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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

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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

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