April 2017: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2017:

 January: 1,065yds
February: 1,075yds
March: 1,659yds
April: 1,453yds
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2017 Totals: 5,252yds or 2.98 miles

Another month has come and gone, kittens! April ended up being an excellent time for getting projects knit up–though, the reason I’m knitting so much isn’t really all that great–and I came very close to a mile’s worth of knitted yarn again. It feels good to be working on so many projects and finishing them up.  I’m hopeful that this trend will continue into May, as I should pass the 50% mark of my yearly goal with more than half of the year to go.

For the second month in a row, I’m going to skip checking in on my other crafty goals. Anything not yarn related, I’m currently not doing so hot on.  I’m hoping to have something of interest to say about them in May’s wrap-up post. How was your April, kitten? Did you craft as much as you wanted to? Did you work on anything that brought you some joy or comfort? As the weather transitions into summer, do you change up your crafts?

March 2017: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2017:

 January: 1,065yds
February: 1,075yds
March: 1,659yds
April:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2017 Totals: 3,799yds or 2.16 miles

It was an amazing month, kittens! OK. Not really amazing in a lot of ways, but I decided to focus on getting some knits finished and that led to excellent yardage numbers for March. I knit almost a mile’s worth of yarn during that time, and in only two different projects–another 101 yards and I would have! Most of the yardage came from my Find Your Fade Shawl, but a little bit was also knit in the first of my husband’s handspun socks.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased, but I know I can not sit down and knit large portions of the day as often as I did this month. I’m hoping April will still have a strong showing….

Now to figure out what my next larger project will be and get cast on!

How was your March? Did you get much crafting done? Do you have any plans for projects you would like to work on in April?

February 2017: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2017:

 January: 1,065yds
February: 1,075yds
March:
April:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2017 Totals: 2,140yds or 1.22 miles

It was another good month, kittens! Especially when one considers that February is so short compared to all of the other months.

February was another month of not knitting every single day; I am still struggling to not have entire weeks where I wrap in a blanket and just eat while feeling despondent. But I did manage to have more good days than bad, and I did manage to gain some momentum after I finished the sleeves on my Manly Maze Sweater. (That’s an FO for the month, in fact: I finished it with one day to spare in the month.) I also started a Find Your Fade shawl– which is super fun to work on and is my treat knitting for the time being– and I started my second pair of socks for 2017. They are a pair of socks for my husband, so they are huge and will take some time; I am knitting them in fingering-ish weight handspun on size 0 needles on 72 stitches to start out. If that doesn’t show how much I love him, I’m not sure what does.  After putting in nearing 10 hours’ worth of labor, I am  finally working on the heel of the first sock to try and get it right; the husband has a very wide instep, so I am working on ways to elongate the heel without having too many fit issues. I usually knit all of his socks in heavier weight yarns, so the row gauge is less of an issue than on this particular pair.

So. Let’s talk about those yearly goals that I’m trying to keep better track of this year:

Knit 1,000 yards per month : YES! I am absolutely on-track to keep this momentum up for the time being. Between my Fade and my husband’s socks, I should do just fine in March as well.

Find time to sew, X-stitch, etc: NOPE. I do not believe I did anything besides knit and daydream about having the will to work on anything else. I thought about it a few times?

Aim for 8oz out of fiber stash per month: Not this month. BUT. I also did not bring in a single ounce of fiber, so that’s a win in its own way? Now that my sweater is done, I plan to start a spin. Finally.

Aim for 750 yards out of yarn stash per month:  Yes! I finished February with -1298 yards in the yarn stash, so this is another very close month for that goal. I do not see any reason why I should finish anywhere near failing on this one, since I have no plans to buy any yarn in March and only plan to spin a little and finish up a couple higher yardage projects.

All-in-all, not too bad, I think. February, like January, just flew by. Did you happen to get much done during it? Any favorite projects you worked on? Here’s to a productive March!

January 2017: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2017:

 January: 1,065yds
February:
March:
April:
May:
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2017 Totals: 1,065yds or 0.61 miles

There is so much to say, kittens, and yet nothing at all it would seem. But let’s talk about the knitting, at least.

Lamby Toes socks knit for my mother out of yarn her late-friend had purchased from me.

Lamby Toes socks knit for my mother out of yarn her late-friend had purchased from me.

January started off with a furious rush of knitting. I managed to knit an entire pair of adult sized anklets–on size 0s/~9.5 SPI–in 5 days. With ends woven in. Then, I knocked out my first sweater project of the year. I finished my East Coast Swing very shortly there after. (Pictures have not been taken yet. I hope to remedy that soon.) By this time, it was exactly mid-month; I was ready for my next cast-on, though I expected to have several projects going the second half of this month. I started a new Manly Maze for myself in some leftover handspun and a SQ of Berroco Vintage I have in Oats that is perfect for a basic knit like this. I started off pretty strong and then…the mess in which the US currently finds itself happened. And now every day is spent using most of my energy trying to figure out what to do and keep up with a constant bombardment of Awfulness each and every day. It has killed my desire to knit. I find myself doing as is my nature to: Retreat inward and until there is a Plan. I did manage to knit the sweater down through the colorwork yoke but had I kept up with the beginning of the month’s pace, I would definitely have another 300-500 yards knit and be nearing the home stretch on the sweater. I find it hard to concentrate on even simple stockinette when so much else is pulling at my attention.

Right now I am trying to find a balance between staying aware of what is going on and being assaulted by it. If I wish to be more active, I need to avoid things that are draining me and pulling me down. I think this will be the focus in February. And hopefully more crafting. (I’m currently setting up to blow my sewing goals for this year out of the water. If I can’t be happy and free, I will at least be cute. Poor attempt at humor. My apologies, kittens. I would rather be free, TBH.)

As part of my monthly wrap up posts, I think I will start checking in on my goals and assessing how I’m doing so far.

Knit 1,000 yards per month : This one is good to go! I am right now track to knit 12,000+ yards this year if I keep up this pace.
Find time to sew, X-stitch, etc: Eh, not so much. I did a little prep to start sewing, but couldn’t find the focus for it. I didn’t even pick up any of my on-going X-stitch projects.
Aim for 8oz out of fiber stash per month: ACCOMPLISHED! But only because I destashed two braids of fiber…not because I actually did any spinning.
Aim for 750 yards out of yarn stash per month: CLOSE! I’m down 630 yards, because I purchased yarn to be knit up into hats. Soon™.

And I think that’s all I will say for today. January passed by so quickly; it’s hard to believe we’re already heading into February tomorrow. How was your month? Did you get more crafting done that usual? Less? Did you find wonderful ways to distract yourself and find some Joy?