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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.

March 2020: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2020:

 January: 1,287 yds
February: 628 yds
March: 231 yds
April:
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June:
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October:
November:
December:
 
2020 Totals: 2,146 yds or 1.22 miles

 

 

It turns out March was not any better than February. My children were home the entire month and the needles I was knitting on made my sweater an unpleasant chore, so I barely managed to finish that before the end of the day on the 31st. But. It’s done, and I’m hoping that April will bring better projects and hopefully an end to quarantine soon. It will not happen before mid-month, but I might get my quiet sanctuary back before it is done. We’ll see though. People have not been acting as they ought to and now there’s been a flare up here. Stay safe and stay away from others if you’re able to. This virus is no joke.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month, so eh…I managed it. Here’s to an April full of crafts and renewed enthusiasm while spring gets going!

What about you? Did you do much making while quarantining in March?

February 2020: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2020:

 January: 1,287 yds
February: 628 yds
March:
April:
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June:
July:
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September:
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November:
December:
 
2020 Totals: 1,915 yds or 1.09 miles

 

 

February got off to a great start by finishing my Zel Pullover and starting on another super bulky knit that should have been quick, but my knitting enthusiasm sort of petered out after the 20th. We’re currently in South Korea and with the COVID19 precautions, let’s just say that I’m seeing a lot more of my kids than I would prefer right now and it’s making me retreat even harder into reading than I was before. I’m still knitting, just not daily at the moment.

But still.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month, so I think we can safely call that one accomplished. Here’s to a March full of wooly crafts while spring rears its head!

What about you? Did you do much making in this all over the place month of February?

January 2020: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2020:

 January: 1,287 yds
February:
March:
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May:
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July:
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September:
October:
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December:
 
2020 Totals: 1,287 yds or 0.73 miles

 

 

It seems that after 9 pretty rough months, my knitting mojo is finally back at nearly full strength. A lot of crafting happened Chez Knit*Cute this last month. I finished a hat for my daughter, a super bulky sweater for myself, and just over half a DK weight sweater for me too. I’ve fallen hard on the ESK Yarnathon bandwagon this year—I’m a Fiber Fawn, what are you?—and am determined to not allow the yarn influx to bloat my already sizable stash. I have only so much room in that little craft cabinet, y’all.

This year my only knitting goal is to knit something every month, so I think we can safely call that one accomplished. Here’s to a February full of wooly crafts while the chilly weather lasts!

What about you? Did you do much making in January?

008: I’m Back.

Hi, everyone!

Thank you for spending some of your time with me today! This episode is nearly all chat: I tell you a bit about where I’ve been since we last spoke, wrap up 2019, and give some vague ideas of what I want to accomplish in 2020. Happy New Year!

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

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Margo Poncho by Elizabeth Smith Knits
The Cozy Knitter-2019 Advent sock skein
Kiddy Qualia Etsy for simple printed out planner inserts.

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R Lee Smith on Amazon, for those interested.

Stashdown 2019: Q4 + Wrap-Up

So this is it: let’s see how I fared during my 2019 stash down efforts, yeah?

Q1:
Fiber in-16.0oz
Fiber out- 4.9oz
Ratio out/in- .31
Total fiber stash change: +11.1oz

Yarn in-475yds
Yarn out-4,881yds
Ratio out/in: 10.28
Total yarn stash change: -4,406yds

Q2:
Nothing but 0s all around in all categories. Exciting, right? 

Q3:
Nothing but 0s all around in all categories. Exciting, right? 

Q4:
Yarn in-674yds
Yarn out-981yds
Ratio out/in: 1.46
Total yarn stash change: -307yds

2019 Totals:
Fiber in-16.0oz
Fiber out- 4.9oz
Ratio out/in- .31
Total fiber stash change: +11.1oz

Yarn in-1,149yds
Yarn out-5,862yds
Ratio out/in: 5.10
Total yarn stash change: -4,713yds

So.

Thanks to a lack of spinning mojo and moving during the Tour de Fleece this year, I ended up in the red for the fiber category. By a whole 11 ounces, or just shy of 3 braids of fiber. I am not going to lose sleep over that, as I think that’s pretty respectable given I haven’t spun since February or maybe March. (And I still have a spin just over halfway completed on my wheel that’s waiting for me to come back.) I did stash a little bit at the beginning of the year, but it was 2 club braids and 8 ounces of semi solid minis I purchased from a seller. That’s almost nothing in the grand scheme of things and would have been stupidly easy to overcome had this been a more normal year for me. I’m hoping to rediscover my desire to spin in the early months of 2020.

My yarn stashdown efforts are more impressive looking, though on an equally small scale as my fiber ones. Very little stash moved in or out this year—again, due to the chaos of moving to the other side of the globe. I ended up in the green here, with a net loss of 4,713 yards of yarn—the bulk of which was a donation to my MIL to knit preemie hats for her local hospital, so it’s not nearly as impressive as it looks—or about 11 standard sized skeins of sock yarn. Not too shabby. I had a little yarn purchasing Q4 for projects I am working on right away, and the rest of my yardage in was a skein of handspun. I think this is the least yarn or fiber I have ever purchased, and while I like it, it’s also rather odd to me and I keep assuming I must have forgotten to log something.

And there you have it, kittens. It was a mixed bag this year, and I’m hoping to be more focused in 2020 and get some big numbers out. I have 2 potential scrap blanket monsters to count out as I finish those up, and I have plans to knit many of the bagged projects I brought with me to Korea. I’m also hoping to finish at least a few spins; we’ll see how I feel during TdF and Spinzilla this year. I’m hoping to have a pretty productive year that neatens up my stash cabinet.

How about you? If you were tracking, how did your stash change this year?

December 2019: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2019:

 January: 695 yds
February: 1,197 yds
March: 182yds
April: 0yds
May: 0yds
June: 0yds
July: 345yds
August: 134yds
September: 510yds
October: 208yds
November: 208yds
December: 496yds

2019 Totals: 3,975 yds or 2.26 miles

 

 

So. I ended the year relatively strong compared to where I’ve been for the last 9 months. Gotta take those wins where I can get them, right? In December, I finished my Margo Poncho—just waiting on the buttons so I can sew them on—and I managed to knit my 2019 Advent socks from The Cozy Knitter. They were not finished in time for Xmas this year, but they were completed with several days of the year left to spare. I would call that a win.

I will be continuing to track my yardage into 2020, making it the eighth year I’ve been doing so publicly on the blog. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already, and wow…shiny new decade to boot. I am not making any firm yardage goals for this coming year; I think I’ve learned my lesson about how unpredictable my life is going to be while we’re out of country. Who knows where my whims will take me next that may not be knitting?

So here’s to a better and brighter year. May yours be full of things and people you love.

Did you work on anything, kitten? Any interesting projects you worked on this fall you want to share?

November 2019: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2019:

 January: 695 yds
February: 1,197 yds
March: 182yds
April: 0yds
May: 0yds
June: 0yds
July: 345yds
August: 134yds
September: 510yds
October: 208yds
November: 208yds
December:

2019 Totals: 3,479 yds or 1.98 miles

 

 

And yet another month of not much knitting. My mind and hands were still pre-occupied elsewhere this month and knitting was not my priority. I did manage to knit another skein of yarn into my Margo Poncho, and it’s slowly growing. It’s not the most exciting to knit because… basic black, but I look forward to how much I will wear it.

Did you work on anything, kitten? Any interesting projects you worked on this fall you want to share?

October 2019: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2019:

 January: 695 yds
February: 1,197 yds
March: 182yds
April: 0yds
May: 0yds
June: 0yds
July: 345yds
August: 134yds
September: 510yds
October: 208yds
November:
December:

2019 Totals: 3,271 yds or 1.86 miles

 

 

Another month of not much knitting. My mind and hands are pre-occupied with other tasks this month and knitting is not my priority. I did cast on a new Margo Poncho that I’m knitting in a yarn I enjoy. It’s basic black, but I should get a lot of wear out of it.

Did you work on anything, kitten? Any interesting projects you want to share?

September 2019: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2019:

 January: 695 yds
February: 1,197 yds
March: 182yds
April: 0yds
May: 0yds
June: 0yds
July: 345yds
August: 134yds
September: 510yds
October:
November:
December:

2019 Totals: 3,063 yds or 1.74 miles

 

So. September went a little better than previous months. I’m still not knitting daily, but I am starting to knit a couple times a week. All of this yardage was worked on a strip of a long-term WIP scrap blanket I started back in 2011. I realized it’s almost wide enough to finish up, and I think that will be a goal in the next 6 months. I think 1 more narrow-ish strip, plus some kind of a border to tie it all together should do it. I wasn’t entirely sure why I brought this project to Korea with me, since I decided to leave all of my scraps assigned to this project back in storage in the US. Whoops? But if I work on a couple of the projects I bagged to work on while I’m here, I will have enough yarn to knit another strip of some size and in the near future. It should all work out.

It was another pretty warm month here, and very humid so wool isn’t desirable to touch. Did you work on anything, kitten? Any interesting projects you want to share?