Stashdown 2016: Q4 and Yearly Totals

Final totals for 2016's Stashdown effort. I failed. Again.

Final totals for 2016’s Stashdown effort. I failed. Again. Go figure.

So here it is: the final numbers for 2016.

I managed to just squeak by on my fiber Stashdown goal for the quarter; I spun and destashed just over 18oz out of stash when I was hoping for a minimum of 16oz. (I had an unofficial and unvoiced goal of getting down to 500 oz even before the year was over, but after Spinzilla, my spinning mojo deserted me. It can be a fickle thing.) I had high hopes to end the quarter stash-neutral–by my definition, +/- 200 yards of 0–but that didn’t happen with my yarn stash. I brought in two last-minute Lamby acquisitions and I wasn’t able to complete a pair of socks or the sweater I currently have in progress; the two together would have just about zeroed me out for the quarter, even with the extra yarn.  As you can see, for the year I’m in the red for both categories. *WHOMP WHOMP*

As usual, I’m not discouraged by this. Every time I fail to meet a goal, I view it as having learned a new way something didn’t work for me. I actually think this current method, but with some tweaks, is working out just fine. I really find the paper tracking useful and when added with a paper-tracked knitting goal every month, I found it easier to resist most yarny and fibery temptations. My ratio to yardage out to yardage in actually improved a bit in 2016 vs. 2015, and I’m still trying to figure out how I want to combat Lamby acquisitions and handspun coming into stash. A healthy portion of that number this year was those two things. 4,115 yards of the 24,010 was yarns from my own shop (17.1% of the total), and 4,427 yards were from my own handspun (18.4%). Over 1/3 of 2016’s acquired yarns were self-produced. The other just-under 2/3 were mostly to complete projects: I bought a large amount of yardage to finish my daughter’s blanket, I purchased odd skeins to pair with others in multi-colored shawls I plan to knit this year, but a good amount of the rest was Hedgehog Fibres and Must Stash self-striping yarns. I will never apologize for collecting either of those.

So for 2017, I think I’m going to stay the course, but have small, attainable monthly goals for both my yarn and fiber Stashdown efforts. I hope to knit 750 yards out of stash every month this year, and I’m hoping to spin out 8 ounces every month. This is the equivalent of 2 heavier fingering weight skeins of yarn and two braids of fiber, respectively, so I think they’re manageable. Of course, if I do better than that, I will not complain. I’m also dropping the idea of The Bins. They were a bit too restrictive, and I need more freedom in my crafting.

Very shortly here, I will be putting up a podcast episode and blog post detailing all of 2017’s plans. Talk to you shortly, kittens!

December 2016: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2016:
 January: 728yds
February: 1,062yds
March: 1,042yds
April: 706yds
May: 1,922yds
June: 411yds
July: 869yds
August: 924yds
September: 947yds
October: 1,427yds
November: 1,786yds
December: 1,550yds
2016 Totals: 13,374yds or 7.60 miles

 

Well, kittens, I did manage to end 2016 strong in the yardage knit department! I am very pleased with how far I exceeded by modest goal to knit 8,800yds (5 miles) in this calendar year. With the exception of one low month, June, I met the required 734yds per month I would need to knit in order to make it. (OK. YES, there were 2 other months that I was a touch below that, but I count anything within 30 yards as having met my goal. Close enough is…close enough, yes?)

It felt good to knit as much as I did after 2015’s all-time low, but I know it’s still a pretty low yardage output when placed in context of my stashing habits.  So I will continue to work on both until I am able to get my stash to a more reasonable place that I find comfortable. On the knitting side of things, I’m going to keep my knitting goal fairly unambitious: since I was able to knit over 13,000yds this year with a couple of rock star months, my goal for 2017 is to average 1,000 yards of yarn knit for a total of 12,000 yards in the year. This is ~ 6.82 miles worth of yarn. I feel like I can accomplish this will still spinning, sewing, and working on some cross-stitch.

2017 looks like it may be a year that I will need all of the crafting comfort I can get, but I’m hoping it will be a good one.

Show Notes: Episode 172

♥ 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: “Hippopotamus for Xmas”

♥ Fall Into Shawls is wrapping up on 31 December; please enter your Finished Objects before I lock down the thread on 01 January!
♥ My Badger Mug from Society6.
♥ Teas, courtesy of Plum Deluxe. Thank you, Andy! (This is the tea I was drinking today.)

FOs:
♥ O7 of O8 socks
Harriet the Haberdashery Hippo by Rebecca Danger.

WiPs:
♥ Scrappy strip blanket
East Coast Swing by Elizabeth Smith

Piggery:
♥ Latest issue of Ply
♥ SucreSucre Miniatures stitch marker

Episode 172: Hippopotamus for Xmas

Episode 173: Hippopotamus for Xmas

Hi, kittens! Thank you for spending some of your time catching up with me today! Today’s episode has a couple of FOs, some WIPs, a new project I plan to cast on before we next talk, and some fun goodies! I hope you have a delightful holiday season, surrounded by loved ones and full of tasty treats. 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 171

♥ 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: “Low Light”

FOs:
Moderne Log Cabin Blanket by Mason Dixon Knitting out of various Berroco Vintage yarn colors.
Sowerby by Annika Barranti ($5 on Ravelry) out of my Hello Yarn spin from this year’s Spinzilla.

WiPs:
♥ O7 of O8 socks
♥ I dug out a long term WIP that I started back in 2011 to eat up leftover sock, DK, and worsted scraps. There’s a little bit of everything in here. The inspiration blanket!

Piggery:
♥ KP Felici
♥ Malabrigo sock
♥ Hedgehog Fibres

Episode 171: Low Light

Episode 171: Low Light

Hi, kittens: today’s episode is a bit on the dark side, with the days being almost at their shortest of the year and full of precipitation. I had to work with what I could. Thank you for spending some of your time catching up with me today! Today’s episode has a couple of FOs, some WIPs, a new project I plan to cast on before we next talk, and some fun goodies! 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

Music provided by bensound.com

November 2016: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2016:
 January: 728yds
February: 1,062yds
March: 1,042yds
April: 706yds
May: 1,922yds
June: 411yds
July: 869yds
August: 924yds
September: 947yds
October: 1,427yds
November: 1,786yds
December:
2016 Totals: 11,824yds or 6.72 miles

 

Well. That was a much more productive month than I was expecting, kittens, but I did decide to focus on finishing a blanket this last month and that was quite a bit of yardage! I squeaked in a little sock knitting, and cast on a brand new project that I have been knitting like my life depends on it, so it’s not too hard to see how I managed to knit just over a mile’s worth of yarn in November. Sadly, November has left me with much to say but no desire to speak of any of it. Life is not normal right now and likely will not be for some time. So. I will hopefully be back soon with posts wrapping up 2016 and plans I have for 2017.

Take care!

 

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