Welcome to my crafty goals for 2018! Last year I kept track of all my crafty goals as I thought it would be fun to see what progress I would make with each goal. You can check out my 2017 results here. I think the most surprising part was seeing how much yarn I used up in one year. I was amazed at how much yarn I went through!
For this year, I wanted to include some of the same crafty goals as last year, but also include some new crafty goals for 2018. There are certain things I want to work on in order to expand my little crochet business even more. These goals are in no particular order. Without further ado, here are my crafty goals for 2018!
Last year, I started keeping a budget of all my income/expenses. I used a preloaded template in Excel and wrote down the different transactions. I also checked them with my bank statements to make sure I accounted for everything. However, I didn’t start at the beginning of the year like I should have. Because of that, everything was a little off whack and nothing added up properly. This year, I want to keep a better budget and keep track of everything. It’s important to keep track of everything so I know just how much I have in my business account.
Get Better at Marketing
I would like to have a better strategy for marketing. However, marketing isn’t my strong suit. Being a one woman show, I find it difficult to market myself as I don’t always know what I’m doing. However, I know there are some things I can do to increase visitors if I do a little research. One thing I would like to do is look into adding an email list as I think this would be beneficial to me. I also want to understand how to use social media better and increase my social media presence.
Design More Crochet Patterns
Last year I made it a goal to design 1-2 of my own patterns. I far exceeded that goal and had a lot of fun in doing so. I enjoyed coming up with different color combinations and patterns and seeing the end result. Because of my enjoyment, I plan to continue designing more of my own patterns. I asked around and a lot of people mentioned they wanted to see more boy items, so I’m hoping to come up with some different ideas that everyone would like. I would like to design at least 10 patterns this year.
Learn How to Sew
I’ve been itching to learn how to sew recently. I’ve been on the hunt looking for the perfect project bag for what seems like forever! Learning to sew would be awesome as I would learn the skills needed to eventually make my own project bags. Who knows–maybe I’ll even start selling them? Either way, I would love to learn how to sew as you can create so many different things with a sewing machine. I always love looking at the different fabrics available as well.
Work Through My Yarn Stash
One of my goals last year was to work through my yarn stash. After I finished projects, I had some yarn leftover that I didn’t know what to do with. Some of my yarn has been sitting on my shelf for a while, so I wanted to finally get around to using it. Last year, I did a great job in using up a lot of leftover yarn, which I made into hats to donate to charity. I want to continue using up my leftover yarn and work from my stash as often as I can. I want to try and only purchase yarn if I have a project in mind or an order I need to complete. Otherwise I want to show all my yarn some love and turn them into some amazing projects.
Yarn Dye More
While I’ve dabbled with yarn dyeing last year, I feel like I still have a lot to learn. I would like to increase my knowledge of this and see what dyeing method works best for me. I think it would be fun to have my own hand dyed yarn and see how they work up in different projects. There are so many color combinations and I have a theme in mind, so now is as good a time as any to get more practice under my belt.
As you know, there are TONS of crochet patterns out there! I have a ton of patterns printed out, saved on my iPad, and on my Ravelry page. I’m probably never going to get to all of them, especially as more and more patterns are released, but it’s time I look through them. It would be fun to try out different patterns to increase my crochet skills and learn a new stitch. I would also like to keep things interesting and see what patterns I fall in love with and what patterns are simply not for me. If there are any patterns you recommend that I try, leave me a comment below and let me know.
Those are all of my crafty goals for 2018. Are you setting any crafty goals for 2018? Leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!
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