Monday, 4 April 2016

march crafting, and plans for april

Every month I aim to set myself, and complete, a ‘crafty challenge’ – a personal goal to help improve my knitting and crochet, and to embolden me to react to all the patterns and inspiration that is available on the internet! By sharing this with you I feel more encouraged to branch out and do these challenges by the end of the same month, and hopefully you will be interested in what I am working. Perhaps it will help inspire you to try something new as well?

I'm wondering about other ways I can do this monthly crafting challenge. I like the process and thinking about what I would like to achieve in the month ahead, being sure to balance it as much as I can with something interesting for you to read, without upsetting myself if I don't manage to hit every goal I set. I suppose sorting the challenge is a bit of a challenge in itself! So, in this vain, I'll do the quick round up on how I got on with last month's challenges, but will structure April's goals a little differently. 

Crochet another baby Pokemon

You can tick that one off the list! I finished baby Jolteon a couple of weeks ago. I was hoping he would be the same size as baby Eevee but he turned out quite smaller - they look better smaller though so, uh oh, I might just have to make Eevee again ... 

List at least 2 new products on our Etsy shop

This was a goal that I had all these great ideas about, but let stress get the better of me and took the fun out of making things (which can be dangerously easy sometimes). I did manage to list a new, Divergent inspired cross stitch sampler, which I actually finished months ago and just never got round to listing. In this was the goal was great as it encouraged me to do this, but the secret project I'm working on was the other product I hope to list and I got too stressed to want to finish it. No matter - instead I will finish it when I choose, as it should be, and will just list it when I can :)

And so, what I'd really like to achieve in April combines the usual knitting and crochet goals, but also a general life goal. 

Finish the Sophie Cardigan

I really think I can do this one - I'm almost to the top of the front panels now (after ripping back and reknitting) and they look pretty promising. The hardest to last though, the sleeves and how to shape a sleeve cap. I have no idea - YouTube save me now! And even if the cardigan doesn't look good (I bloody hope it will!) at least I can say I made one up all by myself!

Craft for pure pleasure

Just spend some time not worrying about Etsy (though if I can make something to sell on there, bonus!) or designing - which may seem contradictory to the first goal, but I am doing that cardiagn solely for myself - or anything like that. Just make and watch TV and relax to the movement of my knitting needles and crochet hook. Maybe even finally get my weaving under way - curse Pinterest and the hundreds of projects I want to try.

Find a new job

I've been ready for a change job-wise for a very long time, but I'm feeling the need for change much more keenly recently (lack of challenge, lack of socialising/day to day interaction). I don't want to go to lots of detail on here for this is my crafting haven, but I did turn to Ben last night and say 'this is the month I will find a new job'. Going in with a positive outcome, and hoping for some positive results - wish me luck!

So we have a structured goal, a goal open to any interpretation, and a non-crafting related goal to help give the month a productive push outside of knitting - though not there is much of a life outside of knitting if we had a choice, am I right? :)

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