Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Year of Projects - Year 4

No WIP Wednesday this week, because I completely forgot to take photos of my projects :-P So instead, my YoP introduction post :)

The Year of Projects challenge is hosted on Ravelry, and the rules are very simple: come up with a list - as short or as long as you'd like - of projects that you would like to knit between July 1st, 2014 and June 30th, 2015. You can focus on stash-busting, emptying out your queue, working your way through a book, or anything else that catches your fancy.

I had originally considered working my way through "Knitting on the Road: Sock Patterns for the Travelling Knitter" by Nancy Bush, but I think that for my first attempt at YoP I need a slightly more flexible goal. I may change my mind for next year though ;)

So this year, my goal for the Year of Projects is two-fold... never do anything halfway is my motto ;) Both goals are focused on stash-busting though.

Goal the First
Without really planning to, I've managed to knit a pair of socks every month so far in 2014. That seems like an awesome trend to continue, so my first goal for the YoP is to knit another 6 pairs of socks this year. I have enough yarn for 4 of those for sure, and may be able to get the last two as well, if I stick with creative use of left-overs and/or ankle socks! :)

Goal the Second
When I last organized my stash I suddenly realized I have no fewer than TWELVE different sweater quantities of yarn - bought with the intention of knitting a sweater (or just a top) for myself right away, and then disappearing into the depths of my stash when I couldn't decide which sweater to use the yarn for after all.

So! My goal for the Year of Projects is to get something done with four of these - 6 if I'm really ambitious. That's one every two/three months, which should be a manageable goal... even when combined with the other one.

The yarn in question:

10 skeins of fonty Angora - DK weight (possible use: Adiago Tunic vest)

5 skeins of Garn Supersoft - fingering weight (possible use: Ink)

30 mini-skeins of Fiber Optic Yarn - fingering weight (possible use: Elfe)

2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering - fingering weight (possible use: Elfe)

10 skeins Katia Tobago - aran weight (possible use: Lanesplitter skirt)

8 skeins of Katia cotton 100% - DK weight (possible use: Iris tee)

10 skeins of Katia Eden - aran weight (possible use: Miami Vice)

16 skeins of Easy Care Big - aran weight (possible use: $5 in Paris) (I was attacked by a 50%-off sale, so bought enough for 2, as I really love this pattern!)

And finally 4 yarns I still have no clue what to use for... not that I can't find anything I like, I can find TOO MUCH that I like! And can't make up my mind.

8 skeins of Hjertegarn Ciao Trunte - fingering weight

10 skeins of Järbo Garn Mio - fingering weight

5 skeins of Lagun from almedahl - sports weight

8 skeins of Grignasco Flavia Baby - fingering weight

But still, that's 8 of them sorted - a pretty good place to start. Although I'm sure I'd change my mind a thousand times yet if I allowed myself to keep looking on Ravelry! So I won't... for now, anyway ;)

July Sock (Braided Twist Sock)
First Sweater
August Sock
September Sock
October Sock
Second Sweater
November Sock
December Sock
Third Sweater
Fourth Sweater
(Fifth Sweater)
(Sixth Sweater)


  1. I like the mix of socks and sweaters you've planned for this coming yop year, big and small projects are always a great way to go I've found. You've some pretty sweater patterns already picked out and by the end I'm sure you'll have figured out what to do with the other skeins.

  2. Woah. Sweaters and socks? I am impressed. I love the organization of it all.

  3. Looking forward to seeing how your year progresses! Good luck!

  4. Lovely - a great mix and a timetable!! Looking forward to seeing your progress on Sundays.

  5. Year of projects sounds fun! Good luck.