Hello and happy February! Okay, not so much with the happy if you're as cold as I am, but the days are getting longer and there's hope (or maybe just the smell of Valentine's Day candy) in the air. Let's see what January brought us in terms of knitting stats--but first, if you haven't looked yet, take a look at the list of designers participating in the Olympics/Ravellenics donation drive. It's growing daily, and I have a wee bit of a cry anytime anyone else signs on. I couldn't be more proud of my community!
Also, after a lot of discussion following last month's post and query about monetizing The Stock(inette) Market, I had decided to add a PayPal donation button to each new post. However, in researching it further, PayPal places certain strictures on the open-ended "Donate" button, as opposed to the set-price "Buy Now" button; you must be (or it is strongly recommended that you are) a registered non-profit to use it. So I'm still looking into further options. Thanks for your input so far--much appreciated!
Garment types didn't see a whole lot of change over the month, despite several sharp spikes in multiple categories. The three big movers were neck accessories, which fell over the month, and pullovers, mitts, and mittens/gloves, which rose. The former saw several spikes both organically (as over the around January 6th-12th) and concurrent with promotions (including one by Mademoiselle C late in the month). The latter three all had organic spikes throughout the month, but garments (including cardigans as well as pullovers) were well represented in the many and major publications of the month: Knitpicks Gloss Collection at the very end of December, Brooklyn Tweed Winter 14 on the 7th-9th, Berroco Folio and Norah Gaughan vol.14 from the 10th-12th, Amy Miller's collection with Malabrigo, Classics, on the 15th and 16th, the Scrumptious Collection Vol. 3 from Fyberspates, and the Interweave Knits Spring 14 preview. We saw a sharp sock spike concurrent with a promo from Louise Tilbrook, whose Ravelry store is predominantly socks, multiple organic hat spikes throughout the month, and a homegoods spike at the end of the month related to the Ravelry Spotlight on chevrons. This is probably the most varied month we've seen in terms of predominance; five different categories took the lead over the time. Given that December is almost universally given over to gift knitting, we may be seeing three possible options: one, an organic shift back to the normal patterns that preceded the holidays, with a gradual mix of gift knits fading out and the regular distribution of knits fading in; two, a shift to a completely different algorithm altogether; or three, a sense of relief that, since gift knitting is over for the season, you could knit anything you wanted--and therefore the knitting populace ran amok. Something to think about!
Follow Your Arrow MKAL, dressforms saw organic spikes throughout the month, and flat items saw consistent use throughout, and a spike at the end of the month due to the Rav spotlight on chevron projects.
So, in summation, January was pretty crazy. Though the predominant winners that we've seen previously remained steadily trending across the month, the numbers within that were wildly variable and unpredictable. Almost everything that could've spiked did, both organically and due to the large number of publications. With everything as up in the air as this, I look forward to seeing what the next month will bring!