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

2015 First Quarter Stash Report

Happy spring and happy second quarter of the year!  It was a busy quarter for me, but I still took the time to work my goals for the year and to remember my one little word – nourish.  Thinking about that word is going to be a lot easier this spring and summer.  Overall, I am doing well on my stashes.  I have not sewn anything yet this year.  I have no finished spinning projects to share – just lots of bobbins that need plied.  I did destash a lot of my handspun on a Facebook group this past quarter.  That felt pretty great to send some of my first handspun yarn out into the world for others to enjoy.  I have been knitting at a steady pace and I already posted about my weaving progress.

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 0 yards

Added Year to Date:  2 yards

Destashed Year to Date:  -2 yards

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  0 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  22 ounces

Traded/Destashed Year to Date:  46 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  0 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:  24 ounces

Finished these simple socks this quarter!

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  2,512 yards

Woven Year to Date:  1,369 yards

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

Purchased Year to Date: 1,818 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  0 yards

Net Destashed for 2015:   2,808 yards

I hope your craftiness had a great first quarter too!

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!

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

Needle Felting Newbie

Earlier this week I went to my local alpaca farm to take a class on needle felting.  I have seen plenty of needle felted objects before, especially on Etsy, but never tried it myself.  It does make sense as an extension of my other crafts though because it involves using the fiber I typically use to spin into yarn.  So we learned how to make this little alpaca fellow.  Isn’t he cute?  I also learned more about raising alpaca from the owner.  That’s a slippery slope!  I have probably spent more time this week thinking about raising real alpaca than the time it took to make this little creature.

 

I see many more needle felted objects in my future!  Check it out yourself if you have an interest.  A lot easier than either knitting or crocheting, but not a craft you would want to do around small children (the needle is very, very sharp).  Until next time!

End of 2013 Stash Report and Goals

Another year is ending and it is time to recap my crafting adventures!  My word of the year was acceptance and I definitely had to do a lot of accepting with my crafting this year.  My life adventures took over most of my crafting time this year, but I knew it was okay.  I accepted it from the beginning and am glad I was able to accomplish as much as I did.  What a wonderful year to reflect on!  The original post about my 2013 goals is here.

My first crafting goal was to keep track of three stashes – yarn, fiber, and fabric.  The main idea was to use more than I brought in of each substance.  Especially when I realized in March that I would be moving, I really limited my purchasing on all three fronts.  Well then we moved into the house with almost unlimited crafting space (in the basement)!  And I had specific gift requests for projects using fabric (but they are not done yet).  And I did very little knitting (compared to last year).  I did not even touch my spinning wheel in this fourth quarter (our puppy is a little too interested).  Thank goodness it was the year of acceptance!  I am very happy with the progress I did make on this goal and plan to continue the tracking into next year.  Oh and I will say I was just in NYC and went into a fabric and yarn store and did not buy a thing in either (did not want to mess up my progress this close to the end of the year!).  So it does keep me in line.

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 7 yards

Added Year to Date:  17.6 yards (just purchased all the fabric for a quilt in progress)

Destashed Year to Date:  -10.6 yards

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  6,490 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  1,638 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 3,877 yards

Acquired for Free to Date:  1,371 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  2,880 yards

Fiber Update (no changes since third quarter):

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  104.3 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  76 ounces

Yards Spun Year to Date:  4,360 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  28.3 ounces (1.76 pounds)

My second goal for 2013 was to finish spinning the fiber for a handspun sweater and knit it.  I completed half of this goal by finishing the spinning part.  The yarn sits in my stash, waiting to be made into a sweater.

The third goal of the year was to NOT participate in Camp Loopy this year.  I loved participating it in the past two years, but I thought it was keeping me from knitting from my stash.  This goal became very easy to complete once I knew what the summer had in store for me – moving.  I did not knit from my stash to the extent I used to knit in Camp Loopy, but that is okay.  I did not participate so I did complete this goal!

The fourth goal of 2013 was to knit six projects for myself out of the six “brown bags” I created.  This idea worked really well for me when I knit 12 pairs of socks in 12 months using the brown bags, but I just could not get into it this year.  I think I knit one pair of socks and then I just picked the projects I wanted to work on after that.  So I still have 4-5 unopened brown bags to explore next year.

The fifth goal was to make a t-shirt quilt out of my box of t-shirts.  I made some progress on this goal by cutting all of the t-shirts into squares ready for quilting.  I still need to add the interfacing before I sew them all together, but cutting them down freed up a lot of space in my stash.  Just imagine the yardage I am going to get to count next year on this project!

The sixth goal of 2013 was to create a master list of scrapbook pages that need to be completed and do them.  I made big progress on this goal.  I filled in a lot of pages that needed titles or ribbon at a scrapbook crop in October.  I completed entire pages that had been skipped over.  And even a vacation album!  But I do not want to say that I have every single page done in my scrapbooking history.  There are still a few things here and there I need to fill in.  A few pages are sitting on my desk downstairs right now.  And I have a big weekend crop coming up next month.  I am very happy to have multiple shelves full of scrapbooks.

And the last goal was to organize my stamp filing cabinet this year.  Well that entire cabinet moved with me.  And continues to be semi-disorganized.  But I did make some progress on organizing it.  Some days I want one unified system for all of my stamps and other days I am fine with the hodge podge system that I have.  So we will see what I do now that I have new space to rearrange the stamps.

That is the final recap for my 2013 goals.  I think about all of the things I crafted this year that were unexpected.  I also had no idea that decorating and home renovation would take over part of my crafting time.  Thank you for reading this far and I look forward to your comments in 2014!

Third Quarter Stash Report

And just like that, the third quarter of the year is complete!  Usually the summer flies by for me, but this quarter was exceptionally slow.  I was just waiting for my new life to begin.  Waiting to move into our very own house, waiting to defend my dissertation, and waiting to start my new job as a professor!  Now all of that has happened and I can start to settle in to my new life.  Time for more crafting!  What I did not anticipate was this new hobby of mine…home improvement projects!  Those projects will start to make an appearance on the blog as I complete them.

As a reminder, one of my resolutions this year was to keep track of three stashes – fabric, yarn, and fiber. I blogged about my first quarter stash report here and my second quarter stash report here.  I did not knit as much this summer as last summer, but that was mainly a result of not participating in Camp Loopy.  Which was one of my resolutions – to NOT participate in it this year.  I had big plans to just knit with stash.  But not participating also decreased my summer knitting productivity.  And all that packing.  There was a lot of packing.  And unpacking.  But I have high hopes for this last quarter!

Fabric Update:

Used Year to Date: 1 yard
Added Year to Date: 5.6 yards (working on a baby blanket now and some of the new fabric is for the wedding)
Destashed Year to Date:  -4.6 yards !

Yarn Update:

Knit Year to Date:  4,756 yards

Traded/Sold/Gave Away Year to Date:  1,638 yards

Purchased Year to Date: 3,030 yards (went to a fiber festival this quarter and new to me yarn shops!)

Acquired for Free to Date:  200 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  3,164  yards

Fiber Update:

Ounces Spun Year to Date:  104.3 ounces

Purchased Year to Date:  76 ounces (bought an entire fleece through a local breeder and had it processed)

Yards Spun Year to Date:  4,360 yards

Net Destashed for 2013:  28.3 ounces (1.76 pounds)