It is hard to believe that we are halfway through January! I figure there is no time like the present to actually start putting my goals for the new year into action.
If you remember my first goal for the year was to refresh my stash (if not you can read about it here). I have decided to put this into perspective and figure out how much yarn I actually had in my stash. While ravelry is great for logging your yarn into to virtually see what you have It really doesn’t tell you flat-out how many yards you have squirreled away. So what does any logical person do in this situation? Well they create a spreadsheet of course! 😀
Wait a minute… what do you mean this is not what “normal” people do?!? 😕
Well a spreadsheet of course is an awesome way to track yarn by weight, yardage and date purchased. However the actualization of the numbers is over whelming! I knew I had quiet a bit of stash but I thought it was manageable. As a matter of fact I thought I had maybe a year or twos worth of yarn.
Well I can tell you I was very wrong! It turns out that I have 19,429 yards of yarn and that is just the yarn that I entered in my ravelry stash! 😮 I will be spending sometime this weekend finding the yarn that I have managed to “overlook”.
With numbers like that I figured I needed a really good plan! Well it just so happens I have one! 🙂 Arlin from The Lost Geek podcast (if you have not listened to the podcast go over and check it out!) has come up with a library a-long. Which is an awesome way to use stash and use patterns that you have already purchased that you haven’t used yet, that were purchased before 1/1/2014! What a great idea! I mean I have so many patterns that I have purchased that I have wanted to make but then set it to the side and make something else.
The best part about it is that the shawl I have been knitting counts for both the stash down and the Library A-Long, as well as the preemie hats!! I can’t wait to search through my books and magazines to find patterns I love, that work with the yarn I have!
When I found out that my sister was pregnant back in September my mind immediately flooded with all sorts of things I wanted to knit. Of course, by reading blogs and checking out Pinterest, I also found a few things I wanted to attempt to sew. So when I was told that the tentative date for my sister’s baby shower is going to be the first weekend in April I was both delighted and surprised. I mean that leaves what about 8 weeks for knitting and learning how to get along with my sewing machine! Scary!!
I am so glad I got so many of my WIPs done in January, because I am declaring February to be the month of baby knits. Last night I cast on for Elefante by Susan B. Anderson, and I am planing on knitting Free ‘n’ Easy Striped Baby Blanket (ravelry link) and Baby Pears Blanket Buddy (ravelry link). I need to go yarn shopping before I can start them (Yay, yarn shopping!!) and while I am yarn shopping I will be checking out some cute fabrics too. I am thinking about starting simple with sewing maybe do a couple of burp cloths or bibs.
What are some of your favorite “go to” baby projects?
I love the start of a new year. It always brings with it a renewed creative spark that gets me thinking about all the wonderful things I”d like to make and things I’d like to learn through the year. My brain starts working overtime trying to figure out what new project I am going to cast on first.
This year was no different. That is until I realized, on New Years Eve when I was still working on Christmas presents, that I was behind schedule….way behind schedule! How could this happen?! I mean I had a plan, as of the first I was going to be working on new things, things that were going to be the start of my new journey in a new year! I thought about casting the projects I was working on in the basket next to the computer and “come back to them later”. Who was I trying to kid? There was no way that once I put down those WIP’s (works in progress) that I was going to go back to them anytime in the near future. So I revised my goals for 2013.
My Goals For 2013:
- Finish all existing WIP’s. I’d like to complete at least 3 WIP’s before casting on a new project.
- Have no more than 3 projects on the needles at the same time.
- Learn to sew!!!
- Blog! (well I have started working on that goal) Update blog often and regularly.
What about you? What goals are you working on to make 2013 the best year yet?