Friday, January 04, 2019

2018 wrap-up and 2019 goals

One of my goals this year is to try to blog at least once a week, so I thought I'd start off 2019 with a wrap-up post even though I never posted about goals for 2018. I'm doing something a little different this year and talking about my 2018 accomplishments and 2019 goals within each topic.

Quilting

I started off 2018 really excited about quilts. I had to go back and count how many quilts I'd finished, because when I don't document my projects I tend to forget them. I actually completed 5 quilts in 2018 all in the first third of the year. My biggest accomplishment by far was my bed-sized QAYG blanket. We love it and use it weekly.

I don't really have quilting specific goals for 2019. Right now I'm not in the mood to quilt, though that can always change.

Knitting/Crochet

I did not do nearly as much knitting or crochet this year as I have in the past. I set my Ravelry challenge goal for 2018 at 75 projects and I completed 44. I'm not concerned about it because so much of my time was spent doing other things. I know I will always knit and crochet even if I'm more excited about other crafts.

I knit 24 pairs of socks, 5 neck items, 1 pair of boot cuffs, 9 hats, 3 sweaters, and 2 mittens/gloves. Some of my favorite projects of 2018 were my Cartography pullover, my self-designed topshop cabled cardigan copy, and the Slip Knit Love shawl.

Cartography
Rhinebeck 2018 Sweater

I was able to accomplish quite a bit in 2018 as far as my yarn stashdown. I didn't buy as much yarn just because I was less excited about knitting and I also gave away or destashed a fair amount. For the year I used 19465yds / 5814g. I stashed 10761yds / 3621g for a total of +8704 yds / 4.83 lbs. I feel really good about this.

For 2019, I would really like to keep my yarn additions to a minimum. I'm not doing a complete yarn fast because I feel like that's setting me up for failure but I'm just taking one day at a time and trying to go as long as possible without buying anything. If I do make a purchase I want it to be for an immediate cast-on. As I get older I start to reflect more about my stashing habits and I just don't want to be that person who dies with a room full of unused yarn. I'm also becoming increasingly tired of consumerism and being told that I need to buy things to be happy. I'm pretty close to having a stash where I love each and every single item in it. When I bought those yarns I was excited to use them. Now I'd like to work on recapturing that joy when I work with the yarns rather than always looking to buy the next thing.

Along those lines I would also like to knit or crochet at least one item a month from patterns that I have purchased in the past but haven't used. I've catalogued just my ravelry downloads and there are quite a few. I haven't even browsed through my purchased books and magazines but I'm sure there are gems in there as well. Again, at some point I really wanted to make those things and I'd like to complete at least some of them in 2019.

Other than that I don't really have too many yarn-y goals. I've been knitting for so long that I don't have any needs or wardrobe holes to fill. If anything I have too many things and need to think about weeding some of them out. I'm giving myself permission to just knit or crochet what I want without stress. I feel like that's a worthy goal as well.

Spinning

This is an easy one. I barely did any spinning in 2018. I think I may have finished 3-4 skeins. I am trying not to stash any fiber at all this year and I'm also trying to spin for 15 minutes a day. I figure anything I accomplish this year will be better than last year. I also am hopeful that by not stashing new yarn, if I want to feel that "fix" of something new, I can add to the stash with new handspun. I would also love to knit more with handspun in 2019 as I only knit 2 projects last year. It's hard to explain if you aren't a spinner but there's just something special about it.

Sewing

Here's the big one. I started sewing garments again in the summer of 2018 and I've been so excited about it ever since. I want to get to the place where I have a well-curated wardrobe by which I mean that I love each and every single piece and am excited to wear everything I own. I've slowly been weeding out my wardrobe and I'm increasingly replacing items with handmade things. Like knitting with handspun it just feels so special to wear something you've made. I've been very hard at work creating an all handmade winter capsule wardrobe that I will be sharing very soon.

In 2018 I finished 50 projects: 3 pairs of jeans, 4 pairs of pants, 3 skirts, 2 dresses (sort-of, i'll explain more in a future post), 5 cardigans, 1 vest, 3 blouses, 4 shirts, 1 sweater, 6 sweatshirts, 4 tanks, 10 long sleeve tees, and 4 short sleeve tees. Not all of these were successful and not all of them are still in my wardrobe but most of them were and are. I used up about 83 yards of fabric, some new, some old, and my total project cost for 2018 was about $1121. That sounds like a lot but it's considerably less than my normal RTW clothing purchasing habits. Some favorites from 2018 are my vintage Levis jean hack, my rifle + paper co ogden cami, and my self-drafted boxy tee.



Self-Drafted Boxy Top

For 2019 I'd really like to follow the Sew My Style challenge though I'm giving myself permission to skip months if they just aren't me. I'd like to complete my Make Nine. I would like to try to sew a season ahead so that I'm not scrambling to make things at the last minute. And most importantly I'd like to take my time with each item and make sure that I fill my closet with pieces that I love, as well as purge things that just aren't working for me. I also want to be more forgiving of myself that not everything has to be perfect. If i'm growing my skills then there's no such thing as failure, even if it doesn't result in a wearable garment. as my niece says, "everyone makes mistakes" so i shouldn't think of it as wasting time or money if I learn something in the process.

Cross Stitch

Another easy one: I want to finish the Superhero Sampler. I started this for my brother in 2014. It's time to finish it.


Life Goals

As I stated above, getting older has really made me re-think a lot of things. I'm rapidly approaching 40 and one of the things I'd like to do this year is take better care of my health. Without getting into specifics, I realize that caring for your body is really important as you age. I've set some personal goals for myself and I have some strategies for sticking with it that I'm hopeful will help.

I also find myself wanting to shop less in general but for clothing in particular. I'm not doing a RTW fast per se but like with the handmade stuff, I'd like to limit the things that I buy and I want to love each piece. I'd also like to support more ethical and sustainable companies and stop contributing to the fast fashion cycle. I haven't actually purchased anything new in the past few months except for one pair of boots from Nisolo that I took my time considering before buying and I do absolutely adore. I'm also taking the approach that everything I buy needs to have at least a 5 year life span and if it will last less than that I need to carefully consider whether I actually need it.

I think that's enough rambling for one post and I'll be back next week to talk about my handmade winter capsule wardrobe.

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