Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Unraveling the Year's Plans

I know there are some people who like to end the year with no projects in progress and start fresh in the new year, but I am not one of them. I would feel very twitchy with nothing on the needles, even if only for a brief period of time, not to mention that because I'm away from home from the vast majority of stash and some of my projects, it's not really feasible for me.

I am, however, thinking about what I want to knit and spin in 2020, and I have some pretty lofty plans. Lisa of Fibernymph Dye Works and the 90% Knitting podcast is sponsoring a 20 in 2020 make-along, so I've made a list (which I'll be able to change at the beginning of each quarter) of 20 projects I'd like to make, 20 stash yarns I'd like to use, and 20 items in my fiber stash I'd like to spin. My project list is heavy on sweaters, and I plan to get started on the first of those after we get home.

Here's where the WIPs stand at the moment (at least the WIPs that are on vacation with me):

The socks you have seen. I have not yet started the second design sock, but I will soon. I cast on the second 12 Days of Christmas sock this morning because the Mister and I are going to see Star Wars this evening and I need to have appropriate theater knitting. The one you haven't seen is the start of a new hat design that I'm knitting with a strand of sock yarn held together with a strand of mohair/silk. I wish you could pet it -- it's unbelievably soft and fuzzy!

The two WIPs that aren't pictured are the ones that stayed home: my crochet granny square blanket and my current spinning project.

I have enough experience with trying to limit myself to know that I shouldn't declare that I won't buy yarn this year and only work from stash, but I really do want to make a better effort to use up stash this year. The sweaters on my 20 in 2020 list will all use yarn I already have, and I really want to do more charity knitting this year as well. I have so many half or partial skeins of DK and worsted weight yarn in my stash, and that stuff is perfect for hats and mittens.

While my Ravelry notebook is great for keeping track of stuff, I think I'm also going to follow Lisa's lead and create a spreadsheet of my projects -- all my projects -- so I can track how much yarn and fiber I use up over the course of the year. I'm not setting a goal for how much I want to use or anything like that; I just want to get a better idea of what's being used.

How about you? What do you have planned in terms of your crafting for 2020?


  1. I think it's cool that you can knit in the movie theater! Enjoy your 2020 projects; they sound like fun!

  2. That is a pretty impressive bunch of wips for being away from your stash! You must have planned well and packed appropriate needles and yarn. I'm one of those people that likes to go with the flow in knitting. I haven't made any plans, other than finishing up a Rikke hat in progress for myself, and then starting on some of the (way too many) wips I've got. And then there is colorwork to try with Yofi ...

  3. Beautiful projects! I am on Sleeve Island myself - Felix is moving along at warp speed! I like the idea of keeping better track of projects - I might have to think about this as well!

  4. Very pretty projects. I wish you the best on your 2020 knitting plans. I think it is fun to read how everyone approaches knitting. Happy New Year.

  5. Some family stiff has sidetracked my plans for planning but yes to having a list. And now I am going to check out that podcast!