Saturday, January 5, 2013

2012: A Knitting Yardage Summary + 2013 Goals


It's time for me to post my yardage totals for 2012 and reflect on what I've learned. Hopefully, numbers don't bore you guys too much.
2012 goals 
(1) Knit 12 adult sweaters--Done! August 31, 2012.
02.11.12--White Pine 
02.16.12--Alexandria Cardigan 
03.30.12--Delancey Cardigan 
04.28.12--Idlewood 
05.15.12--Jenica Hoodie 
05.18.12--Water and Stone 
05.24.12--Zephyr 
05.28.12--Abalone 
07.08.12--Still Light 
08.09.12--Dark and Stormy 
08.20.12--Spring Showers 
08.31.12--wrapped pullover 
09.11.12--Pole 
10.15.12--Perla 
12.12.12--Kara
(2) Knit 12 socks (6 pairs)--Done! Super early, too: April 27, 2012.
02.27.12--Lindsay (2 socks) 
03.06.12--Hermione Everyday Socks (2 socks) 
03.09.12--Leyburn Socks (2 socks) 
04.08.12--LSU Stripey Socks (2 socks) 
04.17.12--Library Knitter (2 socks) 
04.27.12--twirl (2 socks) 
06.22.12--First Aid Socks (2 socks) 
08.12.12--Summer Socks (2 socks) 
11.16.12--Velvis Socks (2 socks) 
11.28.12--Purdue Socks (2 socks)
(3) Sew 12 garments.--8 completed. 
Grellow Skirt 
Linen Skirt 
Purple Skirt 
Colette Macaron 
New Look 6104 (09.09.12) 
Election Night Sorbetto (09.10.12) 
Alma Blouse (09.18.12) 
Peter Pan Alma Blouse (09.22.12)
(4) Knit a mile per month (1760 yards)--36,262.2 yds knit = 20.6 miles!
January--Knit 1393.5 yds (without really trying); 
81,411.4 yds in stash, 381.88 skeins in stash 
February--Knit 2680.2 yds. 
82,942.1 yds in stash, 392.93 skeins in stash 
March-- Knit 3419.0 yds. 
81,491.7 yds in stash, 385.67 skeins in stash 
April-- Knit 3719.3 yds. 
139,563.4 yds in stash, 600.53 skeins in stash 
May-- Knit 4379.0 yds. 
165,351.4 yds in stash, 683.69 skeins in stash 
(That’s about 57 sweaters, 59 pairs of socks, 14 shawls, 5 afghans worth of yarn.) 
June-- Knit 3261.4 yds. 
162, 930.1 yds in stash, 666.72 skeins in stash 
July-- Knit 743.3 yds. 
163,025 yds in stash, 665.32 skeins in stash 
August--Knit 3906.5 yds. 
161,306.5 yds in stash, 643.19 skeins in stash 
September--Knit 1818.6 yds. 
160,630.6 yds in stash, 635.74 skeins in stash 
October--Knit 2591.8 yds. 
157,890.3 yds in stash, 625.06 skeins in stash 
November--Knit 5197.1 yds. 
148,666.2 yds in stash, 604.96 skeins in stash 
December--Knit 3147.5 yds. 
142,895 yds in stash, 583.91 skeins in stash
(5) Knit 120 skeins of yarn (Doesn't have to be complete skeins, but only "scraps" left. Can't count 1 skein 2ce.)--Done! September 19, 2012.
Baby Chalice Blanket--1 skein (01.23.12); 1 skein (03.13.12) 
Alexandria Cardigan--2 skeins (01.25.12); 1 skein (02.16.12) 
Idlewood--1 skein (01.26.12); 1 skein (02.13.12); 2 skeins (04.28.12) 
Horace the Horse--3 skeins (02.01.12), 1 skein (03.12.12) 
White Pine--1 skein (02.04.12); 1 skein (02.05.12); 1 skein (02.09.12); 2 skeins (02.10.11) 
Lilac Wine--1 skein (02.20.12) 
Delancey Cardigan--1 skein (02.24.12); 1 skein (03.28.12); 1 skein (03.29.12) 
Lindsay--1 skein (02.25.12); 1 skein (02.27.12) 
Hermione Everday Socks--1 skein (03.06.12) 
Leyburn Socks--1 skein (03.09.12) 
Color Affection--2 skeins (03.17.12); 1 skein (03.19.12) 
Lintilla--1 skein (03.25.12) 
Wave Jumper--1 skein (03.25.12) 
Magrathea--1 skein (04.03.12) 
LSU Stripey Socks--1 skein (04.08.12) 
Trillian--1 skein (04.09.12) 
Rustling Leaves Beret--1 skein (04.11.12) 
Girly--1 skein (04.12.12); 1 skein (04.29.12); 1 skein (04.30.12) 
Library Knitter--1 skein (04.17.12) 
Rock Island--1 skein (04.22.12) 
Hitchhiker--1 skein (04.26.12) 
twirl--1 skein (04.27.12) 
Water and Stone--1 skein (05.04.12); 1 skein (05.05.12); 1 skein (05.18.12) 
Jenica Hoodie--1 skein (05.09.12); 2 skeins (05.10.12); 1 skein (05.11.12); 1 skein (05.12.12); 1 skein (05.14.12); 2 skeins (05.15.12) 
Zephyr--1 skein (05.21.12); 2 skeins (05.22.12); 2 skeins (05.24.12) 
Abalone--3 skeins (05.27.12); 1 skein (05.28.12) 
Gramps Cardigan--2 skeins (05.30.12) 
Rufus Textured Cardigan--1 skein (06.01.12); 1 skein (06.03.12) 
Provence Baby Cardigan--1 skein (06.04.12); 1 skein (06.05.12); 1 skein (06.06.12) 
Striped Afghans for Afghans Hat--2 skeins (06.06.12) 
Still Light--1 skein (06.07.12); 1 skein (06.08.12); 1 skein (06.10.12); 1 skein (06.11.12); 1 skein (06.17.12); 1 skein (06.19.12); 1 skein (06.24.12); 1 skein (06.28.12); 1 skein (07.08.12) 
Color Block Afghans for Afghans Hat--2 skeins (06.09.12) 
Kathleen--1 skein (06.13.12) 
First Aid Socks--1 skein (06.22.12) 
Elijah--1 skein (06.26.12) 
Summer Solstice Mystery Shawl--1 skein (07.23.12) 
Summer Socks--1 skein (07.27.12); 1 skein (08.12.12) 
Twist and Shout Dress--3 skeins (07.29.12); 5 skeins (08.09.12); 4 skeins (08.10.12) 
Dark and Stormy--1 skein (08.03.12); 2 skeins (08.04.12); 1 skein (08.06.12); 1 skein (08.07.12); 1 skein (08.09.12) 
Spring Showers--1 skein (08.18.12); 2 skeins (08.20.12) 
wrapped pullover--1 skein (08.21.12); 1 skein (08.23.12); 1 skein (08.25.12); 1 skein (08.27.12); 1 skein (08.31.12) 
Pole--1 skein (09.03.12); 1 skin (09.04.12); 1 skein (09.05.12); 1 skein (09.07.12); 1 skein (09.11.12) 
Perla--1 skein (09.19.12); 1 skein (09.24.12); 1 skein (09.27.12); 1 skein (09.30.12); 1 skein (10.15.12) 
Garter Stitch Scarf--1 skein (10.10.12); 1 skein (10.12.12); 1 skein (10.13.12); 1 skein (10.14.12) 
Knitted Garter Stitch Blanket--2 skeins (10.17.12); 2 skeins (10.22.12); 2 skeins (11.01.12); 2 skeins (11.05.12); 1 skein (11.12.12); 1 skein (11.13.12); 1 skein (11.14.12) 
honey cowl--1 skein (11.08.12) 
Velvis Socks--1 skein (11.16.12) 
Baby Chalice Blanket 2--1 skein (11.16.12); 1 skein (11.23.12); 1 skein (11.25.12) 
Purdue Socks--1 skein (11.27.12) 
Kara--1 skein (11.27.12); 1 skein (12.01.12); 1 skein (12.03.12); 1 skein (12.06.12); 1 skein (12.09.12); 1 skein (12.11.12) 
Jeweled Cowl--1 skein (11.29.12) 
Harrison--1 skein (12.06.12) 
For Good Hat--1 skein (12.07.12) 
For Good Hat 2--1 skein (12.13.12) 
Christopher--2 skeins (12.15.12) 
French Press Felted Slippers--1 skein (12.16.12) 
Beatnik--1 skein (12.16.12) 
Color Affection 2--1 skein (12.22.12); 1 skein (12.27.12) 
Christopher 2--1 skein (12.29.12) 
Total: 162 skeins

Lessons Learned
1. First, though my knitting numbers are impressive, I've found that the numbers reflect the amount of sadness I've had in 2012. I knit when I'm stressed, and I guess I was stressed or sad quite a lot. The months where I knit the least were the months during which I was least stressed. Though part of me would like to continue knitting at this alarmingly fast rate for the sake of using my stash, much of me hopes I don't. Thus my goals for 2013 are not geared as much towards finished yardage as my last year's goals were. Maybe I'll go even easier on myself in 2014.
2. I struggled to sew while I was finishing up med school. Thus, I didn't get to my goal of 12 sewn garments. Eh. That's A-Ok. Maybe I'll have a few more to participate in Me-Made-May this year though!
3. Yes, I effectively doubled my stash from March to May. I'm a stress shopper, along with a stress knitter. Now, I just need to work my way through it. I did a better job of controlling my purchases, and I'm on a overall downward trend now, look:

I went almost a full year without buying yarn from October 2010-September 2011. I was okay for a bit until stress settled in.
Last yarn purchase: 
October 16, 2010. 
September 8, 2011. 
November 1, 2011. 
January 24,2012. 
February 9, 2012. 
March 24, 2012. 
March 25, 2012. 
March 28, 2012. 
April 12, 2012. 
April 25, 2012. 
April 27, 2012. 
May 2, 2012. 
July 16, 2012. 
September 3, 2012. 
November 4, 2012. 
December 5, 2012.
Crafty Goals for 2013
So, that's it! Here are the next set of goals. What are your 2013 goals?
  1. Knit 12 adult sweaters.
  2. Knit 13 Use It or Lose It Projects.
  3. Knit 4 pairs of non-plain vanilla socks.
  4. Knit 4 lace shawls.
  5. Finish 4 hibernating projects.
  6. One stripey yarn project per month.
  7. Sew 12 garments.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012: A Knitting Summary

In 2012, I finished a whopping 62 knitted projects! This includes:

15 sweaters

12 hats

12 Neck Warmers:

12 Paired Items:

12 Baby Items:
Can you spot the repeats?

And 1 Ginormous Blanket:

Wow!! I never thought I knit quite that much this past year, but I did it. I don't have my kitchen scale with me because I'm still on vacation, so I haven't been able to tally my yardage totals. As soon as I do, I will post a yardage tally and a new years resolutions post. Hope everyone has had a wonderful year and an even more spectacular 2013!!