i’m probably the last person to still be writing round-ups of last year when this yar is now over a month in! i don’t even think this is of much interest to anyone, but i like recording all my years knitting in one place, so i’m still going to do it (but i’m not putting links in – if you want directions to the patterns – mostly not mine, please ask or search the ravelry databases)!
the first finish was a pair of ‘garter stripe’ cashmere socks (yarn:Skein Queen Opulent in regency blue) for the baby i was growing:
also before i gave birth, there was a pair of ‘cloud nine’ socks (by Debbie Orr) for my mum (yarn: Skein Queen Plushness in delft)
i didn’t quite get the wonderful ‘textured shawl’ finished before Eli arrived, but it was done before all the cold weather went (yarn: Skein Queen Desire in paint the town red)
heading into christmas i cast off on ‘snowflake catcher’ mittens for my sister and ‘knotty’ gloves for my sister in law – in SQ Desire and Mini Mochi yarns respectively. and a replacement pair of cuffs in Debbie Bliss Como for me.
phew! and that’s why i love this exercise. i feel truly productive and really fortunate to be able to spend time on a hobby that i love, and that’s only counting the knits… there were also playmats, patchwork, baby bibs, christmas decorations, bunting, bunting and more bunting. and the complete wonder of a new Janome sewing machine right at the end of the year.
for this year i aim to finish some of the knits that got sidelined last year – mostly ones that were for me. i’ve just cast off another pair of the wonderful ‘cloud nine’ socks for my mum and will get phil’s cousin’s bridal shrug done asap, but after that it’s back to my ‘stripe study shawl’ in SQ blush and splendid, and my ‘winter thaw’ in SQ enchanting lace.
i also managed to be incredibly lucky, thanks to a tip off via twitter, and catch the end of a Wollmeise shop update, where i purchased a skein of her highly sought after yarn. i then swapped one of my stash skeins with someone on ravelry for a second Wollmeise skein, and i have a beautiful pair waiting for the right pattern.
it’s going to be a good year for crafting!