2016: The One Plus One Plus One Project

A lot of people have asked if I’ll be hosting another KAL this year so I’ve thought about it a whole lot. There was a time when I was really psyched to set-up another epic year-long KAL because I love little more in my knitting & spinning life than to knit & spin with all of you, to share inspiration and motivation. When I looked at my schedule and commitments and then I thought about your schedules and commitments though… well, that excitement faded quickly. As a human, woman, wife, mother, I am spread thin and I’m pretty sure you are, too. In my mind, a KAL should be something that makes us feel motivated and inspired, not defeated and frustrated. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from hosting KALs, it’s that the best pace for each of us is the pace we set for ourselves.

With that in mind — for both my craft life & life in general — yesterday I started the task of getting my new planner up to speed. I’m old school with a pen & paper when it comes to my calendar and after trying it last year, I’ve come to really love using my Passion Planner.

img_1822I spent time adding in birthdays, penciling in our vacation plans for the year, and marking in already set appointments.

And then I went back to the goal setting aspects. I like that this planner addresses both short-term and long-term goals because I’m not at all a long-term planner. It really challenges me to think about an array of goals and, even more, it has really helped to me understand the concept of reasonable goals. And that’s really just it when it comes to KALs — what’s a reasonable goal?

I’m challenging you, my friends, to come up with a set of goals for yourself based on the number 3 — hence the name — The 1 + 1 + 1 Project. You can plan out 3 projects you really want to complete in 2016. Or 3 projects you want to accomplish per quarter. Or 3 projects per month. You can be as specific or as general as suits your life. Whatever pace and scale of planning is right for YOU.

Personally, I’m going to be working on accomplishing 3 projects per quarter — 2 knitting & 1 spinning.

1 – sweater, 1 – other knitted project (my choice of shawl, hat, mittens, scarf, socks, etc), 1 – skein of handspun yarn

1 + 1 + 1!

I anticipate working on more projects than this, but this will help insure that I am spreading the creativity around without spreading myself to thin. Projects will overlap with other KALs & SALs hosted by other groups throughout the year and that’s just fine.

In addition to letting us each set our own goals, my hope is that by approaching this in the mindset of 1 + 1 + 1 that the focus will be on taking it one project at a time and seeing each project as piece of the whole. Setting those reasonable goals and and accomplishing them, one step at a time.

I’ve set up a Ravelry thread for anyone interested in joining me — please feel free to share your goals & progress there as you’re guaranteed to receive tireless cheerleading, support, and even some prize drawings at the end of the year. Plus, a teensy bit of accountability never hurts either in these types of endeavors, does it?

Let’s make 2016 grand in just 3 steps, shall we?

8 thoughts on “2016: The One Plus One Plus One Project”

  1. I like the sounds of your plan! I was thinking I would try for 1 sock(s), 1 block (for my barn raising square blanket), and 1other project completed each month. You will inspire me with your lovely projects!

  2. (lol) I’m thinking 3(1+1+1), where the 1= knitting, embroidery, UFO. I’ve committed to 2 SALs, 1 class on a crewel reproduction cap, KP Hunter KAL, Just Crafty Enough’s Mitten KAL. And plan to participate in Sharon Boggon’s Take a Stitch Tuesdays to add to my ongoing personal sampler and my “attachment blocks.” I think I may be too attached to crafting! Will have to plan to be less overextended in the second quarter!

    1. Too attached? No such thing! And ambition is a good thing so long as you don’t let all the things going on stress you out. Enjoy and have fun! And I love the cross-crafting approach to 1+1+1!

  3. What a cool idea! I need to think on this. I’m thinking something like .. 1 knit, plus 1 crochet, plus 1 afghan (knit or crochet). Maybe?

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