2015 Second Quarter Stash Report

Here we are at the halfway point of the year already!  June went by in the blink of an eye for me because I spent most of it traveling.  Halfway through the year and halfway through the summer (for school).  This quarter I had a lot of crafting adventures – a friend’s bridal shower, Maryland Sheep and Wool (MDSW) Festival, Great Lakes Fiber Festival, handling alpaca at the local farm, seeing the Mount Vernon sheep in person, AND the ultimate – my first visit to WEBS, the biggest yarn shop in the United States!  I was so happy to squish all the yarns in person.  I also went in with a plan in mind – find DK yarn for the new Paula Emons-Fuessle pattern.  So I did just that, finding a Rowan DK closeout for $20.  Just $20 in yarn from WEBS?!  I know!  It’s like the first time I went to MDSW…a lot of self-restraint.  I still have a lot of work to do the rest of the year to stay ahead!  Here is the official stash report.

Fabric Update: (Really?  I still haven’t sewn anything this year?  Wow!)

Used Year to Date: 0 yards

Added Year to Date:  3.5 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  -3.5 yards

Fiber Update(I made some progress here!)

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  12 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  38 ounces

Traded/Destashed Year to Date:  46 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  594 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:  20 ounces

Follow Your Arrow KAL 2015

Yarn Update: (I could go the rest of the year without buying yarn…don’t I always say that?)

Knit Year to Date:  4,354 yards

Woven Year to Date:  1,369 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  745 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 6,198 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  150 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:   120 yards

Hope your first half of 2015 was as wonderful as mine!

A Fiberish May

Being a student at a university inevitably means my April and May months are always the busiest out of the year.  Not only is the semester wrapping up, but the entire academic year.  In December, there is still enthusiasm and excitement for the holidays.  May comes around and I am just plain tired!  But now I am ready to slow down (a little) and enjoy the summer time.  Here are just a few of the fiberish projects I have managed to complete in the past month.

 

Slipped Stitch Rib Socks – my first finished pair of 2013!

 

Gill’s Rock – a design by Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast

 

 

Unplanned Peacock Merino – 220 yards

Headed to a scrapbooking crop tonight where I plan to make cards and enjoy good company!

Baby Shower Fun

Last Saturday I was happy to help good friends celebrate their upcoming arrival of Miss Hannah.  I created my first chipboard name banner for the event, modeled after several examples on Etsy and Pinterest.  I purchased the chipboard scalloped triangles and little owls from Studio Cee.  Great quality pieces and easy to paint.  I used K and Company patterned paper and my Cricut to create the letters and background.  A little tulle with ribbon and it came together nicely.

 

 

Simple thank you cards for the new mom-to-be.

 

 

 

And then of course I wanted to knit Miss Hannah a little sweater.  This sweater is extra special because it is handspun.  The green fiber was a gift from the happy couple last summer.  Little did I know I would be spinning it especially for their future daughter!  The Ravelry project page has the other details.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, knits for babies are always better with the baby in them!  Looking forward to the safe arrival of Miss Hannah later this spring!

Handspun Eye Candy

During January I made it a goal to spin one ounce every day.  Usually I kind of “binge spin” by spinning several ounce in one day and then not touching the wheel for a week.  But for the most part, I used my wheel on a daily basis last month.  So what did that result in?  Lots of skeins to show off.  Just a little handspun eye candy for you.  I am definitely getting more consistent!

Gale’s Art BFL and Quarry Creations Alpaca – 368 yards / 2 ply

Briar Rose – 180 yards / 2 ply

Fiber Optic – 200 yards / 2 ply

Fiber Optic Gradient KnitGirllls SAL – 180 yards / Navajo Ply

2013 Goals – The Year of Acceptance

The past few weeks have led to a lot of reflection about 2012 and ideas for 2013.  Ali Edwards always recommends “one little word” for the year, and this year I am choosing “acceptance.”  For me, it means accepting who I am as a crafter.  With all these years of crafting experience, I think I know some of the things I like to do and some of the things I do not.  For example, I love scrapbooking, but I am just never going to be one of those “one photo super ephemera page” type of scrapbookers.  I know, never say never, but some things I can be pretty confident about.  I do not enjoy quilling or crocheting tiny toys.  I have no desire to knit a complicated cable sweater for myself.  These are things I know about myself.  But in 2013, I want to find other crafting realizations of acceptance.  Maybe I will always have a stash of yarn and I just have to accept that.  Maybe it is acceptable to have hundreds of buttons for scrapbooking.  I want to accept who I am and not feel guilty about who I am not as a crafter.  A lot of knitting podcasters have been talking about the “no guilt” year and “acceptance” is my version of that this year.

 

So all of that being said, here are my goals for 2013.  After seeing what happened in 2012, I am sure there are several projects I will come up with that do not relate to this list.  But I am excited to make these projects happen in 2013.

  • Keep track of three stashes – fabric, yarn, and fiber.

For the past two years I have kept track of fabric, so that should be easy.  I am not a prolific fabric user.  Last year I kept track of my yarn intake/outtake, which was quite the eyeopener.  It really helps me think about new purchases.  One of the ways I was able to help balance my yarn purchases last year was through buying fiber.  Well 2013 is the year for keeping track of fiber too.  The main goal for all of these stashes is always to use more than I buy.

  • Finish spinning the fiber for a handspun sweater and knit it.

This was something I started working on last spring when I became more serious about spinning and won a new wheel.  I m halfway done with spinning the 32 ounces of fiber and want to finish that.  I hope to three ply the fiber.  Then I want to knit myself a sweater out of it.  It is taking sweater knitting to a whole new level!

  • Do not participate in Campy Loopy this year.

This sounds like a funny goal, especially because I try to keep my goals positive.  But for the past two years I have participated in Camp Loopy, a three month long knitalong where you buy yarn for each project during the summer.  It is a great program because you receive free yarn and discounts.  But it also consumes my summer knitting.  Sure, knitting a sweater in a month is great, but it requires buying yarn and picking a new pattern.  I have plenty of yarn!  I want to knit what I want to knit this summer – no rules.

  • Knit six projects for myself out of the six “brown bags” I created.

Two years ago I knit 12 socks in 12 months, partially due to the incentive of the “brown bags” I put the yarn in.  It was surprise each month what I would get to knit with.  It also required a lot of my knitting time, as you can imagine.  So this year I am reenacting that goal by cutting it in half – six bags throughout the year.  I have already bagged up the yarn.  They are all skeins that I decided “I must knit with this in 2013.”  So that should be fun.

  • Make a t-shirt quilt out of my box of t-shirts.

This goal has been on my mind for several years, but I definitely want to make it happen in 2013.  I am confident enough in my quilting abilities to make it a success.  And it will be a great way to see some of my favorite t-shirts.

  • Create a master list of scrapbook pages that need to be completed and do them.

I am again behind on my scrapbooking pages.  I did not scrapbook as much in 2012 and need to get back to it.  Usually I go on a long retreat weekend to make it happen, we will have to see when I time for that in 2013.

  • Organize my stamp filing cabinet this year.

Almost everything I have is organized into a space.  In fact, some days I have time for crafting, I just use it to organize.  But somehow my stamps have gotten a little out of control in their filing cabinet.  So I would like to organize that in 2013 and be able to see all of my stamps easily.  One of the things I know about myself (part of acceptance) is that I need to be able to see it if I am going to use it on my cards.

 

Seven crafting goals for 2013, I think I can make that happen!  It is going to be another busy year, but I am looking forward to it.  Hope you are too!

Just a Little Spinning

This weekend I worked on several crafty projects and even completed a few.  But since I’ve been working on gifts lately, I will have to wait to show them to you until the recipients receive them.  In the mean time, here are some skeins of yarn I finished recently.

 

 

 

 

Can you tell I am becoming more consistent?  No fingering weight yarn yet, but that bottom fiber was pretty thin as a two ply.  I keep all of the details about my yarn over in my stash.  It is not in the photos, but I spun another 8 ounces for my SPAKAL sweater (spin along, knit along).  Halfway there!  Looking forward to spinning more now that the weather is cooling down.  Talk to you next time.

No Longer a Beginner Spinner

I am very excited to show you my latest spinning project.  I have officially crossed into the realm of intermediate status with this finished yarn.  Well, at least in my eyes.  I spun my first Loop Bullseye Bump.  Now, if you are not familiar with Loop, it is a very popular shop on Etsy.  She has shop updates that sell out very quickly.  And rightfully so, her center-pull bumps are one of a kind.  I was almost afraid to spin my bump because I thought it was too precious.  But then I came to my senses and enjoyed the experience!

 

You cannot tell in the photo, but this yarn is a gradient.  So it starts with the black, morphs into the greens and blues, and ends with the purple.  And has a little bit of sparkle throughout.  And doesn’t it almost look professional?  I was able to spin 282 yards out of the 5 ounces at a dk/light worsted weight.  Very proud.  And now I will have to think about what to knit with it!