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November 2022: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2022:

 January: 2,128
February: 742
March: 1,578
April: 25
May: 0
June: –
July: 821
August: 1,410
September: 450
October: 28
November: 650
December:
2022 Totals: 7,832 yds or 4.45 miles

November has come and gone. Like the rest of the US, we had a cold snap this month that allowed us to cosplay autumn for about a week—and it was lovely to be able to wear some light handknits like socks and fingering weight hats during that time. It’s hard to be a knitter in a hot climate and dislike working with plant fibers.

After October’s slump, knitting did happen again. I worked on two small projects that banked some yardage for me: new dishcloths and a second tinsel to pair with one I made in 2018. These were both practical projects, and they made me feel really good and satisfied. There’s something about making an item you know will have functional purpose and, in the case of the tinsel, be admired and add some sparkle to a space.

In 2022, I’ve decided to stick with the same knitting goal I’ve had since this decade started: knit something every month. Yes! Knitting definitely happened this month.

Now my sights are turned on the end of 2022 and what I’d like to work toward in 2023. There have definitely been a lot of Thoughts happening over here.

What about you, kitten?  Is it cooling down where you are—or warming up if you’re in the global south? Are you starting to get cozy and into the winter spirit as the seasons shift? 2022 is almost at a close, do you have any plans for the winter holiday season? Are you thinking about goals or resolutions? Do you enjoy the process of saying goodbye to the old and ushering in the new?

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

October 2022: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2022:

 January: 2,128
February: 742
March: 1,578
April: 25
May: 0
June: –
July: 821
August: 1,410
September: 450
October: 28
November:
December:
2022 Totals: 7,182 yds or 4.08 miles

And there’s October. And it’s still summer hot here in the American South. We will see little change in the weather for at least another month. My handknits loving heart mourns for sweater weather.

I didn’t really knit this month—I have to fix some of my garter blanket strips and that caused my interest in the project to flag. It doesn’t feel like autumn, and I haven’t felt much like knitting. I’ve been focusing on embroidery instead.

Anywho.

This year, I’ve decided to stick with the same knitting goal I’ve had since this decade started: knit something every month. That’s it. Yes. Knitting happened. Barely.

What about you, kitten?  Is it cooling down where you are—or warming up if you’re in the global south? Are you starting to do seasonally appropriate activities? Maybe enjoying your weather with outdoor time? Did you do anything for Halloween? Did you work on anything you’re excited about? Maybe you read something you’d like to recommend?

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

September 2022: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2022:

 January: 2,128
February: 742
March: 1,578
April: 25
May: 0
June: –
July: 821
August: 1,410
September: 450
October:
November:
December:
2022 Totals: 7,154 yds or 4.07 miles

September has come and gone. And while much of the northern hemisphere is starting to cool and settle into autumn, my area of the US was still hot as blazes until a couple days ago. We’ve finally reached Pleasant Summer Temperatures so it’s very warm, but not unbearably so. The very early mornings are chilly enough to maybe need a sweatshirt, but it’s not handknits weather by a long shot.

I managed to spend a little time crafting this month—my knitting desire was very sporadic and mostly MIA all month. I worked on another garter strip for the blanket I mentioned last month, which is a distraction from other knitting I could do. But if I’m really honest, it’s about as complicated of a knit as my brain can handle at the moment. It’s nice to see these older handspun yarns go down in amount or get fully used up as I work. It will clear a nice amount of room and be one less thing I’ll consider destashing to make my craft stash fit in the area I’ve assigned to it.

Anywho.

This year, I’ve decided to stick with the same knitting goal I’ve had since this decade started: knit something every month. That’s it. Yes. Knitting happened.

What about you, kitten?  Is it cooling down where you are—or warming up if you’re in the global south? Are you starting to do seasonally appropriate activities? Maybe enjoying your weather with outdoor time? Did you work on anything you’re excited about? Maybe you read something you’d like to recommend?

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

Cozy Craft Club: Episode 19

September is coming to a close, and we’re back, kittens! Kate and I haven’t been doing much knitting as of late, but you can see our blanket projects and talk books with us. I also share some small doodle art I’ve been making as well as my 2023 Hobonichi that I’ve been setting up.

Stash Track 2022: T2

2022 Stash Tracking

T1:
Fiber in: 0.0 oz
Fiber out: 19.7 oz
Ratio out/in: Impossible 🙂
Total fiber stash change: -19.7 oz

Yarn in: 17,763 yds
Yarn out: 23,152 yds
Ratio out/in: 1.3
Total yarn stash change: -5,399 yds

T2:
Fiber in: 0.0 oz
Fiber out: 0.0 oz
Ratio out/in: n/a
Total fiber stash change:  0 oz

Yarn in: 2,466 yds
Yarn out: 691 yds
Ratio out/in: .28
Total yarn stash change: +1,775 yds

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It’s that time again— 2022 stash tracking, Kittens. 2/3 of 2022 is already in the past.

It was a little difficult to get an accurate yarn in number this trimester: with my move coming up, most of my purchases were detoured to my mother’s house, and then I was lazy and didn’t record them when I picked them up. I’ve done my best to figure out what I purchased and would have arrived during that time. I had a little stash go back out, but not nearly as much. I really lost my desire to finish projects or make much during that time. In high stress situations, I tend to shut down rather than keep my hands moving. I’ll choose a more quiet pursuit like reading to making. It happens.

In other crafting pursuits, I made and finished a simple embroidery that was a gift one or two birthdays ago to me from a dear friend. It felt so good to finish it so I can finally hang it up and not feel guilty for leaving it sitting in a drawer.

Overall, I’m pretty okay with how the trimester went. It wasn’t as disastrous as I imagined it would be—once I made myself go digging for purchases to try and figure out what all I did buy what felt like a year ago.

How about you? If you’re tracking, how is your year shaping up so far? Did some beautiful things enter your stash? Did you use up something precious that makes you happy to wear and look at? Or maybe you’ve spent your time doing something else the past few months?

Take care and stay healthy, kittens.

XO,
Amanda

August 2022: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2022:

 January: 2,128
February: 742
March: 1,578
April: 25
May: 0
June: –
July: 821
August: 1,410
September:
October:
November:
December:
2022 Totals: 6,704 yds or 3.81 miles

Well, kittens. Here it is: September. The theoretical start of the fall here in the US.

I managed to spend some time crafting this month, working on garter strips with older handspun yarns to make a stripey blanket down the road. It’s been remarkably engaging and soothing. I’ve really enjoyed using up so many single bump skeins of yarn and partials from older projects.

This year, I’ve decided to stick with the same knitting goal I’ve had since this decade started: knit something every month. That’s it. Yup, sure did.

What about you, kitten?  Hot? Ready for autumn and cooler weather—or spring if you’re in the southern hemisphere? Did you work on anything you’re excited about? Maybe you read something you’d like to recommend?

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

May, June, July 2022: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2022:

 January: 2,128
February: 742
March: 1,578
April: 25
May: 0
June: –
July: 821
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2022 Totals: 5,294 yds or 3.01 miles

…I did not expect to take 3 months before updating my blog again. Overseas moves are wild, I tell ya.

I spent most of my time not crafting. No desire or time in May. Did a little in June but had no access to a scale to weigh. Finally did some work in July and was able to mostly track—but I am estimating on my current project because it’s old handspun that I have no access to the information in regards to it. The best I can do, you know? Hopefully I will continue to knit into the autumn even though cooler weather will not grace us with its presence for at least another 4 months.

This year, I’ve decided to stick with the same knitting goal I’ve had since this decade started: knit something every month. That’s it. No, yes, and yes on that one.

What about you, kitten?  Hot? Ready for autumn and cooler weather—or spring if you’re in the southern hemisphere? Did you work on anything you’re excited about? Maybe you read something you’d like to recommend?

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

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