May 2020: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2020:

 January: 1,287 yds
February: 628 yds
March: 231 yds
April: 923 yds
May: 677yds
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
 
2020 Totals: 3,746 yds or 2.13 miles

 

 

May was another month of sheltering in place here in Korea, as it was around the world. But I found my enthusiasm for knitting waned, as did my voracious reading appetite that had been going strong since March 2019. Instead, I found myself enamored with Animal Crossing New Horizons—a very pleasant way to pass the time, but terrible for my knitting productivity—and spent much of the month in the time-consuming thrall of getting my island set up and functioning at its best. It’s such a wholesome thing and so darn cute. Despite this, I managed to finish my second Ursa sweater, knit 2 Midas Hats, and on the final day of the month, I started a Solvik Shirt to work on in June for Eat.Sleep.Knit’s Q2 KAL. So all-in-all, quite a bit of work, though no real yardage to show for it.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month…check: that was accomplished in May. I’m not sure what June will hold as it’s already getting unpleasantly warm and muggy outside—we’ve been told last summer was quite mild, and this summer is expected to be punishing—and electricity is quite a lot more expensive here, so we keep the AC considerably warmer than we would Stateside and try to keep the windows open as much as we’re able to catch breezes. So. I may not be feeling much love for wool in my hands as the temperatures heat up. My current project is in silk and linen, and I’m remembering exactly why I dislike working with plant fibers. Maybe I will find myself back on the cross-stitch train before the next month is done.

What about you, kitten? Did you do much making while sheltering in place this May? Have you maybe tried out a new craft or indulged in a new hobby? Have you lost yourself to the delightful cuteness of ACNH?

April 2020: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2020:

 January: 1,287 yds
February: 628 yds
March: 231 yds
April: 923 yds
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
 
2020 Totals: 3,069 yds or 1.74 miles

 

 

It’s taken a couple of months, but I think we’ve finally settled into the sheltering in place/school from home schedule. And I worked on not one, but two sweaters as the result! So I’m rather pleased with the progress I made this month.

My only knitting goal for 2020 is to knit something every month—with just over a half mile’s worth of yarn knit in April, I can safely say I nailed it! Here’s to a not-too-hot May full of more wooly goodness! I need to finish my second Ursa sweater, and I have plans for a couple pairs of ButtShorts and a hat or two this month.

What about you? Did you do much making while sheltering in place this April?

009: Box of Sweaters

Hello, kittens! Thank you for joining me today! In this episode, I wanted to catch you all up on my knitting and other crafting projects since I last talked to you.

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Winston Pullover by Jane Richmond
Cozy Classic Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs
Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak

Mentioned: Helical Knitting IG tutorial by bitterpurl

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:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
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:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
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:
April:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
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!

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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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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?