Hello, 2014!

Hello everyone, and happy New Year!!

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Photo credit: uncleweed on Flickr

Ok, 2014, here we go! This is going to be the best year ever, I can feel it. I’m so, SO excited about all the new patterns we have planned for the coming year.

Are you ready for some goal-setting? I love setting goals. On January 1, it feels like the whole year is ahead of us! Wide open with possibilities. I remember some commercial a while back that said we all have 52 weekends a year, and what are we going to do with them? (Probably it was trying to sell us something, but I like the sentiment!) Well I have the same 52 weeks as everyone else. We all have the same 24 hours in the day. And I plan to make the most of them!

Business Goals

Launch 8 new patterns this year. Eight new designs! Now that I’ve said it out loud, it seems like a rather grand plan. Still, I’d rather aim big than small. The first new pattern will be ready in February, and then new ones will come out every month or two after that!

Outsource more, and get help when needed. I’m rather bad at this, I like to do things myself and I like them done a certain way. (Hey, at least I can admit it!) But if I spend all my time doing all the things, I won’t be able to meet my first and very important goal.

Write a complete how-to guide for my business. If anything were to happen to me, I want things to be able to proceed seamlessly. Gosh that’s depressing. What I mean is, I like to be organized. I am really organized. And yet, if I were to get sick or travel and become stuck in another country, it would be really useful to have a binder full of procedures ready and waiting for someone to step in.

Sewing Goals

Sew one personal project a month. I like sewing for myself, and I don’t do as much of it as I’d like. This is the year where I build up my wardrobe of pretty handmade things! One personal project a month seems reasonable and is an easy goal to measure.

Try at least 3 new techniques: embroidery, special machine stitches, shirring, sewing unusual fabrics and waterproof fabrics. I want to experiment! I feel like sometimes I’m making lists of things I want to try.. but not actually getting to the trying.

Focus on taking action and turning off the noise. So many ideas, so little time starts to sound lame after a while when I’m not doing anything to change that. Just get in there and make stuff! (This is me telling me what to do, not you.. but of course if you find yourself spending more time planning and dreaming and it stops you from actually creating, then focus on action along with me!)

Knitting Goals

Knit 5 new wearable sweaters. I want to knit things that feel really good to wear, sweaters I reach for and wear often. I think we all feel like this sometimes, we make things, and then for whatever reason don’t wear them as much as anticipated. I want to make things that are easy to wear, feel like ‘me’ and are easy to style without having to make or buy a whole new outfit.

Try at least 3 brand-new techniques. Last year I attempted colourwork, now I’m totally comfortable knitting with two colours. There’s so much to learn: steeking (cutting your knitting -scary!), knitting Continental, trying different short-row methods (I just use wrap and turn) , intarsia, entrelac, crochet, double-knitting, pockets, cabling without a cable needle… and probably many, many more! I love when a pattern I’ve picked has a new technique to learn. It’s like a bonus! My goal is to try at least 3 new techniques, either by finding them in a pattern by surprise, or seeking them out.

Buy no new yarn. I have to type this, and publish it, so that I can stick to it. I cannot knit as fast as I can buy yarn, it seems. And now that I’m a confident knitter, I’ve started to amass quite the yarn stash. I don’t want to be storing yarn at the office because I’ve run out of space at home (true story.) No SABLE for me! (stash acquired beyond life expectancy, now that’s an appropriate term for some of us.) Mr. Sewaholic doesn’t believe I can do this, so of course stubborn me wants to prove him wrong. No buying new yarn until at least Knit City 2014 in October, even better if I can hold fast until the end of the calendar year.

Quilting Goals

Learn and become decent at free-motion quilting. I tried it once, I’m really bad at it, but I want to learn. Even though I quite like the look of straight line quilting, I still want to have options.

Make a bed-sized quilt – for my actual bed. It’s queen size so that’s a lot of pieces, and a heck of a lot of machine quilting. I have actually started this already, it’s in bright blues and greens, but I’ll wait to show it to you when there’s more to see!

Make new placemats for our kitchen table. It’s tiny so I only really have to make two. The ones I’m using I made about ten years ago. It’s time for new ones! These will seem pretty easy after finishing a queen-size quilt.

Random Goals

Take a photography class. My photography has come a long way since I started blogging, but there are moments where the camera will just not cooperate and I don’t know why. I have a decent camera (I think?) but have no idea how to make the most of it.

Take a self-defense class. (Last year my purse was stolen, during the middle of the day in a public place! I chased the guy down and got it back so at least there’s a happy ending, but I hated the feeling of being defenseless. I was jumpy for a whole week after that. No more!)

Travel! We didn’t really have a honeymoon as such, so perhaps this year we’ll go somewhere warm and romantic.

And a bonus one for ‘random’ – be kind to myself. As you may suspect if you’re a long-time reader of the blog or even if you’ve just read a few of the Behind the Scenes posts, I’m pretty critical of myself. I work a lot, I’m passionate about what I do and I thoroughly enjoy it! However, I think however the same force that drives me to be so focused and hard-working can also be a critical voice in my head.

My goal is to use that driving force as a positive motivator, without letting it turn negative. I watched this video on goal-setting that focused on making your goals about feelings rather than achievements. Above all, I want to feel good this year. The reasons I want to sew, and quilt, and learn, is because I enjoy feeling creative and feeling the progress of learning. I love being able to make things for my home like my quilt, and I feel pretty and confident in the clothing I make. I get a thrill out of the challenge of running my business, and I learn so much about not just how to be a better business owner but also how to be a better person. And that makes me feel like what I’m doing all day is worthwhile.

(Want to see what I wrote at the beginning of 2012? Hello 2012, and Happy New Year! Or how about last year? Hello 2013, and Happy New Year!)

What about you? Any sewing-related goals for the upcoming year? Did you reach your sewing goals for last year? (Did you find writing or posting your goals make it easier to follow them?) And is there anything you want to see from me this year?

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61 Responses to Hello, 2014!

  1. Andrea_R January 1, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    “Write a complete how-to guide for my business. ”

    Then package it up and sell it as an ebook – another product for you! Yes, I would buy it. :D

    Looking to get caught up on my quilting and launch my own pattern line (eeeeeeeep!).

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

      That’s a really good idea! I’ve often thought about doing something similar because people ask about the business side sometimes. And there’s a lot to talk about.. and for the manual there is a lot that is specific to my business only. But I do like the idea of offering a business e-book. Great suggestion! And good luck with your own pattern line, that’s so exciting!

  2. Claire January 1, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    I agree – be kind to yourself! Reading everyone’s year-end reports, it sounds like a lot of sewing bloggers and business owners are their own harshest critics. There’s no need for that – just look at your giant fan club!

    That aside, I’m super pumped to see what patterns you’ll be releasing next. I won a gift certificate for some Sewaholic Patterns and I’m in a delicious dilemma – spend it now, or wait and see what’s coming!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

      For sure, we are a critical bunch. I think that’s part of blogging, there’s a permanent record of what we do and write, and it forces us to step back and look at our work.

      Gift certificates never expire, so if it were me I’d say hold out and see the new stuff! No plans to discontinue anything any time soon either, so you’re covered either way!

  3. johanna@projects by me January 1, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Sounds like great goals! I wish you success in reaching them!

  4. Mads January 1, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    You’ve got a lot of great goals for 2014, and I sincerely hope that you are able to achieve as many of them as possible! Selfishly, I’m very excited about all the upcoming pattern releases, but seeing your other goals is great inspiration, too. Happy New Year!

  5. lisa g January 1, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    i love your goals! and i hope you are able to repress your inner critic. so hard to do, and i’m more than guilty of that myself… happy 2014!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

      Thank you! And yes, here’s to repressing our inner critic, the mean side anyways. The motivational critic can stay but not the negative one!

  6. Emmely January 1, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    Those are some pretty big goals but they sound doable. Can’t wait to see your new patterns!

  7. Ms. Jackie of all Trades SpoolTeacher January 1, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    It is wonderful to think of turning a new leaf and having a fresh start to do all of the things we want to do better. You are a consistent inspiration. We’ll be watching you. Don’t feel any pressure. :o)

  8. Rachel January 1, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Great goals! Looking forward to seeing you meet all of them in 2013!

  9. LMM January 1, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    My goal is to sew for myself. With that in mind I purchased a dress form. The only problem I have is the should to bust measurement is only 10″, maybe a petite lady would have a measurement of 10″ from shoulder to bust tip, but not on a dress form that is supposed to be for a full-figured woman! I can’t see a way around this problem. Does anyone have any suggestions? That is one measurement that I forgot to take into consideration, shoulder to bust tip.

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      Enjoy sewing for yourself this year! I am not really an expert on dress forms, so I’m not sure what to suggest here.. unless there is an option to adjust her torso length it sounds like she’s set to her proportions already. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

  10. Vicki Kate January 1, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Happy New Year! It sounds like it has greatness in the making!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

      I sure hope so! I’m planning for a very full and exciting year ahead. Happy new year to you too!

  11. Nothy Lane January 1, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Wow! 8 new patterns! What a fabulous goal for you – and a treat for all the rest of us. Happy New Year!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

      Thank you! Happy new year to you too!

  12. Kelly January 1, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Happy New Year! You are going to have a great year, and have some wonderful goals. The most important, though, is the kindness, and coming from another highly self-critical person I wish you all the best!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      Thank you so much! I know eh, judging by the comments many of us are self-critical. It must come with being creative, where there isn’t a black-and-white answer to everything we do.

  13. Anne January 1, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Tasia,

    You keep being so inspiring. I also now hope to make the most of 2014 by clarifying my goals and act on it !

    Keep on going, always great to follow you !

    All the best for 2014 and many more blog posts !

    :-)

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

      Thank you so much! Yes, it’s nice to start off the new year with a plan. Happy new year to you as well!

  14. Katy January 1, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    It doesn’t sound like you need to take a self defence class! Chasing the guy down and getting your purse back? Go girl. Great plans for 2014 and I look forward to your new patterns!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

      Haha, yup, I totally chased him down. Afterwards I read up on purse-snatching on the internet and pretty much every article says not to chase them, just to let it go. Isn’t that something.. on one hand, I get it, safety first, but on the other, what is that telling potential purse-thieves? Just take it, chances are they won’t chase you? Anyways, I’m glad it worked out ok. I look forward to sharing the new designs with you guys, soon!

  15. Loretta January 1, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Happy New Year, Tasia! I’ve so enjoyed following your posts in 2013. You are very ambitious and I love to read about it. I love your SABLE goal! I love to make goals and put them on my own blog. They really do keep me focused. I met a writing goal this year; I write Family Tree genealogy articles for the Renfrew Collingwood Community newspaper.

    The January 2014 edition has one of my articles on page 4, and there is an article about YOURSELF on page 11 in the Who’s Who in Collingwood section! Isn’t that ever neat? I’d like to get my paper autographed by you. That would be so cool. Have fun meeting your goals in 2014!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      That’s awesome news about your writing goal! And yup, I’m in the paper, pretty neat eh? I’m so flattered that you want my autograph and of course I will, let’s work out the details!

  16. Ally - Design Rewind Fashions January 1, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    I love these goals! I also need to make a how-to for my business. it is smart! Thank you for the idea.

    I’ve also added one personal sewing project per month. I took my daughters shopping in the post holiday craze and found garments made with such poor quality for so much money. The “Vanity Sizing” seems to be changing again and so it makes it even harder to find your correct size from brand to brand. I have a ton of patterns I am anxious to get to in 2014!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      Absolutely! Sometimes I want to shop, because I just want something right now but I’m annoyed by mismatching seams and stripes, sloppy finishing and not very good fit. Good luck with your how-to-guide, it’s the kind of thing that seems daunting but I plan to work on a little bit each week, so it builds over time.

  17. Amy January 1, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    You have inspired me to take on my sable (love the term) stash! i think we all have a stash that is bigger than what we need!

    Can’t wait to see the new patterns. Maybe they can help me use up some of that “extra” fabric!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

      Sable – I know! I learned it from Ravelry. I’m kind of alarmed to think of passing on and leaving a mountain of fabric to Mr Sewaholic or my family. Yikes. Better get sewing! and knitting!

  18. Jo January 1, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    These are all great ideas. I wrote about my goals on my blog too and funnily enough my biggest goal this year is also to be kind to myself. It’s really important not to let that critical inner voice negate anything good you do! It sounds like you have a very ambitious year planned, full of exciting stuff. You’ve had a great 2013 and I bet 2014 will be even better :)

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      For sure, you’re right in that the negative voice stops us from enjoying what we’re doing! Let’s let go and enjoy our hobby for what it is. Hope you have a wonderful 2014 as well!

  19. anne jewell January 1, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    my goals for 2014 are rather self-centered, i guess. i’d like to continue to lose weight (85 pounds down and counting). also, i want to continue altering my big clothes down from size 24 to my current hybrid size 16-18. it’s work but very satisfying.–anne

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

      Best of luck with your goals! Altering is a lot of work, but it must be satisfying to shape your clothing to your current figure.

  20. K-Line January 1, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Whoa! That’s a lot of goals :-)

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      Haha, yup! One of my new adventures in sewing reminds me of you, as I’ve signed up for a bra-making class! Makes me think of all your bra-sewing experiments and analysis. Hope it goes well, at the very least I’ll learn something new and get to experiment!

  21. Sarai January 1, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    You are so ambitious, wow! I feel like my goals are both similar and different to yours, because I really feel like I need to learn to cut things & do less.

    Delegating work is extremely difficult for me too. I’ve made progress on that front, but I don’t think it will ever be easy. It’s also hard because it’s so much LESS efficient than doing things yourself. But like you say, it’s the only sustainable thing to do in the long run!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm #

      It’s quite reassuring to hear that you find it difficult to delegate, too. And yet, you’re doing it successfully and growing your business! So it’s possible to find people we trust to do good work and let go enough to let it happen. :) But yeah, when it’s your baby, this business, it’s hard to let go. Or to know when the right time to grow is, and whether you can keep things going to sustain the growth. I suppose that’s the challenge and the excitement of running a business – trying new things, letting go a little at a time, and evaluating each decision to see if it was a good one, or not so good!

  22. Mary January 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    These are great goals – good luck with them all. I’ve been following you blog for a year now after setting my own of making my own and not buying any ready-made clothes [particularly dresses] so on a personal level I can hardly wait for your number one business goal [i.e. more amazing patterns!] Last year I also set myself similar knitting goals to yours. I found the patterns designed by Kate Davis are not only beautiful, but for explaining both colourwork and steeking, really easy to follow with great result evertime. If you haven’t tried them definately give them a go! All the best for 2014 x

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

      Thanks! Good luck with not buying any ready-made clothing. It’s easy if you have a good collection of basics and if you sew things you know you’ll wear! I’ve tried to follow that rule as well, and where I get stuck is sewing basics, like a solid black skirt or a simple white blouse. I simply enjoy sewing frosting more than cake! (http://sewaholic.net/too-much-frosting-not-enough-cake/) Thanks for the colourwork pattern recommendation. I’ve seen Kate Davies’ work and it’s beautiful! I have the Snawheid hat on my list to make.. but probably for next winter at this point.

  23. Virginia January 1, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Some great goals for the future! Just stick to your own goal and not be so hard on yourself I you don’t achieve all of them. The world will go on. :-)

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      Ha, I know the world will go on.. but it’s easy to feel like you missed if you don’t get to check everything off the list! :)

  24. Linda Downie January 1, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Your goals really inspired me to write mine. Several of our goals are the same. I just did my first machine quilting project (I have always been a hand quilter). I had a project that couldn’t be hand quilted. I learned so much and loved it! I would like to pass on to you the one thing that helped me the most and that is to practice with paper and pencil your pattern. It teaches your brain to remember the pattern. I traced the pattern I wanted to use and then for 3 nights I traced over the pattern for about 10 minutes. When I started quilting, I was more relaxed, I didn’t have to think about what my next move would be, I concentrate more on where I was going without watching the needle and my movements were smoother.
    I would like to send you a picture of my first machine quilt. Is that possible?

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

      Thanks so much for the tip about practicing first! That makes sense to me, if you’ve done the motions before it will feel more natural the second time.
      I’d love to see your quilt! Email info@sewaholic.net. And good luck with your 2014 goals!

  25. Olga January 2, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    Wonderful goals!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      Thanks! It’s going to be an interesting year.

  26. Rochelle New January 2, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    I am so guilty of being my own biggest critic and part of me is okay with that. I think it keeps me driven and always evolving! …but yeah, you’ve got to be kind to yourself too. I can’t wait to see what new patterns you have in store for 2014!! My personal sewing goals revolve around picking a bank of 12 patterns (real mix and match wardrobe staples) and sewing at least one of them a month!

    Here’s to the best year ever!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      I really liked your post about not truly loving any of the things you made. I hope that your 2014 goals help change the outcome of your projects into things you really like and enjoy wearing! And yes, I think many creative people are self-critical, some of that is good as it keeps us improving, some of it can stop us from really getting into the things we love and taking risks. Hope your 2014 is inspired and positive!

  27. Kimberlypearl January 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Looking forward to your next pattern launch in February!

  28. Sylvie January 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Outsourcing – I so wish I had some mad skillz to offer you! I’m pretty handy in lots of ways, I am confident in my ability to do anything (with help from Google) and I’m VERY meticulous. Being meticulous also means I completely understand how difficult it can be to let someone else help you. If only people cold just read minds/do things properly!

    • Sylvie January 2, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

      Or could, not cold… So much for being too meticulous. :)

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

      Ah yes, it’s hard to convey exactly what’s in my mind and so I’m becoming much better at communication! Every misunderstanding is an opportunity to learn how to be clearer. :)

  29. Pauline January 3, 2014 at 2:45 am #

    Happy New Year Tasia! I can’t wait to discover those 8 new patterns!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

      Happy new year to you too! Can’t wait to show you what I’m working on!

  30. Geo P January 3, 2014 at 8:39 am #

    Happy New Year, Tasia! it doesn’t sound like you need a self defense class, how did you get back your purse?
    I also find myself spending so much time reading blogs and dreaming about everything I could make, instead of actually making something. But I can’t help it when there are so many wonderful blogs out there :)
    Looking forward to see the new pattern in February!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

      I chased down the guy that stole it, it was quite ridiculous actually! I ran down the block and around the corner, shouting ‘that guy stole my purse!’ and kept chasing him until he was cornered. It was probably about a mile or so? I bet he didn’t think I’d chase him. A kind stranger got out of his car and shouted ‘stop! I’m an undercover cop!’ and the thief panicked and threw my purse, and I grabbed it. (Then the cops came and they cuffed him and took him away, and I filled out paperwork and told the story over and over.)
      Good thing I was wearing flats eh? But yeah, I was really jumpy for a while afterwards and felt panicked every time someone would approach me in the lanes and alleyways around here.

  31. Krista January 3, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Happy New Year!

    May I suggest that you combine your #2 and #3 business goals? As you teach someone to do each task, have them write down the instructions for that task. It helps them remember, gives them a resource when they forget and creates an archive for you and anyone else who joins your business later. Also, don’t just put the instructions in a binder, back them up to the cloud. I like Google Drive and it’s free!

    Can you tell I write instructions for a living? LOL

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

      That’s a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve started using Dropbox for a lot of important documents so I can access them anywhere, you’re right it is so nice to have things saved in the cloud in case of computer crashes and such!

    • Tasia January 3, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

      Also, that’s cool that you write instructions for a living! What kind of instructions? I feel like I’d like that job :)

      • Krista January 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

        I’m a technical writer. I work for a software company and write all the user manuals for our program. I’ve always thought it would be interesting to write sewing pattern instructions, but I don’t really think there’s a market for such a specialized job.

        Good luck with your 2014 goals!

  32. Tanya G. Marshall January 13, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    YAY…I am so glad I found your site. I just got a sewing machine for Christmas. Here’s a link to my new baby: http://makinglifemagnificent.com/2014/01/01/my-new-baby/

    The only thing is that I have no idea how to sew anything! I figured out how to thread the machine and I’m playing around with the different stitches. I am so eager to learn. So please lead me to tips for beginners. Thanks :-)

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