2022: FO, Cast-on and KNITTING PLAN REVIEW – Happy Dance!

Before I get to my 2022 knitting plan review, I’m happy to share I ended the year with an FO. These socks are winging their way as a New Year’s surprise gift. Also I casted on a hat for my son with “his” Christmas yarn. I’ve only knit one other hat so fingers crossed.

2022 KNITTING PLAN REVIEW

I write my knitting plan on the calendar year so as 2022 comes to a close it’s also time to review my 2022 Knitting Plan and see what I’ve learned. My plan is a combination of specific projects I want to knit as well as knitting goals. I view my knitting plan as a guide rather than a strict schedule. I’m happy to replace patterns or projects based on special requests or circumstances. I like to review though at the end of the year to see if I can learn from the changes I made.

PROJECTS

2022 was the year of the sock/cowl. My goal was to knit a pair of socks or a cowl/shrug every month. I started the year planning to knit 8 pairs of socks, 6 sweaters/tees/shawls, 3 shrugs/cowls, 2 baby items, 2 miscellaneous projects, and 4 WIPs for a total of ~585,000 stitches. Here’s how it worked out:

JAN 1DEC 31
SOCKS
I planned on 8 pairs.
YES Completed 9 pairs!!! I did not knit the gift socks but knitted a new to me bamboo yarn and a pair of stash bust yoga socks. I also started a colorwork pair of socks which is now a ’23 WIP.
SWEATER/TEE/SHAWL
I planned 6 including a brioche, colorwork, and advent mini project
YES Completed 6. Although only 2 were on the original plan! I did knit the Stephen West Spiraling Cable shawl I planned and hubby’s sweater. I’m happy with my changes to the original plan – a second Spiraling Cable shawl my stepdaughter requested, participating in a test knit for Anne Hanssen, and my first Ranunculus. I did not complete my brioche online class so that sweater has moved to 2023.
SHRUG/COWL
I “planned” 3 although 2 were tentative.
YES Completed 3!! 2 were on the original list. I added the colorwork autumn cowl. That allowed me to meet a goal of knitting a colorwork project and I got to wear it a lot this fall.
BABY
I “planned” 2 projects but both were tentative.
YES Completed 3!! I did knit a baby sweater as planned but replaced the knitted toy with a Christmas stocking and had to add a baby blanket.
MISC
2 were planned with 1 “tentative”.
NOPE I didn’t do the tentative Christmas ornament project nor did I do the advent mini project in 2022. Only thing I regret is still not doing an advent mini project so I’m really motived in 2023 to do one. I’m going to drown in minis if I don’t set some projects started!!
WIPS
4 2021 projects got carried into 2022
YES Completed all 4!! I had a top, 2 pairs of socks, and a baby blanket that had to be completed.

GOALS

I believe back in 2020 there was this idea in my knitting group to have a 20 goals for ’20. I decided to try the idea in 2022. While I like the idea of setting goals in addition to specific patterns/projects, 20 is way too many!!

Knitting Goals –
20 in ’23
Set less goals!! Max of 10.
1Aver 1800+ stitches per day each monthNo – I only ended up with an average of 1650/day. I love/hate the daily stitches goal. Meeting it creates a sense of satisfaction but missing it is disappointing. I don’t need that. I’m going to focus on an annual stitch goal instead of daily in ’23.
2Make something Brioche (Newspaper)Nope but I do like this goal so it’s a carryover to ’23. I’ve already contacted my LYS and they have someone that can give me brioche lessons when I return in April.
3Knit something ContinentialYes While I can’t knit a whole item in Continential, I did knit most of hubby’s sweater Continential so I’m going to consider this met.
4Yarn Out > Yarn In by 600 grEpic Fail!! I ended up +1400g instead of down 600g! That 75% off sale last summer didn’t help. Also buying 3 advent calendars busted this goal although one is being saved for ’23 so does that yarn really count? Ending the year buying 700g of Fixation yarn because some colorways were being discontinued didn’t help.
5Make something with colorwork (Clifton Crop)Yes I did complete my colorwork autumn cowl, just not the colorwork sweater I originally planned.
6Review stash- queue into projects on handYes – This was a good exercise just to appreciate how much yarn I already have on hand and how it will take me 6 years to knit it if I don’t buy any more yarn (hahaha).
7Knit Baby SweaterYes – Actually did a test knit too!
8Knit JoJi Pattern – new designer (Newspaper)’Nope – I never finished the brioche online class hence I didn’t start the sweater. Still want to knit brioche and this sweater so it moves to a ’23 goal
9Calc estimated stitches when start projectKinda – not precise but an advantage of tracking my stitches per day by project is I have a lot better estimate of how many stitches it will take to knit a pair of socks, sweater, tee, etc. So while my original intention was to literally count the stitches following the pattern would require, I’m happy using an estimate.
10Learn crochet – make baby blanketNope – wasn’t a high priority. I am working (minimally) on a crocheted prayer shawl instead.
11Make Emma Pattern – new designer (Clifton Crop)Nope but I still want to knit this pattern so it’s on the ’23 plan.
12Learn to knit without lookingNope I’m not going to set this as a goal in ’23 but I plan to still work on not looking at my knitting during my Florida morning walks.
13Get mini Advent Calendar and knit Dec project??Nope Well, I got the “get mini Advent Calendar” part!! I bought 3!!! The knit a project with the minis will be on my ’23 plan.
14Sew Charlie Harper Project BagYes – I did finally use this fun material and I’m very happy with the little sock project bags I made with the fabric.
15Knit animal toy??Nope this was questionable since my granddaughter is so young. I think this year will be a better age for a knitted toy so it’s on the ’23 plan.
16Knit a pair of socks/shrug per monthYes – I knit 9 pairs of socks and 3 shrug/cowls plus I completed 2 carryover WIP socks.
17Make Stephen West Shawl- new designer (Spiraling Cables)Yes – Actually made two.
18Learn new technique – Portuguese KnittingNope this wasn’t a high priority. Not sure at this time I need to set a “learn something new” goal. I’m still learning just from the projects I knit.
19Track days worked on projectYes – I modified my excel knitting plan so that I track the days worked on a project as well as the number of stitches I did on the project. This is working great to better understand how many days it takes me to complete a project and how many stitches the project entailed. I use this to set realistic expections for the following year’s knitting plan.
20Make sweater by Petite Knits – new designerNope I still want to knit a pattern by Petite Knits but it’s not really a goal.

I only met half my knitting goals. Clearly I have too many and the wrong ones. I need to focus on what’s most important. Even the important ones got missed as I took advantage of opportunities and special requests. I did learn that there are going to be days/weeks when I don’t get much knitting done. Thus I’m going to focus on the total year stitch goal in ’23 rather than a daily goal.

IN SUMMARY

I’m super happy with 2022. I basically met my planned projects although the actual pattern knit often changed. I got to take advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves. I wanted to do a test knit and I ended up doing 2. Now I know I don’t like the time pressure. I love the projects I added and have no major regrets for projects/goals I didn’t complete. The brioche sweater, colorwork sweater, and advent mini skein sweater will move to my 2023 plan as I still very much want to knit them.

A review of my stitches knit per month not surprisingly showed that the wedding months of May and September were low. Weddings will likely not be a factor in ’23. November and December were also low. In November a lot of time got spent in prepping for heading to Florida and having the house ready for our short Christmas return. December has been low as we settled into our condo and I picked up many more activities in our condo complex. Plus traveling home for Christmas.

I will set less “goals” in ’23 and try to focus on only ones I really want to meet. Tune in next week for my 2023 plan with specific projects and goals. I’m sure they will change over the course of 2023. Man plans, God laughs.

This is a year of projects (YOP12) 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 started it’s 12th year in July and I’m starting my third year in the group. I’ve been knitting for six years.

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28 thoughts on “2022: FO, Cast-on and KNITTING PLAN REVIEW – Happy Dance!

  1. You have accomplished so much this last year. I think it is nice to have a lot of possibilities, so you have lots to choose from! Then if you don’t get to some you can roll it over or write it off. I look forward to your future plans.

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    1. I have found in retirement I really resist being tied to timetables and expectations. But my need for control requires I at least have some idea of what I’m planning to do. I just give myself permission to not do it. 🙂

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      1. You certainly accomplished a lot this past year. It is nice that you give yourself flexibility on projects. I chuckled when reading your goal #4. We all try to achieve this and 90% of us fail. When doing our trust/will I had to specify what charity my stash was to go to. No one in my family is into fiber arts.

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      2. Yes, stash busting is definitely a common goal and a common fail. But it has been helpful for me to better appreciate just how much yarn I already have on hand. I really could open a store, or at least a booth.

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  2. You had a busy crafting year for sure! SO many great projects. I am trying to give myself a bit more grace when I don’t meet every single goal but at the same time, I know I do better when I have a plan and goals to at least strive for. It’s a hard balance but I’m looking forward to seeing how things work out for 2023. Happy New Year!

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    1. I’ve gotten better over the years of accepting that what I thought I wanted to knit at the beginning isn’t necessarily what I want to knit as I progress through the year. But I also know that I need more structure than just bouncing from pretty pattern to pretty pattern. In the beginning, all my projects were based on the classes I took at the LYS. Now I no longer feel the need to take classes.

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  3. Wow I think you did amazing on your goals. Your lists are so organized and well presented – mine seem so chaotic in comparison, but I think when I get back home to my stash I will try to be more organized with my goal setting. I mean I have until July 1st so there is time!

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    1. Just find what works. This is the way my mind works. I need pictural timelines. I used excel all my work life so I’m most comfortable with spreadsheets. But many others prefer paper journals.

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  4. Oh, go for the toy – they are great fun! Just make it chewable!! Even an infant can enjoy something with different colors and textures, and parts small enough to grab and hold. My great-grandson got his monster at about 10 months, mostly because that’s when I could get it to him.

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    1. Thanks. I do suffer from compare and despair since I don’t knit very fast. I see people that knit A LOT more items than I do but I’m trying to focus on doing my best with my skills.

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  5. Well I think you had a fantastic year. I think the stitches average per month is a much better way to go. You have so many lovely items finished and some great things being carried over to try or finish. I tried brioche but my brain struggled with it. I’ve done a Portuguese knitting course and have a Portuguese knitting pin, but I don’t tend to use the method. I look forward to reading next week your new plans.

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  6. I really love the idea of project planning (that is probably because I love spreadsheets, too 🙂 !) You inspire me to make a planner for myself this year! Congrats on your 2022 achievements!

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