FO and 2021 Half Year in Review

Before I get to my half year review – A Finished Object!!! I have completed my second attempt at copying my friends hat made by her German cousins. You can decide for yourself how close I came. I feel it’s “close enough” and thus represents the best I can do. This photo is preblocked. With blocking I was able to make the size match.

Barbara’s German Hat

So how am I doing on my 2021 Knitting Plans??

2021 KNITTING PLAN – PROJECTS

A WIPS – 2 out of 2

I completed both carryover WIPS. One turned out to be much bigger than planned since within 10 rows of completing the sweater, I ripped it back to the armholes!!

B SOCKS – 3ish out of 4

Satisfied with status at year midpoint. Supposed to be 3 pair with fingering weight yarns and one colorwork. The colorwork sock was converted into a pair of mitts when it turned out I had made them too tight to go over my heel. I’ll call it met. I have made 2 pair of anklets – one fingering, one is DK. I also made one sock (sample sock). So I’ll call that equal to 2 pair. That means I’m only one pair off for the year’s goal. I already have two pair of socks on needles and I really want to make the advent colorwork socks this fall. It may get postposed till ’22 as I have a pair of gift Christmas socks that have to be made first this fall. So I expect to exceed my sock making goal.

C SWEATER/TOPS – 2 out of 6

Behind but expected. I always overestimate how many tops/sweaters I can get made in a year. Having to remake most of my WIP sweater didn’t help. Plus adding a baby blanket has changed my plans. So far I’ve only finished 2 tops beyond the WIP. I’ve also decided to replace a top planned for me with a top for my son’s girlfriend. I suspect that getting 2 more made in the second half of the year is about all I’ll get done considering the socks I want to make.

D. MISC – 2 out of 1

Met. I planned to try to recreate a hat pattern of my friend. I ended up making two attempts and I’m done. Not on my plan – I’ve finished a baby blanket.

Since I generated the plan the end of December, I have added to this goal as I’d like to try making knitted ornaments. Three of my kids have gotten married in the past two years so I’d like to make them a wedding ornament. Also with a granddaughter on the way – a baby’s first Christmas ornament would be nice. We will see. I won’t be upset if I make more socks instead of ornaments. I think my advent colorwork socks will definitely be higher priority.

Other than sweaters/tops, 2021 looks to be on track!

2021 KNITTING PLAN – GOALS

In addition to projects, I have set some goals to work on in 2021. This was my list back in January.

  1. Make something Brioche Hmm, probably next year
  2. Track stitches per day (1000/day goal) Check. Digital calendar working well to track stitches
  3. Make something with Continental Knitting I keep working on this with vanilla socks
  4. Make a hat Check. Made two.
  5. Make something with Colorwork Check. Advent mitts
  6. Make Ravelry Queue match Knitting Plan I think I did this once but I know it’s out of whack.
  7. Clean out Ravelry favorites Yeah right, cleaning out is not my strength.

I’m doing well at averaging 1000+ stitches per day. This past week has been really low since we are in high harvest and lawn maintenance season. I’m enjoying having knitting related goals in addition to project goals to keep me growing. I’m happy with my status on these goals.

All and all, 2021 is going well.

This is a year of projects (YOP) update. YOP is a Ravelry Group – make a plan for the year ahead for all your fiber activities, then update your blog every week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like most). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is starting it’s 11th year; I’m starting my second in the group.

12 thoughts on “FO and 2021 Half Year in Review

  1. Fantastic progress so far. You did a brilliant job matching that hat design so that’s a huge achievement when there was no pattern to follow. I can see why you want to finish a pair of the advent socks, the ones you turned to mittens were so fun. (It took me 3 YOP years to realise 3 garments is my limit in 12 months and I’m happy with that despite having yarn and queued patterns galore.)

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    1. I am learning to better appreciate what I can actually accomplish. I created the project rating system to realize that I can only get ~40 “points” done per year. That helped me cull several planned sweaters – especially since I knit fingering to DK weight garments.

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  2. You did better in the 6 months than I do in a whole year! The hat you made to replicate the other one is spot on and so lovely! I loved your mitts so I can’t wait to see the socks! Thank you for being such an inspiration!

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  3. I’d say you did an excellent job on copying the hat pattern. Well done! Good idea to have a six month check in to see where you are. I seem to just make a list and then veer off pretty quickly into other projects. I will be more realistic this year and only put things on my list I fully intend to start as opposed to my Ravelry queue which is more of a wishlist.

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    1. This was my third year of creating a plan so I’ve gotten better to understanding how much I can actually knit versus wish I could knit. Hence the point system. That way I knew there was no way I would make as many sweaters as I wanted to knit. I already had items on my 2022 plan when 2021 started.

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  4. I’m assuming the “red” hat is the one you made. In construction, they look identical to me. Great job! It was fun seeing a round-up of your projects to date. You are a very productive and beautiful knitter. I’m amazed that this only half a year of projects!

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    1. It is excel spreadsheet based. A link to the site is in my Feb 28 post. It is actually for teachers but I modified it for my knitting needs. I know I’ve posted pictures in some posts this spring.

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