In watching this year coming to an end soon, I have been thinking about next year. Especially, how I am going to handle goals and plans. While shopping  Martingale  during their warehouse sale, I realized I need to be better about using the patterns I have. So the lightbulb went off and I think I have an idea for choosing projects next year. The 2020 categories will be:

  1. Pick a Quilt Book Project
  2. Pick a Single Quilt Pattern Project
  3. Pick a Knit Book Porject
  4. Pick a Single Knit Pattern Project
  5. 2020 UFO Quilting Challenge List
  6. DrEAMi
  7. Squirrels
  8. Charity

#’s 1-5 are self explanatory, pick a pattern each month from books and loose patterns, plus one of the UFOs from 2019. The other two are also obvious, but I need a method of determining what’s a DrEAMi and what’s a Squirrel, cause they can be one and the same.

So, DrEAMi: These will be exactly what the name says Drop EVERYTHING And Make it! I will not have any idea what these will be until I read a blog, see an ad, or see a quilt at guild that just takes my breath away and I know I must make it! I will not have these in the back of my mind, or in the wings, completely and totally must be something I have not seen before.

Squirrels: These will be things I have seen in the past and noted for future consideration. Projects I have saved in Bookmarks, printed from websites, or have a prior knowledge of. When they become more focused on my radar is when they will become Squirrels. Like something I had already seen before, but then see a blog post on it, or in my rummaging come across the pattern, which then leads me down a rabbit hole. Wait, where do Squirrels live?

Charity will just capture anything I do for a donation or affiliated with the charities my guild contributes to; Little Dresses for Africa, Pillowcases for Daymar, and Quilts For Christmas.

How do you plan to harness your crafting next year? Or do you play fast and loose with your hobbies? LOL!

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36 thoughts on “Thorsday

  1. nothingbutknit2 September 19, 2019 / 6:07 am

    That’s a great way plan! I’m glad to see you’ve included the squirrels and have defined them:) They’re so much friendlier now;)

    • chrisknits September 19, 2019 / 8:34 am

      🤣🤣🤣 Yes, giving them a “name” makes them part of the family! Or something. But I don’t expect them to be 100% tame at all.


  2. Maggie September 19, 2019 / 8:31 am

    Seems like a great plan!
    I guess I play fast and loose… Every time I see your lists I want to set some goals and makes lists too (I love lists), but it never works for me.

    • chrisknits September 19, 2019 / 8:37 am

      The lists don’t always work for me, but they do train my focus and give me direction, otherwise I will just start all the things!!!


  3. Jayne September 19, 2019 / 9:14 am

    Congrats on having a plan! I hope it works for you! I’ve tried but its never worked for me. My best plan is no plan at all!

    • chrisknits September 19, 2019 / 10:34 am

      If I was as focused as you without a plan I would embrace it. But I’m probably an undiagnosed ADHD who cannot stay on track. Or maybe I’m a Magpie, easily distracted by all the shiny pretties?


  4. wanderingcatyarns September 19, 2019 / 10:23 am

    I haven’t even given a thought to next year’s goals! I’m still working on making a good showing for this year!

    • chrisknits September 19, 2019 / 10:37 am

      And you are killing the quilting goals this year!! It’s likely due to the fact I don’t sleep well sometimes and my mind tends to roam all over the place. Ergo I end up planning all moments of my life. 🤣


  5. delightedhands September 19, 2019 / 11:36 am

    I like the idea the Amish have–doing a chore each day; I want to do a craft each day so I stop flitting from one to another! lol

    • chrisknits September 19, 2019 / 11:47 am

      That’s a great idea! Now, maybe I should do both, a chore AND a craft!! > >

  6. rl2b2017 September 19, 2019 / 1:15 pm

    Hi Chris! HAHAHA – wait, where DO squirrels live?!! Not in rabbit holes . . . at least I don’t think so. They might visit and store some of their nuts there but I digress. I like your definition of dreami vs. squirrel. I pretty much play fast and loose with my selections but I’ll see if maybe I can narrow down the categories for the new year and new decade. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits September 19, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      Yes, I am sure the rabbits would have something to say about the squirrels moving in! LOL > >

  7. Jeannie Gray Wiant (@JGKnits) September 19, 2019 / 1:53 pm

    I’ve been thinking about next year’s knitting a lot too. My brain knows what I should do but my heart/yarn & booking hording tendencies say something totally different. For now, just call me Scarlett because I’ve decided to think about it another day.

    • chrisknits September 19, 2019 / 2:52 pm

      LOL! Well Miss Scarlett, you just take your sweet time and enjoy your day! Why rush 2020, be carefree!! How I wish I was made that way, but, alas, I am made of high strung nerves and a nonstop brain that won’t quit!! > >

  8. AJ September 19, 2019 / 2:56 pm

    You have a great way of organizing there!
    I just saw last night that I’m only halfway done on my ravelry goal for this year so now I’m panicking and not thinking of next year yet

    • chrisknits September 19, 2019 / 3:14 pm

      We will see how it actually works in practice, but I guess that’s up to me. LOL! > >

  9. mildlygranola September 19, 2019 / 10:30 pm

    I’m going to be fast and loose with my projects, with a goal of reducing yarn stash and getting rid of my fabric stash.

    • chrisknits September 19, 2019 / 11:08 pm

      Good luck with your goals! That was my knitting goal, so far this year I am only down about 100 yards of yarn. 😂😂😂


  10. Denise September 20, 2019 / 9:43 am

    I’m still crushing on that bag and I look forward to seeing your list fulfilled next year.

    • chrisknits September 20, 2019 / 10:47 am

      It is a wonderful bag! I have so many plans, I just need more hours or more me!! > >

  11. Dawn Kelly September 20, 2019 / 1:40 pm

    This is lovely. I’m trying to corral my instincts to do everything and once and only pick one machine and one hand sewing project at a time. It’s so hard because I have over 100 UFOs and PIGS. I’d really like to finish a large portion of the UFO’s in 2020 and no longer leave projects partially done. Especially those class projects.

    • chrisknits September 20, 2019 / 3:38 pm

      PIGS? LOL I have to know what that means!!! I am doing fairly well at not leaving knit items undone, I only have 1 REALLY old project I need to finish. Now, tops to quilt, I have a few, ok, about 9 with 3 projects still in the building stage. > >

      • Dawn Kelly September 20, 2019 / 8:48 pm

        That’s great. I envy you. Time to go and work on a project and relax for a little bit. Wish me luck not buying into anything at the local big quilt show!!!

      • chrisknits September 20, 2019 / 9:46 pm

        You didn’t tell me what PIGS are!!! I am not sure if I am going to a small quilt show tomorrow or not. I really don’t need to, considering I just bought yarn and fabric online today. LOL!


      • Dawn Kelly September 20, 2019 / 10:31 pm

        OOpsy, PIGS==Project In Grocery Sacks. Since I recently moved to the area (950 miles from where I used to live) I hope to meet my new quilt guild and check out the booth for a local fabric store. Oh yeah, and I should mention that my PIGS are also in numbered boxes from moving. I haven’t seen so many of them since last November when we staged the old house for selling it.

      • chrisknits September 20, 2019 / 11:47 pm

        🤣🤣🤣I love it!! Just think what a treasure trove you have awaiting.


  12. quiteayarnblog September 21, 2019 / 3:14 am

    That sounds like a good method for organizing your crafting! And good question, because I am just now grappling with what I am going to do crafting-wise next year. Still thinking…

    • chrisknits September 21, 2019 / 5:48 am

      I hope it works. Otherwise I need to stop buying books and patterns! 😂


      • quiteayarnblog September 21, 2019 / 2:13 pm

        And that is not likely to happen!

  13. Kate September 21, 2019 / 7:01 am

    A fun quilting plan for next year. Lots of variety and using what you have. I’ve not considered my stitching plans for 2020 as yet. Like you, I’ve got a lot of books and stand along patterns that I’d love to make. I can’t do one a month, but maybe I should select a couple as new starts for next year so it’s not all UFOs. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • chrisknits September 21, 2019 / 9:24 am

      I am just happy that the UFO goal this year is getting the old stuff finished. But then the new starts have now created next year’s UFOs!!!! 🤣🤣🤣


      • Dawn Kelly September 24, 2019 / 5:44 pm

        UFO’s multiplying is my problem also!

      • chrisknits September 24, 2019 / 9:26 pm

        Are they like dust bunnies? > >

      • Dawn Kelly September 25, 2019 / 7:44 am

        OMG, Yes!!!

    • chrisknits September 24, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      If I don’t then I will just keep buying patterns and books and never make anything from them! Must get my crafting in order. LOL > >

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