Monday, December 31, 2012

A Year In Knits (And Some Crochet): 2012

This year, I finished:

6 scarves/scarflettes (including 1 crocheted scarf!)
9 shawls
4 hats
8 cowls (1 not pictured)
2 pairs of socks
1 crocheted doily
30 projects

Out of all of these projects, 10 of them went to other people; this probably marks the least selfish knitting I have ever done in a year.  Yay!

So, without further ado, here they are:

Anthro-Inspired Scarflette from 1 skein of Madelinetosh Vintage, colorway Rose. 1-row lace scarf out of Freia Handpaints Flux Lace
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IMGP4060 IMGP5004Lilac Leaf Shawl by Nancy Bush, knit in 2 balls of Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace. IMGP0618
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Little Things by Veera Välimäki in half a skein of Tosh Merino Light, colorway Tern. Salt Creek, knit in 1 skein Anzula Cricket MCN colorway BoysenberryIMGP5734 IMGP1125
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If some of these looked unfamiliar, it's because... well, they probably are!  Two were shawls that I knit for professors, and the rest - well.  The rest are either oversights, or I only got around to photographing them a few days ago.  I spend so much time working on projects that sometimes it's sort of anticlimactic when they're actually finished, and sometimes photography and blogging can fall behind a little!

I will also say, after going through all these pictures: I really, really miss our old back porch.  The current porch is a weird shade of brown, and while it makes some colors pop, it really affects some colors in a terrible way that can't even be fixed in post-processing.  Grey is a beautiful, cool backdrop that warm brown can't possibly compare to. If only I could change our porch - but alas, we are but renters.

And as far as my goals for this last year, how did I do?

Well, here they are:

"My knitting goals for 2012 are:

Knit 4 sweaters
Continue the hat challenge, but in a more achievable way: knit 6 hats
Design and publish 4 patterns
No buying yarn from Jan. 1st until my birthday, April 15th
Knit 5 pairs of socks
Knit 6 lace projects"

Sooooooo.  About that.

In 2012, I knit:

0 completed sweaters (but currently have 3 in progress - that counts... right?)
Continued the hat challenge, but only knit 4 hats.
Designed and published... uhh, 1 pattern.  But I knit others!  Which are not written up yet.  So yeah, 1.
HAHAHAHAHAH.  Failed miserably at stash diet.  I did try - but Madrona got me.
Knit 2 pairs of socks.
Knit 9 lace projects.

So, overall, a mixed bag.  But you know what?  I like lists, and I like goals, and I'm going to do it again this year.  No matter how entertainingly, miserably, and deeply I fail at it.

Because looking back at these projects - even if they weren't planned, even if they weren't perfect - I knit a lot of beautiful things (beaded shawl!); I knit a lot of useful things (hats!); I knit a lot for people I love (scarves and hats for Derek and Lumberjack!) and I had a lot of fun doing it.

So, tallying it all up, let's just say that I succeeded.

Happy New Year's Eve.

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