Monday, August 6, 2018

Episode. 54: Let's revisit our 2018 goals!

Hello knitters and welcome to our 54th podcast. 2018 is half over...let that sink in for a moment! Kim and Marcy thought it might be fun to take a look at the goals that they set for the year and see if they've made any progress. We will also share our current knitting projects and what we've been wearing. Grab your knitting, a beverage filled to the brim with ice and join us!

Episode 54 Audio

After recording. Marcy is holding her 'The Shift" cowl and Kim
is holding the front of her Gilead top.

What's in our Lesson Plan?

  1. On the PA System: we revisit our 2018 goals
  2. After the Finish Line
  3. Show & Tell
  4. What's on our Black Board?

On the PA System

Marcy set 5 knitting goals for 2018:
  1. To knit 5 projects from her Ravelry queue. (100%!!!) Gilead, Jessie's Girl, Chaleur, In Threes: a baby cardigan, and Pippa the doll. 
  2. To knit another brioche project. (This goal hasn't been met, but she is planning on knitting at least 1 brioche project in the Fall. She mentions: Just Like Honey, Organic Angels hat and Guetres leg warmers.)
  3. To knit a pair of socks. (100%!!) She did knit a pair of socks, just not with her intended sock yarn. But that doesn't matter, because she also knit a pair of ballet socks!
  4. Make 20 projects this year: We've got 5 months left in the year and Marcy has already knit 18 projects! So, this goal will easily be met.
  5. Knit more projects from stash yarn instead of purchasing new yarn: She is doing well with this goal and has knit 8 projects from stash yarn. 
Kim set knitting and general life goals for 2018:
  1. To make 2018 the year of 'Strong and Bendy' from Melissa Hartwig: although Kim has consistently been walking, swimming and doing yoga, she doesn't feel that she's made any real progress on this one.
  2. She liked the idea of picking a theme for the year. She chose FOCUS.  Well, after 1/7/18 she promptly forgot about that and hasn't focused on FOCUS at all. New goal for the remainder of the year will be to write FOCUS down on a piece of paper and put it on her bathroom mirror!
  3. To participate in the '18 for 2018' project from Gretchen Rubin of the Happier podcast. Kim doesn't even know where her 18 list this is a huge fail!
  4. To read 50 books: She has read 22 and is well on target to reach this goal. 
Knitting Goals for Kim:
  1. To continue to write up and then publish the designs that she started in 2017: YES! She has made great progress with this goal and feels confident that she will have finished and published at least 2 designs by the end of the year. 
  2. Continue to explore Fair Isle and color work knitting: No progress here since December; however, Autumn is coming and there will be color work sweaters to knit then!
  3. To explore brioche, especially lace and cables: See answer above. Kim mentions the Queen of brioche, Nancy Marchant. 
  4. Finally, to study sheep breeds, spinning and yarn structure and usage: She feels that she is accomplishing this goal by spinning more regularly and buying a fleece and washing and prepping it herself.  In addition, she is continuing to read books and watch Craftsy classes on the subject. 

After the Finish Line

Marcy wore her Jessie's Girl (hear more about this in ep. 51,) her Wavelets Tee (ep. 48,) her Cullum Tee ((ep. 33,) and her Wind Wave Tee ((ep. 11.)

Kim also wore her Cullum Tee, her Zinone top and she finally mended her Little Bird top.

Show & Tell

Marcy finished the cute baby shrug, Entrechat, by Lisa Chemery for her daughter Pippa and it looks adorable on her. She has started the beautiful cowl, The Shift, by Andrea Mowry. This is a cowl/shawl that uses color work in order to produce shifting colors with the gorgeous yarn from Spincycle Yarns. Marcy is continuing to work on the stunning all over lace top, Arizona Tee, by Amy Gunderson. She is using Shibui Reed, a 100% linen yarn in the Bone color.
Cuteness over load! Pippa in the Entrechat shrug.

The shift that Marcy is knitting, its looking amazing,
so net to see the colors come together.

Kim cast on some shorty Frankensocks. She is also continuing to work on her Leaves Shell by Kay Hopkins and her Gilead top by Leila Raabe.  

What's on our Black Board?

Well, it's a mystery! We'll be back in 2 weeks and we will certainly be talking about knitting and other fiber arts... but the rest of it is a bit up in the air!

Thank you for listening! We appreciate each and every one of you. Have a great couple of weeks and Happy Knitting!

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