – DONE BUY THE GIRL TRIED IT ON AND WOULD LIKE THE SLEEVES TO BE A BIT BIGGER.  SO I’VE GOT TO RIP OUT WHAT I’VE DONE FOR THE SLEEVES (LUCKILY IT’S ONLY A COULD OF ROWS) AND REDO IT A BIT BIGGER.  I NEED TO DO IT ABOUT 2 INCHES BIGGER.
  • Celtic Solstice – put the back together. – I DID GET STARTED AND I’M WORKING ON IT.

And for this week’s goals, here’s what I want to get done.

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 7 – I realized last week that somewhere along the way my numbers got messed up.  I’m actually in the middle of row 7 right now and I’d like to finish row 7 this week.  There are 14 rows on one page so when I finish this I’ll be halfway through page 2!
  • Resfeder socks – finish the heel
  • Christmas socks – finish the toes, kitchener, take a picture and post to ravelry.
  • Harry Potter Weasley Sweater for daughter – I’d like to create a page so that I can take appropriate pictures to make it easier for me/you to find and rip out the sleeve portion I’ve already done and redo it a bit bigger.
  • Celtic Solstice – Continue piecing the back together.
  • I’ve got Road2CA this week!

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

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2018 Crafty Plan – January

We’re almost halfway through January but I wanted to my January goals posted.  I always have these in the back of my mind but it’s always helpful for me to post them so I have a concrete place to look for my monthly goals.

  1. Mama’s Bukid – Finish Row 5 and 6 of Page 5
  2. Kayla’s Weasley Sweater – attach the front and back and work on the sleeves
  3. do Resfeder socks
  4. finish Christmas socks
  5. Celtic Solstice – put the back together
  6. Enjoy Road to California

~Happy crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – Creating a routine and a ritual

Just as a reminder, here are my overarching themes this year:

  1. Use what I have
  2. Get rid of the things that I don’t love anymore
  3. Only buy things I will use now

And the previous posts in this series: quilting, knitting, cross stitching

I really believe that to get things done, I need a routine and in doing a routine regularly, it becomes somewhat of a habit and a possibly a ritual.  It clears my mind from getting frantic about all the projects I want to work on when I know that I will work on each of my crafts at some point during the week or month.  And as long as I keep to my routine, the project will one day cross the finish line.  Here’s the routine I’ve planned out and want to establish.  I’ll continue to do my Monday POAs where I detail the specific tasks I want to accomplish each week.  This helps me narrow down my focus and celebrate the completion of mini-goals along the way.  It keeps me motivated and focused.

And because I have to acknowledge this in my brain – Obviously things come up.  I have dinner with friends and we get together on weekends and when those things come up, I obviously can’t get through whatever is on my “routine” to do.  I know this and I hope that by knowing this, I’m not too hard on myself.  I know!  I know!  I sound crazy.  I’m one of those people who expect so much of herself that it’s nearly impossible to do anything right.  So I try to consciously give myself grace and take things in stride.  Some people can do this easily.  And over the years, it’s becoming easier for me to do.  But to prevent myself from hyperventilating with all the things I want to do, I have to give myself the OK if I don’t get all the things done right from the start. 🙂  And usually, I don’t get all the things done.  But I get a hell of a lot of it done. So, here is the routine I’ve worked out for now and may be modified if I need it to be to work out better:

My routine –

Daily knitting – 5 rounds of Knitting Expat’s sock of the month and project #2 (currently Christmas socks but may change as I focus on other projects)

Monday – I usually have guild meetings on Monday nights.  I think there is one Monday during the month that I do not have a guild meeting on.

FIRST MONDAY – MINI GROUP – RAINBOW GARDEN WOOL APPLIQUE PROJECT

SECOND MONDAY – SFVQA MEETING – I KNIT ON MY COZY MEMORY BLANKET AND SOMETIMES SOCKS IF I GET TIRED OF THE BLANKET.

THIRD MONDAY – THIS IS MY FREE MONDAY NIGHT SO I WANT THIS TO BE A QUILTY THING. MAYBE MY RAINING CATS AND DOGS HAND QUILTING PROJECT.

FOURTH MONDAY – VALLEY MODERN QUILT GUILD MEETING – COZY MEMORY BLANKET KNITTING AND SOCKS IF I CHOOSE

Tuesday evenings – Cross Stitch on Mama’s Bukid

Wednesday  evenings – Hat knitting

Thursday evenings – Knit night / Sweater night.

Friday evenings – Clean my craft room and get ready for weekend crafting.  And knit on my cowl, or poncho or shawl.

Saturdays – Weave in ends, Quilting, bag making, sewing, cross stitch on Mama’s Bukid and Gamer

Sundays – Quilting, Rainbow Garden, bag making, sewing, cross stitch on Mama’s Bukid and Gamer

And that’s the rotation I hope to implement this month.  I started yesterday as it was Monday and I like to start new things on a Monday.  I had my traditional guild meeting with the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association (SFVQA)  and during the meeting I worked on finishing knitting up a square on my cozy memories blanket.  That was square #8.  I didn’t feel like working on my socks as I was motivated to finish the square.  I should probably time myself and see how long it takes me to knit up a square.  On my current socks, Resfeder socks by Knitting Expat, it takes me about 7 minutes per round (and I do two at a time socks on a magic loop).  I’m a slow knitter but that’s actually a minute faster than I was when I last checked last week.  I’m trying to knit faster as I want to get more done this year and speed will help me do that.

So that’s it!  I’ll keep you updated on how I’m doing and where I’m at.

~here’s to a great new year!

~happy crafting!

~Melanie

Monday’s Plan of Action for week 2, 2018

Now that I’m not sick and I have the desire to get things done I’ve got a number of things on my to do list this week.

First, my plan is to finish my 2018 crafty plan posts and post them.

Second, I want to get going on the routine I’ve set for myself and see how it will work.  You’ll read more about my routine when we get to the last post of my 2018 crafty plan.

Third, create January goals…

For specific crafty goals for this week, here are the things …

  • Mama’s Bukid – Page 5, Row 5 – Finish Row 5.  I am halfway through and will post an updated picture some time this week.
  • Resfeder socks – do 5 rounds per day, which would be about 35 rounds for the week.  I believe that will mean that by the end of the week, I’ll be done with the leg and ready to start the heels.
  • Christmas socks – I’m working on the foot and I have about 2-3 pattern repeats to do until I’m able to start on the toes.
  • Harry Potter – I have to connect the shoulder and start on the sleeves.
  • Celtic Solstice – put the back together.

Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – Knitting

…And I continue my crafty plan for 2018 for knitting… I’m off at my quilt guild’s workshop today but I scheduled this yesterday to get my Crafty Plan posts up before it gets too late in the new year…

If you missed the start, see my first post about my quilty plans. This is the second, and the third continues with cross stitching.

  1. SOCKS!
    1. Box of Sox 2018 with Voolenvine – I want to make my 12 pairs for the year.  I was able to do it for 2017 and if I make a pair a month, I can easily do it.  I just need to keep on track and make a pair a month.
    2. Knitting Expat’s sock clubs – I’m part of 2 right now and this feeds into my Box of Sox 2018.  This club will take up 8 pairs for the year.
    3. Knotty Gnome magical maladies pattern – I purchased these in 2017, I think there are 4 or 5 patterns and I’ve started on 2 of them.  These will make up the other 4 pairs.
    4. I also want to do more Mercury socks, a Christmas sock, Hermione’s Every day sock, the blueberry waffle socks.
  2. Hats!
    1. I want to make a bunch of hats to giveaway.  These are easy to make with chunkier yarn.  I plan to make 4 for the year.  I can probably make more but this isn’t high on my list and I do not want to put too much on my plate. Hahaha…
    2. I’ve got a few hat patterns in my queue so we’ll try those in addition to the fornicating deer hat.  I don’t have a hunter in my life but I find that hat hilarious and I think I can find someone in my family who would appreciate the humor.
  3. Mittens!
    1. I want to do Skeindeer Knits Mitten patterns.  She has a set that she put out last year and I didn’t have the desire to do it while she was doing it.  Living in Southern California, there’s not been a need for mittens but these mittens are beautiful and would make wonderful gifts.  I love how they look and I’m inspired by them.  She also has broaden my world to Norwegian or Scandinavian knitting and patterns.  They’re beautiful and I want to try my hand at it.  I can’t commit to a sweater but a mitten is doable.
  4. Sweaters!
    1. I’m currently making a Weasley sweater for my daughter and I’ll be done with that shortly.  I’ve got the front and the back done and I need to put them together and knit the sleeves.  When that’s done, I’ll put something on the needles for me.  I work on this project during my Thursday knit nights.
  5. Cowls, shawls, etc.
    1. I casted on a cowl, a shawl and a poncho while I was on break during the holidays.  I found since returning back to work I haven’t had the time to work on these.  I do not want them to go by the wayside so I have to figure out when I’m going to work on them and put them in a rotation.  It’s only been a few days since I recovered from an illness so I’ll figure something out eventually.

My daily crafting projects consist of my Knitting Expat sock of the month, then my Christmas 2017 sock that I’m almost done with.  When that is done, my second project will be another sock.  I haven’t had a lot of time to do more than that.  To do 5 rounds on my sock it takes about 45 minutes.  I’m not a very fast knitter and I think I’ll be working on speed this year.  Each round is about 8 minutes.  While I was on vacation I really liked having socks at various stages and I’m debating on whether I want to continue that.  I find that the ribbing is the part where I can take it with me on the go wherever I’m at.  The problem is that it’s only 20 rounds and I get through the ribbing pretty quickly.  I don’t like the feeling of having a lot of projects on the needles.  Normally I like to have one sock, one hat, one sweater, and possibly one cowl or poncho or shawl.  It was fine while I was on vacation because I could work on each project every day and see progress.  But now, I just do not have the time.  So I need to figure something out.  Right now, the Resfeber sock (Knitting Expat’s sock for January) and my Christmas sock is it.  Then I’ll figure out what I want to work on when my Christmas sock is done.

~Happy Knitting!

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie

2018 Crafty Plan – Quilting

I was working on my crafty plan and it kept going on and on as I’ve got so many crafts that I work on, it became a very long post.  So I divided it up into parts.  This first part is specific to quilting.  As the other parts are finished, I’ll update this post with links to the other parts of the plan.

2018 Crafty Plan – Knitting 

2018 Crafty Plan – Cross Stitching

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It’s a bit late but I’ve been working on these over the last couple of months of the year. In reviewing my 2017 plans I was reminded of my overarching non-craft specific goals:

  1. Use what I have
  2. Get rid of the things that I don’t love anymore
  3. Only buy things I will use now

In a couple of years, the family and I will be moving.  Where and when depends on a lot of things – primarily on what the girl ends up doing in regards to college and second where the boy ends up going to high school.  Regardless of all that, the one thing that is a definite is that our next house will be much smaller than where we are now.

Over the last few years, I’ve made an effort to downsize, minimize, and reduce the amount of stuff I have.  The husband recently started going through our garage and selling the items we no longer use.  He’s cleared through a lot of it.  So over the next two years I need to reduce even more and not bring in more stuff.  I have no problem not buying clothes, shoes or tchotchkes.  But with fabric and yarn – it’s really difficult for me not to bring in more.  I want to support my LQS and my LYS and I really do not know how I’m going to NOT buy things over the course of the next 2 years.  I will allow myself to buy things for projects I need to finish or if there is a specific project I want to work on.  But I plan to not buy just to buy.  My exceptions are: Road to California in a couple of weeks, hopefully Stitches West in February, and QuiltCon in Pasadena in February as I do plan on buying there.  But I have a lot of stuff already so whatever I buy will need to be something truly special.  Also for 2018, I plan to take classes at my LQS and LYS and the monthly guild workshops and while I will go through my stash for things first I do plan to purchase anything I need for classes at my LQS and LYS and from the instructor.  This is going to be really hard.

Over the years, I’ve been more of a process person.  I enjoy the process of quilting, cross stitching, knitting, or whatever craft I take on.  I do things relatively slowly and deliberately and a bit meditatively.  But I enjoy most of the moments.  As with anything there is always a step one does not like but I try to take bits of pleasure at every stage.  Well, that will be changing this year. I need to finish more quilts, use the fabric I intended for bags, knit the yarn, etc.  So I need to create a plan, create a routine, and have fun while doing it.

The past few years I’ve had specific goals of how many quilts I want to finish, projects I want to work on and so forth.

For quilting, I want to finish quilts.  Here are the order of the projects I plan on working on:

  1. Celtic Solstice – the top is finished, I just need to get the back done and get this quilted.
  2. Quilty Little Christmas – the top is finished and I just need to get this quilted.  I got a solid back, and all I need to do is get it to the right size.  This quilt is much smaller than things I normally work on so I can do the quilting on my domestic.
  3. I have a number of hand projects that I need to work on.
    1. Rainbow Garden Wool Applique – basically I plan to work on this during my mini group meetings and Sundays.
    2. Raining Cats and Dogs – I’m hand quilting this and I haven’t touched this project in months.  I really need to get to it and I plan to work on this the third Monday of each month.
  4. I have a bunch of WIPs and UFOs that’s hanging out in my closet in bins.  I’m not sure which one I want to work on when Quilty Little Christmas is done so I’m going to leave this open.  I’m going to try to work on the tops that are nearly done first just to get the bin cleared out and see progress faster.  But I want to give myself the freedom to choose in case I want to do something different.  I do need to update my WIPs and UFOs page as I do not think it’s up to date.  Now that I’ve been taking workshops with my guild and classes at my LQS I’ve gotten quite a few new UFOs over the last few months.  And since I plan to continue taking workshops and classes I’m pretty sure this list will increase over the year.  I need to recognize this as a necessary evil as part of taking classes.  But I love taking classes, learning new things, being part of a group, and while I hope to get the projects done quickly, I’m not going to put that pressure on myself.  I’m just going to enjoy the different experiences.

Something I did this past year, for Christmas 2017, I basically gave away a ton of the things I made over the year.  I made a bunch of bags, some hats, and other things.  And for this past Christmas, I gave a lot of it away.  I really enjoyed it.  Of course, we still bought stuff but I need to replenish my gifting stash of stuff.  So I want to continue making bags and little things I can give away when I have a need of a gift.  I want to make mug rugs and place mats and other stuff.

~Stay tuned for next time when I talk about knitting, and cross stitching and my new routine for 2018.

~Happy Crafting!

~Melanie