Back to it being the beginning of the year; back to making plans for the year ahead:
Two facets of my seven-point plan that
dictate help determine how the year should pan out. Stash-busting my big-yardage stashes determines the projects; giving hand-made gifts dictates the programme.
The following are my big-yardage stash (in order of decreasing yardage:)
|Fyberspates||Lace||Lace / 2 ply||1964|
|Noro||Sekku||Lace / 2 ply||1840|
|Malabrigo Yarn||Merino Worsted||Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi)||1680|
|Lane Borgosesia||Alpaca||Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)||1540|
|Colinette||Prism||Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi)||1500|
|Fyberspates||Scrumptious DK||Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)||1440|
|Kauni||Wool 8/2 Effektgarn||Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)||1314|
|The Dublin Dye Company||Alpaca Lace||Lace / 2 ply||1312|
|Artesano||Inca Cloud||Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)||1310|
|Zettl||Cotton-Classic Cable||DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)||1308|
|Artfibers||Andromeda||Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)||1295.3|
|Debbie Bliss||Donegal Aran Tweed||Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi)||1209.6|
|Manos del Uruguay||Silk Blend||DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)||1200|
|Jojoland||Melody Superwash||Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)||1100|
|Ivy Brambles||Romantica Merino Lace||Lace / 2 ply||1000|
|Wendy||Happy||Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi)||918|
|Pure Laine||Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi)||905.5|
|Brown Sheep||Lamb’s Pride Bulky||Super Bulky (5-6 wpi)||875|
As I already have designs – quite literally – for the Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, I’ve included all yarns down as far as that. That’s a whopping 23,900+ yards of yarn though. It’s not feasible to expect that I will get it through it all this year. So other factors come into play to prioritise the order they get worked in.
The design and gift-giving deadlines are sprinkled throughout the year, like milestones along the way; and I’ve already ear-marked the yarns needed for them. For the rest of the stashes, I need to pair a project to the yarn to get better idea of how long each project is going to take. Those yarns that I can’t yet pair-up with a project, or the project is more an idea than a true pattern, get relegated to 2012.
When selecting the project to go with the yarn, a limiting parameter on myself was that I must have the pattern already. The volume of patterns that I have overwhelm me as much as the yarn-stash I have accumulated. It makes no sense to add to one when trying to reduce the other.
I’ve also promised myself, for the longest time, that I want to make a pattern by Carol Feller – a home-grown designer from Cork, whom I’ve admired since I first saw her Doddy pattern in Knitty. This meant that Trilo in Fyberspates Scrumptious DK pipped Swirl Shawl in Jojoland Melody for knitting this year.
So here’s the plan for 2011: yarns are listed with their selected projects and arranged in order of what deadlines there are or when I’d like to have them done by. The number indicates their position on the yardage ranking above:
|Ecolution||6 Strand Fine Dyed Hemp Beading Twine||Tubular bag – proto-type||03 February 2011|
|10||Zettl||Cotton-Classic Cable||Tubular bag||27 February 2011|
|18||Brown Sheep||Lamb’s Pride Bulky||Seamless Set-In Sleeve||01 March 2011|
|7||Kauni||Wool 8/2 Effektgarn||Double-knit bag||04 April 2011|
|1||Fyberspates||Lace||Peaseblossom Tunic||22 May 2011|
|8||The Dublin Dye Company||Alpaca Lace||Petals||22 May 2011|
|2||Noro||Sekku||Enigma Hooded Cardigan||31 July 2011|
|4||Lane Borgosesia||Alpaca||Apres Surf Hoodie||17 August 2011|
|16||Wendy||Happy||Tubular bag||31 August 2011|
|13||Manos del Uruguay||Silk Blend||Maggie Wrap||30 September 2011|
|5||Colinette||Prism||Long Coat with Chevron Lace||31 October 2011|
|9||Artesano||Inca Cloud||Gathered Pullover||30 November 2011|
|6||Fyberspates||Scrumptious DK||Trilo||31 December 2011|
|3||Malabrigo Yarn||Merino Worsted||Cozy Cable Hooded Cardigan|
|12||Debbie Bliss||Donegal Aran Tweed||TBA|
|14||Jojoland||Melody Superwash||Swirl Shawl|
|15||Ivy Brambles||Romantica Merino Lace||TBA|
Let’s see how it all pans out. As I learned last year, I’m a divil for allowing myself to get distracted and veer off-course. I’m hoping that at the very least, those items with a specific deadline get done… on time!
It’ll be fun to read back over this post this time next year.