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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Year of Knitting - Knit Something of the Month Club

Earlier this year I mentioned that in 2011 I was going to do my own Knit Something of the Month Club using stash yarn. The idea came directly from the Yarn Harlot's Self Imposed Sock Club of 2010, which I thought was pure genius. Since 2011 is fast approaching, it was time to get organized for my own club. I decided I didn't want to do socks all year, so I decided to do a combination of socks and shawls. Now before everyone chokes on their tea, I'm not talking giant, laceweight shawls with crazy, intricate lacework. I'm talking about smaller, fingering weight shawls that use about one pair of sock's worth of yarn. There are lots of shawl/shawlette patterns that fit this category and most of the shawls for sock yarn are fairly simple and you can wear them like a scarf or like a shawl, so they're great for everyday wear. Since I'm designing my own club, I know I'll like the yarn and the patterns. (When you join someone else's club you're working with their yarn and pattern choices and no matter how great their taste and what amazing people they are, I've never heard of anyone being 100% in love with every yarn and pattern for the full year.)

My initial thought was to do 6 socks and 6 shawls and I'd alternate them throughout the year. I might take one of the socks out of the club and add a 7th shawl, which would mean I'd start and end with shawls. I have until the end of the year to decide and then the club is locked in (my club, my rules). I'll share what I have so far though. I sat down with a bunch of yarn choices, realized I have an amazing amount of green yarn, and started matching yarn to patterns. Each yarn is in a ziplock bag with a note naming the pattern for that yarn. I have to pull some beads for two of the shawls, which will go into those particular bags. Then I'll either put the bags somewhere that I can't see them so I can randomly draw one each month, or I'll give them to Caleb with a Sharpie and let him put them in order and number them for me. I haven't decided yet how to work that. Here are all of shawl yarns:

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And here are all of the sock yarns:

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I'm not going to go through each skein and tell you all the details right now, but I promise I'll share each month when I start working on it. I will continue working on other things throughout the year as well as this club and I plan to get back to writing more patterns next year, but I thought it would be fun to show all of the yarns in one place. If I do take out one of the sock yarns and add another shawl, I'll let you know before next year.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Shannan said...

I like this idea of mixing it up between socks and shawls. I can't wait to see what you've come up with.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I might try to do that with spinning since I could use the motivation. Definitely need to start working down all of the stashes!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

OOOOOOOOOOO, I love that upper right blue shawl yarn! Looks like something a mommy might like to have to wrap a baby boy in!

12:02 PM  
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2:42 PM  
Blogger Mikaiya said...

Love it! This isn't so dissimilar from my own "Year of Fingering" goal for 2011- though I've got a few other projects besides socks and shawls thrown in. http://mikaiya.wordpress.com

2:43 PM  
Blogger Laura47 said...

Ooh, if that bottom left shawl yarn is Smooshy with Cashmere -- the colorway looks like that special one Loopy put out -- you will DIE of pleasure knitting with it! I knit a light, open shawl for my sister and really, really hated to finish it up.

I'm going to try to impose a knit-something-from-stash club on myself this year, too. Of course, I start with good intentions and then they disappear about halfway through, but if I even get a few pairs of socks knitted for me and the hubster, it'll be a success. It's not like I need to buy more sock yarn in this lifetime or probably the next three, too!

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Mady said...

Fun! I'll look forward to following your knitting year.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Geri said...

I do love this idea! I can't wait to see what gets knitted up this year!

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Bianca said...

This is a really nice idea to reduce the stash... I'm looking forward following you on this journey.

Best regards,
have a nice Christmas and a Happy New Year
Bianca

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Bev said...

Great idea! I have also been thinking of such a project for next year since reading of the Yarn Harlot's progress all year.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Oh that's a great idea. I was doing the same thing, based on Yarn Harlot's idea ... but I only came up with 6 sock kits before I gave up. Mixing it with shawls and scarves solves that problem. Now I am going to copy your idea :o) Can't wait to see what you've got started ... now off to finish my 6 kits up.

9:12 PM  

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