Do you set knitting goals? I was looking at my #makenine2019 and 2018 on Instagram as one does at the end of the year. If you’re not an Instagramer, it’s a photo where you show the nine things you plan to make in the year.
Then, I checked my Ravelry challenge results for the year. If you haven’t seen it, on Ravelry you can set a challenge for yourself by setting deadlines and a number of projects you want to complete in the year.
I realize this is such a project knitter thing. We project knitters want “that thing” and the end goal is motivation to complete it (and often start more projects before we finish)! A process knitter could spend the entire year knitting the same sweater, frogging it, then knitting it again… just for the fun of knitting. (Really? Could you? Weird!)
Funny thing… my 2018 goals showed I completed 16 projects. My 2018 #makenine included just one of those FOs and one WIPs.
Can we call it knitting wanderlust? I get excited about a new thing and run off to knit that thing instead. Fortunately for me, I’m the boss of my knitting and no one is looking for me to produce for a job or for actual warmth. [What if I lived on the prairie in 1789 and had to knit everyone’s socks…. in the dark… by fire… ? What a nightmare.]
But, I continue to set goals and readjust my queue. Why bother? I’m not going to follow the rules anyway. I tried to keep my #makenine realistic, while also a little aspirational (and a reminder of stuff in my stash). I even include the “All Who Wander” cowl in my goals to remind myself that in knitting and life I’m not necessarily lost.
Mind you, I currently have 5 other active WIPs on top of those nine. I expect to get 2 finished in the next couple of weeks. But, just like I set some pretty aggressive non-knitting goals for the year, it’s fun to dream and plan if it’s only just a dream. Without a goal, I will wander aimlessly.
There is a slight kink in the plan. I’m dealing with cubital tunnel syndrome, which means my nerve on my “funny bone” is mad at me for bad posture at my desk, overuse in the gym and …. probably knitting. So, I have to take breaks and be more careful of how I sit & knit. The OT told me yesterday it could take months until it’s better. Sad face. But, that helps me stay focused on my other knitting goal: No more buying yarn until I finish some of these big projects I have in my stash! Now, that’s a hard goal.
Then there’s this! I always love a new planner to start the year and was excited to see The Knitting Planner by Jen Geigley. It’s a regular every-day calendar based planner with additional pages for knitters - project planning and designing, plus some pretty yarn photos. I get design ideas and although it may be years before I try to design them, I enjoy working them out in this book.
I set my Ravelry challenge at 19 in 2019. If I’m successful, I’ll take on 20 in 20! But, the boss of my knitting is super chill and if I don’t meet my goal, she won’t fire me.
What are your knitting goals?