June 2018: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2018:

 January: 1,679yds
February: 1,069yds
March: 2,377yds
April: 3,370yds
May: 1,139yds
June: 1,389yds
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2018 Totals: 11,023 yds or 6.26 miles

We’re only halfway through the year, and I’m already under 1,000 yards from my goal of 12,000 to knit. It’s been pretty wild, yeah? 2018 is looking to possibly be the highest “production” year I’ve possibly ever had: those fingering weight sweaters are really adding up. Now that summer has descended upon us, I expect my knitting mojo to wane for a couple of months; I very likely will work on only socks and maybe scrap blankets inbetween other crafting projects. But you know what? I’m totally OK with that.

How about you, kitten? Have you been working on much this last month? Do you have some summer crafting plans?

May 2018: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2018:

 January: 1,679yds
February: 1,069yds
March: 2,377yds
April: 3,370yds
May: 1,139yds
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2018 Totals: 9,634 yds or 5.47 miles

It turns out my yardage was a bit harder-earned in May, but I still had a pretty impressive number given that almost all of my knitting was fingering weight yarn held single this time around! I also knit maybe 1/4 as much this last month; I was more interested in reading and messing around on some of my game apps on my phone. Like many other places in the US, our weather decided to jump from February straight into mid-July, and the summer heat sucks my knitting mojo right out of me. (My lowest yardage months tend to be June through September, when I focus mainly on knitting socks or maybe a single shawl while I work on other things like cross-stitch, sewing, or spinning.) Given we’re only 5 months into 2018 and I’m already to 80.3% of my 12,000 yard goal for the year, this is perfectly fine.  During the month I managed to work on another blanket square, knit one pair of shortie socks plus start another pair, and I knit about 1/3 of a fingering weight Boxy sweater (flat to seam, so I’m purling all the stitches in this project). It was a good month for knits!

I am hoping June will calm down a bit with the weather and throw me at least a few chilly rainy days to inspire me to knit for longer than 20 minutes at a time. But if it doesn’t, I will find another way to occupy my time. It’s fine either way. I will definitely be working on some socks regardless. How about you, kitten? Do you have any hot weather crafting plans? Do you switch up what you’re doing in the summer? (Or are you in the southern hemisphere, and it’s time for your woolen items finally?)

April 2018: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2018:

 January: 1,679yds
February: 1,069yds
March: 2,377yds
April: 3,370yds
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2018 Totals: 8,495 yds or 4.83 miles

 

It was another month of intense knitting. I’m not sure I have ever knit so much in a single month. Ever. I have been delighted watching the volume of my yarn bins decrease as the contents are turned into wearable items. Not all of them are staying here with me which is even more delightful. I know I can not keep this up forever, so I plan to enjoy this as long as it lasts.

Stashdown: 2018 Q1

 

 

Here we are again: another quarter of a year gone; another Stashdown update post.

Already, things are off to a good start. Fiber is slow to work out, after another quarter of not really feeling like spinning. I tend to be a crafter who can only truly focus on one craft at a time. I wish I were able to flit more from craft to craft and make a little headway in each. That 4/10 of an ounce of fiber worked out was leftover singles from a couple of Moonrover spins I completed last year. It felt nice to get them off the toilet paper rolls I use as bobbins to hold leftovers. My first quarter yarn stash out number was a strong effort, and I hope to continue that trend the rest of the year. Much of that yarn was worked out of stash, but just under half was destashed as a gift to a friend who could use some yarny therapy in their life right now. So I was happy to rehome a bunch. If I can keep up working out yarn at this pace and with very little incoming, I should be able to meet my goal of having all yarn fit back into my bins by the end of the year. I feel pretty confident at the moment that this is an attainable goal, and I feel a sense of relief and accomplishment seeing the spaces open up. It is less overwhelming to look into those bins and see most of what I have at a quick glance instead of having to make a big deal out of fully unpacking everything to see what I have, choosing, and then repacking it all up. I am getting to the point in a few of the bins were I can simply move a skein or two around to see what is underneath and decide from there.  Even my partials bin is reaching a point where it easily closes and almost has some breathing room. It has come a long way from where it was in May of last year and the lid bowed badly when it was shut!

We will see where my crafting desires take me in quarter two, but so far the urge to knit is holding firm. I should be seeing the end of a couple large projects in the next few months: I have a poncho on needles which is gulping down sock weight yarn as fast as I can feed it in, and I hope to get my fingering weight blanket finished up for sure. Between those two projects alone, I should see a stash reduction of 5,000+ yards of fingering weight partials and full skeins.

What about you, kitten? Have you worked on much this year so far? Are you doing something with your free time other than crafting? Do you have plans for the next few months before the weather gets hot? I would love to hear what you’re working on.