November 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: 526yds
August: 482yds
September: 1,550yds
October: 1,508yds
November: 422yds
December:

2018 Totals: 15,511 yds or 8.81 miles

 

 

Not all months can be winners, and November ended up being less-than-amazing for getting any knitting done. (Actually, it’s the lowest knitting month I’ve had in all of 2018, which seems rather bananas given it’s the beginning of winter up here: prime knitting season.) I devoted almost 100% of my crafting time this month to working on my nephew’s cross stitch. That project will be finished quite soon, and I will be back to knitting in December. I am very curious to see how this year ends!

How was your month, kittens?  Did you get much accomplished? Any new hobbies, or maybe you read an interesting book you would like to recommend?

VLOGmas: Day 01

Hello, everyone!

I hope you enjoyed spending a little of your time with me today. If you have any suggestions of things you would like to see in these videos or maybe something you would like to know, please leave me a comment and let me know!

I will see you all tomorrow. 🙂

October 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: 526yds
August: 482yds
September: 1,550yds
October: 1,508yds
November:
December:

2018 Totals: 15,089 yds or 8.57 miles

And another month just whizzed by! It seems like they go faster once the fall and holiday season approaches. (Until February rolls around and then it feels like the winter may never end.)

October was another knit-heavy month, despite putting in a lot of work on a cross stitch sampler I’m trying to finish off as a gift for my nephew. I managed to work on my blanket, a capelet, handspun socks, and reknit 500 yards’ worth of yarn on a sweater knit for my daughter that I thought was complete. It was a very full month where crafting was concerned! (I even managed to read quite a few books this month; October is when I come alive and have more energy until the weather warms up again. The summer and heat always make me depressed and lethargic. I wish I could hibernate during those months.)

Even if I knit not another stitch for the duration of the year, I blew my original goal of 12,000 yards out of the water! I am starting to give thought to whether I think I can be equally productive in 2019 and what a reasonable goal is for the year. A lot will be changing next year, so it’s hard for me to foresee at the present time… but I think I might aim for 15,000 yards, since I know I obviously can do it.

What do you plan to knit on in November? Are you planning some gift knits? Or maybe you have some special projects planned for yourself for the final months of the year? My November will for sure involve finishing my current pair of socks, more blanket work, and working on a sweater knit for my son. I might start a new one for myself as well. 😉

004: Knitted Rolls

Hi, everyone!

Thank you for spending some of your time catching up with me today! Today’s episode contains knitting FOs, knitting WiPs, an in-progress cross stitch project, an audio podcast recommendation, and some Lamby shop news!

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

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Shop: http://www.lambytoes.bigcartel.com

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Pixelland Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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SHOW NOTES:

FOs:
Little Boxy by Joji Locatelli ($6.50 on Ravelry)
I used US size 4 & 3 needles with a mixture of Lamby Toes and Hedgehog Fibres yarns
10 Stitch Blanket, Block #8
▲ Canyonlands by Nim Teasdale ($5.00 on Ravelry)

WiPs:
▲ 10 Stitch Blanket, Block #9
▲ 06 of 08 Socks in Must Stash Yarn

X-Stitch:
Into the Jungle by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery

Media Recommendation:
Dr. Death – This story is… wild.

Lamby News:
▲ There will be a bag upload in the shop on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7pm Eastern US time.

Stashdown 2018: Q3

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It’s time once again to look at my 2018 Stashdown progress; where has this year gone?!

Let’s start with my yarn stash. My green streak has finally been broken: I bought some yarn for a sweater this quarter that I was not able to knit out of stash (plus during Tour de Fleece, while I did not spin a ton, I did spin in a fair amount of yardage). I did knit quite a bit over the summer, but I didn’t finish quite as many projects as I would have needed to in order to negate it. It happens.  July and August were slow months, and September’s finishes were fairly small. So whatever; I am fine with that number for the quarter.  As long as Q4 is stash neutral or even a little green, I will have had an amazing year for using up and rehoming extra yarn. It would take quite a bit of effort to not beat 2017’s -120 yards of stash.

My fiber stash numbers are still OK. I did spin out 3 braids during TdF, but I also rejoined the Hello Yarn fiber club (Have you seen the new club structure? The first entire year is birds!), so I will have a little bit of fiber coming in every month that I need to push back against. When I am spinning, I love to spin, but if I am not careful I can get consumed by it and not do other crafts. I hope as the weather cools a bit I can dedicate the time to spin at least a few hours a week. I miss being in the habit. And if I’m not careful, that one braid per month is going to seem like it multiplies.

So all in all, not a bad quarter! I am looking forward to seeing what I manage to work on in Q4.