It’s a year since I set myself some goals so I thought I would see how well I have done with them.
Goal Number 1
My first goal will be to clear some of each of my stashes so that each is smaller at the end of 2014 than it is now.
|Knitted by me for Syria Relief|
Hmm. My stashes. **blushes furiously. I have been working my way through my yarn stash.
I have done a lot of knitting for Syria Relief, including using up quite a lot of brushed acrylic yarn which someone donated. Unfortunately no-one that I knew was prepared to knit with it so I did it. I can’t tell you how pleased I was to get to the end of it!
|Even the scraps are knitted!|
I think the only yarn I have bought this year is two or three balls of sock yarn. I have knitted socks from one ball and am about to embark on another pair. I cannot remember buying any other yarn so, if my stash has increased it has been due to donations. Phew!
|My first ever pair of socks!|
|Quilt made for Siblings Together|
|Reverse of Siblings Together quilt|
Fabric stash… Oh dear, must we talk about this one? I made quilts for Siblings Together using some squares I had bought in 2013 for the tops and fabric from my stash for the backs. However, the fleece I used for one backing came from a bundle I had been given by Abakhan early in 2014 (which had obviously added to my stash). I used more of the fleece to make hats for Syria Relief in the autumn and used quite a bit of felt, donated by Hilary, to make teddy bears for them. The stash still seems quite large – must work harder on this one!
|One of the fleece hats I made for
children in Syria (not dogs!)
Goal Number 2
I need to be more organised about what projects I am working on.
I am pleased to say that I have managed to do this. I think the organisation needed to be in my head rather than materially. Now, I often have two knitting projects on the go: it stops me becoming bored but also, if one is more complicated, I may well need to do something less challenging.
As for sewing, I have several projects on the go but three of them have today been reclassified as “slow cloths”. It’s actually the perfect description for them as there is no time limit at all on them, so I may take as long as I wish.
Goal Number 3
Being less bossy.
I sincerely hope I have managed this, but you would have to ask my family and friends.
Goal Number 4
Read more books.
Oh dear! I didn’t do too well on this one. I think I may have read more books than in 2013, but the total was quite poor. In my defence, I was unwell for most of the second half of the year and not able to concentrate on reading. I do have a book on the go now, does that count!
Goal Number 5
Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.
This one was rather forced upon me by my illness but, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining – and in my case, it smells of roses!