Checking in for YOP without much to report other than some planning and life stuff, so if that doesn’t interest you, have a great week – otherwise, read on!
No progress on any of my specific YOP projects. I’ve got the Sonoran shawl still on the needles, the December wool applique mug rug partially done and a partially finished spinning project, but the last 10 days have been super busy. I went back east to Maryland to visit my parents (which was a great visit and wonderful to see them, although I am peopled out) and then came home to 2 days with no power as the electrician was here to replace our main circuit breaker panel for the house. We had to have that done before we could realistically look ahead to adding new circuits to finish the kitchen project as it was old and beyond life expectancy and wasn’t a very good one to begin with. My DH and I have agreed we can live with the kitchen in the mostly finished state for now because I mentally cannot deal with getting yet more contractor bids and having more upheaval until after the holidays.
I have decided to do a YOP reboot for my plans and start the new year with a refreshed/revamped list of goals. I am planning to work through most, if not all, of the yarn/fiber/projects I had earmarked at the beginning of the YOP Year 11 cycle, but I want to be able to mix in more of things that aren’t on that list to accommodate for challenges or test/sample/preview knitting I do over the course of the year. I am really pleased with how much I have been able to cross off the original list for 2021-2022, so that’s a win. Out of the inital 20 knitting projects I included, I’ve completed 10 of those. The remaining 10 will be carried over to hopefully be knit up during 2022 at some point. I also finished about a third of the spinning fiber I wanted to work through, and about the same for the wool applique projects.
2022 YEAR OF PROJECTS PLANS
- Knitting: Rather than focusing on specific yarns or projects, I’d like to knit through 22,000 yards. I think this is an achieveable goal, based on my last several years’ stats out of Ravelry. This will let me mix and match some carryover things but also work on new projects that aren’t using yarn from my prior list.
- Spinning: I got bogged down in the large sweater quantity spin I’ve been working on this year, so my goal is to finish the last 3 oz of that spin, and then aim for 4 oz of spun fiber a month. I’m going to just pick random braids and spin whatever weight I feel like – some lighter, some heavier weights – and to try to get back to my goal of spinning 15 minutes a day. I’ve got so much lovely roving that I’d like to spin up.
- Stitching/Sewing: I’m going to expand this category a bit this year to encompass a few other types of needlework.
- I need to finish the in-progress wool applique mug rug, and then I would like to finish up 2 more of those little kits this year. They are good travel projects and maybe we’ll actually get to travel in 2022!
- I would like to work towards one of my 101 Things in 1001 Days goals which is to build more me-made items in my wardrobe. I have 1 blouse pattern and one vest/apron pattern I’d like to make.
- I also do cross-stitch and I’d like to add that in to my year’s plans. I’ve been working on a large, involved mandala project that I’m about halfway (or a bit more) finished and would like to finish that. I also would like to stitch 22,000 stitches on my full coverage projects. (More on both of these after the first of the year.)
So those are my goals for 2022. It was great to work through some of the details in my planning over the last 6 months. That really helped me better understand how to think about listing my goals/projects for the upcoming year, and I think having the year on a calendar cycle will also help me keep better track of projects as I go since I can use some apps/trackers that I’ve got already and keep myself accountable.