Time for another month-end goal check, shall we?
Although February felt like my month of failure in terms of knitting (only one FO and it was a baby vest), I did get a lot of my other goals done! And maybe that’s the trade-off?
Goal #1. Dye all the yarn and set up shop.
Done and done! Well, almost...Are you ready for an important announcement?
Mark your calendars, my friends! The long anticipated Oysters and Purls yarns will launch on Friday, March 3rd, at 1pm EST! Right here on the website!
I will share more about the yarn, the colors, and the dyeing process in the next few days, but, in the meantime, you can read about my process here.
As you know I spent most of February visiting my family in Cyprus, and that’s where I did all of the dyeing for the upcoming shop launch. Some of the colorways were achieved using extracts that I brought with me and some with dye stuff we foraged for on the island.
It was the perfect yarn dyeing retreat! I had my talented and knowledgeable sister to help me with the dyeing process, my mom to take care of Anya, the sunshine to lift our spirits, and a nice breeze to dry all this wooly goodness at night. Plus, I couldn’t have been happier with the results!
Goal #2. Publish another pattern.
Another announcement, perhaps? If you haven’t seen already, I published a pattern for my new design yesterday, The Adrian Hat! You can find it on Ravelry, and there is a 20% discount with the coupon code ADRIANLOVE, until March 5th. If you’ve been eyeing this hat for a while, now’s your chance to get a copy!
Plus, I knit the sample in our own merino base, in the DK weight! There will be lots of those available in different colorways in the upcoming shop update. So, if you want your version of The Adrian to be as luxurious as mine, you better get in there fast!
Goal #3. Submit a design to a magazine.
Done. It didn’t get accepted, but still, it’s the effort that counts, right?! Now I get to knit up and publish that design myself (if and when I have the time)!
Goal #4. Start working on a shawl design.
Hmmm. If by start working I meant sketch a shawl design, then I’m totally on top of this goal. Otherwise, I really don’t know when I will start to actually knit said design. March goals, perhaps?
Goal #5. Start test knitting for WOODS.
I started on my test knit for WOODS - Making Stories last week, and I love it so far! I am test knitting the Lovenholm Vest, one of 11 gorgeous patterns that will be available in this book.
P.S. If you haven’t already, you should totally check them out, and back their Indiegogo campaign!
Goal #6. Finish my #tulsisocks.
Don’t even get me started on these socks! I finally managed to finish one of this pair of socks, and quite honestly, I’m not sure if I will ever knit the other one. I love this pattern, but I chose the wrong yarn, and I guess I feel discouraged by the way my one sock turned out. More on my sock knitting experience in another post...
Goal #7. Finish my #findyourfadeshawl.
Very funny that I thought I would manage to finish this shawl. I am about two or three lace sections in, and I suspect it will be a WIP I return to over time, but not finish in one go.
I do enjoy knitting on this shawl, but, again, as it’s not a priority at the moment, I don’t have the luxury to work on it.
Goal #8. Send bi-weekly newsletters!
So far so good on this one, and I think biweekly is the right frequency for me and my audience. It’s not too often, so you don’t get sick of me harassing you, but it’s also not too rare, so you don’t forget about me either.
I have also been really enjoying writing my newsletters, and I really hope that my subscribers enjoy reading them!
Goal #9. Do more speed work (run).
I was doing so well on my running goals for a while, and then traveling and having fewer “babysitters” and having a cold did not help. I am really behind schedule, but, hopefully, I will still make up for it and be ready come race day (in about two and a half weeks)!
Those were the goals I set out to accomplish last month, and now it’s time for new ones!
- Yarn! Yarn! Yarn! Launch the shop, pour my heart out into this passion of mine, and, hopefully, dye more yarn for more shop updates!
- Reach out to a few of my favorite knitwear designers for potential collaborations.
- Carry out a collaboration with a fellow blogger!
- Start knitting on that shawl design.
- Still aim for a PR in the NYC Half Marathon.
- Plan (and go on) our family vacation.
- Work on the next phase of my Creative Boss Scholarship course!
- Enroll Anya in ballet classes!
- Knit more than last month.
- Meet up with more of the knitters in my neighborhood.
- Make a habit of writing more every day.
Wish me luck guys, this seems like quite the list!
I also wanted to mention a few of the lessons I took from the month of February.
- I realize now that I don’t really enjoy Instagram challenges. I participated in the #yarnlovechallenge in February, and I was really excited at first. I thought it would provide a great opportunity to make new friends in the community. And while I did make a few friends, most of the time I felt restricted in what I could post or talk about. I was also stressing to find the right content to fit in with the prompts. To sum up, it sort of took the joy out of Instagram-ing for me, so I probably won’t do another one again (or not in a long time anyway).
- Don’t set higher goals for the shortest month of the year! I did not realize I was doing this at the time, but I set some over-reaching business goals for the month without taking into account that I had fewer days to reach them. Note to self, it’s great to have clear goals, but maybe some months should be goals free? Sort of go with the flow, maybe? And February would be the best month for that approach!
How did you do on your goals? Do you have any exciting ones for the spring? Did you have to adjust any of your goals? I am always on the lookout for clever ways to set and tackle goals, and would love to hear your methods!