I realised this week that I have 100 finished projects recorded on Ravelry. If you look at my Ravelry project page, it says I have 119 projects – however, this number includes WIPs, frogged projects, and so-called “hibernating” projects. Thus, I didn’t notice right away that my Sayer tank was the 100th FO (finished object). I have, of course, knitted many more than that in the 50 years that I have been knitting; however, since my Ravelry account was started in December 2007 (I was Raveler #51878), I have recorded 100 finished projects.
Since this was a lovely autumn day, I gathered up all of the hand-knitted projects I had in the house (those I had knitted myself) and piled them up outside for some photos. Here I am covered from head to toe in hand-knitted items:
Given my general tendency towards nerdiness, this realisation – of reaching 100 FOs – immediately caused me to collect data on my projects. (This task also prevented me from engaging in other tasks, like house cleaning.) Of the 100 projects, 49 are sweaters! The distribution by project type is as follows:
- 49 Sweaters
- 15 Cowls
- 14 Mitts
- 7 Shawls
- 4 Hats
- 4 Skirts
- 2 Scarfs
- 2 Shrugs
- 1 Pillow
- 1 Poncho
- 1 Dress
Obviously, I am a sweater kind of girl; these are by far my favorite projects. Of the sweaters, 31 are pullovers and 18 are cardigans. Most of them are for me: 30 are for me, 6 for Emma, 8 for Leah, 2 for Doug, and 3 for babies. (Yes, I am a selfish knitter!) That said, most of the mitts, cowls, skirts, and other things were gifted.
Of the 100 projects, 16 are either my designs or things I just fooled around with and came up with on my own (but aren’t really “designs”). Of the other 84 projects, there are only a few repeat designers, which follow:
- 5 projects designed by Kim Hargreaves
- 3 projects designed by Carol Feller
- 2 projects designed by each of:
- Wendy Bernard
- Lily M. Chin
- Kate Davies
- Hanne Falkenberg
- Ashley Adams Moncrief
- Alexis Winslow
The remaining 64 projects were designed by 64 different designers. I think that makes me pretty inclusive!
My favorite garments: my Ormolu (blogged here), Doug’s Brick (blogged here and here), Emma’s Audrey (blogged here) and Leah’s Peloponnese (blogged here). The most fun thing to knit: The Tolkien-inspired giant pillow I knit for Leah (blogged here). The knitted garment that has been worn the most: Emma’s Carnaby skirt (blogged here). And my favorite accessory: my own Cool Boots Shawl (blogged here).
In the 100, there are only 3 items which I have knit twice. These are my Wedgewood Mitts (blogged here and here, and knitted with elephants too), Kim Hargreaves’ Audrey (blogged here and here) and Lily M. Chin’s Cabled-Rib Shawl (blogged here and here).
I like this photo where you can just see my boots peeking out from under the great pile of knits:
That’s enough nerdiness for today! Seeing how few hats I’ve knit, I’m off to cast one on!
LOVE this post!
Thanks, Gretchen. I loved writing it.
Congratulations Kelly!! Very impressive and so interesting to see the breakdown of data.
I always enjoy collecting data. It’s one of the best things about Ravelry; I would never keep track of things otherwise. Glad that you found it interesting, too.
What an accomplishment!
Thanks! It gave me the motivation to make a fun post!
Congratulations on making so many beautiful pieces 🙂 You must be proud of yourself!!!
(ok I envy you a bit..)
Thank you, Judith. I frequently end up being envious of other knitters, because I feel as if I knit very little and very slowly, especially since taking on a big role at work. (These 100 projects were knit over 10 years, remember.) The post was more an excuse to collect some data and take fun photos, than to mark a milestone. But seeing all of the knitwear piled up – yeah, I’m a bit proud.
100 is such an achievement, well done. Your stats are really interesting too. I like to do an annual round up of what I’ve made through the year and it’s surprising how many items I forget I’ve made – that’s why blogging is so good.
Thanks you! Yes, I’d forgotten many of these. I also found it interesting to look at the colours. I clearly like red.
Oh I love these kinds of lists, especially when they are of knitting.
Me too. Lists are fun, especially when they get you out of house work.
Wow, you have done such gorgeous work! Congratulations on reaching 100!
Thank you so much.
Wow, that’s incredible. Great post.
Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Congratulations on your 100 knits! Love the pictures and the analysis of your projects 🙂 You do lovely work!
Thank you. It really was such fun taking the photos. (I’ve been washing knitwear ever since; that bit is not so fun.)
Wonderful work! Congratulations!!
Thanks so much!
I love so much about this post (especially your fun boots!). Now I want to pull out all of my sweaters and lay in a pile of hand knits. LOL
Oh, please do it! I’d love to see it. Maybe you could make a pile for your little dogs too, with all of their sweaters.
I was just cleaning up their stuff and realized they both have nice piles of hand knits 😂
Your Ormolu and Brick are simply stunning!
Thank you. They are particular favorites of mine, and were both fun to knit too.
So much fun to see them all gathered together. Housework? What fun is that?
My thoughts exactly!
LOL, love your pictures with you under your pile of projects. Impressive!
Thank you. I like that just my boots are visible. I feel like the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz after the house falls on her. (Only less squished!)
what a wealth of gorgeousness! congrats on the first 100 and looking forward to seeing your journey to 200!
Oh my, that’s likely to take another 10 years! I wonder if I will still be writing this blog…
Of course you will!!! 😀😂
I loved your post. The photos of you covered in knitted garments are priceless. I also appear to be a “selfish knitter”. But only because my daughter won’t wear the things I have made for her!
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