August 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:
October:
November:
December:
2018 Totals: 12,031 yds or 6.84miles

The oppressive summer heat has continued, my dear kittens, just as I worried it would.  August was not a month for knitting as a rule; it was filled with a cross-stitch sampler, reading, and various other tasks instead. I did still find time to work on some projects, but I devoted much less than I may have otherwise had the weather been more agreeable. Unfortunately we have been warmer than normal and quite sticky almost every day. It’s starting to feel like the autumn may never get here. We’ve been teased with a nice evening here and there, but nothing consistent so far.

So my knitting took a hit. For as gross as it has been, almost 500 yards of knitting seems like a pretty good amount. Hopefully September will usher in some cooler evenings at least, and having wool in my lap will not feel so gross.

What have you been up to in August? Have you worked on any interesting projects? Do you switch crafts depending on the weather?

July 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:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2018 Totals: 11,549 yds or 6.56 miles

I knew a slow down would happen sometime over the summer, and it is now here. Hotter-than-average temperatures, Tour de Fleece, and lots of travel in July all took a toll on how much I knit, but I’m quite pleased that I still managed so much with so little time and desire. I suspect August will be a nearly equal low knitting month, as our temperatures are not expected to break anytime soon. I am hoping to break 2018’s yardage goal of 12,000 yards next month, so we’ll see what happens!

What about you? Did you knit much in July, or do you switch to other crafts during the sticky summer months?

Stashdown 2018: Q2

It’s that time again: another 3 months have come and gone, and we are now half way through 2018.

Thanks to a lot of fingering weight sweater knitting and bordering-on-obscene amounts of knitting mojo, I managed to work many skeins of yarn out of stash this quarter. Not a single yard of that amount was from anything other than knitting this time around. It feels great to turn stash into wearable objects; I am especially loving the sweaters I knit so far this year! I am not expecting to perform quite so well in Quarter 3. My fiber stashdown will get a healthy nudge thanks to Tour de Fleece, but that also means my yarn stash will swell a bit with some delicious handspun. I never feel bad about the handspun– I will work up a fair amount of it in the coming year–but I do get a little sad to see how much I slow down during the hottest part of the year. Other crafts will get some love; knitting, not so much.

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?)