Sunday, February 4, 2018

first sweater of 2018




Not my first finished knit of 2018, but my second! This is my first in my overly-ambitious goal of knitting 12 sweaters this year. One down, eleven to go. This sweater knit up fast, but my progress was also enabled by a three-day weekend that turned into a five-day weekend thanks to two local snow days! Woo! I was also knitting faster since I was anxious I wouldn't have enough yarn at first--but my fears were for naught, as this project only took 3.5 skeins of Sanguine Gryphon Traveller (a DK weight yarn). This was dipping into some of my precious stash, as Sanguine Gryphon yarn is no longer available to purchase. As luck would have it, I had four skeins that varied widely. But with the reverse stockinette you can't even tell. Normally I'm not a fan of knitting sweaters bottom up, but this one knit so quickly and fits so comfortably I'm sure I'll be knitting this pattern again and again. This sweater is going to become the sweatshirt I reach for every time! 991 yards used out of my stash.

Pattern: The Weekender, by Andrea Mowry (link to my Ravelry project page)
Yarn: Sanguine Gryphon Traveller (colorway: In a Lonely Place, used 3.5 skeins)
Needles: Size 9 for body, size 8 for ribbing
Mods: None!

sunday's stitches 2018, vol. 2

sunday's stitches: a moment to slow down and savor 

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

sunday's stitches 2018, vol. 1

sunday's stitches: a moment to slow down and savor 
whatever your stitching on


See my progress from week to week on past sunday's stitches.

2017 year in review


January - March

April - June

July - September

October - December



And the grand total is .... 55 projects knit or crocheted this year! Almost exactly half of my output in 2016, interestingly! This year I was distracted by needlepoint in the first half of the year, and just not as crafting obsessed as years prior. That's okay! I should call 2017 the year of crochet, as I've never crocheted more in my life--20% of my finished projects were crocheted! 




So how did I do on those crafting resolutions I set back in January? Eh, mixed. Some big achievements, but definitely big fat NOPEs on several of them. That's okay. There's always another year!
2017 Crafting Resolutions:
    • Goal #1: Going for year two of ZERO yarn purchases. Results: COMPLETED! That makes TWO FULL YEARS of not purchasing yarn for myself! Amazing!!
    • Goal #2: Sew at least two quilts. Results: One quilt completed!
    • Goal #3: Knit 50 charity projects. Results: NADA. 2017 apparently was a selfish year of knitting for me. To be fair, our knitting guild had pushed really hard on this for the two previous years and we all needed a break.
    • Goal #4: Knit at least three sweaters for myself. Results: One sweater knitted. Better than zero!
    • Goal #5: Devote more time to needlepoint/cross-stitch projects. Results: WIN! Definitely got back into needlepoint and stitching in 2017. Not a ton of finishes though.
    • Goal #6: Learn how to crochet toys! Results: NADA. Oops.
    • Goal #7: Dye my own self-striping yarn. Results: NADA. Oops.
    • Goal #8: Continue my Love Your Library project! Results: Completed 19 projects from patterns in my library! That's 34% of my 2017 projects!
 
So what do I want to achieve in 2018?
  • Goal #1: Going for year three of ZERO yarn purchases.
  • Goal #2: Knit twelve sweaters. 
  • Goal #3: Make 18 hats for charity.
  • Goal #4: Sew one project every month. 
  • Goal #5: Devote weekly time to needlepoint/cross-stitch projects.
  • Goal #6: Learn how to crochet toys!
  • Goal #7: Dye my own self-striping yarn.
  • Goal #8: Continue my Love Your Library project!
It feels silly to repeat so many goals, but I really do want to do those things--2018 will be the year! And I'm officially declaring 2018 the year of the sweater ... I have way too many sweater quantities of yarn that have sat in my stash for much too long! And I also commit to resurrecting this poor neglected blog in 2018--I really enjoy looking back at my projects, and I miss blogging!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

sunday's stitches 2017: vol. 2


sunday's stitches: a moment to slow down and savor 
whatever your stitching on



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

stitch your library 2017: vol. 1

I'm back with my never-ending goal of actually knitting/crocheting/stitching/making the thousands upon thousands of patterns I've accumulated between my library of crafting books, my subscriptions to knitting magazines, and the endless lure of free patterns on Ravelry and the web. This year I'm giving myself the added challenge of going "head-to-toe" with this project. Can I make enough projects from my library that I cover myself head-to-toe. Should be fun! I'm starting things off with a worsted weight sweater. I need to knit sweaters this year. I have way too many sweater quantities of yarn languishing in my stash! And this project is using yarn from 2011, from the last time I attended Stitches South. Deep stash. :-D 




Sunday, January 8, 2017