For the last two years I have been doing retrospective and looking forward posts as the years end and begin, and this year is no different. I am using December 30th, as the cut off day for finishing projects in 2012. Unlike last year I have some projects carrying forward into 2013 and I’m okay with that.
2012 by the Numbers:
- 20.56 (14, 23) miles of yarn acquired during the year
- 33 (22, 18) miles of yarn currently in my stash
- 8.7 (6.2, 4.5) miles of yarn knit/crocheted/woven into projects
- 1.82 (2.15, 3.93) Ratio of yarn acquired to used
- 1,092 (2,771, 426) yards of handspun yarn
- 2.5 (6, 5.7) pounds of spinning fiber acquired
- 12.7 (12, 5) pounds of spinning fiber in stash
- 1.37 (2.85, 4.68) ratio of stashed fluff to spun yarn
- 1 (6, 7) pairs of mittens
- 4 (5, 14) hats
- 7 (3, 6) shawls or stoles
- 10 (0, 3) scarves
- 0 (2, 2) bags
- 0 (2, 0) blankets
- 8 (6, 1) cowls
- 13 (3, 1) pairs of socks
- 1 (10, 0) dishclothes
- 2 (0,1) baby sweaters
- 3 (0,0) toys
The big difference this year was the addition of socks, in a big way, to my repertoire. Ultimately, I acquired more yarn this year than almost any other but I also used much more than any year. I also had the smallest fluff acquisition ever, but I did hardly any spinning. I found that with my crazy work schedule I never was all that compelled to sit at my wheel, I’m hoping to change that in 2013.
So to see how I did on the goals I set for myself in January 2012. I didn’t often look at this list when making decisions about what to make this year so, I think I didn’t do very well meeting my own expectations, but I had a great year in knitting, crocheting, weaving (and an okay year in spinning) so this is just an exercise in curiosity at this stage.
In 2012, I: (goals I have met are struck through)
– Spinning –
- Participate in the Tour de Fleece in July – NOPE didn’t even try
- Spin a truly woolen-spun yarn – Not this year but I will try again next year
- Spin a useable sock yarn – Didn’t even attempt this one, but I have some ideas on how to accomplish it.
- Spin a 2-ply laceweight of at least 800 yds from 100g of fluff – Nope, another one for 2013
- Spin at least 3lbs of fluff – I did 1.8 lbs, so more than halfway, which is good for not really spinning
- Tailspin some locks – Nope, but didn’t get my hands on any locks so that was extra challenging
Spin hand carded fleece– Yep, but I hated the yarn I was making so I just tossed it, but I do want to get a drumcarder one day because I do prefer spinning carded batts to combed top.
– Knitting –
Knit 12 pairs of socks during the year – I have all the yarn in my stash –YES, and you can read about all my socks HERE.
- Finish one large shawl/stole, more than 1000yds of laceweight – Nope, I had nobel ideas, but none came to fruition, I am going to relist this goal for 2013 as I have a crocheted stole lined up to use about 1,200 yards of laceweight I hope to have done before summer.
- Design a pattern that is appropriate for submission to an online knitting magazine – Nope, but again, I have some ideas that are at least suitable for self-publishing, something I want to set as a goal for 2013.
Participate in at least one Knitalong– This goal was kind of a gimmie, because I was already planning on participating in the January TFA KAL and then I went on to do several more through the year, one of which actually won me a prize.
- Knit more than 10 miles of yarn – With 8.7 miles of yarn used, I am short of my 10 mi goal, but I think I still want to aim for it, because I have big plans for 2013.
– Crochet –
- Start a sock-yarn Babette Blanket from my scraps – Nope, but I got a RH loom which I have been using to use up scraps and I LOVE it.
Crochet a shaped item (mittens, hats, shrug, etc)– AMIGURUMI are fun! I had no idea that might be what I made in shaped crochet, but I have more yarn and patterns on the way to make many, many more.
– Fiber/Yarn –
- Take undyed fluff and turn it into a finished object, which will included dyeing, spinning and knitting.
- Process some raw fleece, preferably from a local producer.
- Knit down my stash
- FAILED on all these counts, however, a chaotic summer (with a daily 2hr, 100mile round-trip commute) killed some of my inertia to accomplish these during the summer.
Looking at it I didn’t really accomplish many of my goals for 2012, however I don’t see this as a failure, but a representation of how hard it is to see into the future, when I was sitting at my desk in January, I had no idea that I would be where I am today. So I will set goals for 2013 and post them here tomorrow, January 1st, but here are some of the things I accomplished this year which were not on my list for 2012.
Also in 2012, I:
- Bought and learned to use a Rigid Heddle Loom and made all sorts of stuff with it
- Spent 4 months working with an independent dyer
- Started Shuttle Tatting thanks to a Craftsy class
- Fell in love with Amigurumi
- Started making and wearing shawls again
- Blogged semi-regularly
- Made 2 pairs of socks in two weeks as part of the Ravellenic Games
I still have a few 2012 FO posts to share in the next few days as I get better pictures (or in one case block and take pictures, its a lace shawl so it really needs blocking), but I am ready to dive into a new year of fiber fun!