The old year is done. The new year has come. And I’ve been setting a few goals for myself for 2014. Personal goals, knitting goals, designing goals, and blogging goals. I am going to share with you a few of my goals related to perfectioKnits. Perhaps by sharing them with you, I will do better at following through with them.
- Publish a new pattern by the end of each month: if I manage to meet this goal, I will have a total of 15 patterns published by the end of 2014!
- Post updates and other info to the blog at least 2-3 times each week.
- Encourage and cultivate more dialogue between you, my dear readers, and myself–here and on Facebook/Twitter/Google+/Pinterest, etc. (Speaking of Facebook, are you seeing my posts? I’ve been seeing lots of pages posting that most of their readers don’t see what they share. Especially if it includes a link. So if you’re reading this, but not seeing what I’m sharing on Facebook, please pop by my page and leave a comment on a post, ask me a question about knitting or crochet, or even just like a few posts. From what I understand, the more interaction you have with the pages you follow on Facebook, the more likely they are to show up in your newsfeed.)
- Finish 42 books: a personal goal, but I will very likely continue sharing some of the books I’m reading (especially if I continue to link up with Ginny’s Yarn Along on occasion).
I have other, more specific goals related to these, but maybe they’re actually sub-goals or something. Publishing this list here will hopefully help me keep focused and deliberate about making time to knit, write, create with yarn, and read too! In order to keep myself accountable, I will write a post every month? other month? quarter? and evaluate how well I’m accomplishing these goals.
I’ve completed the knitting portion of Bigger Bigger on the Inside. Finished it Saturday. Today is Wednesday and I have yet to weave in any ends, let alone block it. Just thinking about picking it up the past few evenings has made me tired. So I’ve left it sitting by my seat on the sofa and will get it done as soon as I can find enough time and energy for it. Soon, I hope since this one will go to my friend! (See what I wrote under the heading “work” below and you’ll maybe understand?)
Just waiting for me to weave in its loose ends and be blocked.
One more thing: I haven’t even started a new project yet! I haven’t knit a stitch since Saturday. Can you believe it? (Me neither.)
But I’ve still got those sock yarns and a new pair of warm wooly socks always makes me happy. Me thinks I shall be casting on some soon…maybe even tonight!? No wait. Shawl first. Then socks.
We homeschool. Teaching my boys is my primary job and (needs to be) my primary focus. (Although knitting and blogging can be really distracting at times.)
Monday, despite the public schools in Minnesota all being closed due to the cold, we started a new semester of home-schooling. (As I told my boys, the public school here started up on Thursday or Friday and they had those days off still…fair enough.) Some scheduling changes needed to take place since we’re–once again–falling behind a bit. I expressed my frustration and concerns to my husband and asked him for assistance. I really want to be finished with our school year by the end of May/early June.
Teaching our 7 year old son is my priority because he has been struggling with mixing up and/or forgetting some of both his numbers and his letters, therefore I know he needs a bit of extra help from me at this point to get him up to level with reading and math. But our 14 year old son, whom I’ve had working independently, still needs me to evaluate what he’s learned while working on his own. He also needs me to supervise science experiments. Finding time for both boys each day has been a scheduling nightmare for me–I’ve never been good at time management. It’s a real struggle! Enter my hubby… who is taking on a more active role in our homeschool and helping me by assigning our eldest’s daily work. Two days of feeling like I’ve accomplished *most* of what I’ve needed to for school gives me hope that we’re on a better course. 🙂