End of 2015 Stash Report

The last quarter report for 2015!  The good news is that 2016 can only be better. It was a busy year and it is cool to see that I still produced several finished projects.  A little strange that I did not do more sewing.  I sold a lot of handspun at the beginning of the year.  I also fell down hard on snatching up the old Dream in Color base from Ravelry destashes.  We joke as knitters about how we must purchase yarn because,  “they might stop making yarn,” but they really did stop making this particular type of yarn.  That did me in for being ahead on 2015.  But this just means that I will have some awesome goals for 2016!  Happy New Year!

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 4 yards

Added Year to Date:  13 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  -9 yards

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  20 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  68 ounces

Traded/Destashed Year to Date:  46 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  898 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:  2 ounces

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  6,118 yards

Woven Year to Date:  1,369 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  3,345 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 11,048 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  150 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:   -366 yards

2014 Third Quarter Stash Report

The third quarter of 2014 has come and gone!  I feel like I lost my knitting flow somewhere in this quarter, but I am back on track now.  I will blame part of that on these cute puppies:

Rosie (adopted this August) and Calvin (adopted last August)

How can you resist those faces?  They have kept me busy, that is for sure.  I should also blame part of the lack of mojo on Candy Crush Saga.  That game just sucks me in sometimes.  But excuses, excuses.  Within the past month I have been to knitting events that got me re-energized about the craft.  Janelle blogged all about our trip to DC to see Sally Melville and our trip to my first Knitter’s Day Out.  I also spent the day spinning at our local heritage festival with some crafty friends:

So my flow is back, but for the first time ever, my yarn report is in the negative!  I have one more quarter to get back on track.  Here is the full report –

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 26.5 yards

Added Year to Date:  19 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  7.5 yards

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  5,235 yards

Woven Year to Date:  426 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  993 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 6,919 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  995 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  -1,260 yards

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  48 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  45 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  2,120 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  3 ounces (Decided to cancel my monthly club after I realized how close I was to negative numbers!)

I am looking forward to knitting, spinning, and weaving more this quarter!

Tumbler Crib Quilt

I had a special request for my goddaughter’s birthday this year – a quilt for her bed (aka converted crib).  After the epic quilt for my sister earlier this year, this quilt felt like a breeze.  Her mom chose the pattern from several I pinned on Pinterest and gave me the leftover fabric from the decorations in her room.  I had to buy some matching fabric to create the entire quilt, but that was easy to do.  This was my first tumbler quilt.  And the biggest free motion quilting project I have done to date!  Even though this quilt was only about 30″ by 60,” it was still a lot to free motion quilt.  My hands would really ache after working on a section.  But it was worth it!  The back of the quilt is a purple flannel fabric.  And I used a purchased bias tape for the binding.  I am really pleased with how this quilt turned out.  And my goddaughter loves it – always the best part.

Next quilt that is up for piecing together is the one from my wedding!  Hopefully I can get that one done before Christmas!

Crocheted Rag Rug

Now that my first year as an assistant professor is over, I have more time for crafting!  I am almost overwhelmed with the possibilities of projects.  Last week I bought a subscription on sale for Creativebug.  It is like Craftsy in the sense that they have online tutorials, but instead of paying for each class, you pay for the time you have access.  It has a different feel and allows for more dabbling across different types of projects.  Perfect timing for my summer schedule!  The first class I tried was, “Crochet a Rag Rug” by Cal Patch.  I also read Crazy Mom Quilts’ recent tutorial.  I found a bag of scrap strips in my fabric stash that have moved with me at least three times.  And so, this 10″ by 28″ rug was created in just one evening.

 

 

If I find some cheap bed sheets or knit fabric this summer, I will be creating bigger rugs for the kitchen.  It really is a fun project.  You just have to watch your wrists as the fabric is very unforgiving.  Let me know if you have ever made one.  Here is to the beginning of a wonderful summer!

An Epic Quilt

In November, my youngest sister made a crafting request for her college graduation in December – a quilt big enough for her bed.  I almost fell over at the request for two reasons:  1 – I had never made a quilt that large before. and 2 – She usually does not usually ask for things.  I knew I was not going to get it done in time for graduation, but I immediately started planning.  First, I had my sister pick a pattern and colors.  We decided on the Raspberry Dessert pattern by Jaybird Quilts in turquoise and black.  Sometime in December I ventured out to Joann’s to choose the perfect fabrics.  My sister approved through Snapchatting photos.  Over Christmas break I cut the fabric into the strips and squares necessary, which I rarely do.  I am a pre-cut and/or wonky kind of quilter.  After this experience, I will stick to my pre-cuts, thank you.  Slowly I pieced the quilt together in January and February.

 

 

 

Then after I finished the quilt top and stitched together a back, I decided to send it to Missouri Star Quilt Company for the quilting part.  This size of quilt was never going to fit in my small machine and I would not want to have tried!  My sister picked out the quilted pattern.  I waited about three weeks for it to come back to me.  And wow, was I impressed.  They did such an amazing job on the quilting and getting the quilt square.  Saved me a lot of agony (well that is what I would call it – other people seem to enjoy this step).  After all of that work, I had to hand sew the binding, right?  Again, how people see that part as enjoyable, I am not sure.  And black binding was definitely difficult to see.  I spent about a week working on the binding in the sunlight.  I ordered a custom label from Etsy to include (my first quilt with a label!) and off it went to my sister – about six months after the original request and long after graduation!  But she loves it.

 

 

 

So this was the largest, most expensive, and best quilt I have ever made.  I have no desire to make another one any time soon…although I seem to say that after every quilt I make.  Next one on my requested list is a toddler sized quilt for my goddaughter’s birthday in August.  I can handle that, but I better start now.  🙂

 

First Quarter Report 2014

Wow, the first quarter of 2014 is already over!  I must really be in the flow.  It has been a productive quarter, especially with the amount of snow days we had at school.  I have had a good balance of projects for me and projects as gifts.  And all of the wedding invitations are officially out and in the mail, which was a big accomplishment.  This next quarter includes the wedding, so there will be a lot of crafting in the months of May and June.  Here is my recap of stash reports!

Summer Table Runner for a Friend

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 16 yards

Added Year to Date:  6 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  10 yards (an epic quilt post is coming soon!)

Honey Cowl

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  1,855 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  993 yards (all to my sister for projects she made me)

Purchased Year to Date: 1,444 yards (all for gifts)

Acquired for Free to Date:  745 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  659 yards (better do some more knitting!)

Green Corriedale Handspun

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  9 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  4 ounces (joined the Into the Whirled fiber club)

Yards Spun Year to Date:  284 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  5 ounces

2014 – The Year of Flow

At other points during the year I wonder why we put such an emphasis on January 1st.  But then it rolls around, after the holiday madness and before the long stretch of winter that is left.  And it feels like a fresh start!  A time to make new goals!  I am very excited for 2014.  It is the year I am getting married!  The year of settling in to our new life that we created in 2013!  And so this year’s “one little word” will be flow.  Last year’s word was acceptance and this year’s word just seems to fit right after that.  I have accepted who I am as a crafter and now it is time to go with the flow.  Flow is also one of my favorite psychology concepts by  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  From the book, “During flow, people typically experience deep enjoyment, creativity, and a total involvement with life.”  I plan to craft this year with flow.  If I am not experiencing deep enjoyment or involvement, I will not do it.  And so my goals for the year center around the concept of flow:

  • Enjoy the crafting for my wedding.

We are getting married in June and all of the major details are planned.  But I could just see myself going overboard on little things.  Which I refuse to do.  I will not be crafting at 3am just to get something done!  It can be skipped.  I have been in enough weddings to know the details are not the important part.  And I have seen exhausted brides because they spent too much time working on things the week before.  That is not happening here!  I am going to enjoy the crafting or not do it.  Part of my strategy is to space out some of the projects I do have in mind.

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

This goal has really worked out well for me over the past couple years.  I always try to produce more than I bring in and keeping that in mind has really kept me in line on purchases.  Maybe this year I can even wait until Maryland Sheep and Wool before I buy any fiber or yarn (beginning of May – probably too ambitious).  But realistically, I could try to contain all of my full skeins of yarn and fiber in the 45 gallon tub that is already full.  Knitting even one sweater might make this happen!  It’s a thought.  The quilts I want to finish this year should also put a dent in the fabric stash.

  • Start and/or finish at least five projects for myself.

Sometimes I get caught up in the projects I make for friends and family. I really love making gifts, but I also want to stay in the flow by making myself a few things.  I should finish the t-shirt quilt I started.  I need to finish the Charlotte’s Web Shawl that I am about halfway through (but put aside for gift knitting).  I could knit a sweater for myself out of my handspun yarn.  There are a lot of possibilities!

  • Start an outdoor garden at this house.

At the old house, I learned how to garden by starting a square foot garden that was 4′ by 8′ and mainly in the shade.  Now I have the opportunity to have as big of a garden as I want in full sun.  What an opportunity!  I know it is going to be a busy spring, but even one tomato plant would be progress.  Looking forward to it.

  • Paint the rest of the house and put curtains up in every room.

We have made some progress on this front, but my living room still has the 1995 curtains that came with the house.  And we still need to paint the bedrooms.  We have a lot of home renovations in mind, but the decorating touches would be a good goal for the year.  I would really like to attend some auctions and garage sales this summer to look for new furniture as well.

 

Five goals for the year is pretty reasonable for keeping in the flow.  There are lots of possibilities for new projects and personal enjoyment.  I look forward to crafting in 2014 and I hope you will join me on the journey!