I finished building Captain Phasma and I think she looks amazing. The chrome is so shiny I had trouble taking a good picture without getting tons of weird reflections. It looks fantastic in person, though. Sure it is built from a kit, but I consider it the same as making a scarf from a crochet kit. They provide the materials and instructions, and I provide the time and skill to turn it into a finished object. I had a lot of fun and I have two more model kits to try when I’m ready for more.
Continuing on my theme of planning year 2 of the blog, I also wanted to talk about some of my goals for the year. I will have smaller, bite-sized goals each month starting August 1, but I also have some big goals I want to tackle that could take the course of the whole year or even longer. I hope by laying them out here I can keep them in mind while I’m planning my monthly goals.
- Knit a pair of socks. This one I’m not sure is feasible in one year for me, but I want to try. I was inspired by fellow blogger Stargrace at Nomadic Gamers, eh! She’s completely self-taught too and now she makes the most beautiful things! Me? I can barely knit two rows before I make a ton of mistakes and give up. But over the course of the year I want to get far enough where I can at least knit the basic stitches without too much trouble, and read simple patterns.
- Finish all my current WIPs (Works in Progress). I’ve whittled down my pile of WIPs since I finished my beaded shawl, but I still have a few. I want to make sure they all get some love and clear out some storage space for new things. In the long term I would ideally like no more than 1 or 2 active projects for each type of “creative thing” at a time.
- Use up some stash yarn. I haven’t been crocheting very long, but I have managed to build up a modest stash. I don’t want to stop buying new yarn completely, but I do want to try to at least use up more than I buy over the course of this year. I have a few sets of plastic bins with drawers full of yarn, and hopefully I can get my stash manageable enough to stop them from overflowing.
- Make at least 3 handmade gifts. I have one or two things in mind already, but I want to be sure I have time to get them done before the holidays, birthdays, etc. because I don’t want to have to rush. If I plan for them ahead of time and choose specific patterns for people I think it makes the gifts more meaningful too. Last year I ended up just making a bunch of hats and scarves and then figuring out who to gift got what after the fact.
- Improve my digital art skills. This is honestly what I thought I would end up doing when I started the blog. I really surprised myself by getting deeply hooked by crochet instead. (sorry for the crochet pun) I’m not sure how to measure improvement in something so subjective, but I’m hoping if I prioritize this more then at least I will get more practice.
What are some of your big creative goals this year?