I’m not one for big resolutions, but I do like to write out rough goals for myself as a way of committing to moving in a particular direction. Here’s what I’d like to work towards in 2018.
1. Get my blogging habit back. This space dropped in priority when my life got really busy; blogs are fading in popularity as other platforms like Instagram takeover, so this blog doesn’t always feel like a good use of my work time. That said, regularly writing makes me really happy! I love having a record of things I’ve done and made with real details, and it’s nice to have my knitting advice in a place that’s convenient to link to when a question pops up in the Untangling Knots Ravelry group. I’m going to aim for at least one new post a week, to ease myself back into the routine.
2. Release at least six new sweater patterns. I’ve been taking a less-is-more approach to designing, and I feel like it’s working well. Garment patterns take more time to produce than accessories, but they’re also what I do best. Focusing in on them has slowed the volume of patterns I produce, and six is a perfectly manageable number to work towards. Any more than that will be a pleasant bonus.
3. Hit all of my target garment subcategories. I mentioned in my last blog post that I have a little list that I keep/kept in mind the last couple of years when I planning releases for a year. I want to make sure to have a classic cropped cardigan, a full-length sweater, a non-wool summer piece, and an Extra Options pattern. I’ve already got my Extra Options pattern and cropped cardigan started and a linen top planned, and I just need to dream up the full-length piece!
4. Complete one project that’s more than just a pattern. I have a few things planned that go beyond just an individual knitting pattern, and I’d like to complete at least one this year. It’s okay if it ends up being a 2019 release, but I’d like to get the actual work done within 2018. I know this sounds vague, but I’d like to include it in the list and am not ready to share what I’m working on quite yet.
5. Take a full day off more often. It’s easy to let work take over your life when you’re self-employed, and it’s even easier to do it when you’re working a part-time job on top of it. I have a tendency to go a really long time without a day where I do no work whatsoever, and it’s not good for my stress levels. I want to make more time for reading, sewing, baking, and indoor gardening, so I can really perfect my hobbit lifestyle.
Do you have any goals for 2018?