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2019 Ravelry Project Challenge & Your Resolutions


The new year often inspires us to set New Year Resolutions. I never really write anything down or take them to seriously, only because there are plenty of other opportunities during the year in which I set a goal or resolution. However, it’s easy to see why so many of us do make resolutions at the start of the new year, after all we need new calendars, have to remember to date things properly, and so many things in our lives reset on January 1st.

Therefore, whether we like it or not, it's resolution setting season. Since that is the case, it was no surprise when I came across this meme about resolutions. It made me think about many of you (and how it applies to my own pile of WIPs and UFOs):


Does it resonate with you? Does it make you cringe? I don't think I have any projects quite that old… but I can't say I've never sorted part of my stash or opened a bag that was in a drawer only to find a project that was older than I'd care to admit. If the resurrected UFOs

(Unfinished Objects) are old enough to enroll in kindergarten, I have to think long and hard about their odds of survival from UFO to FO (Finished Object).

I don`t generally make fiber related resolutions. But I did participate in the Ravelry Project Challenge (RPC) last year. And I honestly have to say, it did help me stay on task and finish more than I thought I could - I actually had to update my goal number at least once. Yet I ended up one project short of reaching my goal in 2018.

Regardless, I found the RPC a fun, easy way for me to keep on going… just one more row!

And that’s exactly why I’ll be participating again this year - to stay motivated. As I write this, I’ve got a sweater and scarf on my needles, both of which have a timetable/deadline looming. I’ve got class projects to start or prep, previous class projects to finish, pattern ideas to finish working out, and then there are the projects just for me (that might never get done).

Right now, I have just 11 projects on my needles or hooks. It’s quite likely that they will all get finished. But I can’t say the timeline will be impressive, some of them may take over a year, but I’m ok with that. How about you? Are you willing to accept that kind of timetable? Some aren’t, and that’s perfectly fine.

Again, this is where the RPC helps me. I’m not likely to enter a project until I’m finished, I don’t tend to have a queue or a large number of WIPs listed in my projects. I keep my notes in a notebook and then transfer them to my Ravelry project when I’m finished, because honestly, some of my hand scrawled notes might not pertain to the finished project, or they’re simply not legible. And I like the act of writing and thinking things through with pencil and paper.

If you’re the opposite, and prefer the digital method, Ravelry project pages include a progress bar and quite a few other note taking capabilities - like your needle/hook size, gauge, and even a space for your notes about the yarn or pattern. Actually, quite a few of you use the note section to make your notations. (Don’t think this a generational thing - there are younger stitchers that use notebooks and older stitchers that don’t know what the did before Ravelry project pages!) I thank all of you who enter notes in your Ravelry project pages, either as you go or when completed. They really do help others when researching patterns.

But I digress, back to resolutions. If you make fiber related resolutions are they more like targeted goals? Are they specific? Do you intentionally make them somewhat generic? Do you do anything to monitor your progress or to encourage yourself to keep striving for your goals?

If you want to try something new or are looking for a way to set goals with out to many consequences, should your enthusiasm lapse, I’d suggest looking into the RPC! It’s easy to set your goal, and reset it later if you’ve gone way too high or low. If you need to reset it, do so! Keep in mind that one year has 52 weeks/ 12 months. I originally went with 24 because that is 2 a month. But quickly found out that it was a low estimate, but not excessively low, as I get 2-3 projects finished a month. So multiples of twelve works well for me. Maybe it won’t for you. This year I only upped my goal by a few projects, adding 5 to last years goal.

And that’s the beauty of this challenge! Pick your goal, set it and then start adding your projects and marking them completed when you have finished them. Watch your progress as you go. (See below for instructions.)

If your fiber resolutions are a bit more open ended, like using more of your hand spun, reducing your stash, learning a new skill, or trying colors or yarn that is outside of your comfort zone, the RPC can still be useful! Why not list those skills or yarns, and figure one project per skill or yarn to be used? After all, learning a new skill will require you to practice, trying new colors or yarn require a “just right” project (something you’ll wear or use) and all that handspun or stashed yarn will turn into something, right? (Did you know you can use Ravelry to keep track of your stash AND handspun too?!)

Whatever your 2019 resolutions are may you find an easy way to stay motivated and reach your goal. And if you don’t actively set any, no matter, everyone needs encouragement from time to time. This year is still full of possibilities. Let’s encourage each other to stretch and reach our goals.


If you need guidance, here is how to set your goal and participate in the Ravelry Project Challenge:


  1. Hover over “my notebook” in the upper right of the screen and select “projects” from the drop down menu.

  2. Click on the thing that looks like a medal in the upper right of the menu bar near the top of your screen.

  3. The page should have a section that looks something like this:

  1. Enter your project goal number in the box after “How many projects do you want to finish in 2019?”

  2. Click on “set this goal”

That’s it! You’re all set.

Now to enter completed projects:

  1. Hover over “my notebook” in the upper right of the screen and select “projects” from the drop down menu.

  2. Click on the “ (+) add project” button in the upper left side of the screen (just right of the menu).

  3. Follow the prompts, being sure to include the status. Only projects with a finished status will be included in the tally of finished projects.

If you need help with any of this, please stop in and ask. If you’re using a mobile device, please bring it!

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