Bad Photos

I have tended to be quite busy in the evenings and not overly motivated to get decent photos even though I AM motivated to get a little blogging done.

So yesterday at lunchtime I took a very poor photo of a new project. Here it is:


This is the silken diamonds scarf, and it’s out of handspun. I am keeping this one at work and getting a couple of repeats done during lunchtime. For the record, the associated handspun yarn looks like this:


So obviously it’s MUCH prettier in person. Plus, those diamonds will open up nicely once the scarf is washed and blocked. But we aren’t quite there yet.

I had made this goal of trying to knit 40 items this year. My current count is 24 so it isn’t exactly looking good unless I start knitting a whole bunch of hats, and that’s highly unlikely.

While technically it’s only October still, I am starting to think about stash busting goals for 2019. My current goal has been to knit double the amount that I spin, and I am fairly on track for making that happen. (Knit 10 miles, spin 7 at the moment, plenty of time to catch that knitting total up.)

I currently have 123 stash entries on Ravelry at the moment for yarn. This is handspun and commercial yarn, and includes Miss Marja handspun that is in my stash as well. I feel certain that there may be a few yarns wandering around in there that are not accounted for as well. But, I think what I’d like to try to do next year is get my stash entries under 100 and keep them there. This would require taking new inventory to make sure I’ve accounted for everything and then really getting creative with trying to use up what I have. Sort of a “project pan” for yarn. Since over the last few years I’ve gone from containing my yarn in two cabinets down to one cabinet, I know I’ve made a great amount of progress overall along these lines but I would like to continue that. The recent major clean out of my craft room stash was also quite motivating, and the ensuing to be used fiber and yarn did not tip me over into needing an additional cabinet to hold everything. While the craft room clean out isn’t entirely complete at this time, it’s so much closer to being done than it had been, and even if I managed to finish it, it would not interfere with my ability to use only one cabinet for my entire stash.

So there you have it, I am already thinking toward the end of the year and to next year goals. This works well for me really because I can now start to preemptively work toward that goal, making sure that all stash yarn is accounted for on Ravelry and so on.

And that’s it from here!

8 thoughts on “Bad Photos

  1. Wow! You have stayed true to your goals this year! I have, too, but they were not as big as yours. I said 15 projects, I am past that and not done yet. I thought the sweaters would slow me down more. I also said spin more fiber than I acquire and I am way ahead on that. But I am not using up all the yarn that I spin so fiber stash is just being converted to yarn stash. Sigh.
    Your scarf looks lovely. Thanks for sharing the photo of the yarn. 😜

    Can’t wait to read more about 2019 goals.

    • For me, it’s the sweaters that did slow me down! I did 41 projects last year so I thought that was reasonable. But, last year I really only made 2 sweaters, and this year I am working on my 5th.

      • You are such a prolific knitter! Last year I did low 20’s for projects. This year I knew there would be 2 sweaters and a complicated shawl, so I dropped it to 15. Number 16 is off the needles, 4 more are on them, and I have months to go! But 41!!! That is a crazy number, pal! You are amazing.

  2. That’s awesome you’re already thinking of next year’s goals. I have been making a concerted effort on my stash the second half of this year and am quite happy with how I’m doing:)

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