The 1+1+1 Project: Q1 Wrap-Up & Q2 Plans

I’m a couple days late sharing this post — sorry about that! I actually hoped to post yesterday and only be a day late, but when I went to pull yarn out of my stash for one of my upcoming projects, well, one thing led to another and before I knew it I was up to my eyeballs organizing and updating the entire yarn and fiber stash on Ravelry.

img_2744-1Considering I had a pounding headache, it was not the brightest thing I’ve done, but I have a long history of making questionable choices regarding chores when I am not feeling well. This was the kind of mostly mindless thing one can do with a headache, though, as there’s really no creative thought required. And now my stash is totally searchable and I even entered locations so I can go straight to the right spot and find everything. That’s pretty nifty if you ask me. For this moment, let’s enjoy the fact that I accomplished this feat and ignore the fact that I have enough yarn and fiber that it is helpful to assign each piece a location, ok?

 In any case, I got distracted and just didn’t get back to writing this post. So let me get to that!

First, I’m happy to report my Q1 for the 1+1+1 Project was a success — hooray! I got all three projects I set out to finish done.

img_1841You’ll remember that this is where I started.

I got to my Snowfling Mitts first.

topsideAnd thank goodness as I’ve been using them. Did I mentioned it’s snowing today?

And then I worked on my Agnes Sweater.on2I got the vast majority of this done while on our Yellowstone vacation. Honestly, I think drying this after its wash was the most time-consuming part of it. It’s been an awesome bit, cozy sweater for me and I adore it! I wore it just the other day out on the trail under my raincoat and it was perfection.

And last but not least, the big kahuna of my Q1 — spinning these 12oz of fiber into yarn.

img_2432I chose to spin this during the month of March to go along with the Three Waters Farm Unexpected Combo spinalong. 12oz of singles plus plying in one month is a huge under-taking for me, especially since I managed to spin some of the finest yarn I’ve ever spun. I made it though!

3ply pileAnd as you saw earlier this week, I have this 1100yard fingering-weight skein to show for it.

2ply pileAnd this 520yard lace weight skein as well.

So what is in store for Q2, you ask? Well, let me show you!

 First, I’m planning to knit up a project that’s about a year overdue in my schedule…

img_2757Pam Allen’s Hamlin Peak in Quince & Co’s Kestrel in the Urchin colorway. A worsted weight linen, this will be perfect for summer.

Next, around Christmas time I saw a photo on Instagram of Rachel from Dyeabolical knitting up a shawl using a combination of her Lucy & Fuchsia So Bright! colorways and loved it so much that I picked up a couple skeins for myself.

img_2752Aren’t they pretty together?

Anyways, I toiled for quite a while as to which pattern I wanted to use and after much deliberation I’ve settled on Rosemary Hill’s Swoop.

img_2756 I might run tight on yardage, but there are a couple projects where folks have made it with the yardage I have. And anyways, I rest assured that I know where I can get more if I need it.

And finally, a spinning project.

img_2758Last year at the end of the Tour de Fleece, I started this project with the intention of keeping up my spindling. And I did not. At all. It sat with me having spun about 1/4 of a rolag for months. Then, recently I acquired this sweet little Golding spindle that is rocking my world. I’ll tell you more about it soon, but suffice to say I’ve been enjoying snippets of time with this little baby. I keep it in the kitchen and have started carrying it along in my bag now and then in lieu of knitting.  After spinning up a little sample skein (again, more later), I got the idea that I should make this project happen. And now I am.

Do you have any plans for Q2 of this year? I’d love to hear! Remember we’re sharing about our 1+1+1 projects over in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group — we’d love to see & hear what your goals are!

10 responses to “The 1+1+1 Project: Q1 Wrap-Up & Q2 Plans

    • I debated forever on which color to pick because I love them all. I eventually went with Urchin because it’s different enough from my other sweaters, but still will match a lot of my clothes. It’s a pretty pretty slate-y green (if that’s a color).

      Happy April Snows to you! I think we got about 2″ so far, but it’s supposed to be in the 50s tomorrow so it’s won’t stay long!

      • Good grief, Sarah, two inches?! Crazy Midwest spring! We just got an enormous amount of rain out of it and now it’s so windy I feel like my shingles are going to rip off. 75 here tomorrow. Hoping the winds die down so we can go birding in that lovely forecasted weather…we’ll see. Thanks for the description of urchin! Yeah, I definitely “kneed” it. 🙂

      • It snowed, the sun came out, it snowed again. And repeat all day Saturday! The wind came later and aside from a few flocks of blackbirds we didn’t see a ton when we were out. Hope you had better luck!

      • We had zilch birding luck! The wind was too crazy, unfortunately. Hoping for better luck next weekend. Warblers are entering the state! Four species reported on the listserv so far. 🙂

      • We were out a couple days ago and found a pair of Great Horned Owls — my hubby thought he saw a nest with baby, but no luck relocated it after he ran back for the scope. And we saw ring-necked ducks & bufflehead at the Marsh, but that’s about it. No warblers yet from what I’ve seen. It would probably help in the wind shifted from these polar blasts!

  1. Your spinning looks so gorgeous! That’s definitely on my list of skills I need to master, but then I look around at the sheer amount of yarn I have to knit up from stash – wish the yarn fairies would descend on my house and catalogue all my skeins! Actually I think that was a very logical thing to do while having a nasty headache. You couldn’t control the pain, but you wrestled something else into order and under control instead.
    I have goals – 1. I’m in a sock yarn club and my aim is to knit the shipments as they arrive. I’m nearly done (well, okay I have started the second sock) with the Jan/Feb shipment and the new skein arrived today.
    2. Knit at least one project from stash yarn for each new one I start. I’ve just finished a sweater for me, a baby sweater and a pair of socks, so that’s going well.
    3. Think/pause/or try to do so before jumping into a new project that involves buying a bunch of yarn. Failed on this one as the new Kate Davies pattern and kit for Miss Rachel’s Yoke and Gauntlets climbed into my shopping cart and sent itself to me. But this is going to be a birthday present for my daughter so maybe I can have half a pass on that mistake.

    • I felt the exact same way for a long time — I already have so much yarn, why would I learn to *make* more? The beauty is it takes more time, so it’s not like you’re creating additional stash at crazy rates (at least I don’t) and it really curbs your appetite for commercial yarns.

      I love your goals! And I totally don’t blame you for splurging on the Miss Rachel’s Yoke & Gauntlets — they’re on my list now, too!

  2. What a great accomplishment! I always admire your dedication to your knitting goals. You absolutely know where to get more yarn. I’m fairly certain that I can rustle up a few minis, or a second hank, if need be!

    • Thank you for the kind words, Rachel! Having projects left undone stresses me out, so sticking to the plan is a must for me. And I knew I could count on you if I had a yarn-mergency! I’m 95% sure it’ll be fine, but you never know! So reassured to know you’ve got my back!

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