Fiber Goals 2023: Mid-year check-in

It’s the middle of the year, so it’s time for a mid-year look at how my 2023 fiber goals are going!

This year’s goals were:

  1. Toys
  2. Hand-dyed, Hand-spun
  3. Complicated Cables
  4. Patterns I own

Most of these are going pretty well.

Toys

I’ve done a lot of these! I already talked about a few in April, and last week I finished this summer’s mystery gnome from Imagined Landscapes:

“Gnifty” the gnome from “The More You Gnome” (now renamed to “Big Gnose” by my kid)

I still have some stuff queued for him and a bunny kit I haven’t started, but I feel like I’ve met the goal regardless. There will always be more fun things to make!

Hand Dyed, Hand Spun

The lighter lavender and peach colours in the gnome above were dyed by my kid, and I also used one of his minis for the egg. I still haven’t gotten around to using my own handspun so that’s still on my list. Maybe doing Tour de Fleece (starting today!) will help get me in the mood for that?

Complicated Cables

I haven’t even made a dent in this goal, other than finding some yarn for the Lucy Hauge pattern that I bought. I’m going to have to prioritize that shawl for the fall, I think. And I’ve got a half-formed idea to go with a rainbow yarn I got in the spring Gauge Dyeworks club, but I haven’t even swatched that yet so I’m not sure if it’ll fit into the rest of the year.

Right now I’m back to finishing a sweater plus two things I cast on for travel (some Socks on Vacay/Pride socks and a big shawl), plus I’d like to start some socks for my mom’s birthday which should take me to mid August. It’s funny to think that I only have enough time for maybe 3 more shawl-sized projects before the end of the year, but I’m not a fast knitter and I’m planning to do baubles in November then advent/countdown something in December, so that really leaves me Aug/Sept/Oct to do something and each shawl takes me around a month so… not much time left for cables! Maybe I better make sure some of my baubles have cables? Or socks with cables?

Patterns I own

I’m currently working my way through the Golden Poppy Sweater that has been in my queue since it released:

Golden poppy sweater in progress. It features a large “poppy” panel in mosaic knitting (looks a bit more snowflake-y in the white/blue colours), and decreasing stripes at the end of the sleeves.

And I started the “Bubbles of Joy” shawl which I bought as a kit intending it for travel in 2019 and then by 2020 I wasn’t doing travel so it’s been sitting in my stash for a while.

The “bubbles of joy” shawl in progress with my kid jumping on the mattress in the background.

The story with the pattern is that it’s supposed to help you capture memories of joy, so I started it and took it on my first trip to Ottawa since 2019. I particularly enjoyed how well it matched an afghan made by my grandmother that my mom’s using in her house now. I’ll try to get the picture up later — wordpress is complaining it’s too big and I don’t feel like dealing with manual resizing right this second.

I’m also currently revisiting the Stumptown Socks pattern which I already owned:

Stumptown Sock in progress at the Nepean Concert Band concert.

Plus I finished some Glitz Mitts from a book I owned back in January and I finished an advent from 2022 in the beginning of 2023 too so it counts. So the current breakdown of knit/crochet/weaving I have listed on Ravelry looks like this:

4 patterns I owned before 2023

2 plain weavings (no pattern to buy exactly although I did take the course)

2 free patterns (amigurumi heart, a sock pattern I haven’t shown yet)

2 patterns I made up (rainbow + socks, feather shawl)

5 new patterns I bought (the gnome, romi mystery shawl, easter egg, good bear, rcyc mcal)

On the embroidery front, it’s all been stuff from stash including the Constellation Sampler and Floral Necklaces, plus I’ve got a summer sampler and a bee sampler on the go now. (I did buy a couple of extra samplers this year but on average I’m using more than I purchase. Which is definitely not something I can say about my yarn habit.)

So even though it’s only a few patterns, the ratio of “cast on new exciting thing” to “actually use what you have” is feeling pretty good. Plus most of the new things I bought were to go with knitalongs, which scratch a bit of a community itch that’s been a bit hard of late so I don’t regret finding a few opportunities for that!

Overall

I’d say 2 goals are pretty much done, the 3rd has some progress, and the 4th has a plan. Not bad!