Here we are on (the eve of) the Eve of the New Year. Are you a resolution maker?
I am not. I’ve thought about it. I’ve even attempted it a time or two only to abandon it completely after two weeks. And not without good intentions either. (Yes, I do believe I should save more and eat less pizza.) It’s that when I made these resolutions, they were more like open ended statements of intention rather than thought out plans to which I could hold myself accountable. That’s just not how my brain works. I’m a list maker, a planner and a goal setter.
So keeping these traits in mind, last year I set myself some personal knitting goals. These were things I wanted to do by the end of 2016. And I accomplished most of them. What was different about these goals than any resolution I’d made in the past? I thought about them ahead of time, I wrote them down and I checked in on them throughout the year.
And what of the goals that were left unmet? Well, they weren’t the right goals. This is another thing I learned this year- in order to succeed in reaching a goal, it must be SMART– Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based (or Trackable).
Last year I made it a goal of mine to knit a total of 4 sweaters (3 for me and 1 for my son.) I did not meet this goal. I knit one and two half sweaters and have the yarn set aside for another. This goal was Specific, Measurable, Achievable, and Time-based, but it was not Realistic. Realistically, I crave variety and, as a result, have multiple (read: at least 4) projects on the needles at a time. I like to see quick(er) results and tend to get into a rut with long-term projects, even ones I love. And, despite my best efforts to change the length of a day, I have a restricted amount of time available to me for knitting. So for me, knitting that many sweaters was just not realistic.
And so without further ado, here are my SMART 2017 Personal Knitting Goals. I will post these on my Ravelry profile page and will update with progress reports throughout the year.
- Knit Faerie Hair into a beautiful shawl/wrap – cast on January 1st. (See my previous blog post for more on this.)
- Finish 10 pairs of socks.
- Knit from my existing stash. (This is NOT a ban on new purchases- remember these are realistic goals.)
- Knit 3 squares into my Cozy Memories Blanket every month.
- Learn and practice at least 3 new to me knitting techniques or styles.
- Continue to knit patterns by my favorite designers.
So tell me, are you setting yourself knitting goals this year? If so, care to share what yours are?