Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fitzgerald Scarf

Deep Stash Half Marathon 2016 update:

Fitzgerald Scarf yardage:  380.9
DSHM current yardage total:  380.9
DSHM yardage remaining:  22,691.6

I have more yardage to add from a pair of socks and some sold/given away destashing, but I'll post that later.

Fitzgerald Scarf

Ravelry Stats on my Fitzgerald Scarf project page.

The Fitzgerald ticked a few boxes for me.  Besides yardage for the half marathon, it's my donation to this year's Red Scarf Project campaign and my challenge during the Olympics while playing's Ravellenics Games.  Both events need some explanation, I suppose.

Briefly, then...

The Red Scarf Project is part of a care package program for college students run by Foster Care to Success, America's College Fund for Foster Youth.  For the last several years, FC2S has included a red scarf in its Valentine's Day care packages sent to students who have aged out of the foster-care system.  I read about the program through the Now Norma Knits blog and have been making annual knitted contributions for the last six years.  If you're interested in making a red scarf for some chilly student, please read the guidelines.

Fitzgerald Scarf

The Ravellenic Games run concurrent to the Olympics and are an opportunity for fiber enthusiasts around the world to knit, crochet, spin, and weave on challenging projects as a celebration of the athletes from around the world doing the amazing things they do.  Much like the Olympics, the Ravellenics have events (Scarf Hockey, Afghan Marathon, Sock-Put) for which feats of astounding crafting are attempted.  Finished lines are crossed, virtual medals and laurels are awarded to all participants with completed projects, and warm fuzzies are felt.  It's been a fun way to sit and watch the games in Rio.

That said, this scarf nearly did me in.  Not because it's hard.  It is not.  It is, in fact, addictive.  But I started it halfway through the Olympics and had never finished a scarf of this magnitude (6 inches by 75.5 inches) in less than ten days.  This one took me seven, plus one day to block.  Rows flew by, but there were oh-so-many!  Two rows in each repeat require a couple stitches for every eleven to be completely off the needles, flapping in the air conditioning.  While you'd think that might be nerve-racking, it's not.  Those stitches stay put like good little kiddos until you need them again.

Fitzgerald Scarf blocking

I had thought I would like to make a blanket with this pattern.  However, the fabric this stitch creates rolls horribly.  I blocked the dickens out of the scarf, but it still wants to roll in on itself when handled and not sitting still for photos.  Don't know if a lap full of this pattern would behave the same way, but I'm not eager to find out now.

Fitgerald Scarf in snail mode
The scarf before blocking, but it rolls up after blocking, too.

Anyway, here's to the first scant quarter mile in the half marathon.  Onward!

Fitzgerald Scarf

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Deep Stash Yadda Yadda

So, the DS marathon isn't going anywhere, as is evidenced by the scads of blog entries I haven't posted about it.  I also haven't been keeping track of the yardage faithfully (and there is a little some to keep track of), so the idea of going through the backlog to count it all is just a bad one.  It's not gonna happen.

I maintain that the marathon is a good idea, I've just been going about it too casually.  A marathon is a race, after all, and I haven't been acting even like a tortoise in a race.  It's time to introduce the game into this game and set some real goals and real consequences.

[Insert ominous music here.]

And knock down the yardage miles a bit to, say, a half marathon.

Beginning July 1, I'm running my first ever Deep Stash Half Marathon.  I have until the end of the year to work through 23,072.5 yards of deep stash yarn (13.1 miles) or else I must sell/give away/toss the difference of what I don't use in projects.  Either way, I will be rid of just over 23K yards of yarn.  Gone.  Outta here.  Boom.  The sad consequence will be that some of it I won't get to use myself; it'll just be yarn echoes in the corners of my mind.

[Insert Debbie Downer sound effect]

And there are rules!  As follows:

  1. Deep Stash is yarn that has spent five years or more in the stash (added in 2011 or earlier).

  2. Only yarn taken from Deep Stash counts toward the DSHM2016 goal total, not from more recent stash.

  3. Yarns can be held in multiple strands while working them into a project, and the individual yardage of each strand will count toward the goal total.  Because yardage that is gone, is GONE.

  4. All projects finished by December 31, 2016 (using DS) will count.  They do not have to be started after July 1, 2016.

  5. The goal total that isn't met by completed projects will be met as well by destashing methods (sell, give, toss) from Deep Stash.

  6. Deep Stash destashing may occur at any time during the half marathon, not just as its end, and count toward the goal total.

  7. So, how much do I have to work into projects to avoid the dreaded DESTASH decisions?

    23,072.5 yards = 3,845 yards/month = 961 yards/week = 192 yards/day (for a five-day week).

    Right.  Knitting almost 200 yards a day isn't setting myself up for failure.  Nope.

    Yeah, I know it is, but the challenge of the race here is the difficulty.  I'm simply trying to work as much yardage through my fingers before I have to destash the rest, unused.

    I intend to report yardage totals as I complete each project.  So, the blog entries may come sporadically, but I hope there will be several between now and the end of the year.

    Now, if anyone wants to join me, great.  But, this isn't one of those decreasing-stash-alongs where there will be prizes.  Therefore, there will be no rule nannies to keep anyone in line.  If you want to use my rules for your race, fine.  If you want to expand the rules to your entire stash, great!  It's just that, I know my deep stash alone is still at least 138K yards (78 miles), so I've got a few half to full marathons in front of me before I've whittled it down to a more comfortable level.

    So, okay then.  Get ready, get set...

    Deep Stash Marathon Ticker


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