Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My 2019 resolutions.

2018 was a good year! It wasn't super eventful, but it was my first full year of marriage to Kenny and that made it pretty special. :) 

I did okay with my goals for the year. As far as knitting goes, I didn't focus on making sweaters for myself, and I haven't yet knit something from my own sheep's fiber but I did spin enough so far for a project. I did knit lots of socks, and not just for myself! (I also made socks for my mom, grandma, sister-in-law, and unborn future nephew.) I finished 35 knitting projects: 11 gifts, 17 items to sell or commissioned to knit, and 7 for myself. 

As far as sewing goes, I did sew three pillow covers! And I sewed curtains for three of our five remaining windows...I bought curtains for the other two because it was much less expensive than buying the fabric to sew them. 

And my miscellaneous goals: I didn't save money because it was tight this year. I did improve my cooking skills, I think, or at least I learned how to cook a lot more things! And I did catch up on all of my Taproot magazines, including back issues. 

{I'll Have What She's Having, by Erin Carlson; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte; The Good People, by Hannah Kent; Raising Demons, by Shirley Jackson; The ABC Murders, by Agatha Christie; Becoming Mrs. Lewis, by Patti Callahan; and East of Eden, by John Steinbeck.}

I actually managed to accomplish all of my bookish goals for 2018! I wanted to read 50 books, and I ended up reading 70!! Discovering audiobooks in the last few years of the year definitely helped...I think I listened to about fifteen of them. I also wanted to get my list of books that I own but haven't read yet below 100, and that number is currently 86. The lowest it's been in years, though ideally I'd like it to be about 10 or so. I wanted to read five new-to-me classics. I read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Diary of a Young Girl, Out of Africa, East of Eden, and A Christmas Carol. I also wanted to reread five books, since I didn't do much rereading last year, and I reread 15 this year. And finally, I planned to read a big book. I finally tackled East of Eden, which is 601 pages long.

And now for my 2019 goals:


-Read at least 50 books. This one should be easy enough to accomplish!
-Get my own-but-unread books below 50. That number is at 86 right now, so I think that's doable.
-Read 3 big biographies. I collect memoirs and biographies by people that I'm interested in, but I rarely read them because they're so big and intimidating! This year though, hopefully.
-Focus on finishing series. There are lots of series, particularly middle grade ones, that I've read most of but haven't finished the last book or two. Some of them I'll actually need to reread the beginning of the series, so I've been putting them off. I'd like to finish the Percy Jackson series, the Penderwicks, Mary Poppins, etc.


-Knit at least two sweaters for myself. I have the yarn and patterns for three, but I'm trying to be realistic here!
-Spin more yarn.
-Try weaving again. A friend gave me a child's loom that I'd like to try. 
-Mend and generally take better care of my clothing. I hate mending! Right now I have multiple knitted socks that need darning, our summer bed blanket that needs patching, jeans that need mending, etc. I also want to de-pill my sweaters and polish up my leather items.
-Get back into garment sewing. I've really slacked on this in the last few years. I want to get back to the point where most of my clothes are handmade.
-Sort through my closet using the Slow Fashion October prompts. 
-Make a small quilt for my future nephew. My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their second child, a little boy, in April! I want to make a play quilt for him similar to the one I made my niece before she was born. 


-Save money. Always a goal!
-Journal more. 
-Clean out and reorganize the closets in our house and minimize our stuff. 
-Switch to more natural cleaners and products for our home.
-Continue exercising. I bought two Jessica Smith workout DVDs and have been trying to exercise 4 or 5 days a week ever since September. I've even gotten to the point where I sometimes enjoy it! I haven't really lost any weight but I have lost a few inches, and I feel better and stronger. So I want to keep it up!

What are your goals for the new year? 


  1. Loved your post, as always! You always have such detailed goals each year and it amazes me that you manage to meet almost all of them! Looking forward to another year following your blog :)

    1. Thanks! I don't always feel like I'm good at meeting goals, except maybe bookish ones. :) Thanks for sticking around even when I rarely post! You're one of the few who has, ha.

  2. I have learned not to make goals anymore. I don't want to disappoint myself haha. one day when I am out of the baby phase I am sure I will make lists and goals again!

  3. Good book! I am sure that the plot of the books will be interesting. My hobby is to draw book events using pencils like these and I would love to draw a couple of drawings.

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