This year has been busy for us. Nate took a new job, we were temporarily apart during weekdays for 6 weeks, we moved our home contents into temporary storage, we stayed with my parents-in-law for 6 weeks, and we moved into our new house. Oh, and since about July, I’ve been growing another human. 🙂 It’s been a busy year.
That means I did not finish as many projects in 2017 as I did in 2016. Less than half as many, actually!
crochet: 2 (11%)
cross-stitch: 1 (5%)
knit: 16 (84%)
gifted: 8 (42%)
I made 20 fewer projects than last year. I knit a greater percentage of my projects this year (49% last year). I kept only my knitting and crochet supplies unpacked during the move. My sewing machine is still in its box, in fact!
Knitting has become my default hobby, I would say. I feel most competent with it, it is portable, and I can do most knitting with the kids around.
I also relied completely on patterns this year! No designing/improvising at all. Well, I did alter a couple of patterns, but I just did not have the energy to start a project completely from scratch!
Total Yardage: 5,912.52 yards (That’s 3.36 miles of yarn!)
acrylic: 1,550.72 yds (26%)
cotton: 278.42 yds (5%)
nylon: 144.09 yds (2%)
wool: 3,939.29 yds (67%)
Even though I made fewer projects, I used more yarn this year than last (about 600 yards more). I used much more acrylic and wool this year, but used less variety overall (6 different fiber categories last year versus only 4 this year).
I have actually begun working with a fiber I’ve never used before — linen. But that project isn’t factored in here because it isn’t finished yet!
Plans for Next Year
My crafting goals for 2018 are centered around the new baby girl, Squirt, who should join our family at the start of spring. Since I don’t know what life will be like with 3 kids (age 4 years and younger!), I haven’t set any year-long goals.
I want to finish my Asagi blouse before summer. I am working on the second front yoke, then will begin knitting the body from the chest downward. I will be modifying the pattern, so there may be some trial and error happening on that. This is proving to be a good background project to work on during quieter moments.
Before beginning any new projects, I want to finish the vest I started for Squirt.
To go with the bubbly vest, I want to knit a coordinating hat using that same rib pattern, but in a gray color. And, if there is enough gray or blue yarn left, I’ll knit baby socks, too, and make it a full set!
I want to knit or crochet 2 newborn-sized hats for Squirt, plus 1 or 2 more newborn hats as a gift for an expectant friend.
If there is linen yarn left from my Asagi, I want to knit or crochet a summer baby dress or blouse for Squirt with the leftover yarn. We could match!
I want to sew a baby quilt for her, too. (I need to finish getting my sewing space in order!)
Lastly, I want to knit a baby dress or cardigan as a gift for that same expectant friend.
Overall, 2017 was a busy, but very good, year. What’s not to love about a new house, new friends, and expectations of a new baby. 🙂