Well here it is the final day of 2017. I posted the outcome of my quilting finishes yesterday (abysmal but this year I concentrated more on knitting than on quilting – next year I hope to strike more of a balance).
Knitting projects – well I was very productive and the final stats are as follows:
(click the Tangled Strings button in the right side bar to see photos of all my finished projects for 2017) Some of my favorites are shown below.
I used 26,452 yards of yarn (updated after posting this because I forgot a pair of slippers in the tallies) That is made up of mostly knitting but it also includes four woven projects I did. That’s just over 15 miles of yarn. Last year I used 22,597 yards and completed 40 projects.
This year 55 projects were completed that break down as follows:
12 Shawls, 18 Cowls, 5 pairs Mitts, 10 Hats, 4 sweaters (child size), 1 pair of socks, and four woven scarfs/tablerunners, 1 pair of slippers.
For those familiar with the ESK Candyland Yarnathon – most of my projects knit this year qualified for Yarnathon badges or KALs. The ones that are colored in (not gray I earned. (And I didn’t know it until the end but I hit a level where I get actual pins (button type pins) with the graphics on each one for each badge I completed). (I already have a new quilting project planned to make a wallhanging that all these buttons and my TLE buttons/badges will get pinned to.)
At midnight the new ESK Yarnathon game gets announced. New teams are assigned, new themes revealed, badges and KAL info, etc. I do plan to participate but only if an item I want to make fits the criteria and if I plan to make it out of ESK yarn.
I have several sweaters on my list I want to make in 2018 among other things.
Any who knows that The Loopy Ewe will come up with now that the Great Loopy Knitting and Sewing Challenges are ending too. I finished four knitting challenges and one sewing for that group of projects.
When I started the Yarnathon this year I did not have much of a stash of ESK yarn — I have remedied that and now have choices from both ESK and TLE so of course the plan, as usual, is to curtain yarn shopping. But I think with the projects I have planned I can stick to it. I’m not saying I won’t buy any yarn – we all know that won’t happen. For instance I love doing Camp Loopy and there’s always special yarns for the Yarnathon each year that I might need to get some of but I shall strive to use stash.
So I’m knitting away on my sweater while waiting to see what the new Yarnathon will bring.
I also plan to join in Fogbound Knits (Laura Aylor) January shawl KAL which lasts through the end of February. This month’s shawl pattern (by popular vote) is Touchstone. I have already made two – both of which I love – one in worsted weight and one in DK so I think I’ll make a new one in fingering weight. I’m just waiting for some Miss Babs I ordered during the gratitude sale to arrive to make a final decision on what yarn I want to use. You can get all the info about the KAL at the link above and if you finish the project you get a choice of free pattern. I love the shape of this shawl- although I wear it more as a scarf I guess I’d say (on top of the shoulder not wrapped around the sides of my shoulders) scarf. With its elongated shape it stays in place nicely. It’s a super easy knit and plays so nicely with variegated yarns and I love the eyelet lace parts in it – definitely a tv watching easy project – have I talked you into needing to cast on your own Touchstone yet? :-) Seriously I love everything about this pattern.
Okay – enough about yarn – I need to go start clearing a path into my sewing room – wish me luck as I try to find the table that is buried under much stuff.