Friday, February 1, 2013

Update on Goals

So on the first of each month, I wanted to revisit my 33 in 33 things to see what, if any progress I was making. Not only to keep myself accountable, but also to kind of pat myself on the back . . . both I think are needed for me to succeed.

So here is my list of things to try/work on/accomplish in no specific order:

1. Spin a sweaters worth of yarn. - I purchased 12oz so far of a lovely roving that I would love to spin and knit into a sweater for myself. - No progress on this, I am still working on the roving that is currently on my wheel.

2. Start knitting a sweater with hand-spun yarn. - See #1.

3. Take 30 minutes a day to either exercise/meditate. - This has been sporadic, I'd say about 50% of the time I have been successful.

4. Attend the church next door at least twice. - I am missing lately the feeling of community and the church is a Unitarian Church, so they accept people of any belief, so I want to go and see if it's somewhere I might feel like I belong. - Not yet.

5. Have an allowance, no more that $50 per month, while saving for a house. - Yeah, didn't so much work this month.

6. Try making my own triangle shawl design. - I am finding that this winter season I am really preferring shawls over scarves due to bulk issues. - In my life is too busy, let's cast on everything feeling, I have actually cast on something for this. 

7. Design a sweater for Eleanor based on the Bobba Hat. - have not started the design, but did change my mind on the colors and ordered new yarn

8. Knit a sweater/top for Justice. - thinking about a cabled smooshy sweater  - have not started yet

9. Knit a sweater/top for Vera. - thinking about a lovely summery top - I chose to be a part of a specific test-knit, because of this, I think it is a top Vera will like. 

10. Knit a sweater/top for Liam. - vest or dressy/nerdy looking sweater for a classy little young man - have not started yet

11. Sew Rhoni and Eleanor's birthday gifts. - special request from Rhoni, have I mentioned how much I love requests. - have purchased fabric, washed it and hope to get somewhere this weekend with this

12. Sew Echo, Justice, and Vera a version of these also for a Mother's Day gift for Echo. - haven't started these, still plenty of time

13. Sew myself a version of this also, as I think it would be nifty. - not started yet.

14 - 17. Knit double-knit Seahawks/Mariners cowls for Echo, Justice, Vera, and Rhoni. - I won't be starting this till about Spring or Summer

18. Knit Eleanor some nifty socks. - did start socks with this intention, but gauge ended up larger than expected and I think they are going to be the perfect size for her mom

19. Knit Jacob's socks by Valentine's Day. - I am knitting  these two at a time and am a little over half way done

20. Fix loom so I can actually use it. - Progress has been made, about 80% fixed.

21. I want 2013 to be the Year of Swatching for me. - I would like to knit more swatches just for the sake of swatching to create ideas, to try new stitch designs, etc. - this hasn't made any progress

22. Take the time to eat healthy. - I haven't been doing so well this end of the year and have gained some of my weight back and in general felt blah. - I would love to say I have made good progress, but that isn't so

23. Try more variety for Wookie's homemade food and make batches big enough to freeze. - We have gone to homemade food supplemented with some kibble. - this is going well and Wookie is eating much healthier and seems to be feeling better

24. Knit Dark and Stormy sweater along with Knitting Samurai Plus 1 Group. - Another attempt to bring myself into more "community" type activities. Plus it just looks like a nifty sweater. - I have started this, but am not as far along as I like . . . due to being busy and wanting to work on several different things.  Due to busy life, haven't been very active on the board, which was what I was hoping for.

25. Try more experimenting in cooking, especially Paleo cooking and Gluten-Free baking. - Not so much here, looking forward to February having more of this

26. Try dyeing the cotton/linen yarn I have so that I will actually use it. - haven't tried this, probably won't happen until Summer when it is warmer for drying purposes

27. Knit John a pair of Birthday Socks in the Alda Road Socks pattern with the Stellar colorway from Apothecary Yarns. - probably won't start these until I am done with Jacob's

28. This summer try taking Wookie out with the bicycle. - I purchased last summer one of the kids buggies that go behind the bike for him, so I could ride my bike to the dog park with him, but never did it this year. - Summer time

29. Buy one of the Petite Turkish Spindles from Riley Wood and Fiber Art. - Love the look of his Petite Spindles and I don't have to have it Internationally Shipped! - not yet

30. Finish Eleanor's Blanket that I started before she was born. - Yes, it has sat 80% finished for the last almost 2 years. - have not restarted this yet

31. Finish Vera's Blanket that I started before she was born. - Yes, I started it 4 years ago . . . I would like to finish it, it's about 70% complete. I have a harder time finishing things when they are no longer travel size! - I was working on this a little each night, but have put it aside while I work on her sweater/top

32. Accept that knitting or crafting does not always have to have a recipient, sometimes it's just nice to make something. - right now I have so many things I want to make that have recipients, that this hasn't had any time

33. Experiment with life more.- bits and pieces, the husband and I are going to restrict our eating out, to make more dinners with each other and spend more time together


  1. Giggle... love that Wookie is eating well and feeling better, but you didn't seem to prioritize the same for yourself. That is a chronic issue in my world. I agonize over every single bit of food that goes into Sissy's mouth, and yet won't do anything close to the same for me.

  2. That sounds like good progress for one month!