Maybe it's because I'm creating my own pattern and there are just nights "I don't wanna". Or maybe it's because there have been other stressful factors lately and I just find myself unable to motivate to do anything other than "get thru it", I'm not sure. I do know that this is probably one of the longest stretches of "knitting slump" I've been in and that I'm not sure I'm entirely past it. The good news is that I'm tired of being in it. I actually miss knitting. I can't bring myself to actually KNIT- but I miss the process and the excitement of starting something new.
I noticed on Ravelry this am that people were "flashing their stash" to start the new year. I haven't participated in that in quite awhile and I decided to take advantage of a bright morning in my living room and snap some photos of my stash. I also hoped that it would inspire me a little to be reminded about what's in there and maybe, just maybe, excite me about a new project.
Let's dive in- here is what's in my stash on January 1, 2017. (I've broken it down into sections- in the effort to get me more organized.) Maybe we can set some knitting goals here too...
ACRYLIC STASH (OF SHAME):
WORSTED WEIGHT STASH
This actually isn't that bad. The only goal here is remember I have this stash in case I need to knit a baby blanket. (Looking at you GREY ROWAN YARN.) Someday I'd like to knit a large afghan with that purple stuff, but I'm not ready to commit to that this year... so as long as this stash doesn't GROW... I'm happy.)
DK/SPORT WEIGHT STASH
FINGERING WEIGHT STASH
Oh Lord. WHAT HAVE I DONE!? I didn't know I had gotten so carried away on Knit Picks Felici until I did this project.
LACE WEIGHT STASH
Okay- this isn't bad, like at all. But the fact that I have started/stopped/restarted/restopped/restarted/stopped various lace projects with this one skein... I'm a disaster. I need to knit a lace shawl. If I ever want to win a "First overall" at Stampede, I need to be able to knit a kick ass shawl. I need to learn this. I need to do this... but I'm going to let this languish a little bit for at least another year...
LEFTOVERS.... Which I have broken down into 2 additional categories...
FINGERING WEIGHT LEFTOVERS
So. MUCH. STUFF. The problem here is mittens. Mittens rarely take up a whole skein and leave me with a bunch of leftovers. The good news is that Parker is likely going to pass Kindergarten and therefore I will need to knit at least ONE pair of mittens for a new teacher for Christmas this new year. I vow to knit those using something from here. I also need to get around to making a "leftover blanket" from this... and so let's add that to the goals too.
DK/SPORT/WORSTED WEIGHT LEFTOVERS
This isn't ugly. This is actually manageable. Dear little stash, don't expand in size. That is your only job this year! Don't get bigger.
So that's where I'm at. I did find going through this stash VERY helpful and cathartic. In fact I did derive some inspiration and will hopefully be casting on very soon for something NEW! AND! EXCITING!
So.... let's review the goals here:
1) "Pound of Love" acrylic Blanket(s) - skeins need to be gone.
2) 3 Dishcloths
3) Knit something, ANYTHING from the DK/Sport Weight stash
4) Knit 2 Pairs of Felici Socks. TWO.
5) Knit 1 pair of mittens from "leftovers" box
6) Fingering leftover blanket
I'll be checking in on these throughout the year, but hopefully this will keep me on track, get the stash down further and BONUS- bring back the knitting mojo with some new challenges.
There is more to say about what is currently on the needles- but it is far from interesting. I'll report back on that soon, hopefully with something interesting. In the mean time, with the holidays winding down, lets enjoy getting back into the routine and, god willing, more regular blog posts.
Let's do this 2017!