Data, Data, Data

Happy New Year!

Today I thought I’d pop in and do a quick 2021 recap in terms of my knitting. And because we all know I love data, this will be a numbers heavy post. ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ“Š

I did a lot of knitting in 2021, and this was my first year tracking stitches every day. I started doing this daily stitch tracking in August 2020, so hopefully in future years I can actually compare more year over year data.

Total Stitches: 1,028,516

Avg St per day: 2,818

Most stitches per day: 9,953 on 2/28/21

I was able to meet my million stitch goal, even though it didn’t really happen until mid-November, when i realized I was behind on meeting the goal. You can see on the chart above that based on some lower knitting months over the summer, I didn’t get above my needed stitches per day until near the end of the year. Transitioning from a rolling goal to a moving st/day goal based on previous knitting experience was useful to me.

Not too surprisingly, most of the my stitches happened on the weekend. It looks like my least busy day has been Tuesday, and my most busy day is Saturday. My most productive month was October, and my least as April.

Here’s some info on projects I made in 2021:

Total projects finished: 29

Breakdown of projects: 5 pullovers, 1 cardigan, 2 tees/tanks, 4 hats, 7 pairs of socks, 1 blanket, 1 baby sweater, 2 shawls, 1 cowl, 4 stuffies/ ornaments

FYI, I have updated my Yearly Stitches Tracking spreadsheet to have the yearly goal be more prominent and include the progression chart you see above. I am working on other options so you don’t need Excel, but it hasn’t happened yet, sorry. If you really want this but don’t have Excel, please let me know so I can prioritize other options.

My goal for 2022 is actually a lot less. I moved my yearly goal to 750,000, which is just over 2K stitches per day. I am cautiously hopeful that 2022 will bring more time outside of my house, so I didn’t want to commit myself to what can be about 2 hours of knitting every day. I tend not to set specific progress goals (see my YoP posts), but I do hope in the 2022 year to knit more socks, especially the Farmers Daughter Fibers 2021 Sock Squad stash, and to focus more on sweater stashes rather than shiny new test knits.

I hope you all have a wonderful beginning to your year. Do you set yearly knitting goals?

I’ll finish off with a non-knitting yearly overview.

7 comments

  1. Your blog makes my heart go pitter patter!! I found the daily stitch goal more satisfactory than the total as well. Good luck. I’m sure with in person work again that knitting time may be more precious. Your goal is still more aggressive than this retiree!!

  2. I am so in awe of how many big projects you finished last year – WOW! My heartfelt congratulations (I definitely and absolutely love your Stephen West Shawl, the colours look so good together!). I think you are very wise of not increasing your stitch goal yet again – hopefully, we will all be able to spend more time outside, and it really would be such a shame to kinda “ruin” that experience with guilt because you are behind on your stitch count.

    I am excited to see what you are going to do this year – and also, thank you so much for the (monthly) recaps, I REALLY loved them!

  3. Loved getting to know you, your projects and your spreadsheets this year! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s all hope for more “out of the house” days in 2022 – but lots of knitting as well!

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