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Stash Track 2021: T1

2021 Stash Tracking

T1:
Fiber in: 24.0 oz
Fiber out: 0.5 oz
Ratio out/in: 0.02 
Total fiber stash change: +23.5 oz

Yarn in: 3,134 yds
Yarn out: 10,407 yds
Ratio out/in: 3.32
Total yarn stash change: -7,273 yds

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I’m trying something a bit different with stash tracking in 2021. With how slow I was to work anything out of stash last year, I decided it was time to report in a little less often, so I will be making trimesterly updates rather than quarterly ones. It’s one fewer update a year, basically, but I think it will help keep things fresh for me and for you.

T1 2021 was kind of a wash. Yarnwise, it looks amazing, thanks to getting a nearly 4 year old WIP finished. Scrap yarn blankets are no joke, kittens. They eat yardage. I’m having a hard time not feeling like it’s cheating somehow, since only a small amount of that yarn came out of the stash that is with me, so nothing has really changed but a number. Fiberwise? Oof. I’m currently in a stashing cycle with fiber. As the Tour visits us in the summer, my desire to spin usually accompanies it, so some of that will get spun back out—though there’s another massive quantity of fiber on its way to me as you read this. 2021 is not going to be the year of fiber stash reduction. I’ve made peace with that.

T1 was full of lightweight, oversized boxy tops in various fibers, which I’m looking forward to wearing more in the late fall when things cool down here again. Or maybe the odd chilly day we have left this spring. Summer in South Korea is long and no joke.

How have the first months of 2021 been treating you? Are you getting some crafting done? Staying healthy? Getting your shots, keeping your masks on, hand clean, and social distancing?

Take care and stay healthy, kittens.

XO,
Amanda

April 2021: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2021:

 January: 751 yds
February: 1,384 yds
March: 1,748 yds
April:  1,878 yds
May:  yds
June:  yds
July:  yds
August:  yds
September:  yds
October:  yds
November:  yds
December:  yds
2021 Totals: 5,761 yds or 3.27miles

Yowza! It’s been another Month for getting knitting done at my place. I managed to finish the fingering weight sweater I cast on last month:

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I finished a long-term knitting WIP, almost 4 years to the day I started it:

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A lot of yardage knit, and a lot of yardage out. It feels good to finally have a partials/scrap blanket finished and ready to use.

My only knitting goal for 2021 is to knit something every month: Check check! I had another very productive month, knitting-wise. I cleared just over a mile’s worth of yarn this month alone. I know it won’t last, but I’m enjoying it while the desire is here.

What about you, kitten? Are you making anything right now? Maybe you’re reading something interesting? I’d love to hear what you’re up to.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

March 2021: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2021:

 January: 751 yds
February: 1,384 yds
March: 1,748 yds
April:  yds
May:  yds
June:  yds
July:  yds
August:  yds
September:  yds
October:  yds
November:  yds
December:  yds
2021 Totals: 3,883 yds or 2.21 miles

Yowza! It’s been quite a month for crafting at Chez KnitCute. I managed to not only finish that mystery handspun sweater, but I also made very good progress on a new, fingering weight sweater tee. It’s been a while since I knit so intensely and regularly, so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.

My only knitting goal for 2021 is to knit something every month: Double check! I had a very productive month, knitting-wise. I cleared almost a mile’s worth of yarn this month alone—12 more yards, and I would have.

What about you, kitten? Are you making anything right now? Maybe you’re reading something interesting? I’d love to hear what you’re up to.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

February 2021: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2021:

 January: 751 yds
February: 1,384 yds
March:  yds
April:  yds
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June:  yds
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September:  yds
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November:  yds
December:  yds
2021 Totals: 2,135 yds or 1.21 miles

Hoo. Up in the northern hemisphere here, we have been having Some Weather, haven’t we? It was bitterly cold quite often this month, helping fuel my desire to get some woolens knit up just in time for it to get warmer again. February was all about handspun. I knit one full lightweight handspun sweater from my most recent completed spin, and I even started a second heavier weight handspun sweater from some vintage TdF 2017 stash that is looking like it will be easily finished in March. All and all, I can’t feel bad about any of that. Using up stash and having wearable items to show for it always boosts my mood. And there’s just something about handspun that feels extra magical, since I never know exactly how it’s going to knit up, and it feels great knowing I made the yarn and the sweater.

My only knitting goal for 2021 is to knit something every month: Check! I had a very productive month, knitting-wise.

What about you, kitten? Are you making anything right now? Did you manage to stay warm this month? If you were in the plains and Texas, are you safe and doing well? Are you all staying hydrated?

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

January 2021: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2021:

 January: 751 yds
February: yds
March:  yds
April:  yds
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June:  yds
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November:  yds
December:  yds
2021 Totals: 751 yds or 0.43 miles

2021 is another year where I’m keeping my expectations and goals pretty chill and lax. So like 2020, my only aim is to knit at least a little something every month, since my crafting mojo has been so fickle the last 2 years. I have a feeling that solid, hard goals are going to be pretty pointless until at least mid-decade. So. Simple to achieve and open-ended it is.

I continued to work on the second Enchanted cardigan—which I started back in November 2020, oof—and finally finished that up on the final day of this month. I have no plans to keep this one and look forward to the finishing work so I can ship it off to it’s intended recipient.

My only knitting goal for 2021 is to knit something every month: Check. Off to a good start.

What about you, kitten? Are you making anything right now? Did you make any crafting or other goals in 2021? Are you staying hydrated?

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

December 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: 216 yds
September: 105 yds
October: 998 yds
November: 1,163 yds
December: 602 yds
2020 Totals: 9,073 yds or 5.16 miles

It’s a wrap, kittens: December 2020 has come and gone, and considering what a rough year it was and my anxiety’s attempts to shut me down completely, I’m pretty proud of how much I knit. December started off strong with my 2020 Advent socks, but petered out pretty quickly after; I did manage to knit a few dishcloths and an ornament. And I did move forward a bit with my second Enchanted sweater, knitting an equal amount as the month before.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month: 12 for 12. Successful year.

What about you, kitten? Are you happy with your crafting in 2020? Are you making any goals for 2021?

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

November 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: 216 yds
September: 105 yds
October: 998 yds
November: 1,163 yds
December:
2020 Totals: 8,471 yds or 4.81 miles

Well, well, well. November turned out to be a very decent month, knit-wise. I managed to finish a finicky cardigan knit in linen, started another Enchanted cardi in a colorway of yarn that wasn’t what I was expecting when I purchased it, and in the final 36 hours of the month, I cast on and completed the contrast toe-caps to my 2020 Advent Socks. Not bad at all for so little crafting mojo.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month: yup. Plenty of it. Check that box off.

What about you, kitten? Did you do much making this month? Is it getting lovely and cool where you are? Is your foliage putting on a show for you, or maybe you’re already having snow? Have you been knitting? Have you maybe tried out a new craft or indulged in a new hobby? 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.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda

October 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: 216 yds
September: 105 yds
October: 998 yds
November:
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2020 Totals: 7,308 yds or 4.15 miles

 

 

Okay. You know what, kittens? October turned into a decent knitting month after all of September’s snafus smoothed out. I have a pretty blanket of a cardigan to show for it, and a second attempt at the Shibui Reed started that should work out better than last time. Surely. Here’s to hoping I keep moving forward in November; I really need the momentum to work through all of the yarn coming in.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month: yes, absolutely met that goal this month, even with taking a lot of days off or barely working on some of them.

What about you, kitten? Did you do much making this October? Is it getting lovely and cool where you are? Is your foliage putting on a show for you? Were your projects respectful and well-behaved? Have you maybe tried out a new craft or indulged in a new hobby? 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.

Take care of yourselves and each other.

XO,
Amanda