Hello, 2021

This post was written before white supremacist terrorists stormed the U.S. Capitol building yesterday, so please excuse the more carefree tone. Suffice to say, I wasn’t surprised at the treatment these violent extremists received from law enforcement, and the stark contrast from the Black Lives Matter protests last year, I was enraged.

There is so much work to be done before this is “the land of the free” for everyone, and I’m determined to continue. Hope my other white readers are, too, as white supremacy is all our horrific legacy. The responsibility to dismantle it lies with us. Let’s not become complacent now that more reasonable human beings are slated to control the executive and legislative branches again.

I know we still have a long haul to go, but I’m cautiously optimistic.

I’ve been looking forward to this post. Making plans has always been a coping mechanism of mine, and a new year is as good a time as any for some new goals! Here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish in 2021:

A nine grid of project prompts: summer knit, from a rare breed, socks, sweater, 2+ year old WIP, for my space, from my ravelry queue, for someone else, with gift yarn

MakeNine2021 I’m giving this challenge another go this year, but I made my own grid of prompts this time. I did carry over some of last year’s prompts that I didn’t finish, because who doesn’t like a redemption story?

The WIPs This is the one I’ll write the most about this year, for accountability purposes. As many of you know, I am not a monogamous crafter at all. I don’t find that to be a true short-fall of mine, but even I can acknowledge my WIP list has gotten a bit out of hand…

I currently have 44 ongoing WIPs. Ideally, I’d like to get it down to one of each type of project (one sweater, one pair of socks, one spindle project, one needlepoint project, and so forth). This will have a bit of a delay, as I finish up some projects for a bucket-list photoshoot in February, but then I’ll do my best to buckle down!

Of course, it’ll be impossible for me to not start any new projects in 2021. As I said, I like making plans, and my queue right now is 165 projects long. These are all yarns that I have in stash, mind you. I’ve curated a lovely, (admittedly large) stash over the two decades of my yarncraft career. I think it’s high time I enjoyed more of it!

The best set goals are ones you can measure, so these will be my counts:

  1. Current WIPs, since they are the real priority of this goal
  2. In-queue projects are the least offending new projects
  3. A new pattern with stash yarn, or what I’ll call a “Squirrel” (think Dug from Up) project
  4. Finally, what I hope to avoid is starting a bunch of new WIPs in new yarn and new patterns. I’ll call these “Shiny Objects.” I’m sure I will have them, and there’s no point beating myself up over it. I’m just going to try to keep them in check, is all

Be on the lookout for updates over this year.

Publish 6 new designs This year for sure, right?…

Take a tech editing course I do a bit of standard editing for work, but I’ve found I quite enjoy tech editing and wouldn’t mind adding another skill to my repertoire.

Not craft related, I am, of course, hoping to write more. I’ve seen a challenge on Instagram to write a “story” a month, with a focus on shorter essays and stories. I also want to be able to do a back bend this year.

See, I’m already feeling better about 2021. How are you feeling? Set any goals for yourself, crafty or otherwise? Let me know in the comments.

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