Daily Archives: December 31, 2014

Show Notes: Episode 98

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Show Notes: “Happy New Year!”

♥ Fall into Shawls ends tonight! If you want to be eligible for the prize drawing next week, please get your finished object into the contest thread before I lock it in the morning.

♥ My mother’s socks are off the needles!
♥ 2 Molly Hats by Erin Ruth have been finished as well!

♥ Margo Poncho by Elizabeth Smith is slowly growing.

Spinning A Yarn:
♥ I could not resist starting a long-term spindle project during my knit dates. Two if by Hand SW BFL “Exhausted Pinks” on my micro Trindle.

Stitcher’s Corner:
♥ Woodland Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery is complete!

Stash Enhancement:
♥ Picture This Plus Lugana evenweave for two FPS samplers next year!
♥ Ply, Winter 2014 Issue “Worsted”
♥ Hello Yarn “Patchwork Kit #107”

2014 Wrap-up:
♥ I revisited my goals from 2014 and found I didn’t do so well on most of them. I did have a good laugh rewatching Episode 53 to remember what they even were.
♥ See my yardage tally post and Stashdown Q4 post to see how I fared in those endeavors!

2015 Goals:
♥ Handknit/Handspun Giftmas 2015 is a go! I’m going to work on presents throughout the year to get them all done before going home in December. I have 10 to work on for family, not including my household.
♥ I want to spin at least 144oz out of stash for an overall stash reduction of 32 ounces (or 2 lbs) of fiber from the amount I have today. There will be a blog post about this in the coming days.
♥ I’m hoping to knit at least 3 sweaters out of stash this year: my current WIP “Margo Poncho”, “Andover Poncho” with some lovely Pashmina worsted, and to resurrect my Hiro sweater and do an afterthought steek to make it a cardigan.
♥ I want to knit at least 6 pairs of socks and have put together a mini-sock club of 8 skeins to pull from for the year.
♥ Finally spin on both of my Turkish spindles.
♥ Sew 4 articles of wearable clothing from fabrics I have in-stash. I would like to have a mostly handmade wardrobe by 2020.
♥ Resist stashing fiber beyond my two clubs and yarn in any form for the year. Exceptions might be made in preparation for 2016’s Zombody Year Long sock club I would like to do for myself.

Happy New Year, Kittens!

2014 Stashdown: Q4


We made it, kittens!  It’s the end of 2014 and the fifth consecutive year of Stashdown tracking!  For the first time in five years, I ended in the green. AND I purchased less yarn this year than any of the four previous ones.  It feels good to finally have a successful year.  I’m hoping 2015 will be equally successful, but hopefully even more.

There will be some changes to how I track next year, including dropping off the first 4 years of Stashdown numbers for the running analysis.  The charts are becoming difficult to read with all of the quarterly information since 2010 on them.  Also, watch for changes in how I will track my fiber stash!  I’m thinking of making a blog post about it in the coming days.

Happy New Year, kittens!

December 2014: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2014:
January: 1,510yds
February: 1,227yds
March: 1,492yds
May: 695yds
June: 611yds
July: 475yds
August: 1,025yds
September: 1,595yds
October: 1,898yds
November: 1,001yds
December: 686yds
2014 Totals: 13,666yds or 7.77 miles



Kittens, it felt like I knit a lot more this month than I actually did.  All of that yardage was very hard earned.  I’m not unhappy at all with anything I knit to get those yards: a pair of socks for my mother, two hats, part of a poncho…all good projects that I’m happy with!

Overall I am very pleased with how 2014 went in terms of productivity.  I knit so many things, including 16 pairs of socks! (16!!)  I started 3 sweaters for myself, but finished only 1 (fingering weight yarn, of course) which was a little sad.  There were shawls and cowls, knit toys, and some dish cloths too.  It was a good year for knitting.  I also stitched a couple of samplers, sewed many bags, sewed my first dresses, and spun much yarn.  (77 ounces in total, or the equivalent of 19 4oz braids!)

I’m hoping 2015 will be just as productive, if not better.  I have so much beautiful stash to use.  See you next year, kittens. ♥