When the calendar page turns, we are all conditioned to take stock. A glance back, a look ahead.
A year ago, I promised to “make progress on the following”:
Tackle some of the baker’s dozen of unfinished objects ~ Hm. Ten still undone. Oops. Too many shiny distractions and not enough brain space to wrestle with some of these.
Knit like crazy for the darlingest knitwear model ~ Still the cutest model, but woeful progress here, too. One done, one missing a collar. Still. Idjit.
Knit one sweater for myself ~ I did knit one sweater, albeit for a soon-to-be-published book. In 36 days. On size 2 needles, with intarsia and fair-isle. I think that qualifies.
Attend an extra day of the Knitter’s Review Retreat ~ Done. Best decision ever.
Ready my own design for publication ~ Oh, that. I forgot all about it.
Deep breath which can also be read as a sigh.
Time to look at the year’s knitting from a different angle:
- Projects completed: 21 plus 3 test-knits
- Yarn used: 3.2 miles plus 1.2 miles = 4.3 miles of yarn
- 8 shawls, 7 cowls, 2 hats, 3 fingerless mitts, 2 scarves, 1 adult and 1 child’s sweater, 1 pair of socks No, the math doesn’t work, but I’m not going back to figure it out.
- Number of “one-skein” projects completed: 16
- WIP/UFOs today: 15
- Fibers first used in 2010: Bluefaced Leicester (BFL), California Variegated Mutant (CVM), Cormo, Targhee
- Favorite yarns used in 2010: Briar Rose Fibers Glory Days, Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna and Lyra, Sundara Sock, Foxfire Fiber Cormo/Silk/Alpaca, Quince and Co. Chickadee, AslanTrends Invernal
- Designers I knitted from most: Ysolda Teague, Gudrun Johnston
On tap for 2011 (besides attacking those UFOs that are still UFOs – I mean, really):
- Geodesic Cardigan – upcoming travel knitting using Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna
- Grove mittens – complete gift pair, execute second pair for me using Sweet Grass Wool Targhee (more coming soon on this subject!)
- Holland cowl – for monthly Wool-along using Finn/angora cross from Point of View Farm
- Woodruff mittens – my personal test-drive of BrooklynTweed SHELTER
- Bristol’s cowl – test-drive Quince Puffin
E-nough with the navel-gazing already!
The past week has brought seismic shifts in several critical parts of my life, and these shifts are mostly
good extraordinary. They mean I am no longer carrying a Steinway in terms of the responsibilities and pressures of everyday life. Will it mean more knitting time? I sure hope so.