2021 Crafty Goals

Sunday, January 31, 2021


I'm back to share my 2021 Crafty Goals. I'm not making nearly as many this year, in order to focus my efforts. As I mentioned in my 2020 Yearly Review, I wanted my goals for this year to be less project specific and more broad. I followed that with one exception. I really want to finally sew a jacket! I bought the Kelly Anorak Pattern (by Closet Core Patterns), fabric and hardware in 2016 and I've put it on my goals list pretty much every year since then. I feel like I really need to either make it this year or let the pattern and hardware go. One or the other!

The overall mindset for approaching my creative endeavors this year is to listen to my gut and make what feels best. Sometimes I let my goals keep me from working on what I really want to. Sometimes that's good, but I think with everything else going on in the world right now, I need my crafty time to be really satisfying and not stressful. That probably means more quick, one or two afternoon type projects. A little more instant gratification to keep myself motivated to tackle the next project.

I've decided not to make any general crafting goals this year. There are things I want to craft, but I want that to be totally free from restrictions, deadlines or objectives. My crafting will simply be opportunities for play.


Sewing & Quilting Goals:
- Use up more yardage than I bring in. I'll track my yardage each month to help me stay on target.
- Complete one long-term quilt project (kaleidoscope, double wedding ring, HST book quilt tops, etc.).
- Sew four new-to-me patterns, ideally one per quarter.
- Complete one small scrap project per month.
- Finally sew the Kelly Anorak Jacket (ideally in time for Fall).
- Practice techniques that are unfamiliar or new to me.


Knitting Goals:
- Use up more yardage than I bring in. I'll track my yardage each month to help me stay on target.
- Knit a matching hat and mitten set.
- Start a new weaving project.
- Finish or frog one long term knitting project (Briochealicious, Daybreak, Sundial, or Hitchhiker shawls or machine knit socks).

8 comments :

Sue Swank said...

Those sound like great goals.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Best of luck on your goals for the year! I'm really glad to hear that you are allowing room for play in your crafting. That is sure to keep it fun!

Robby said...

I love, love that one of your goals is to have your crafty time be play time. We all need this, now more than ever. What a wise decision.

Sharon Kwilter said...

Good luck with your goals.

Deb Cox said...

thanks jeni for the inspiration as always. sweet post and happy february dear lady (-:

Tsoniki Crazy Bull said...

I love the idea of broader goals like this. I know I set too specific of goals and then don't meet them!

Lisa C said...

I have everything to make one of Sew Sweetness's bags so that's my one big goal. I think one new-to-you pattern per quarter is a good one. I just moved everything sewing (not completely unpacked but I will be by week's end) related into a former bedroom so it's not in totes but on shelves so I can see what I have to use and pet. Soooo I really can't wait to see what 2021 holds in the sewing room.

Amanda Corbet said...

I really like your idea of tracking what you bring in or use from stash! What a great idea! I too have decided that I am not going to commit to anything this year and instead work on whatever project my heart calls for with the only focus being to try as much as possible to use what I already have on hand. Good luck with your goals! That jacket pattern looks amazing!