2021: As the Year Ends – Goals Review

2021 REVIEW

Hard to believe the last Sunday in 2021 has arrived!! So it’s time to review and learn from my 2021 knitting plan and goals. 2021 was my third year of creating a knitting plan. This year I also added non project specific goals. I’m happy to say it was a successful knitting year. I liked having non project goals in addition to my planned projects to help broaden my knitting skills and experiences. My digital calendar/plan with stitch count and yarn consumption tracking was a big success so I will continue to use that tool in 2022.

PROJECT REVIEW

I assign “points” to my projects based on how large the project is, sweaters get more points than socks, and how difficult the project is, brioche gets more points than a mainly stockinette sweater. While I didn’t knit every project that I had planned at the beginning of 2021, I ended up knitting more “points” than I had planned as I added new projects. I consider 2021 a big success.

1 hat DID – Knit 2
4 socks DID – Knit 8
6 sweaters/tops OOPS – Knit 4
1 shrug OOPS – Knit 0
Complete 2 carryover WIPs DID – Knit 2

Hat (1)DID (2)
I ended up knitting 2 as I tried to copy a friend’s hat knit by her German cousins. The black and white was my first attempt. The black yarn masked the stitch pattern and the fuzzy white yarn masked the cable. Good learning. The maroon and gold was a satisfactory second attempt.

Socks (4)DID (8)
I knit 8 pairs of socks. Making anklet length greatly increased how many pairs of socks I can knit. The colorwork Christmas socks was a new technique for me. Three were just vanilla socks. The fall colored striped yarn and the Christmas striped yarn socks were new patterns although still quite basic.

Sweaters (6??) – MISSED? (4)
I wisely wondered if I could make 6 sweaters/tops in a year so I had question marks by 2 on my list. Add that I had to basically reknit one of my carryover from 2020 sweaters when I hated the stripe pattern. So I feel I completed 5. I think part of my problem is I’m usually knitting a sweater/top for someone else so I’m stressing over fit. Plus they just take a long time!!

Shrug (1) – MISSED (0)
I’m not real committed to making a shrug so this always falls to the bottom of the pile. I’ve learned in the future shrugs will be “nice to do” rather than a “committed” project.

WIPS (2)DID (2)
I did complete both carryover projects. One was a sweater I mentioned above that I ended up reknitting when I hated the large stripes at the waist and hips. I ripped it back to the armholes. The second was a pair of socks.

Unplanned ProjectsDONE (6)

This is where I racked up “points” when I didn’t complete the sweaters and shrug on my original plan. I ended up with colorwork fingerless mitts and a baby blanket that weren’t on my plan at the beginning of the year. One was because my first attempt at colorwork socks ended up too tight to fit over my heel and the second was a pleasant surprise when my stepdaughter announced she was pregnant. Then I decided to use up leftover yarn to make tumbler cozies for hubby, I, and soccer seatmates.

GOALS REVIEW

I didn’t start the year with goals but did quickly add them. I definitely like having some “guiding” principals in addition to specific projects. I had 18 goals of which I DID 10 of them. I’m actually happy with that as I’ve learned some of the goals weren’t important to me or I made good progress on the goal even if I wouldn’t consider it “completed”.

1) Aver 1000+ stitches per day DID
I actually averaged 1500 stitches per day over the year for a total of 566,791 (as of this morning). Since I had never tracked stitches previously, a stitch count goal was a stab in the dark. I’m happy I surpassed it.
2) Make something Brioche MISSED
I’ve moved this to 2022. I definitely want to make something with Brioche to help me remember how to do it.
3) Knit something Continential GOOD PROGRESS
I haven’t knit anything entirely Continential but I’ve made good progress on knitting a large portion Continential. I’m currently knitting the Heldig top Continential on the stockinette parts. I also knit the stockinette parts on my socks Continential.
4) Make Barbara’s “German” hat DID
Took 2 trys but I did successfully copy the hat pattern. My friend is very happy.
5) Make something with colorwork DID
So thrilled with my Advent Socks which are colorwork. I look forward to knitting more.
6) Make Ravelry Queue match Knitting Plan MISSED
Very low priority. It would be nice to have my queue match my knitting plan but since I don’t really use my queue this shouldn’t be a goal
7) Clean out Ravelry Favorites MISSED
Again, more of a nice to do. I don’t use my Favorites all that much so it’s not causing me a problem. I’ll drop this as a goal too.
8) Try Out Digital Knitting Calendar/Journal DID
I have found a digital calendar/journal that I like very much. I started off just using a google type calendar but found the linking & calculating that an excel spreadsheet provides was more useful for me. I still use Ravelry to record what yarn/ needles used as well as project notes/modifications. The excel calendar tracks what days I worked on a specific project & total stitches knit for the day. I’m just a digital girl.
9) Make Ornaments MISSED
Again, not a high priority project. Something I thought I might like to do in Nov/Dec but ended up with other projects.
10) Learn new technique – Darning DID
I did end up darning some socks. I also tried another new technique – knitting socks with 9″ circulars. I’m still using 9″ when I want the socks to be portable and don’t care if the pattern ends up mismatched between the two.
11) Visit Simply Sock with JOHNs MISSED
This was only a goal if my Cincinnati knitting group wanted to take a “girls” trip this year. It just never worked out.
12) Attend Wool Gathering – Youngs Dairy DID
This was fairly local so more of a “girls” day trip.
13) Create Advent Refill Kits DID
My friends enjoyed last years advent calendar so much that I wanted to do it again. I did dial it back this year to just a 12 day calendar with only mini skeins versus last year’s that had treats and stitch markers. While they loved it, I will not do it again for a third year. We are all getting overwhelmed with mini skeins.
14) Complete all 2021 planned projects MISSED
Not really sure this is a good goal since I don’t like to be hemmed in. I change what projects I want to knit as circumstances change (such as a new baby).
15) Buy Advent calendar??? MISSED??
Again, not sure this is a good goal hence the question marks even when I put it on the list. A knitting friend and I did create a spreadsheet of all the advent calendars we could find with pricing, order dates, etc as a reference. This is actually more helpful than buying a calendar I didn’t want which is why I never bought one.
16) Write Knitting Blog every week DID
I was pretty sure I could write a blog post each week for the Ravelry blogging group so this was not a stretch goal. Writing the weekly review and sharing with others has been a pleasure so I will continue.
17) Do a Crafty Class DID
This was mainly so I could decide if I wanted to continue my Crafty subscription. I did take one of their online classes but didn’t like it enough to review my subscription.
18) More Yarn Out than In DID
Barely (200 gr delta) and only because I’m going to wait till January to buy the extra yarn I need to a 2022 project planned for New Year’s Day Cast-on. I will continue this goal in 2022 and modify by setting a goal for a bigger delta between In and Out.

Here’s my geeky stitch count analysis. 🙂

Excel Knitting Plan Analysis

2021 was a successful knitting year in my opinion.

2022 PLAN AND GOALS

Next week I will be sharing my 2022 Project plans and goals for the year. Hope you have a wonderful week ringing in the new year.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 11th year. It’s my second in the group.

2021: Wk of 12/12-18; WIPs Update

Not a lot of knitting this week. I’m happy to report that I’m getting a lot of exercise and socialization here in Florida. Hence, less time knitting. On the other hand, I’m killing my steps goal. And I won a gift card at the cookie exchange! I baked the chocolate biscotti in the center.

COOKIES FROM COOKIE EXCHANGE

HELDIG TANK

The tank top is coming along. An easy knit that lets me work on my Continental knitting making it a comfortable knit as well. Sadly it will be left behind as we fly back to Cincinnati for Christmas. I want to take a small sock project for the plane.

HELDIG TANK TOP

“WALKING” SOCKS

I’ve only taken my socks “walking” once. I still have to look at the stitches while I walk. I think once I get further up the foot, I’m barely past the toe increases, it will get easier to knit and then easier to knit without looking.

“WALKING” SOCKS

“TRAVEL” SOCKS

I need a small project to take to Cincinnati for airport/plane knitting and knitting while home. So I cast-on my Christmas lights yarn by AlwaysbeKind for the Tennarisukka sock. I’m looking forward to meeting my Cincinnati knitting friends while I’m in town for a knitting session so the socks will get worked on some over the 5 days I’m in town.

“TRAVEL” SOCKS

Wishing everyone a wonderful last week of Advent.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 11th year. It’s my second in the group.

Wk of 12/5-11: Christmas Sock FO!! Snowbird Knitting

CHRISTMAS SOCKS

I did finish my Say Yes to Pie Christmas socks!! I’ll get to wear them to the knitting groups this week. I soaked them in a lanolin wool wash and they are a little nicer to wear but I still don’t like them. I will also try liquid fabric softener. The pattern is great; the yarn, Mary Maxim Festive Feet, not so much. The remainder of the yarn will be used to make Christmas ornaments/garlands, not socks!!

CHRISTMAS ANKLETS

HELDIG TANK

With the Christmas yarn socks done, I am now focused on my Heldig tank top. It’s an easy knit since it’s almost all stockinette. Not much happening on the body so I have about 80 more rows until I have to start working on shaping rows. The unevenness of the gauge shows I’m new to knitting Continental but I’m hoping it will even out during blocking. I’m reminded that if I’m going to have multiple projects on needles, I need to make sure I do a little knitting on each project every day (unless it’s a vanilla sock). After focusing the past week on getting the Christmas sock done, I’ve lost my mojo on knitting the Half Fisherman Rib for the side panel detail. It looked wonky so I pulled out the stitches and put in regular ribbing. At least a lesson learned.

HELDIG TANK TOP #2

NEW SOCK WIP

Since I finished a pair of socks that means a new pair goes on needles. I cast on my favorite brain dead yarn, Berroco Fixation, for a vanilla sock. I plan on seeing if I can knit while taking my walks. The elastic DK yarn is good for knitting without having to look at every stitch.

WALKING (?) SOCKS

SNOWBIRD KNITTING

I joined a new small group of knitters on Tuesday in a nearby town. Their were 5 of us but all are capable knitters. The other 4 all live in Florida year round so I’m hopeful the group will continue and be something I can join each winter. They are knitting the Spiraling Cables Triangle by Stephen West. I do like the pattern but I have other projects I want to work on now. At a minimum I need to wait till I go back to Cincinnati at Christmas so that I can bring back the contrast yarn for the shawl. The yarn my daughter just gave me for Christmas would be perfect for the main color and I do have a beautiful yarn in Cincinnati to pair it with. A podcast I like, Frivolous and Frugal, is doing a cast-on Zoom on New Years Day that would be fun to join. I’m liking the idea of having a New Years Day cast-on. Using yarn gifted from my daughter would make it extra special.

On Wednesdays, a knitting/crochet group meets at the condo complex. The leader is a very proficient knitter but the others are more social knitters/crocheters that only make blankets. I enjoy all types of knitters so I’m thankful to have both groups to share my knitting passion with while in Florida.

CHRISTMAS COOKIES

I hadn’t planned to make Christmas cookies this year as they certainly aren’t on my diet. But the condo complex is having a cookie exchange so I thought it would be fun to participate. I figure cookies can be frozen and then doled out over the next few months. I’ll be baking up 5 dozen double chocolate biscotti today. Additionally my daughter-in-law loved the gluten free shortbreads my husband made so he wants to make more and send them to her. I’ve invited a Florida friend, who just lost her husband suddenly in Oct, to come over for cookie taste testing. She also has to avoid gluten so I’m hoping she will enjoy the shortbreads.

Hope everyone has a great week enjoying the holidays.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 11th year. It’s my second in the group.

2021: wk of 11/28-12/4; WIP updates

HELDIG TANK #2

This is an enjoyable knit but I didn’t get much done this week. Didn’t get any knitting done during the 4 day trip to Florida so very glad I didn’t promise this by Christmas. But it feels good to get back to working on it. I really did feel some “withdrawal” by not getting a chance to knit for several days.

CHRISTMAS SOCKS

The Christmas socks got most of the attention. I want them done by Christmas. I did order some lanolin soak to see if that helps soften up the wool. I got the heel done on one and am working up the ankle. The second sock is at the heel so hopefully an FO by next week. I’m proud of myself for successfully knitting the heel with the 9″ circular. In the past I’ve transferred the sock to a longer cord for magic loop but I wanted to see if I could avoid having to transfer the sock. I am a fan of 9″ socks as a way to have a very portable project. I’m hoping to be able to knit while taking our daily walk although I need to cast on a DK weight sock for that.

BABY BLANKET

I’m rethinking the baby blanket. My daughter-in-law ended up giving me a kit of pink yarns and a crochet book for Christmas. I’ve wanted to learn to crochet and blankets seem tailor made for crochet. So the rainbow baby blanket may go into hibernation for a future baby. Currently it’s just set aside as I focus on the Christmas socks and Heldig Tank.

DAUGHTER’S SAILORMOON

I am absolutely terrible about taking pictures so you will have to take my word that my duaghter’s Sailormoon sweater fit exactly as I had hoped. It looked terrific!! Not baggy like I tend to do since I’m so afraid of making sweaters too tight. (Actually my Sailormoon has gotten way too loose since I’ve lost weight this summer/fall.)

EARLY CHRISTMAS

We did open Christmas presents on our visits with the kids. My daughter got me some beautiful taupe Alpaca yarn. Now to figure out a project. I teased my daughter-in-law about being an enabler. She have me a book on yarn spinning and a book on weaving in addition to the book on crochet. The yarn book will be great just to learn more about yarns even if I don’t spin. So far I’m resisting hobby spread into spinning and weaving. Learning to crochet will be a 2022 goal.

NEVER A DULL MOMENT

The drive to Florida went well. Not surprisingly Sunday’s drive to Charleston took an extra 2 hrs due to all the Thanksgiving weekend traffic so it was a long 11 hr drive. The excitement was Monday when our son staying at the house called to say they had no water. We have a cistern so we collect and use rain water. Normally this isn’t an issue but we forgot about the gutters not being connected while the siding was being put on. So the tank ran out and fried the pump. We had to arrange for bulk water delivery and get a plumber ASAP!! Fortunately water got delivered Tuesday and the plumber was able to come Wednesday morning so only 2 days with no water at the house. (Our hot tub came in handy as a water source to flush toilets.)

I’ll end with photos from Naples, Florida. Hubby is happy to be in warm (hot for me) weather. Putting up Christmas decorations in shorts and a t-shirt is just weird. I’m excited to meet up with a new group of knitters on Tuesday plus the condo complex has a weekly knitting group on Wednesday. I’m very happy with all the activities I have in Florida.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 11th year. It’s my second in the group.