It seems a bit ridiculous to be posting a 2011 wrap-up at this point, but I guess as long as it's still January the topic is fair game, right? Frankly, I just like to drag out the holidays for as long as possible. I'll keep it short and sweet:
That's 36 finished items, people! I'm pretty proud, if I may say so. I attribute the x-treme productivity to a couple things: 1. teaching beginning crochet about once a week (I always have to have a simple crochet project to bring to class) 2. a handful of road trips and 3. (this one being a bit sad) almost zero design output (just one thing I can't post about yet). Here are the stats on the finished items:
2 a combination of knitting and crochet (the French press cozy and the baby bonnet)
14 gifts (including 1 that was actually a swap)
11 for me
11 now reside in Loopy
I have a number of goals for 2012 (I hate resolutions). Firstly, I need to take a cold, hard look at my stash and make some calls about which yarns have a plan and which I will clearly never use. The yarn situation in this apartment is approaching Hoarders material. Conveniently, my neighborhood knitting group is having a stash swap in a couple weeks - it's possible I could acquire some new things through this (hopefully things I'd use!) but the leftover items get donated to a local prison, so I don't have to feel too bad about destashing. Secondly, I really want to get back on the design wagon. I have a handful of ideas that are totally executable; I just need to find time and/or get off my butt and do it. Finally, I would really like 2012 to be the year when I finally finish a crocheted sweater for myself.
The state of the WIPs:
I carried over a couple WIPs from 2010, but the unfinished object situation isn't actually too bad. I have a pink stockinette sock that needs a mate - no problem, since I always need a stockinette in the round project. Then there's the matter of my Luna sweater - this is a bit stalled at the moment because I'm pretty sure I'm not going to have enough yarn (I'm sure I have 2 more balls than are in my project bag), and the color I'm using has been discontinued (not a whole lot of it available on rav, either). I'm hoping with my upcoming stash-assessment I'll come across the remaining 2 balls of that yarn that I'm pretty sure exist somewhere in this apartment (why they were separated from their mates I have no idea). If not, well, ... I'll maybe just cry? I really like this sweater and I want to wear it, but if I have to admit defeat on something I've spent this much time on and is working well aside from the yarn situation it might have to go to the back of the closet for a while.