At the beginning of the year I set six goals for myself and it’s time to see how I fared.
Goal #1: Finish What I’ve Started
Although I certainly started new projects this year and inherited even more, I reduced my WIP boxes from four down to three and moved several old WIPs on to new homes. Judges say: Not too shabby.
Goal #2 Use what I’ve got. Buy only what I really need or truly love. Donate things I’ll never use.
I did so-so on this one. I donated a good amount to Lancaster Creative Reuse. I didn’t buy nearly as much fabric as I have in past years. But the reality is, I still probably have more fabric than I could use in the next ten years, so I’d like to be even more thoughtful this coming year about sewing related spending.
Goal #3 Grow my knitting skills. Make socks with heels. Knit my first sweater.
That would be a total fail. I tried to start the socks like four times. I never even got off the cuff. I’ve decided I just don’t like size one needles. I still want to do a sweater, I just haven’t had the time to do something for me, but hopefully in 2013.
Goal #4 Grow my quilting skills. Take some classes.
Also a total fail. This year’s insanity just did not have the time or the budget for classes. But I think this coming year has a lot more potential for a class or two and being a part of a guild gives me good opportunities for informal classes.
Goal #5 Be more involved in the crafting community. Join a guild.
Well, I guess co-founding guild definitively counts! The Capital Area MQG has been pretty awesome. I’ve loved the chance to get to know local quilters. I’ve loved the chance to teach. All I can say is, yes, more please next year. I’ve also recently joined the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and I’m excited to see how that goes.
Goal #6 Give more back. Donate at least five quilts to charity.
I made it, but just barely, and it wasn’t really what I had in mind. I hoped to be able to donate a few good quilts to the Mennonite Relief Sales here in Harrisburg and in Virginia. But lap/baby quilts were all I could manage.
Tomorrow it’s 2013 and time for new goals. Wishing you a happy and safe night of celebration!