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!

A Productive Week

I feel like I’m on the ball, not so much with blogging, but with a lot of other aspects of my life. I did a whole lot of “making all the things” this week, so let’s do a recap.

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When ruffle yarn first came out, like many people I jumped on the ruffle scarf bandwagon. I bought a ball in every colour there was. Then, I made my first ruffle scarf. I had just learned to crochet so I was ecstatic to have something that actually looked like something. I then immediately made another ruffle scarf. I decided that I would move on and try something else but keep making ruffle scarves in between projects. After crocheting my first cloth and my first hat, I decided I really disliked crocheting with the ruffle yarn. I hid it all in my giant stash pile for over a year. This year I pulled it all out and made another ruffle scarf, the feelings of hatred for the yarn immediately rose in me. I put the yarn away again. Until now. Bound and determined to find a use for it I decided to finger crochet some cute chained infinity scarves out of the ruffle yarn. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, and while they aren’t warm cowls by any means, I now have a colourful stack of fashion infinity scarves ready, and have gotten rid of all the ruffle yarn I owned. And it feels great!

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I finished most of this owl hat. It still needs it’s owl beak but I didn’t have my orange yarn out at the time that I was finishing it up. This hat is part of a custom order for a baby girl.

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I took a little break in my regular custom order schedule to create these 2 cute hats. I do have my Etsy store basically set up, I’m just lacking the product to photograph for it because I’ve been so busy working on custom orders. I’m very happy with how these hats turned out and I really love the colour combinations.

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One of my favourite projects of the week. This was a custom order for a newborn baby girl. I tried out a different style for this owl and really love how it turned out. My kids have all asked for one already. The booties have a special place in my heart because I really wish I could make a pair for myself, hahaha. I hate sewing on buttons because I’m a bit of a perfectionist and they have to be in the exact right spot and the holes on the buttons need to be lined up. The finished product is definitely worth the button hassle.
I’m still working on my scarf for the less fortunate, it’s at least doubled in size from the picture last week. I’m quite happy with the progress.

As for the rest of life this week, it’s been pretty good. No one was sick, the kids helped clean, everyone got along. Well, as much as you can expect them too. I found a cleaning schedule poster on the internet that I’m going to employ this week I believe, to see if it is enough for our family.

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I have meal planned my suppers for the week so tomorrow at some point in time I will be going grocery shopping. Tomorrow is going to be a long day. The gold medal Olympic hockey game starts at 6am. And we’re making breakfast for it. Right now we are watching UFC so it’s going to be a late night as well. I expect afternoon naps for everyone tomorrow!