Goals Are Meant To Be Achieved

2017 Goals
2017 Goals

Happy New Year and may you have a blessed 2017.

Goals are meant to be achieved will be my 2017 challenge.  Everyone does a New Year’s resolution and says “new year, new me”. I’m guilty of that also and within a week everything that I had planned to achieved failed.  Most often we set unrealistic goals and we set ourselves up for failure.

There have been many times when I have told myself no more yarn, no more storage containers, no more craft stores, no more crochet patterns, you get the point.  It’s nothing wrong with having these things but my problem is organizing all of it.  I have bags and boxes of new yarn scattered throughout my house.  You know, out of sight out of mind!  My yarn stash is a major battle and I can’t get it organized until other areas of the house are organized.  I’ll save this for a later time.  Back to my goal.

It’s impossible for me to organize and clean in one day so I had to break my assignments into smaller segments.  For me it was best to start small and work my up to larger areas.  I started with the guest bathroom and my bathroom.  You never know how much hair and makeup product you have until you start cleaning.  Old makeup, lotions, hair products and things I just don’t use were all thrown away.  I’ve found brand new, never opened eye shadows and some that I’ve forgotten all about.  I made two piles, the keep pile and the sell pile.  Why not turn my unused items into $$$.  There’s nothing wrong with the makeup and it would be  great for someone starting out in the makeup world.

After a couple of weeks of keeping my bathroom clean it gave me a good feeling every time I went in there.  Everything was neat and in place.  The counter top is clean and everything I use has a home.  Before I leave out in the morning it is a habit to make sure my bathroom is spotless.  So you can teach an old dog new tricks, lol.

That’s one goal down for 2017 and I’m quite proud of myself.

For more ideas on organizing ideas/solutions head on over to Home Storage Solutions 101.  I’m participating in the 52 Week Home Organized Challenge.  There’s something to organize or declutter everyday and it would only take about 15 minutes of your time.  Your focus is only on one area of the house, unlike my focus, which is all over the place.

What are some of your goals for 2017 and where do you go for your inspiration?

2017 Goals

 

Pocketed Hooded Cowl

Old man winter is finally here.  It’s about 26 degrees here in Fredericksburg, VA.  There is no better time to crochet especially when it’s freezing out, brrrrrrr!  With that being said, let’s get moving on the Pocketed Hooded Cowl.  Since I’m always looking for something small to make in between projects I purchased In a Weekend – Crochet Calendar 2017.

“In the spirit of full disclosure, this is an affiliate link or post, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from said business. I only recommend products that I use and love myself at no additional cost to you.”I like adding my own flare and I didn’t not use the yarn recommended.  I used 2.5 skeins of Mega Brushed yarn from Premier Yarns.  This is a fuzzy type of worsted weight yarn and it can be troublesome when frogging, so be careful.  It is still soft to the touch and versatile.

 

Worn up it’s a hooded cowl.  I would wear it either inside or outside my coat.

Roll that hooded cowl down and now your have a cowl.

I’m thinking about adding a wooden button on the pocket bands.

Now it’s a full cowl.

As we draw near to 2017 I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

CYA in 2017 and Happy Hooking!

Check out my Projects in Motions page to see what I’m currently working on or what is next on the hook.

Star Burst Shawl – Review

Shawls are not for grannies anymore.  Any and everyone can wear a shawl not only to keep warm but as a fashion statement.  Shawls don’t have to be boring and you can make one in any length by adding or deleting rows and adding embellishments.

With the Caron Cakes craze check out my post about the yarn here.  I wanted to use one cake because some of the colors are hard to find and I also wanted something short that could be worn as a kerchief.  The actual pattern is on Ravelry by Cre8tion Crochet called Shawl We?  Lorene is one of my favorite top 2 crochet designers.

Caron Cakes are exclusively sold at Michaels.  Premier also has one out now called Sweet Roll in 25 different colors and it’s 100% acrylic yarn unlike Caron Cakes that has some wool in it.  Sweet Roll’s are sold at AC Moore at Joann’s now.  After working with both yarns it’s hard to say which one I like best.  They both serve my crocheting needs.

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Let me know your thoughts on the Caron Cakes and Sweet Roll here and which one is your favorite in the comments.

Happy Hooking.

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