Friday, January 6, 2012


There was quite a bit of crafting over the course of 2011, along many different lines and in many new directions. I've gone into many details already, so I thought I'd just offer up this as a visual record.

My creation

I didn't quite get through my goal of 11 sweaters and 11 pairs of socks in 2011, but that's ok. Clearly the world is not going to end if I don't live up to my knitting goals, right? I'm pleased that I knit sweaters for myself and my loved ones. I'm pleased that I spun up some lovely yarns, and I can't wait to knit them up. I'm thrilled that I learned some new skills (thank you Judith!), and that I managed to knit three pairs of handspun socks (now only Ironman is lacking in that department). I'm thrilled to bits with the designs that I've managed to put out this year - two sweaters, one pair of socks (for Sock Madness - I've still got to get the general release pattern out the door!), a scarf and some mittens (finally finishing up the Southwark Collection - got to get that ebook out the door as well!). I spun more during the 2011 Tour de Fleece then in 2010. I started dyeing fiber for the general public (ohmygodwhathaveIgottenmyselfinto?). It's been a really good year on the craft front.

So what's ahead for 2012? I'm not convinced I want to do the whole list of resolutions this time around. I think a sweater and a pair of socks a month is a bit beyond my capabilities, to be fair. But there are some things I would like to accomplish:

  • Dye my little head off and get Porpoise Fur really up and running. I've got ideas for colorways and patterns for certain colorways and so on and so on. Now I've got to get going on the reality. 

  • I've got at least four more design ideas ready to be knit up, and I want to get going on those ASAP. It's a bit tough, since three of them are for summer weather, and it's 45 degrees with 40 mph winds in London today. Makes it tough to think about tank tops, to be honest...

  • Get rid of my stash yarn that I'm seriously never, ever going to use. There's a lot of it. My Ravelry stash (which sadly, does not include everything) is at 53,286 yds of yarn. Holy fuck...that's...that's...that is waaaay to much yarn for one person to have lying around. To be fair, I may have included in that total some stuff that's been used up, but still.  OK, Real Goal #1 for 2012: update Rav stash to be totally accurate and keep it that way. And list a bunch of stuff for sale - good God woman!

I think I'm going to stop there. The grim reality of that amount of yarn is more then a little bit disturbing. I need to go lie down for a bit...

And please, someone out there tell me that's not that bad? 


Carroll said...

Oh, sweet littlePorpoise. Have no fear. I'm certain that you do not have too much stash. If you have roughly 47% of my stash (at 112,000+yds), AND you are about a gazillion years younger, how is it possible that you have too much and mine is just right (or still a bit on the small side?)? I look at mine as part of my retirement plan. I'll be able to mine my stash when I can no longer afford to buy yarn.

That said, I am all in favor of due stashing the stuff you know you will never use to make room for more-er, better-er stuff.

Carroll said...

De-stashing. You know what I mean. Auto-correct fail.

porpoise said...

Well, that certainly puts my stash in perspective, doesn't it? But then again, I'm not using my stash as home insulation - it just doesn't get that cold here! I think that's the best explanation of why my stash is too big and yours is too small.

That and the retirement plan perspective. But...I do self-generate yarn on a regular basis, and you don't. Yet...

So my stash really needs to take the piles of fiber in to account too. Which means it's actually bigger? faints