March Goals!

I’ve decided that in order to have any semblance of a plan of attack, I should have a list of goals each month. Then at the end of each month, I can go back and look and see how much of what I wanted to do actually got accomplished and where I didn’t necessarily flourish.
My first goal of the month is to sit down tonight and get my last couple listings wrote up so that I can say I officially opened my Etsy shop on March 1st!
I have a list of UFO’s that I need to complete, all in various stages of “doneness.” 1. Horse hat 2. Gumball Hat 3. Herringbone Neck Warmer 4. Scarf for homeless.
I have a list of new items I need to make for my Etsy store, I went through this morning to see what items I needed to order yarn for and I have placed that order so I can get those items dealt with. This includes some Amigurumi work, baby booties, leg warmers and some fun neck accessories.
I have 4 items that I would like to cast/hook on this month that are personal projects. Knitabulls is hosting a stitch surfer sock KAL in March. Technically I haven’t finished my first pair of socks, but I think with all the help and her tutorials that I may just be able to do it. I love the way they look and have been dying to own a pair. This is my lofty goal…so I’m hoping to get them cast on and off, but we will see once I browse the tutorial videos. I also would like to hook up another couple dishcloths to add to my gifting dishcloth stash. The last thing I’d like to cast on this month for myself is the Hanois Cowl on Ravelry. I ordered a very pretty skein of hand dyed yarn from my friends shop on Etsy, ChaoticYarns. I think it will look great in this cowl and there should be enough yardage left to also make myself a pair of fingerless gloves or wristers to match.
I would like to actually get some sewing in this month! I need some project bags and have had the fabric to make them for months now, so it’s time to buckle down and get at them. I also need a new hook and needle roll, so it would be wonderful to be able to stitch those up too.
I got the linen and embroidery threads to do my Once Upon a Time Sampler last week. This morning I woke up to have the March square in my inbox, so my plan for March is to finish both the March and February squares so in April I can work on January and Aprils. I have some of the “framework” stitches in, but I think I will try to work on the frame section that goes with whatever square I’m currently working on. I will be framing this and gifting it to my daughters for Christmas as their combined Christmas gift, so very excited to see how it turns out and to make progress on it!
I am going to try to exercise 3 days a week this month, plus start a morning “get energized and stretched out for the day” routine. I need to clear the treadmill off before the end of the weekend because my first run will be Monday.
Along with exercising my body, I have a goal to read 2 books this month. One a self help style book, called “The Success Principals” by Jack Canfield. I have it on Kobo so I can read from my phone or iPad. I also want to read “Bossy Pants” by Tina Fey. I bought it in paperback well over a year ago and haven’t stopped to make the time to read it yet.
So, those are my main goals this month. Being able to accomplish them will require me to be more vigilant in other areas of my life, like house keeping and meal planning. But I think it will all work out, and I am going to work hard to make it all work out. Stick with me, and watch my journey through March unfold!

Crafty Book Review

I order crafty books and I will try to review them as I actually make items from each book. Lately, since I’ve had a baby glued to me 24-7 I have been able to work only on smaller things. This has made it a perfect time to actually give some of the patterns in this first book a try!

Crochet Boutique: 30 Simple, Stylish Hats, Bags & Accessories
By: Rachael Oglesby

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I want to start off by saying that I LOVE this book. The projects are great and the photos and styling of everything is absolutely gorgeous! The patterns are laid out by type (hats, etc) and difficulty level. I found the patterns very easy to follow. They are only written, no charts for those who like them. Lots of patterns call for bulky weight yarn, so many projects are quick to work up and would be perfect for travel crochet projects.

Bonnie Beret:
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Sunburst Beret:
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Head wrap:
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Boy Beanie:
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(I also made some of these with an extra round of the main colour because I know some males with big heads and lots of hair.)

Slouchy Beanie:
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I am working on the Infinity Circle Scarf too, I just haven’t been able to finish it yet because my little man has had a couple of really sucky days where I haven’t been able to put him down for even 5 minutes without him getting extremely upset.
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This picture is before I frogged it and started all over again because I only did 2 double crochets where I should have done 3.

All in all I’m very happy with this purchase. While I did most of my tests in just cheap Walmart yarn, I can only imagine how luxurious some of these would be when done in better yarns! I give it 4.5 out of 5. Great, quick, gorgeous small projects for everyone.