Project Planning for my 2019 Craft Life

It is that time of year of goal making and project planning. Every year I like to set a few crafting goals for myself and try to achieve them. Not that I push myself to do them but I am a person who thrives on things such as that. Are you that way? Do you set yearly goals? Did you meet your yearly goals for 2018?

To be honest I can not even remember all the goals I had planned but the top two were to do something Brioche and to make a doll a month. I did make a brioche hat and it was donated to a charity "Purple Crying" and I made a few of the dolls but did not really finished the whole collection. The brioche hat is actually a funny story. I used the Craftsy free preview weekend and a pattern I bought online to make it. The problem is I can not remember how to do it! lol I tried to make me one and had several false starts but got frustrated and put it up. So I am somewhat adding that to my 2019 goals.

Last year I set a Ravelry goal of 40 projects and completed that. I did not meet my goal of 10,000 yards though. I completed a 7,714 yards but that does not count what it currently knitted or crocheted on my wips.

My goals this year I am going to list here and then comeback this time next year and see how much I have completed. If you want to join in you can list yours as a comment and then we can hold each other accountable.

My Goals 2019
1. make another brioche hat and learn it..
2. Finish my Romi Shawl wip
3. Finish the baby blanket from lion brand yarn
4. finish the best friends socks
5. start the campfire socks and finish them
6. make 30 things that I have queued: currently I have 186 things in my queue.
7. complete a total of 50 projects

Now my projects I plan on making...

I know I want to Crochet The Color Wheel Blanket from a local to me designer. I already have purchased the new Chic Sheep Yarn by Marly Bird for it. 

I want to finish crocheting some more of calender Dolls from the Simply Crochet. I have only completed Jan, Feb and March so there are plenty to choose from there. I have been using mostly I LOVE This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in the Stonewashed series for these.

Hats that I want to knit:
I am just going to post the photos of hats I want to make and like always you can click on them go to where you get the pattern.

That is all I know I want to complete. I know I will be picking more from my queue although I have not decided on which ones yet..

So what is on your list? Whatever it is I wish you the best year making it!

2019 The year of Simplicity

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The new year is approaching at a rapid speed and it's time to get ready for it.

Every year I like to have a focal word for the new year. This year I think Simplicity is the perfect one. With all the things I have going on around me and for all the things I hope to come in 2019 it’s a word that I want to grow closer to. do think there will be changes in how I do my Facebook pages/blogs. I am going to continue to fade from “” and merge it with my Yarning4asmile Facebook page and the same with their corresponding blogs.

I know I have many who come to my Facebook/blog for craft related things but I am not only craft focused. I am a wife, a mom, we homeschool, I cook, I love organizing, I love making things, I love outdoors, nature and I love video games. I want things to be a bit simpler and more efficient. Thus leaving me time to interact with them even during busy times which is something I have failed at lately.  

If you are wanting only fiber arts related content then please head to my Facebook group You can also click the link in the Knitting and Crochet link in the Pages tab at the top of the blog or by clicking the photo link to the right of the page at the top. 

So what does that mean specifically for this blog? It's going to be changing... I will leave the old homeschool blog up since it is linked from everywhere. However, I will be bringing those posts to this blog and inserting in the timeline basically merging the blogs but also leaving the homeschool one standing in time. I am also linking the topics in the labels tab to make searching for whatever you are looking for extremely easy, the labels are located on the right side of the blog. 

I want my social media sites to be a source of information and inspiration for all... regardless of what season of life you are in. I hope you continue on the journey with me. You can find me all over social media by the links to the right. Just click on the photo of the social media platform. 

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year. 

Do you have projects in time out?

Tomorrow is Friday and man do I love me some  Fridays. I love that the weekend slows down and lends its way to crafting and a time to rejuvenate my soul. I usually are am not one to start a new project on the weekend. I like to work on wips (work in progress) during the weekend. Today I want to talk about on of the biggest things a knitter or crocheter can encounter... At what point do you frog it or finish it? Do you let it go to Area 51 that in the back of a dark closet and leave it for years? Are you someone that lets it go to time got for about a year and the reuses the yarn? Comment bellow or in the Facebook Group (to join click here) and tell us about a project you have in "Time out" and why its got in trouble.

I have a project in Time out... Its been there for a while. I want to finish it because I think it will be pretty but honestly I am just not motivated. It the Labor Day Shawl by Deby Lake. My local knit group made it before I was even in the group. The majority of them used the Stonehedge Fiber Mill Crazy yarn. Crazy Yarn is so much fun to work with. Its made by all the leftovers from their mill and spun into crazy color combinations... hence its name. The problem with mine is I wanted a solid base color but my LYS only had lace in stock which is fine so I held two strand together to do the base. Lace work with two strands is not my idea of a good time. I am sure I could do it because I am a firm believer in not letting something defeat you. I believe we learn from our mistakes and as hard as it may be mistakes can be our best teacher. So its been in time out. Also lets be honest Instagram can be a real pain for us monogamous crafters. Inspiration is in every photo and the bight and shinny new yarns and patterns can be a bit of a distraction. The yarn is one of those you just need to get some to play with yarns. It is so soft and the has more of a barber poleing effect. So what is barber poleing? It is the term used to describe two different solid color yarns that are spun together to create a yarn with a "Barber Pole" effect. Often the term gets confused with the term marled. Marled yarn is very similar to barber poleing but instead of the two solid colors it is spun with a solid and a variegated yarn. So that is why my Labor Day show has been in hibernation. It started was started August 2016 and this month I will decided to love it or leave it.

I want to give a thank you to the amazing Benjamin Krudwig for helping me get clarification on the two. If you have never heard of Benjamin please check him out on the following links. He is a designer, a teacher, blogger, weaver, spinner and crocheter and wears a few more hats as well . He has been on Yarnthing with Marly Bird which is where I learned about him. You can listen to that show by clicking here. I will be making one of his hats this fall and will talk about him more then. I also plan on hosting a giveaway of the hat patern I will be making!! You can can find him in the links bellow.

Here are some examples of some yarn that is barber and marled. The Crazy Yarn on the left is more Barber Pole style to me. You can clearly see two distinct solids spun together to create the effect of a Barber Pole. The yarn on the right is some of my own handspun it is marled yarn. It is more of a mixture of colors or "Variegated" strands that when spun together give it a more muted tone and looks more "blended".