My Resolution- Craft Management

My job on the Red Heart staff is all about getting hundreds of designs produced each year that we share with you on our website. Sometimes I am amazed at how many designs we actually get through our system. In 2012 we had over 400 designs added to the site (bringing our total to over 1,800).

Producing a design includes working with the designers, product managers, art director, photographers, technical editors and graphics people. It is much more of a production than making something on my own. HOWEVER, I am never successful in getting as many projects done for my personal enjoyment as I would have liked to get done. You would think that making things for my own enjoyment would be easier and quicker. I was trying to analyze why it takes longer when I only have myself to worry about and came to the conclusion that, at work we have a plan, and in my personal crafting I have no plan. There is truly something to be said for being organized and having a schedule of craft events.

So this year I am planning out what I want to make. No fancy project management software, I’m just marking my calendar on the date when I need to decide on the project, allowing time to get the yarn and needles and hooks together, plus time to order the yarn on line (in case it’s not in the store).

January Wreath of the Month

I’m thinking that after decades of marriage, I will actually knit my wonderful husband a sweater…or maybe a vest…for his birthday. I am going to plan now for a few other birthday gifts, an Anniversary throw for my sister and her husband (who will be celebrating a year that ends in zero), a garland for the mantel for Thanksgiving, and Christmas presents for all my favorite people.

Working on our wreaths that we are featuring in our new Wreath of the Month calendar has made me think that I may want to have a wreath on my front door….I just have to plan out my time and see if there will be enough time…..hmm…. Download our January Snowflake Wreath pattern and Enter to Win our Wreath of the Month giveaway.