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.

March 2018: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2018:

 January: 1,679yds
February: 1,069yds
March: 2,377yds
April:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2018 Totals: 5,125 yds or 2.91 miles

 

That’s a lot of self-care, and I think that is all I will say about March’s yardage tally.

February 2018: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2018:

 January: 1,679yds
February: 1,069yds
March:
April:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2018 Totals: 2,748 yds or 1.56 miles

 

February always passes so quickly, doesn’t it?

It doesn’t feel like February should be so short. In reality, it is only 2-3 days shorter than any other month…but that loss of 2 days seems significant. I am quite pleased at how much I knit this month, but as I predicted after January, I did see my yardage go down a tad for exactly the reasons stated: I focused on a few larger projects that were more time consuming. I knit a fifth Sockhead Hat (seems to be a Thing this year for me), I worked on a pair of hand knit socks for my husband, and then I started working on the lovely but time-consuming Ginsberg cardigan. I did do some cross stitch early on in the month, but lost my desire to continue after that point.

Onto March, yes? I plan to finish my cardigan, start a new pair of lovely socks in some yarn that arrived in the mail last week, and hopefully I will resurrect a long-languishing WIP that I do really want the FO of.

How about you? What did you work on in February? Did it seem to fly by? Do you have any interesting making plans for March?

January 2018: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2018:

 January: 1,679yds
February:
March:
April:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2018 Totals: 1,679 yds or 0.95 miles

 

So. 2018, eh?

I spent most of January hiding on my couch– under a blanket and a small warm dog–knitting like a maniac on projects that need to go out the door. This was even with a large amount of cross stitch (not one but TWO projects!) and other projects I worked on along the way. (I laced and framed several finished cross stitch pieces, finished sewing a pair of pants, read three books… .) My month off from Lamby has been good for my crafting–I’m afraid I could get used to having all of this time to leisurely work on pretty handmade things–but it can’t last forever.  February will be focusing on larger projects and more cross stitch, so I expect a small dip in yardage knit next month. But we shall see!

How about you, kitten? What did you work on in January? Have you had a good start to the new year?

Stashdown 2017: Q4 + Totals

All in all, a pretty good year!

Hello once again, kittens! I know I’m a few days late on this post, but I could not seem to find the time to get my final graphic made and sit at the computer to type things out.

I am pretty pleased with those numbers! Even though my stash reductions were not quite as amazing as I had hoped…they are still heading in the desired direction. I will take a stash maintenance in the yarn category and a 3.4lb loss in the fiber category any day rather than more increases. So I call that a successful year of more mindful stashing! And I *could* have had some actual stash reduction, but anyone who has followed my monthly yardage tallies knows that I had a serious knitting slump from June through November of this year. Knitting next-to-nothing does not make for great amounts of yarn usage: who could have guessed? So this “small” victory feels much bigger because of that fact.

I started off 2017 with 538.9oz of fiber in stash (a whopping 33.7lbs of fluff!) and ended it with 484.2oz (a more healthy 30.3lb); this is a 10% reduction in size. Sounds good to me! A sizable portion of this year’s reduction did come through destashing rather than spinning; spinning was just not my jam this year. I’m not sure why, as when I was spinning, I very much enjoyed it. Maybe because when I’m spinning I am making more yarn, this didn’t sit as well with me when I wasn’t knitting much of anything? I’m hoping to reach a point where I can spin as much as I desire to and knit at a rate that it doesn’t cause any significant stash growth. I’m currently not there. I hope to continue at least this pace of fiber stash reduction in 2018: it would get me below 450oz of in-stash fiber. (And I think it may be enough to finally contain all of my stash in a single unit, which is my main objective? Possibly not quite, but it should be close!)

Since my yarn stash was basically a wash, there isn’t much to say about that. I brought in a lot of yarn to work on one of my blankets, as well as a sweater quantity during ESK’s BFS. I hope to get both of the projects finished this year, so 2018 might have a more impressive reduction. At this point in time, there is nothing at all I need to purchase yarn for, so I think I’m set to get some serious knitting/crafting in! The weather certainly supports it with how dreadful it is outside.

So how about you, kitten? Did you have any goals about yarn/fiber/craft supply usage? Did you manage to meet it? Or did you learn some interesting lessons and insights about yourself instead? (Which I still count as a win.)