Saturday, June 2, 2012

Surmount the Stash June Update

Double Bump dishcloth in stash-busting stripes!
Monthly budget of $50 for all knitting related expenses: Last month's running deficit of $160.00 kept me on the straight and narrow for most of May, however, I did buy some dishcloth cotton and I did impulsively buy a skein of sock yarn in the last couple of days. Retail therapy I think with all the stress around here, so I'm not beating myself up over it. All in all I spent $34 this month, so the running deficit now stands at $144.00. Not great, but better than it was.

Manage my WIPs: Last month I started and finished a dishcloth for my Just the Postage swap, and I have several more planned over the next week or so. Mindless dishcloth knitting is definitely my speed right now. I also finished one pair of gift socks and am nearly finished a second pair for charitable donation. Oh yes, and three 10x10 squares for a group blanket project. There's also some secret knitting done for a Canada Day swap that can't be revealed until my swap partner receives here package. And I knit through all the yarn I bought in April as well as most of the yarn I received from my swap partner. So not bad. This morning there is only my second of Hermoine's Everyday Socks on my needles - perfect for hospital bedside knitting.

Plan projects to work through my inventory of yarns in my Stash:  I'd estimate that in May I knit through about 1000 yards of yarn purchased in April, 500 yards of yarn received in an April swap, 300 yards of yarn purchased in May and an additional 500 or so yards of yarn from my stash. All added up like that it sounds quite impressive, doesn't it? Now I feel a bit better about my efforts in May, because until I totalled it, I was pretty much feeling like May was a washout. In June, on the other hand, I predict a great deal of progress. I'll be close to home for the next several weeks, fetching and carrying for the invalid, so expect a parade of dishcloths!


Pumpkin said...

Now I'm imagining a whole spectrum of lovely new washcloths! Good work on your yarn budgeting, you are doing so well!

Anonymous said...

I think you did quite well! LOL

Of course, that's coming from someone who started knitting an afghan and has to buy the yarn for it. However, I'm doing it bit by bit and it's NOT going into the stash at all. It's being used right away. So, that doesn't count, right????

I love the brown and white stripes on the dishcloth. Very modern!

MarkWWNB said...

Hermoine's everyday socks! I'm in heaven!

Ashley said...

Great job on keeping the yarn purchases down and managing the WIPS, speaking from experience it is quite a challenge! I can't wait to see what you finish this month.

Caffeine Girl said...

If anyone knits enough to justify acquiring more yarn, it's you!

I should follow suit and do some dishcloths, too. The end of the school year is often stressful!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

That is really impressive! It's great that you are also moving through new stash quickly rather than letting it linger.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Sounds like May was a pretty good month for you!