Each year, I spend time in January making plans for the coming year, including setting goals and intentions. (I'll be writing more about this in the days to come.) For me, there's a big difference between a goal and an intention. As in . . .
A goal is something specific and tangible I want to do or achieve in the future. My goals are external achievements ("paint my dining room," for example), and it will be very clear whether I meet the goal or not.
An intention, though, is more about how I want to live my life right now - in the present moment. My intentions are focused internally - on my personal values and how I want to live into them every day ("embrace whimsy," for example). It will not be clear - from an external sense - whether I've lived into my intentions or not (although I'll know).
I set both goals AND intentions for myself each year. And although I try not to get too hung up on meeting my goals, I do take them pretty seriously.
With one exception (the great sweater challenge of 2009), I avoid any specific goals related to knitting. I like to be free to go where the fiber-spirit moves me. I like to be fickle about my projects. I like to be able to chase after a shiny new object when I see it. Heck -- I'm so fickle, I can't even use the Ravelry Queue feature.
This week on Instagram, many knitters have been posting under the hashtag #makenine2018, showing their nine "knitting goal" projects for the coming year (based on Rochelle New's annual challenge). At first, this just . . . gave me an eye twitch. Because I would just feel way too hemmed in by making this kind of challenge for myself.
So. No #makenine2018 challenge for me.
But. It is kind of fun to think about the nine knitting patterns that have currently caught my attention. Kind of . . . my #dreammakenine list.
So, here they are: The nine things I'm dreaming about knitting in 2018. But feeling under no obligation to ACTUALLY knit any of them. (Because the list will change probably 100 times over the next 365 days. Y'know?)
How about YOU? Do you set knitting goals for yourself? And if you do, do they direct and motivate your knitting for the year? And - whether you set knitting goals for yourself or not -- what project(s) would you include in your #dreammakenine2018 list?
Head over to Kat's to see what everyone else is saying about their knitting today.