February 2018: Wrap-Up

Yardage Totals 2018:

 January: 1,679yds
February: 1,069yds
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
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.)

Show Notes: Episode 191

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Show Notes: “2017 Wrap Up + Farewell, KAP”

It’s a long one today, kittens. Buckle up, grab a drink, and enjoy!

Pixel Rise Socks 
Lady Marple
Never Not Gnoming
Northwest Elf

♥ Mentioned: Wilson Bickford-paintings/art instructor
Falala Llama by Andwabisabi
Joyful Noise sock yarn from Knitterly Things
Jerry Roupe Scandinavian Fairy Cross Stitch Craft Book

I talked all about my 2017 goals, how I did on them, and what my plans for 2018 are. If you want to watch the entire video, I have snippets of “Vlogmas” videos I took during the month of December and my 2017 Stash Toss at the end.

Episode 191: 2017 Wrap Up + Farewell, KAP

Episode 191: 2017 Wrap Up + Farewell, KAP

Kittens, thank you so much for 5 years of Knot A Podcast! I will be back later this winter with a new podcast; think of it as Regenerating.

Today’s episode is a long one…full of FOs, Crafty acquisitions, my 2017 yearly wrap up, my 2018 crafty aspirations, my silly attempt at Vlogmas, and I tossed my stash for you all to see. Have a lovely 2018! I will be back to talk with you all soon.

December 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: 373yds
October: 774yds
November: 469yds
December: 1,692yds
2017 Totals: 11,493 yds or 6.53 miles



Ooh. I was so close, kittens. I could almost taste that victory.

December’s effort was valiant (my personal best month of 2017), but it wasn’t quite enough to make that 12,000 yards knit for the year goal I made. I am really pleased with how this effort went, and I’m hoping to complete the same challenge in 2018. No reason to beat myself up: no one can predict when a knitting slump will strike. On to better things, yes? ^_^

Did you make any goals for 2017? Did you achieve them, or, like me, did you hit some bumps?