2020 Mystery Stash of the Month Club

So I enjoy the occasional subscription club (although to be perfectly fair I don’t always go in for the patterns and then stash builds up) so based on my stash size this year I would build my own Mystery Stash of the Month Club.  Another Raveler gave me the base idea and I built from there.

I started by picking 12 pattern/stash combinations that I wanted to knit this year.  Four of those were to be sweaters as I’m certainly trying to work down my sweater quantity stash and that would give me one per quarter.  The other 8 could be anything.  This was actually kind of easy as I have more frequently bought stash with patterns in mind OR single skeins for socks.   So here are my piles of yarn (upper left are my 4 sweaters) and I decided since we were part way into January I’d just pick that one myself.

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I numbered bags 2-12 with larger bags for 2, 5, 8 and 11 for my sweaters.  And then I got my husband to play random number generator with an explanation about sweaters and the dual pair of semi-matching socks I’d like to finish prior to our anniversary.  So now my Mystery Stash Buster looks like this:

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So I personally don’t know what project is planned each month, but here’s my February to December Queue of Mystery for 2020 (with links to the patterns on Ravelry because of course!

  1. Iolanthe (Sweater – fingering weight)
  2. Spring in Her Path (Sweater – fingering weight)
  3. Riverway (sweater- lace weight)
  4. Catkin (2 color shawl)
  5. Kirkcaldy Scarf
  6. Delicate Brambles (keyhole scarf)
  7. Coffee Cantata (socks)
  8. Zigzagular Socks (anniversary duo pair)
  9. Hermiones Everyday Socks
  10. Pixel Stitch Socks
  11. Hinterland (Sport weight sweater)

For January I actually decided to tackle a former KAL I’d planned with my mother-in-law.  WAY back in 2015 we visited a yarn mill and my husband bought us both two skeins of an alpaca-merino blend.  My mother-in-law picked the Petra Lace Scarf as our project pattern and was very worried about learning to kitchener stitch.  Well there has been quite a lot of life happening since then and she’s pretty much stopped knitting as a result.  So I stopped waiting and knit mine up and its upstairs blocking (beauty photos later). I may reach out and knit hers up too since coincidentally this particular yarn will very much match her coat for this winter.

2020 Vision

How could I NOT make that pun in the headline?

So I am trying something a bit new this year inspired by all those “of the month” clubs. I’ve decided I’m going to do a Mystery Stash of the Month club out of my own stash yarn.  How it will work is I am picking 12 projects that I have acquired yarn for and setting them aside.  Four of those projects will be sweaters since I want to do one sweater per quarter this year to use up some of my larger stash quantities. I shall enlist the assistance of my husband in sorting them into bags numbered 1-12 (ok 2-14 since I settled on what to stash out for this month I think) and each month I will open its own bag and knit up that project.

I am also planning to finish up my Anniversary Quilt and my Contours Quilt that is actually all ready to be quilted.  That is to be the second full free motion quilting adventure.

So I’m printing patterns and sorting through my stash and getting a bit excited for the year to come!

2019 In Review

In 2019 I managed to finish 2 quilts (3rd is ready for quilting and a fourth has the top done), as well as 3 sweaters and 2 shawls.  Seen here for the first time is the late finish on my NakniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month) Anne of Cleves sweater joined by my other large projects of the year.

Back before 2014 I swore I’d never be a sock knitter because the second sock every was just sooooo boring.  Well… I finished 11 pair last year.  ¬.¬

There were a few other notable projects worth mentioning also… I tackled one of my oldest stashed yarns (recorded in Ravelry during the great yarn stash recording of 2013) by knitting it into a drop leaf scarf!  I made my first yarn bowl and my first tea cozy.

There was quite a bit of travel for me this year and one larger unfinished gift that ate into my craft time, so overall I am rather pleased with how it all sorted out.