Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012 - The Year to Come

I looked back at last year's New Years post and laughed. I declared 2011 The Year of the Sock! Although I finished a record number of socks (five) only two pair was cast on in 2011. And it was a struggle to finish them all. I was really in a monster/critter mode.

I've decided to declare 2012 The Year of... Whatever I want it to be. Since that's what it'll be no matter what I say. I plan to focus on using my stash and not adding to it. I'm going to try and finish up some WiPs. I'd also like to use up some of my balled up yarn. I read yarn that has been balled up weakens over time. Then the socks (for instance) you knit with them won't last as long.

2011 - The Year in Review

Using and otherwise getting rid of my stash was a big priority for me. I went over my yarn totals for the year. And here's what I came up with:

Total Knit/crocheted: 6828 yards
Total sold/given away: 7134 yards
Total bought: 5779 yards
Total given: 1155 yards

Strangely enough when I add and subtract these totals (7028 yards) they don't match my month by month total of how much yarn I got rid of this year (4609 yards). Weird.

I'm sad to see that even though I was on a "yarn diet" I still bought a lot of yarn. It feels like a bought almost as much as I used. I should have kept track of how much of that yarn was used for something and how much was stashed. I tried really hard to only buy yarn for specific projects. However, I admit there was some stashing this year.

I do feel good because I knit with and got rid of some deep stash. I finally used my red stash, those six balls of Rowan Biggy Print I bought on sale at Yarn Garden eons ago and three of the four balls Rowan Chunky Print that I bought even before that. It was a big accomplishment that I am proud of.

I finished 23 projects this year. Five of which were for me. I knit 11 monsters and animals. All but one of those used stash yarn. The one that didn't use stash yarn was my first commissioned project.

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