012: Caring for Others

Hello, kittens! It’s August and I have some things to share with you today. The first half of this recording has my knitting projects and spins from Tour de Fleece, but the second is a more heavy chat section, covering the Ravelry Problem and veering into a few other topics including COVID-19. Thank you for joining me today!

Show Notes and other content can be found at KnitCute.com.
If you would like to privately contact me, the podcast now has an email address, Knit.Cute.Podcast@gmail.com.

**Until Ravelry fixes their issues, no Ravelry pattern pages will be linked. If I can not find a non-Ravelry link, I will leave the name of the pattern here to aid you in your online search.**

“…a hint of summer” by Isabell Kraemer
Herrara” by Paula Pereira, found in the summer 2018 issue, number 25.

Mentioned:

Apparently I butchered every designers’ name that I mentioned today. Hoo boy. My apologies for that big mishap.
Louise Tilbrook
Rachy Newin
Abby Franquemont
KatieBea – if you have the extra $, gift this women a Ko-Fi

Eat.Sleep.Knit for Shibui Reed.

July 2020: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2020:

 January: 1,287 yds
February: 628 yds
March: 231 yds
April: 923 yds
May: 677 yds
June: 1,756 yds
July: 487 yds
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
 
2020 Totals: 5,989 yds or 3.40 miles

 

 

I have been less than enthusiastic about knitting this July. There’s been a lot going on, including a huge accessibility issue with Ravelry that has left me unable to access the site until I want to be sick with migraine symptoms for days afterwards. So one can not really blame me if I’ve been a little sour about working on handknits at this time.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month…Eh, I did. Check the box off for July 2020.

What about you, kitten? Did you do much making this July? Have you maybe tried out a new craft or indulged in a new hobby? Did you spin during the Tour this year? Have you also been unable to use Ravelry because of vertigo, migraines, or seizures? I hope you all are well and keeping yourselves safe by wearing your masks, taking extra care when washing your hands, and keeping them off your face.

Stash Track 2020: Q2

2020 Stash Tracking

Q1:
Fiber in: 0.0 oz
Fiber out: 0.0 oz
Ratio out/in: 0
Total fiber stash change: 0

Yarn in: 10,216 yds
Yarn out: 1,725 yds
Ratio out/in: 0.17
Total yarn stash change: +8,491 yds

Q2:
Fiber in: 0.0 oz
Fiber out: 0.0 oz
Ratio out/in: 0
Total fiber stash change: 0

Yarn in: 6,562 yds
Yarn out: 3,356 yds
Ratio out/in: 0.51
Total yarn stash change: +3,206 yds

Q3:

Q4:

2020 Totals:

Yarn in:
Yarn out:
Ratio out/in:
Total yarn stash change:

So.

Thanks to a certain Yarnathon and my desire to try and finish it this year…even more yarn came into the house this quarter. Not as much as during Q1, but still enough that I was not able to knit more than I bought. I am not going to beat myself up over this, even though I know I will amass more than I can knit out for the time being. I still have a little under a year in-country and plenty of opportunity to keep working through it—especially since my sweater knitting mojo has made a reappearance this year. As long as it gets used, I’m happy. I’m being a lot more intentional and thoughtful in my purchases than I have in the past, so I really have nothing to be upset about. Having new yarn to play with very shortly after it comes in has been a novel and refreshing experience. So. Still not heading in the correct direction to fulfill my plan to leave Korea with less yarn unknit than I arrived with, but I’m not going to let it get me down. It all fits in my cabinet with room to spare and is giving me so much happiness in this awful time. Now. Off to wind some yarn for the next project!

June 2020: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2020:

 January: 1,287 yds
February: 628 yds
March: 231 yds
April: 923 yds
May: 677 yds
June: 1,756 yds
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
 
2020 Totals: 5,502 yds or 3.13 miles

 

 

Whoo! That June number is almost exactly one mile’s worth of yarn knit. Not too bad for knitting two tops. I finished my Slovik Shirt and then cast on …a bit of Summer, a laceweight sweater knit at a loose, airy gauge. I’m feeling pretty pleased with that amount of knitting, and hopefully July will be equally satisfying with another laceweight top planned that will likely dominate most of my knitting time for the month.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month…Check! June definitely ticked off that box. June ended on a cool, rainy note, and I’m foolishly hoping that maybe July will be full of cool rainy days too. It’s been a very comfortable 72-74F in the house with a beautiful breeze. I’m sure summer’s punishing heat will be back all too soon, but I’m going to enjoy it for now.

What about you, kitten? Did you do much making this June? Have you maybe tried out a new craft or indulged in a new hobby? Are you spinning during the Tour this year? I hope you all are well and keeping yourselves safe by wearing your masks, taking extra care when washing your hands, and keeping them off your face.

011: Summer Knits

Hi, kittens! I wanted to share a couple of things I’ve been up to so far this summer, both crafty and not. Thank you for joining me today!

Blog: http://www.KnitCute.com
Ravelry Group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-cute

WARNING: Neither of these designers have an independent site to view all of their patterns on, so all pattern links take you to Ravelry. If you have issues with screen-induced migraines, seizures, or other issues, it is not a safe site to look at during this time. I tried.

Solvik Shirt by Skeindeer Knits
…a hint of Summer by Isabelle Kraemer

Mentioned:

Nova Reid’s TED talk on YouTube.
Eat.Sleep.Knit. for yarn and KALs.

May 2020: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2020:

 January: 1,287 yds
February: 628 yds
March: 231 yds
April: 923 yds
May: 677yds
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
 
2020 Totals: 3,746 yds or 2.13 miles

 

 

May was another month of sheltering in place here in Korea, as it was around the world. But I found my enthusiasm for knitting waned, as did my voracious reading appetite that had been going strong since March 2019. Instead, I found myself enamored with Animal Crossing New Horizons—a very pleasant way to pass the time, but terrible for my knitting productivity—and spent much of the month in the time-consuming thrall of getting my island set up and functioning at its best. It’s such a wholesome thing and so darn cute. Despite this, I managed to finish my second Ursa sweater, knit 2 Midas Hats, and on the final day of the month, I started a Solvik Shirt to work on in June for Eat.Sleep.Knit’s Q2 KAL. So all-in-all, quite a bit of work, though no real yardage to show for it.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month…check: that was accomplished in May. I’m not sure what June will hold as it’s already getting unpleasantly warm and muggy outside—we’ve been told last summer was quite mild, and this summer is expected to be punishing—and electricity is quite a lot more expensive here, so we keep the AC considerably warmer than we would Stateside and try to keep the windows open as much as we’re able to catch breezes. So. I may not be feeling much love for wool in my hands as the temperatures heat up. My current project is in silk and linen, and I’m remembering exactly why I dislike working with plant fibers. Maybe I will find myself back on the cross-stitch train before the next month is done.

What about you, kitten? Did you do much making while sheltering in place this May? Have you maybe tried out a new craft or indulged in a new hobby? Have you lost yourself to the delightful cuteness of ACNH?

April 2020: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2020:

 January: 1,287 yds
February: 628 yds
March: 231 yds
April: 923 yds
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
 
2020 Totals: 3,069 yds or 1.74 miles

 

 

It’s taken a couple of months, but I think we’ve finally settled into the sheltering in place/school from home schedule. And I worked on not one, but two sweaters as the result! So I’m rather pleased with the progress I made this month.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month—with just over a half mile’s worth of yarn knit in April, I can safely say I nailed it! Here’s to a not-too-hot May full of more wooly goodness! I need to finish my second Ursa sweater, and I have plans for a couple pairs of ButtShorts and a hat or two this month.

What about you? Did you do much making while sheltering in place this April?

009: Box of Sweaters

Hello, kittens! Thank you for joining me today! In this episode, I wanted to catch you all up on my knitting and other crafting projects since I last talked to you.

Show notes can be found on the blog at KnitCute.com, and please consider joining the Knit Cute Ravelry group!

Blog: http://www.KnitCute.com
Ravelry Group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knit-cute

Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond
Cozy Classic Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs
Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak

Mentioned: Helical Knitting IG tutorial by bitterpurl

Stash Track 2020: Q1

2020 Stash Tracking

Q1:
Fiber in: 0.0 oz
Fiber out: 0.0 oz
Ratio out/in: 0
Total fiber stash change: 0

Yarn in: 10,216 yds
Yarn out: 1,725 yds
Ratio out/in: 0.17
Total yarn stash change: +8,491 yds

Q2:

Q3:

Q4:

2020 Totals:

Yarn in:
Yarn out:
Ratio out/in:
Total yarn stash change:

So.

Thanks to a certain Yarnathon and my desire to try and finish this year…a lot of yarn came into the house this quarter. I’ve decided to not feel guilty about it, even though I know I will amass more than I can knit out for the time being. I still have a little over a year in-country and plenty of opportunity to keep working through it. As long as it gets used, I’m happy. And having new yarn to play with has been novel and nice. So. Not a great start to 2020’s stash taming efforts, but I’m not going to let it get me down. Now. To pick the next delicious project I will cast on.

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