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2018 Stashdown – first quarter update

I started 2018 with 54,562.1 yards or 13,076g of yarn in stash and 1,680g of fibre. My aim for 2018 is still to try and work through as much of this as possible, whilst limiting my purchases (but not going the full ‘cold sheep’). Ravelry has also included a ‘challenge’ feature in which I have committed to try and complete 12 knitting projects during the year, and I’m going to try and make them all sweaters (all the better to use up yarn). Alas there isn’t also a spinning challenge option, but Tour de Fleece will be coming up again in July and I’ve probably not got enough fibre for the duration (shame, and I won a gift voucher from my favourite dyer too).

I started the stashdown by spinning up some fibre (promptly giving myself a ganglion cyst having been away from the wheel for so long). 280g of fibre somehow turned into 292g of yarn, a 2-ply gradient in ‘Winged Fancy’ colourway. 904 yards total.

https://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/winged-fancy

I then thought I’d better get stuck into the stashed yarn, having just increased my net stash, so pulled out some Wollmeise and got stuck into a sweater. Miranda’s Mom used up a full 2 skeins, so 1,150 yards (300g).

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/mirandas-mom

Another sweater quickly followed, this time Mesmeric, which used up another 2 skeins of Wollmeise, this time 300g gave me 1,020 yards of yarn.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/mesmeric-pullover

Marathon training was kicking in at this stage, and I didn’t want to add in treadling to already tired legs, so I kept up the sweater-knitting kick and used up another 880 yards (or 258g) of yarn in Hyperion.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/mesmeric-pullover

One last sweater to finish off the quarter, this time I turned the Abisko sweater upside down (and lengthening the sleeves) so that I could just keep working until I ran out of yarn. This turned out to be quite a long way, given the lace, turning the sweater into a dress and using up 300g or 1,150 yards of yarn.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/abisko-pullover

Q1 yarn out:  4,200 yards, 1,158g
Q1 yarn in: 904 yards, 292g

Q1 yarn decrease:  3,296 yards, 866g

Q1 fibre stash reduction: 280g.


Updated stash figures at the end of Q1:

Yarn stash: 51,266.1 yards (just over 29 miles).
Yarn stash: 12,210g

Fibre stash: 1,400g

 

 

 

 

Stashdown 2017 – December progress and year round up

Another quiet month as I was busy with other things. The only yarn I managed to use up was 312 yards in a pair of colourwork mittens. I also took the opportunity to add to my fibre stash to the tune of 280g of gradient.

I just about managed to reduce my stash overall for the year, with a net reduction of yarn of 2,337.8 yards, 2,058g. Not bad going given that I have spun up 2,770g worth of fibre. For the year I totalled 16,078.8 yards or 5,238g either used in projects or donated to better causes. I start 2018 with 54,562.1 yards or 13,076g of yarn in stash and 1,680g of fibre. So enough yarn to work with for a few more years, but I might be buying more fibre.

Total monthly yarn out: 312 yards, 62g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 312 yards, 62g

Monthly fibre stash addition: 280g.

Total yarn out ytd: 16,087.8 yards, 5,238g
Total yarn in ytd: 13,750 yards, 3,180g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 2,337.8 yards, 2,058g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 2,770g.

Stashdown 2017 – November progress

I only managed to knit one thing this month, but it was at least of a reasonable size being a long sweater (with pockets).

It used up 1,610 yards of my handspun yarn.

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/rock-the-lobster-2

Total monthly yarn out: 1,610 yards, 332g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 1,610 yards, 332g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out ytd: 15,775.8 yards, 5,176g
Total yarn in ytd: 13,750 yards, 3,180g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 2,025.8 yards, 1,996g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 3,050g.

 

Stashdown 2017 – October progress

Another quiet month on the knitting front (and even more quiet on the spinning and weaving fronts). I did manage to finish off the remainder of the set that I started last month, but I’ve been so busy with other things that I am only just getting them written up properly to go into testing now.

The rest of the set consists of a hat (used up 179 yards of yarn):

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/prusik-hat

Gauntlets (used up 289 yards of yarn):

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/prusik-gauntlets

And a cowl (used up 395 yards of yarn and required an additional skein to be dyed):

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/prusik-cowl

Total monthly yarn out: 862.9 yards, 188g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 862.9 yards, 188g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out ytd: 14,165.8 yards, 4,844g
Total yarn in ytd: 13,750 yards, 3,180g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 415.8 yards, 1,664g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 3,050g.

 

Stashdown 2017 – September progress

A very busy time away from the knitting needles and spinning wheel in September, so not a huge amount to report.

I did managed to work up a hat and matching cowl from 336 yards of handspun:

I also designed and finished off a pair of wristwarmers (matching hat and cowl to follow), which used up another 197.4 yards of yarn:

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/wristwarmers

Total monthly yarn out:  533.4 yards, 149g
Total monthly yarn in: 0 yards, 0g

Net monthly yarn decrease:  533.4 yards, 149g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 0g.

Total yarn out ytd: 13,302.9 yards, 4,656g
Total yarn in ytd: 13,750 yards, 3,180g

Net yarn increase ytd: 447.1 yards, (1,476)g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 3,050g.

Stashdown 2017 – August progress

August saw my first yarn purchase in over 2 years when I needed to buy some additional yarn to finish the following sweater (which used a total of 1,834 yards of yarn):

 

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/krone

That added 374 yards to my stash (before finishing the sweater).

I also carded and then spun some alpaca fibre into 348 yards of light fingering weight yarn, losing some of the fibre along the way (I started with 100g but ended up with 87g). There was a lot of grease in the fibre which led to some gentle felting whilst washing it out, but I’m pretty happy with the end result.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/cotswolds-alpaca

 

Total monthly yarn out:  1,834 yards, 367g
Total monthly yarn in:  722 yards, 162g

Net monthly yarn decrease:  1,122 yards, 205g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 100g.


Total yarn out ytd: 12,769.5 yards, 4,507g
Total yarn in ytd: 13,750 yards, 3,180g

Net yarn increase ytd: 980.5 yards, (1,327)g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 3,050g.

Stashdown 2017 – July progress

July was dominated by Tour de Fleece. Although I did also knit a sweater the fit wasn’t quite right and it got ripped out and re-worked, not counting for July yardage. Instead all I managed to do was add to my stash as follows:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey became 1,080 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/wensleydale

  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway became 502 yards of 2-ply light-fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/strawberry-bfl

  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway became 1,074 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/heathered-highlands

  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn became 2,036 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/fawn-shetland

  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway became 446 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/purple-topshells

  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway became 506 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/winter-moss

  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway became 336 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/the-night-circus

  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway became 424 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/eclipse

  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway became 306 yards of 2-ply sport weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/easter-brunch

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre was turned into 6,710 yards of mostly 2-ply fingering weight yarn (sometimes a light fingering, sometimes a sport).

Total monthly yarn out:  0 yards, 0g
Total monthly yarn in: 6,710 yards, 1,663g

Net monthly yarn increase: 6,710 yards, 1,663g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 1,650g.


Total yarn out ytd: 10,935.5 yards, 4,140g
Total yarn in ytd: 13,028 yards, 3,018g

Net yarn increase ytd: 2,092.5 yards, (1,122)g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 2,950g.

Tour de Fleece 2017 – the victory lap

Just as Chris Froome only had to finish the final stage to with the Tour de France, I managed to complete my spinning in advance of the final day.

I had gone from

TDF 2017 – start

to

TDF 2017 – finish

Spinning up the following fibre:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey became 1,080 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/wensleydale

  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway became 502 yards of 2-ply light-fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/strawberry-bfl

  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway became 1,074 yards of 2-ply light fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/heathered-highlands

  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn became 2,036 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/fawn-shetland

  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway became 446 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/purple-topshells

  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway became 506 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/winter-moss

  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway became 336 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/the-night-circus

  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway became 424 yards of 2-ply fingering weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/eclipse

  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway became 306 yards of 2-ply sport weight yarn

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/easter-brunch

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre was turned into 6,710 yards of mostly 2-ply fingering weight yarn (sometimes a light fingering, sometimes a sport). Not bad for a few weeks’ work.

Stashdown 2017 – June progress

June, the halfway point in the year, saw the completion of both knitting and spinning projects, both decreasing and increasing my stash. Let’s see how it all played out.

It began with the completion of another Viajante (aka giant vagina) which I had been working on at Bungay. This used up a total of 2,078 yards.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/fak/viajante-2

I also did a little pre-Tour spinning, turning 100g of Oatmeal BFL into 526 yards (and 113g) of a light fingering weight 2-ply yarn:

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/oatmeal-bfl

Another 100g of BFL, this time in a natural brown, was turned into 498 yards (and 101g) of light fingering weight 2-ply:

http://www.ravelry.com/people/fak/handspun/brown-bfl-2

The rest of June was spent working on another knitting project that is still a WIP as the Tour de Fleece takes over in July.

Total monthly yarn out:  2,078 yards, 176g
Total monthly yarn in: 1,024 yards, 214g

Net monthly yarn decrease: 1,054 yards, (38)g

Monthly fibre stash reduction: 200g.


Total yarn out ytd: 10,935.5 yards, 4,140g
Total yarn in ytd: 6,318 yards, 1,355g

Net yarn decrease ytd: 4,617.5 yards, 2,805g

Fibre stash reduction ytd: 1,300g.

 

Tour de Fleece 2017 – under starter’s orders

The Tour de Fleece (and Tour de France) are scheduled to start tomorrow and I have selected the fibre I would like to try and spin this year. It is a bit of a stash-busting challenge (which fits in nicely with my 2017 stashdown challenge) and features a wishlist of what I would like to get through over the next 21 days of spinning (I will be taking different rest days to the cyclists).

TDF 2017 – start

In order of spinning there is:

  • 300g of Little Owl Crafts Wensleydale in natural grey
  • 100g of Sara’s Texture Crafts BFL in Strawberry colourway
  • 200g of Sara’s Texture Crafts Merino & Silk in Heathered Highlands colourway
  • 500g of Jamieson & Smith Shetland in natural fawn
  • 100g of Wildcraft Romney in Purple Topshells colourway
  • 130g of Hilltop Cloud Suffolk in Winter Moss colourway
  • 100g of Wildcraft Jacob in The Night Circus colourway
  • 120g of Hilltop Cloud Exmoor Blueface in Eclipse colourway
  • 100g of The Double Ewe Whitefaced Woodland in Easter Brunch colourway

A grand total of 1.65kg of fibre, which should be possible given that I can usual spin 100g of singles on a good day. Add in another third of a day of plying for each 100g spun and it should come out just about right.