Hello dear readers and welcome back! I have a finished object to share with you all, but it occurred to me that it might, just maybe, be a good idea to sum up my 2017 stashing before the end of 2018’s first quarter.
I started beating myself up about my lackluster knitting output, but then I checked out 2016’s numbers. I knitted a lot more, but I also bought a ton of yarn in 2016. Seriously, a ton. I want to know how many pounds I accumulated because it had to be A LOT.
The total number of projects knitted last year was 25
- 8 accessories
- 12 baby things
- 3 home goods
- 1 art object
- 1 sweater
This is a less positive drop: I knitted 36 projects in 2016, and 33 in 2015. Looking back over what I knitted, though, I was happy to see projects for many friends and family, several test knits, and one long-term WIP. It makes me happy to share my knitting output with the knitworthy people in my life. I value every opportunity to test knit, too, for the way it gets me thinking about projects much more deeply than usual.
Now for the yardage: last year I knitted 7,485 yards, way down from 12,737 in 2016 and also less than the 8,697 yards knitted in 2015. Thankfully, there was a corresponding drop in yards added: only 12,958 yards of yarn entered my stash, down from that whopping 33,531 in 2016, and the slightly more responsible increase of 16,050 in 2015. I say added and not purchased because with just two spinning projects I added a couple hundred yards of handspun. Perhaps it is for the best that my spinning career has not taken off?!
That makes a ratio of 57.76% yards knitted to yards stashed. Taken alone, this number is not overly impressive, but in 2016 my ratio was 38% (like I said, a ton of yarn) and in 2015 it was 54%. I know Querido will look at that and point out that this means my stash has grown in each of the past three years, to which I respond: I am knitting you maroon and gold socks with 400-odd yards of that stash. Maroon and gold!!!
But back to the task at hand. The state of the stash has been recorded, last year’s purchases reckoned with, and now I can focus fully on a new year of knits. Onward and upward!