Friday, March 1, 2013

33 in 33 Goals

February was unfortunately not a good month for me. I was a bit depressed and didn't try hard enough to push myself out of it and therefor, stayed that way most of the month.  Spent way too much of the month stressed and unhealthy, which gave me hives for about 2 weeks in a row.

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 was even less successful than January.

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. - Did well with this.

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. - I haven't made much progress on this since January.

7. Design a sweater for Eleanor based on the Bobba Hat. - have not started the design.

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 - Finished this top and will be sending it out for her birthday.

10. Knit a sweater/top for Liam. - vest or dressy/nerdy looking sweater for a classy little young man - have started an intarsia argyle vest for him.

11. Sew Rhoni and Eleanor's birthday gifts. - special request from Rhoni, have I mentioned how much I love requests. - these are finished and will be mailed of late this weekend with Eleanor's other gift.

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. - not yet

19. Knit Jacob's socks by Valentine's Day. - Finished these just in time.

20. Fix loom so I can actually use it. - Still at its 80% fixed from January.

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 am working myself back on track to Paleo . . . maybe the only area I made decent progress.

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. - Frogged, didn't like knitting the sweater or how it was turning out.

25. Try more experimenting in cooking, especially Paleo cooking and Gluten-Free baking. - Not so much here.

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. - I have started these, I am doing the toes, heels, and cuffs a different color to make sure I have enough. I love how they are turning out, but I decided to do plan stockinette.

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! - Will get back to this soon.

32. Accept that knitting or crafting does not always have to have a recipient, sometimes it's just nice to make something. - I actually made some time for this, not until the end of the month, but still, I did make time to just learn knew techniques or just make something.

33. Experiment with life more.- Eating out less give the husband and I more time to spend together, which is nice. I am considering purchasing Jillian Michaels Body Revolution. I love Jillian's style.


  1. I think February was hard for a lot of people. I hope March is a better month for all of us!

  2. I hope march treats you better. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  3. Some progress is still some progress, even if it's not as fast as you'd like. Hope you hit more highs this month!