So. On January 3rd I said:
In 2016, I would like to complete greater than 10,000 yards of knitting and crochet. For context, in 2014 I hit 10,751. 2015's total hit a nice 10,415.... So essentially my goal is to carry on grooving.
I've completed 2,721 yards during Q1, so I am exactly on target to hit 10K. In fact, I may well exceed this goal if my plans to complete the two afghans I have in progress pan out. More on that in a bit. If you have a Ravelry account, my completed 2016 projects can be found here.
|2016 Q1 Projects|
First off, FLAG ON THE PLAY. That should have said "16 socks" not "16 pairs of socks." Hahaha, whoops. That said, I'm pretty much a sock star these days, and am sitting pretty on 8 of 16 socks complete for the year. At that rate, 16 pairs isn't out of reach ... but my goal is still 16 socks. Let's not get crazy.
|So what? I'm still a sock star, I got my sock moves.|
|Product Placement: Erin Lane Bag!|
In 2016, I will limit my yarn purchases to festivals, shows, and the two yarn clubs I'm currently enrolled in. I've done a great deal of yarn acquisition in the past year and a half. And I ain't even sorry. But I'd like to slow down and enjoy some of the really excellent yarns I currently own.
See, now, about that...
Here's the thing, this kind of arbitrary restriction is really grinding my gears. I have the urge to go buy stuff I don't really want just because I said I wasn't going to. This is dumb. (Apparently I am better at making goals around what I WILL do rather than what I WON'T do. I should probably make a note of that somewhere).
Anyway, with two notable exceptions, I have stuck with this plan so far. The two exceptions being the Suburban Prairie kit that the Prairie Girls Podcast and the Suburban Stitcher collaborated on, and yarn for two shawls that I picked up at the Haus of Yarn when I took Rhiannon up there for her birthday.
And I'm not even sorry.
Especially about the kit. Would you be sorry about this?
|Yeah, me neither.|
So anyway, here's what we're going to do. We're going to modify this goal a bit. What I was really getting after was intentional stash acquisition, instead of willy-nilly, shopping for the sake of shopping, random acquisition.
In that spirit, my modified goal is: I have free reign to go as amok as I please at fiber festivals and shows, as was originally stated. Jess, Koren, and I are going to go Yarny Tonkin' in Nashville at some point. I am still in two clubs.
All of that is the same as the original goal. Here's the modified bit:
Outside of the above parameters, I will only buy yarn if it is for a specific project that I will be casting on immediately, and I do not have the right yarn in stash to do the job.
So the point here is that I am not going to be randomly acquiring the odd bits and bobs here and there that I'll stuff into my stash and ignore for two years. THAT is the behavior that I'd like to change.
I want to buy yarn that I love, and then knit the yarn into projects that I love, that I will then use and wear (and continue to love). That's the end goal.
And last, but not least (I know, this post is ridiculously long. If you're still reading, I love you).
In 2016, I will finish my three oldest, biggest, or oldest AND biggest works in progress: Circles to Squares Afghan, Cosy Afghan, and Knitting in Red.
|Pile o' Squares|
How are your 2016 Goals and Intentions treating you? Are you correcting your course mid-year? Holding steady? Have you already forgotten whatever it was anyway? Do you even do yearly intentions?