August 2017: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2017:

 January: 1,065yds
February: 1,075yds
March: 1,659yds
April: 1,453yds
May: 1,595yds
June: 379yds
July: 313yds
August: 646yds
September:
October:
November:
December:
2017 Totals: 8,185yds or 4.65 miles

So. Bad News is that August was another low yardage month. I did not come close to my monthly goal of knitting 1,000 yards for every month of 2017.

The Good News is that I knit almost twice as much yardage in August as I did in July. So even if it didn’t meet my goal, it was better than I’ve done the rest of the summer. It means I’ve been making more time to knit which is always a good thing! Even with another low yardage output month, I am still riding on the edge of meeting my goal for the year: I am still averaging 1,000 yards knit per month. So let’s hope September is more kind!

Summer is almost gone here in the North Country. Is it cooling down where you are? (Or warming up for those of you in the Southern hemisphere?) Have you been knitting much, or did you switch to other crafts during the summer?

July 2017: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2017:

 January: 1,065yds
February: 1,075yds
March: 1,659yds
April: 1,453yds
May: 1,595yds
June: 379yds
July: 313yds
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2017 Totals: 7,539yds or 4.28 miles

It was another low output month, but I was expecting that given that July is Tour de Fleece time. So I accomplished quite a bit of spinning but not so much knitting outside of two shorter knit dates with a local friend. I did omit a small amount of yardage for this month, but I would rather just tack it into August’s tally instead. It keeps things clean and neat. Those ~30 yards weren’t going to make much of a difference anyway.  Despite this set back, I am still on track to average knitting 1,000 yards of yarn a month; I still have a healthy buffer!

Soon, the weather will cool here, and I will be more inspired to knit larger projects. Not much else to say this month, since I worked on so little. I hope you all have had a lovely summer so far! (But I will admit: I am longing for fall and winter again.)

June 2017: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2017:

 January: 1,065yds
February: 1,075yds
March: 1,659yds
April: 1,453yds
May: 1,595yds
June: 379yds
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2017 Totals: 7,226yds or 4.12 miles

Oh…kittens. I knew this would happen sooner or later, but I was really hoping it would wait until August when the weather is dreadful and even thinking about touching wool makes me feel itchy. But it did: June is the first month I came no where near my goal of knitting 1,000 yards of yarn. My projects were super time intensive with little yardage to show for it (toys), and I had too much else to do which greatly reduced my knitting time. It happens. I also shorted myself a touch of yardage worked on my blanket that will be tacked onto July’s for ease of calculations.

 

Kitschy Kat by Susan Claudino

Example of things I focused on this month: this adorable wee kitty took about two full day’s worth of knitting time but yielded barely over 40 yards knit. It’s a lot of effort with not much to show for it.

July will be another lower-yield month with Tour de Fleece going strong. I tend to focus more on spinning than knitting at this time. I am hopeful to finish up some projects that need to get worked on: I want to finish my current blanket square, knit a second linen placemat, and finally tackle learning brioche stitch to move forward on my Briochealuscious Shawl. These three things should be enough to get me close to the 1,000 yard mark.

Overall, I am still ahead of my goal: with only 6 months of the year gone, I’m at over 7,000 yards. This means I’m still averaging well over the 1,000 yards a month I wanted. So all-in-all, I’m pretty pleased.

What about you? Are you still tracking crafting goals for the year? Do you keep up with knitting during the summer months, or do you switch to another craft? Or perhaps you indulge more in another leisure activity like reading while keeping cool?  I would love to hear about it in the comments!

May 2017: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2017:

 January: 1,065yds
February: 1,075yds
March: 1,659yds
April: 1,453yds
May: 1,595yds
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:
November:
December:
2017 Totals: 6,847yds or 3.89 miles

Kittens! I again came so close to knitting a mile’s worth of yarn this month! We are 5/12 of the way through 2017–how did that happen?!–and I am already nearly 7/12 of the way through my yardage goal. I know this can not last forever. As spring turns to summer, my knitting mojo will wane as it becomes uncomfortable to have wool in my lap, and I turn to smaller projects like socks which do not give me as big of a yardage boost for my time, but for now, I am enjoying these high-yardage months. I have not knit this much, this consistently in a very long time. Definitely not in the last several years. It feels good to be getting so much finished and worked on. Modular projects like my new placemats and 10 stitch blanket are definitely helping move things along.

In June, I will transition to some toys and prepare for the hotter days near the end, but for the next week at least, the temperatures are going to stay rainy and cool: perfect for snuggling up on the couch with some tea and a project to keep my hands busy. Here’s to hoping for another productive month!

How about you? Did you work on many projects this month? Anything you’re especially pleased with accomplishing? I would love to hear about it in the comments!

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!