Daily Archives: September 30, 2010

Aaaand it’s also time for my quarterly Stashdown post. I am just spamming y’all with posts these last two days, kittens. Many apologies for that. At least it will be 3 months before you see one of these boring number posts again.

2010 Q1 Stashdown

Yardage in: 6,681
Yardage out: 9,766
Net stash change: -3,085
Ratio (yds out/in): 1.462

2010 Q2 Stashdown

Yardage in: 7,014
Yardage out: 7,498
Net stash change: -484
Ratio (yds out/in): 1.069

2010 Q3 Stashdown

Yardage in: 7,591
Yardage out: 10,588
Net stash change: -2,997
Ratio (yds out/in): 1.395

2010 Totals so far:

Yardage in: 21,286
Yardage out: 27,852
Net Stash Change: -6,566
Ratio (yds out/in): 1.308

All-in-all, I’m pretty happy with how I did this quarter, even if I didn’t stick to my goals 100%.

I did finish all of my WIPs and get them off of needles (I had started the quarter with 3 languishing ones), and I did end the quarter very much in the green (even if the ratio wasn’t as impressive as I would have liked). So yay for that.

However, I had hoped to have no yarn come into my stash other then club yarn, and that turned out to be unrealistic. A project fail made me have to find suitable yarn and purchase for it. Then I liked the yarn I purchased so much that I had to find more; it would seem that Rowan may be discontinuing it, since all of their retailers are marking it down and moving it out. I managed to find a full bag on destash, so it all worked out and I’m already contemplating which of several t-shirt patterns I’m going to knit with it. I also had to purchase some yarn to use for some upcoming projects. Sometimes, it takes more yarn to use existing yarn. Oh, the vicious cycle!
For Quarter 4, I’m hoping to continue decreasing the amount of yarn I stash. I already know I’ll have my club coming in, a skein I snagged at an update which is due sometime next week, and a custom yarn order from a dyer I haven’t tried yet. If I’m lucky, I may have another skein or two coming in from my New Favorite Dyer. But on top of that? I’m not going to stash and I hope to work through enough yarn to keep my yardage at a closer to 2yds out for every yard in ratio.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed the Stashdown process and it’s been educational to see my yarn purchasing and using habits. It’s been integral to helping curb impulse buys and made me more mindful of the yarn I’m stashing. I’ve completely stopped purchasing yarn just because it’s on sale and “such a deal.” I’ve even passed up many an Indie Dyer offering I never would have in the past. If I can’t think of something to use it for and be excited about that, it doesn’t get bought.
Even if Yarn Snobs doesn’t continue to track in 2011, I very well may, since it’s been such a positive experience for me.

September Wrap Up

And once again, another month has come and gone. I’m still debating if I’ll continue to track my yardage in 2011 or not. I still have a couple of months to think it over.

Yardage Totals 2010

January: 1884 yds
February: 2850 yds
March: 2893 yds
April: 777 yds
May: 856 yds
June: 643 yds
July: 751yds
August: 1716yds
September: 3046 yds

Year to date: 15,416 yds or 8.76 miles

Whoah. Look who seriously upped her productivity this month. I’m not sure what clicked–it definitely was not the sticky, oppressive heat most of the month–but I took off and knit like a crazy woman the entirety of September. About 1,000yds of that is a crochet blanket project, but that leaves 2,000yds of actual knitting. Mind boggling.

I do not expect to come anywhere near this number in October.

5 of 5

Pattern: Generic 68 stitch toe-up sock
Needles: US size 2.5
Yarn: Premier Yarns Serenity Sock Weight-Amethyst
There it is: 5 of 5. I knit as many pairs of socks as was my goal for 2010. This is looking to be one goal I will exceed, as the sock knitting urge is coming over me again. That is very likely because this pair was a bit of a let down.
The socks themselves fit well but the yarn? Oh, the yarn. The yarn was gifted to me by an…eccentric acquaintance at our last duty station. I’ve been meaning to give some big box “inexpensive” yarn a try, so when she gave it to me, I decided that I had been saved from the bother of seeking some out. Good thing, right?
I’ll tell you what kittens, I would never buy this yarn and am so glad I didn’t pay money for it. Even at $3.99 per skein retail, it’s not worth the money. At its 2/$5.00 sale price? Not. Worth. The. Money. It may be THE saddest yarn that has ever lived. For a blend that claims to be 50% merino, it has no spring or elasticity to it. And wearing the socks as I type, I can vouch that my feet are neither toasty nor cozy. I am drafty and clammy. Yarn fail.
It felt soft enough in the skein. But once I was working with it, it was icky and plastic-y feeling. All around, this yarn just felt, looked, and acted CHEAP. And let’s face it, cheap isn’t exactly a good thing. Bargains are great; cheap is bad.
And since I’m in the mood to do so, I’m going to nitpick a point: this yarn is not “self-striping” as a lot of misguided souls on Ravelry have called it. Self-striping yarns have long color repeats and true, horizontal stripes. This yarn self-patterns and creates spirals that mimic stripes going up the foot. I am not a fan of self-patterning yarn. I’ve used several now and none of them have won me over.
I hope my next pair of socks will at least keep my feet toasty and happy.