I have to admit, I wasn't too excited about today's topic for Knit and Crochet blog week: infographics. I didn't exactly love (read: attend) my college statistics class and I'm not a graphic designer at all. My awesome 8th grade science experiment on the results of playing different types of music to bean sprouts was dinged only for my not entirely understandable charts. And I often have trouble understanding statistical charts when I see them (only one kind really confuses me: the kind of bar graph where different categories are shown on one line and the total is 100% -- I just can't really fathom those). But, I will persevere in the interests of joining the craft-blogger community and come up with an infographic.
Something I have liked to do is track my yardage knit and crocheted per year using knitmeter. I think it's really fun to enter my yards completed and see how many miles I've knit. I've done this for all of my completed projects, and I think the numbers are pretty interesting. A few notes that affect the relevance of my statistics:
- I only track completed projects, and I track them in the year completed. This means that I will have a billion yards completed for the year whenever I actually finish my hexapuff quilt, even if I tie the last piece on January 1. This certainly skews things somewhat, but I don't think it should skew them too much as long as I keep relatively consistent in the number of projects started versus completed each year.
- I don't separately track knitting and crochet, even though I use more yarn much more quickly when I crochet. I think this skewed last year's numbers higher because I crocheted a lot when I took a few months off of knitting because of an RSI.
So, with that in mind, let's look at some infographics of my completed annual production.
I started knitting in fall 2009. I think this shows a pretty steady progression in my speed over time, which is probably to be expected. Just for fun, I decided to extrapolate the last quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2013 to see if those quarters confirm the trend.
Everything is completely consistent! I am now really interested to see how 2013 shapes up. Yey for infographics! (Also, I wonder at what point this will start leveling off. I think it will be sooner rather than later. As in, I'm not convinced that the first quarter of 2013 is going to end up being representative after all.)