July was a rather frustrating month of crafting. I met few of my goals. I expected to get a lot done because I was home for the entire month, but this turned out not to be the case. Since I was home for the entire month, I spent a lot of time catching up on home tasks that had languished while I was doing so much traveling between March and June. It was excellent and necessary to get those things done, but it meant the crafting did not get done.
HPKCHC Classes / Detention
- One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
- Granny Squares
- A pair of plain vanilla socks
- Irish Hiking Mittens
- Diagonal Dishcloths
- Sheplova Mushroom Quinn Bag
- Hugo Monster
- Detention: Finish MAPLE LEAF the Third
- MAPLE LEAF the Fourth
Order of the Phoenix
- Begonia Swirl Shawl
- Ohio Valley fiber plied with Psalm 23 fiber
- NGY Lux Top braid spun and plied
- Sassy Bee batt spun and plied
July Finished Projects
I finished three granny squares, but they have to be redone because I accidentally used the wrong size hook. I didn’t even start any of the other projects on the class list.
I finished MAPLE LEAF the Fourth in time for Quidditch and turned it in for full points!
I finished the Begonia Swirl Shawl in time for OOTP and turned it in on time. Unfortunately, I included specific yardage in my B.R.O.O.M. and the shawl came in at less than that yardage. I only got partial points for it.
I plied the Ohio Valley fiber with the Psalm 23 fiber. I started spinning the NGY Lux Top braid. It quickly became clear that this fiber wanted to be very thin and that therefore it would take a long time to spin and therefore there was no way that I would be able to complete my OWL. I am still working on the NGY Lux Top braid and have not started the Sassy Bee batt.
July was not a good month for stashdown, but I knew that it would not be good before the month started. I order 8,000 yards of yarn at the very end of June and it arrived in July. I needed this yarn because it is the yarn I am using for the MAPLE LEAF shawls and for dyeing experiments. Each shawl takes 1.25 skeins of yarn and I have 9 more to knit. I also worked out where I am going with my dyeing experiments and realized I needed several skeins for that. I also purchased 4 skeins of yarn at my LYS, for another 1,760 yards of yarn added to my stash. And the spinning I completed in July added another 1300 yards.
The Begonia Swirl Shawl came in at 612 yards, MAPLE LEAF the Fourth at 504 yards, and I used 400 yards for dyeing experiments. That is everything that came out of my stash for the month.
- July total: up by 9,631 yards (5.47 miles) of yarn.
- YTD total: up by 13,637 yards (7.75 miles) of yarn.
Clearly, I’m doing the whole stashdown thing wrong! I originally planned to reduce the overall volume of my stash by 10% over the course of this year. Now I would be happy to show any reduction at all when compared with the December 31, 2013 stash volume. Even that will be tough; I need to craft my way through more than a mile of yarn every month for the rest of the year and not acquire any more yarn! I really do not know if I can do that.