Plans, Goals, and Challenges

Hi all,

I just wanted to do another little check in post. I’ve definitely missed writing on this blog over the course of this year and wanted to talk a bit about where I currently sit with some of my goals and plans.

I’ve always kind of struggled with the idea of setting knitting goals or deadlines. This whole crafting thing is supposed to be fun, and I never want to feel like I’m slogging through a project just to get it done. But on the other hand, I tend to want to reach for the next new shiny fun thing and if I do that for too long, I tend to get overwhelmed or just exhausted by the amount of unfinished projects I have. I also tend to like to work on one, maybe two projects at a time because I find it really satisfying to see significant progress each day. And it can be fun to see my tracking tools being put to good use since I spent so long building them and making them good.

But knitting can take a lot of time and mental energy. And I also have another big life thing that takes a lot of time and mental energy, stage managing. I definitely can knit and stage manage, especially early in the process, but sometimes it just gets too exhausting. Or I get distracted by another project. The past two summers I’ve been really into embroidery/ cross stitching and so then I get behind on my knitting “goals.” And this summer especially, I had the project to make all the cross stitch people, so that didn’t help.

If you’ve been around for a while, you know I set a yearly stitch goal, and in 2021 it was 1M. Well, this year, knowing I would be stage managing for 6 months straight, I set what I thought was a modest goal of 547,500, which is 1,500 stitches per day. I still had more than 2K st/day last year, so I felt like it was achievable. Well friends, it’s not going great. I’ve actually done no knitting at all for 113 of 255 total days this year. As of writing this, I’ve only managed about 1,100 stitches per day, which is set to leave me more than 100K total short of my goal.

Line graph showing a progression of total number of stitches through the yer.
Total Stitches281,648
Avg St Per Day1,105
Projected Year End St @ Current Rate403,143
Av St Needed to Meet Goal2,4117
2023 YTD At-A-Glance

Now it’s not impossible to make up this difference, I need to manage 2,400 stitches per day which is not completely out there, considering I averaged 3,030 per day from Aug-Dec 2012 and 2,818 for all of 2021. But those were, of course, pandemic years where I didn’t really do anything much with my non-work time except knit. So we’ll see. I do have a vacation coming up which includes a 6 hour train trip each way and lots of free time. But at the same time, I auditioned for the next show at the theater, which will be about the same amount of time commitment, but with less mental energy, though I can’t really knit at all during rehearsals when I’m in it! I think I just need to be ok with not meeting a goal, it’s interesting to see what I thought I could do in January vs what this year has actually turned out to be. It’s also possible that I knit a ton during the next 2.5 months and meet the goal. I definitely have the next two nights free so at least there’s that lol.

So, what am I going to work on to at least update the knitting totals for the year? Well, for a good chunk of the past week, I was working on finishing up my Rheinbeck sweater! More info to come about this soon once i block it and get actual photos but here’s a sneak peak.

Kathryn takes a selfie to show off a teal handnit sweater with dark stripes on the yoke

My only other two active projects on the needles right now are two socks. One is a pair of afterthought stripy socks I started at a baseball game earlier this summer, the other is a pair I started when I traveled for work this spring and then ignored for 6 months. I’m hoping to at least get one of these done in the next week or so, I plowed through most of the leg on the blue socks yesterday when I was listening in to a bunch of meetings.

Two pairs of in-progress socks, one is blue with speckles with one sock almost complete, the other is multi-color stripes. One sock is complete and the other is partway through the foot.

My other big plan is doing the West Knits Mystery Knitalong for the fourth year in a row! Even though I didn’t end up loving last years, I did mostly finish it (still have unwoven ends and it’s unblocked), and I do like the idea of having that nice structured knitting plan. It works even better this year since I’m done with my Rhinebeck sweater before release, and it starts right after my trip. This year uses 100 g of 4 colors in a gradient, so I was able to pull from stash pretty easily with all the blues and teals I tend to be drawn to. I’m really looking forward to this one!

So yeah, that’s where we stand! Just writing this post has actually made me more excited about knitting than I have been in a while so that’s good! I’ll need something to do between now and casting on the MKAL, so I will probably start another purse knitting project once I’m done with socks, and I might start to look at one of my two long term hibernating projects. But I also have a bunch of cross stitch/ embroidery projects I want to continue to work on (more to come on that soon), so we’ll see!


  1. I don’t even do goals anymore, they stress me out and I get less done lol. Your Rinebeck sweater looks really nice, should be fun wearing it to Rinebeck! I’m working on a comfort blanket for a friend and some spinning :).

  2. Good luck and here’s to a productive autumn. Missing your goal isn’t a big deal, after all you’ve already recognised that you set your goal without knowing how the year was going to turn out. It’s a game, and now the game has become one where you see how close you can get to the goal, rather than how you can nail it.

  3. Your finished jumper looks lovely. I like the stripey socks and your yarn choices too. Good luck with your next show. It was so good to hear from you again.

  4. Do you mean you auditioned for a role in the play? How exciting! I hear you on knitting goals. I was hoping to complete 12 items this year, and I’ve managed 6. Granted, most are sweaters. Knitting should be fun but, like you, I get excited and overcommit. I’m glad you are blogging!

  5. Enjoyed your update. I like the sweater and the socks, very much. I look forward to seeing your embroidery. I am in the middle of a project that requires embroidery, so it is top of mind for me.

  6. I love your projects and colors. I had a rush of “I want to play!” around the West Knits MKAL shawl this year, but decided to pass as I would have to buy yarn. (As I type this, I suddenly thought of another possible color combination that might work… it is so hard to exercise self-control when it comes to these knitting adventures…) I do wish that I could track my knitting the way you do!

  7. Great color choices for the West MKAL!! Your embroidery people were sooo cute. Your Rhinebeck sweater looks great. I cut back on my stitch goal this year as I was getting stressed about not meeting it last year. Definitely want knitting to stay fun and not a “to do” task. It’s okay that your passion for the theater gets to take center stage this year.

  8. Your projects all look great! The sweater turned out wonderfully. I know that I started tracking my stitches worked after getting inspired by you in 2021, but I also include my cross stitch projects in the tracking. So even when I don’t feel like knitting because I’m stitching instead, I get to add something to the tracker. 😉 Have fun with the theatre stuff too! That’s a great creative outlet.

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