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!
If you’ve read my year end/years beginning in the past you probably know I don’t really make resolutions. I do set out ideas and monthly goals and try not to get too worked up when something goes off the rails. (Hello, last year’s quilting goal!) Life happens, and you just have to roll with it.
So here’s the plans thus far for 2018 and maybe I will surprise myself again. I certainly didn’t set out to kit 11+ miles and double my socks knit count last year!
On the knitting front, I have 3 more sweater quantities of yarn coming from my Neighborhood Fiber Co. Sweater Club subscription, and I’d like to knit them up before the next one arrives. Thus far I knit up a lovely cardigan and I’ve picked out my next yarn which should arrive sometime this month.
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Additionally my husband bought me yarn for a Havar Sweater Dress. (Maybe Valentines Day outfit??) I am still committed to my Op-Art Socks though I was a bit of a slacker in December and knit neither KAL pattern, so now I am a pair behind. (Though I totally did knit a different pair of socks that month… it counts right?) I have also committed through admiration to test knitting a lace weight brioche shawl by the same designer as my Weirwood Tree Shawl. So perhaps fewer projects but of greater yardage is the plan for this year.
On the quilting front, I am tempering my number of quilts goal, though the guest room green and yellow modern is still on the list to be finished.
All that being said, I am a bit of a sucker for beautiful quilts and the woman behind the 365 Day quilt (which, again, I have not finished…) is doing a Block of the Month that is downright gorgeous, so I’ve signed up for her Aves Quilt A Long.
One item that can not be overstated enough is how organization helps with actually getting things completed. I try to keep my stash updated on Ravelry so that when patterns catch my eye or when I’m contemplating what to knit next I have some idea of what I have without needing to go up and sort through the yarn bins. Alas, there isn’t (or at least I haven’t found it) a Ravelry equivalent for fabric and quilting. So with the aide of my husband, I started a database to input my fabric stash so I can sort through what I have and perhaps liberate the ones I’m not madly in love with and find solutions for the fabrics I really do love. So this year is going to be year of the fabric stash organization. Right after I put away the Christmas decor….
I did not knit up my alpaca yarn. I did manage some design work, but thus far I’ve not been happy enough with the results.
I DID make my first gloves, followed by my first fingerless, and first TWO sets of mittens.
I DID tackle my second socks, and the third pair, and even a fourth!
While I didn’t work on the Stellar’s Jay shawl, I did start and finish 6 shawls this year.
Four of the Six Quilts I was planning did get some work done, but I actually did not finish a single quilt. The only Quilting thing I finished were some pillow cases. I am still working on Mario!
I totally tackled brioche stitch too!
I published 2 new patterns and even dyed some yarn using local berries.
So here’s a visual overview. Included you will find one rather fuzzy bear that was the secret gift I mentioned earlier.
This was the surprise gift from last post!
Disappearing Deep Space 9-patch
Brioche in two colors
Experienced Level Pattern
Three pillowcase fronts.
Yarn Swap Success
I still love lace
My first dye attempts!
8 QAL Blocks
First half of my auntie shawls (4 of them)
Over 25% done!
I tackled a milestone on the blog front too. There was exactly one day when this site was not visited by anyone, not even a robot. So I want to thank all of you (even the robots) for making me feel so awesome every morning.
So now I be you are wondering what is next. I am going to save all that for a later post in the next few days, as this post is now very long and full of photos already.