January 2016: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2016:
 January: 728yds
February:
March:
April:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2015 Totals: 728yds or 0.41 miles

 

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It’s hard to believe how quickly January passed! It feels like just yesterday I was having to remind myself that it’s now 2016 and not 2015…and here we are 1/12 of the way through this year already. I worked on quite a few projects this month (5 dish cloths, part of a sample sock for Lamby, a full pair of socks for myself, and a cowl), but my yardage output is still lower than I would have liked for how much time I put into that craft. I’m not *unhappy* with my results, but I am dismayed at how little yardage came of my time. Dish cloths take a deceptively low amount of yarn, it would seem.

I have a goal to knit 5 miles (or 8,800yds) this year. In order to meet that goal I need to knit ~734 yards of yarn a month. Looking at things that way, January was quite successful! I’m hoping for an even better February despite having fewer days to work through. I’m hoping to throw in a heavier weight project or two and give myself a yardage boost. I’m finding ESK‘s team-boosting KALs quite inspirational this year, and I’m really enjoying getting stray skeins of yarn out of my stash. To help myself stay on-task and better track my yardage knit, I’ve started a Moleskine Cahier where I track projects as I knit them. Last year I noticed several times that I had not recorded projects into Ravelry or had mistagged them and could not find them without some effort. It made monthly yardage tallies a real pain in the rear. Paper may be low-tech, but sometimes simplest really is best.

What about you, kitten? How was January? Do you have any crafting plans for February?

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Spiral Cowl out of MadTosh Pashmina

Show Notes: Episode 144

♥ Please come join us in the Ravelry group!
♥ The podcast is now on YouTube, if you prefer to watch there. Please remember to give my videos a thumbs up and do the same for other podcasts you enjoy!
♥ If you like speckle-y sock yarn, you might want to check out my Etsy shop:lambytoesshop.etsy.com.

Show Notes: “#KnitTheBin”

♥ The “Clean Slates and Big Things” Craft-a-Long is on-going in the Ravelry group! There’s plenty of time to join in and chat while you craft.
♥ Over on my Instagram I post a lot of photos. You can see it online without the app on your phone. I talked a bit about #knitthebin and #spinthebin, which I will blog about here soon.
♥ Are you aware of Dianne‘s Rainbow A Long?

FOs:
♥ O1 of O8 socks are off the needles!
♥ I knit a Spiral Cowl by Keri McKiernan for the Eat.Sleep.Knit January KAL for the 2016 Yarnathon. I’m a Penguinaut; are you playing along?

Episode 144: #KnitTheBin

Episode 144: #KnitTheBin

Happy Wednesday, kitten! Thank you for spending some of your time catching up with me today. This is another short episode with a lot of chatter in the beginning–including talking about #knitthebin and #spinthebin, but I do have two lovely finished objects to show you all before the end! Show notes can be found on the blog at SewKnitpicky.net, and please consider joining the Knot A Podcast Ravelry group!

Blog: http://www.SewKnitpicky.net
Ravelry Group: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/knot-a-podcast
Shop: http://www.lambytoesshop.etsy.com

Show Notes: Episode 143

♥ Please come join us in the Ravelry group!
♥ The podcast is now on YouTube, if you prefer to watch there. Please remember to give my videos a thumbs up and do the same for other podcasts you enjoy!
♥ If you like speckle-y sock yarn, you might want to check out my Etsy shop:lambytoesshop.etsy.com.

Show Notes: “Changes are Coming”

♥ A lot of fonts are free to use for non-commercial purposes, but if you want some lovely ones that are inexpensive to licence, you should look into Kimberly Geswein’s! It’s really easy to do the right thing.
♥ Santa’s Secret from David’s Tea. (This tea appears to be sold out on site.) If you’re curious about my mug, it’s from Society6.

WiPs:
♥ O1 of O8 socks (2016 edition): Bad Amy Knits 80/20 self-striping sock yarn in “Witchy Stripe Bright” on size 02 Sock Rockets. My stitch keeper comes from Sucre Sucre Miniatures on Etsy!

FOs:
♥ Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth, aka, the most common of all dishcloth patterns. You can Google this term and several free patterns will come up. I knit mine on US size 6 bamboo needles with Bernat Crafter’s Cotton.

Stitcher’s Corner:
Once Upon A Time Sampler
Pumpkin Passport
Picture This Plus – hand-dyed fabric supplier. I’m particularly fond of 32-count Lugana evenweave fabric for my projects.

Episode 143: Changes are Coming

Episode 143: Changes are Coming

Happy Wednesday, kitten! Thank you so much for joining me today and choosing to spend some of your time catching up with me! Today’s episode has quite a bit of chat in the beginning: apparently I felt like talking about changing up the look of my site and podcast. I’m trying to make time for things I say I want to do and then never quite get around to. I also have a small FO to show you all, a WIP that’s still on-going, and I picked up some cross stitch finally! Show notes can be found on the blog at sewknitpicky.net, and please consider joining the Knot A Podcast Ravelry group!

Show Notes: Episode 142

♥ Please come join us in the Ravelry group!
♥ The podcast is now on YouTube, if you prefer to watch there. Please remember to give my videos a thumbs up and do the same for other podcasts you enjoy!
♥ If you like speckle-y sock yarn, you might want to check out my Etsy shop:lambytoesshop.etsy.com.

Show Notes: “The One Where I ‘Um’ A Lot”

♥ Today I am drinking Merchant’s Tea out of my Migration Goods cat mug.

WiPs:
♥ O1 of O8 Socks

Fiber Piggery:
♥ Hello Yarn December 2015 club colorway
♥ Lamby Toes “Macarons”

Episode 142: The One Where I “Um” A Lot

Episode 142: The One Where I “Um” A Lot

Thank you for choosing to spend some of your time with me today, kitten! It’s a short show with only one WIP to show off, but I do talk quite a bit about Lamby and muse about what I would like to get done this year. The “Clean Slates and Big Things” Craft-a-long is starting to pick up some steam; please join the Knot a Podcast Ravelry group to participate. Show notes can be found on the blog at sewknitpicky.net.