Sunday, February 04, 2007

Weekend starteritis

I find that most weekends I am casting on new projects. Perhaps it is the promise of two days full of knitting time, perhaps it is avoidance of all the housework/schoolwork/etc. that I should be doing. Either way, I often find myself on Sunday night with a pile of new projects. This weekend was no different.

New socks in Colinette Jitterbug "Dark Charcoal" ready to begin the heel flap.

New socks in Hill Country Yarns Sweet Feet yarn with a simple cable pattern.

New socks for Project Spectrum in Yarn Pirate Malamute in the Feather and Fan pattern.

A yummy new cabled scarf in Baby Alpaca.

And a finished baby hat for one of the many babies due around here.

Pattern: Simple baby hat from Itty Bitty Hats
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton - less than one skein
Needles: Sz US 7 circulars and dpns.
Mods: none
Dates: last weekend to Sunday February 3.
Thoughts - quick and cute! Many more of these to come.

The astute among you will notice that I didn't post any knitting goals for January. I don't think I will this month either. I don't find that I stick to them too much, and invariably, they make me feel guilty at the end of the month when I haven't "done enough." And I don't need to feel guilty about my knitting.

I do, however, want to keep tabs on the stash, so I'll be doing a "in/out" inventory each month. This month's is particularly bad - let's hope I can improve in the coming months!
In: 68 skeins
Out: 10 skeins

I am only counting them when the object is finished, so although I knit up a few balls into other projects, those won't count until I'm done. I need to work on my completion rate though - in December I managed to knit up 19 skeins, in November 13 and in September 14, and before that I don't get over 10/month until March and February of last year. Yikes. Fingers crossed that I can improve my rate this year!


  1. Wow, you started all those this weekend?! At least they're all lovely, right??

  2. You will be busy with all those yummy projects. I have thinking of what socks next.

  3. Oh my gosh! I love that Jitterbug yarn - going to have to check that out. The Yarn Pirate is also brilliant and the scarf looks delicious!

  4. Amazing that you can work on all of those different things!!!

  5. Anonymous6:00 AM

    Is the balls in/out way of tabulating really fair to you?

    One ball of sock yarn can be 375 - 500 yards, while most worsted weight yarn usually comes in around 110 yard balls. One pair of socks will take 1 - 2 balls of yarn, depending on the put up of the yarn, but a sweater will take 12 to 15 or more.

    So, if you buy yarn for a sweater (inc. 15 balls, 1650 yards), but knit 3 pairs of socks (dec. 3 balls, 1125 - 1500 yards) you've increased your yarn stash by 12 balls, but only by 150 - 525 yards.

  6. Anonymous8:02 AM

    Your new projects look great! I'm amazed that you can keep so many WIPs at once and also finish them!

    I'll miss your monthly lists, but I think watching your stash in, stash out will be fun too. :)

  7. Lovely projects! You started them all this weekend? Wow!

  8. Wow, you're going to have nice warm feet! Lovely socks and colors. I know what you mean; I always seem to cast on new projects on the weekends, too!