Ok, one quarter down, a short break in the yarn fast and a quick progress update.
From January 1 to March 31, 2011 I have knit 33 FULL BALLS OF YARN. ahem. Yep, 33 balls of yarn. That’s 3660 metres and 29.72% of my goal. I am AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. Which is surprising and makes me happy. It’s also a good thing to be slightly ahead when the inevitable “knitting injury” happens or I just don’t feel like knitting during the dog days of July and August.
I had a little fall off the “woolly wagon” in early March when I bought six balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease and a ball of LB Homespun. But the Homespun was to finish a project that ended up not fitting me but looks AMAZING on my massage therapist. So it wasn’t a total waste.
I’ve started 19 projects and have finished 16 of them. Granted most are small things like mittens but they are eating up yarn like crazy and I’m making a scrappy blanket out of the remainders. Which is also eating up yarn. When it’s all over I might even add a page here outlining what I’ve made and how much yarn it used up. Maybe. If I’m not too lazy.
April is also my month to take a break from stash knitting. It is my birthday month, but it’s more likely any birthday money I get will go to fill up my gas tank than towards yarn. But I am going to the States in 13 days and I know I’ll buy some of that big-box-yarn-we-don’t-have-here-in-Soviet-Canukistan JUST BECAUSE I CAN. Also because my parents will be driving my suitcase and anything bulky I buy back home. So the incentive to keep my purchases to Air Canada luggage weight allotments has literally flown right out the window. And, as if US big box stores and Florida LYS’ weren’t temptation enough, Webs is having their annual two month anniversary sale. BUT, I can only buy yarn in April. So there are some small mercies.
Overall though, I have to say that it’s kind of fun to knit from the stash. Yes, thank you I am feeling ok. No, I’m not suffering from a fever. It’s very liberating to go through ALL THE STASH (and believe me there is a lot of it) and remember what I bought and figure out what I’m going to do with it. I try to do this at least once a month. My queue changes constantly and I don’t have nearly enough acrylic or mostly acrylic for the scrappy blanket I’m making I have noticed.
It’s also liberating to give yarn away. I’ve donated a few skeins to my knitting friends and I have one skein that is awaiting postage to a far away friend. As the year goes on I’ll likely donate some to the onsite day care or people who will love it more than I do.
Three months down and I’m still excited about this project. Maybe I’ll do it again next year.