You might recall that at around this time last year, I declared 2012 to be the Year of the Cardigan. I had grand plans of completing 3 or 4 (or possibly even 5!!) cardigans in 2012. Hahahahahaha….
Sadly, this is all I have done:
Not to worry, fortunately the stash and cardigan plans will keep. My failure on the cardigan goal wasn’t so much because of lack of crafting time, but more because, out of nowhere, this past year turned into the Year of Crochet. I was offered not one, but two, separate crochet teaching roles, which I took up. And making samples and thinking about ideas for classes and looking at patterns really reinvigorated my love of crochet. There really are some great crochet patterns out there now. Looking back over my projects for the year, many are crochet and I have more current crochet wips than knitting at the moment (not counting those in hibernation, heh!).
I also wanted to try to get my overall WIP count down – I had 15 at the beginning of 2012. Of those, I completed 2 and frogged one. Whoops. And I think I added 7 new WIPS to the list this year…so now I have 19 WIPS. Oh dear… But at least 4 of those will be finished this year, and I hope more too! But I’m not going to make any grand plans this year. It didn’t work last year, heh! I am going to work on what needs to be done at the time! That’s the sum total of my grand plan this year when it comes to crafting!
To round out my 2012 review-of-sorts, here’s my last Stash Honesty, for December. I had a splurge on Bendigo cotton – 12 big (200g) balls for $106 – a saving of $50. And since they brought out new colours including a great red and a lovely silvery grey, I couldn’t resist – 4 of each of those, plus 4 other colours.
I also bought another 2 balls of yarn to add to one of my crochet projects, so that rounds up my “in” total to a neat 50 x 50g balls this month. Yep, FIFTY! But you know one of the reasons I love crochet? It’s fast! It uses up lots of yarn! So my “out” total this month is pretty healthy too!
In: 50 x 50g balls
Out: 14 x 50g balls. My best this year!
metres used: 1655m – nice! (YTD: 12,373m – or over 12km!)
Stash neutral: well, no, not really, no. But not too bad – 34.5 x 50g balls extra.
I’m not unhappy with that. I really don’t need to be adding to my stash, but I love everything I’ve bought and wouldn’t change it. And hopefully a couple of major crochet projects this year will get lots of yarn out of the stash!
I feel like I’ve seen a lot of bloggers say they are glad to see the back of 2012. In contrast, I have had a pretty good year, and I feel very fortunate to be able to say that. I haven’t done anything particularly amazing or awe-inspiring, no wonderful overseas trips or huge achievements, but I’m happy, healthy, have a lovely family with a little boy who amazes (and frustrates) me daily (today he counted to 9. NINE! And then of course wouldn’t do it again, heh!). I have wonderful friends and have the opportunity to meet up and knit with them reasonably regularly. I have a roof over my head and enough to eat and the ability to indulge my crafting. I live in a great city in a great country. I hope my 2013 is pretty much more of the same. And for all my blog-reader friends, I hope 2013 brings you more good things than bad. I look forward to sharing more of my crafting and other adventures with you this year.