YOP: Wk 8/29-9/4; August goals and WIP updates

Knitting Related Goals

This year in addition to project goals I have knitting related goals. This came from Curious Handmade with her 20 for 2020 that she reapplied to 2021. I didn’t necessarily set a number I wanted to hit but did liked the idea of some nonproject specific goals related to knitting. This year I set a goal of knitting an average of 1000 stitches per day and having more yarn go out than come in. I didn’t start the yarn in/out until later in the year so it doesn’t include some of my earlier FOs. But I’m trying to develop the habit of recording how much yarn I buy and how much goes out in FOs each month so that next year will be a better tracking year.

So for August 1:

  • averaged 1990 stitches per day, my best month yet!!
  • had 120 grams of yarn come in but 352 grams of yarn go out for a decrease in yarn of 232 grams!!!

YEA!!! I do plan to put more effort into setting challenging but reasonable knitting related goals when I do my 2022 plan.

Harvest Socks

I am loving the yarn and the pattern for my fall themed socks. The pattern is free on Ravelry, Swirl E Socks. I like some texture to my hand knitted socks. Vanilla socks are what I can buy at the store but I appreciate that Vanilla are relaxing knits for many. I’m anxious to get these done so I can get back to working on my advent colorwork socks.

Swirl E Socks

Sailormoon Sweater

I’m enjoying knitting this sweater a second time. The yarn is so soft and I love the colors. Since my daughter is thinner than I am, I’m getting to knit a smaller size which helps make it go faster too! Sadly it’s taking a bit of a break as I wait for her to confirm her chest measurement so that the top isn’t too tight. I’m at the point of splitting for the front so I need to know if I should split or knit some more rows. This sweater is unusual construction as it basically starts at the bottom of the yoke on the back, knits up to the neck, then splits to make the right and left sides of the front V neck before joining in the round to knit the body. If she doesn’t get back to me in the next few days, I’m just going to hope the size is right and start back on it.


Stash Storage

In anticipation of the Wool Festival in two weeks where I know I’ll be buying more yarn, I needed to add storage space to my wall of yarn. Fortunately I found one more wooden wine box to add to my wall. (My husband is happy to look for wine that comes in wooden cases for future yarn storage.) Now I have dividers waiting to be filled with single skeins of sock yarn. I plan to mainly buy sock yarns as I already have too many sweater projects waiting to be knit (sweater projects are in the clear bags, sock yarns are in the dividers). I just love my wall of yarn and wood.

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 each week. Plans can be calendar year (like mine) or mid-year start (like many). Following the plan is optional and creates some of the fun of posts. YOP is in it’s 11th year. It’s my second in the group.

25 thoughts on “YOP: Wk 8/29-9/4; August goals and WIP updates

  1. A stripy week. I track yarn in and out on a spreadsheet one of the other YOP ladies created. I track weaving and knitting yarn separately which is just as well as I have a lot of weaving yarn length. I enjoy reading your stats.

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    1. Thanks. The yarn is from Red Bird Yarn Studio that I got at the 2019 Wool Gathering. She is from the Columbus area and is supposed to be vending at this year’s Wool Gathering. I will definitely be buying more if she is there.

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  2. Maureen, I am happy to hear you are making good progress on your daughters top. Your socks are very pretty and I like the texture you have on them. BUT…..The item that really caught my eye are the ‘socks’ that are holding your balls of yarn. Where on earth did you find those? I would love to grab some for when doing socks or colorwork.

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  3. Love your yarn wall, that a cute idea! And your socks look great, such an interesting pattern. Now I’ll wait for the colourwork socks, I’m curious to see what pattern you picked.

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  4. Lovely!! I enjoy that you are able to get your husband involved in growing your yarn storage wall! Everyone wins!

    I really love the speckled yarn for your daughter’s sweater! it will be so lovely all worked up.

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    1. Well, it’s easy to do for one month. September will be another story since I know I’ll be buying yarn at the Wool Festival while probably only completing a pair of socks. Year to Date will be a better measure next year.


  5. I’m with you on the textured socks! I like generally like knitting socks that have a pattern that I can memorize, so they’re still easy to take places but they have a little bit of fun. Unless it’s super variegated or sometimes self striping yarn, then I like to let the yarn shine.

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