I knew one thing heading into 2013: this would be a different year from any other. That there would be nothing routine about it would prove to be an understatement. To focus on rebuilding Owl Manor, I left my full-time job. Just as I was getting into a routine, my freelance client needed a growing number of hours. Simultaneously, as befits the cosmic sitcom that is my life, disaster befell us with the rebuild, requiring us to halt the project and start anew.
Somewhat surprisingly (to me at least), this time knitting did not fail me ~ if blogging about it did. Looking back at my “output,” it’s clear that while my head was wrestling with knots, my hands stayed busy.
Projects completed in 2013: 13
What were they? 5 cowls, 4 shawls, 3 hats and a pair of fancy gloves
Yards of yarn used: 4,115, almost .8 miles
One-skein projects: 5
Projects never posted on ravelry but worked on: 3 (yes, I will get them up there)
Projects waiting to be blocked: 4 or more. Sigh.
WIPs OTN: Oooh, shudder. Off the top of my head, 12. I’m sure there are more. Yikes. But I pick up and put down what feels good to me. That’s okay.
Goals I wanted to achieve in 2013: Wisely, I didn’t really set a bar, per se. There is a pair of colorwork mittens I would have loved to make, but I just didn’t get to them. I did achieve something on my knitting “bucket list” though I failed to tell you about it yet. (I’ll get to it, I promise.) Because looking at the baker’s dozen projects I did complete, I note that only 3 stayed at my house. The rest were either gifts, charity projects or samples. The shoemaker’s barefoot children come to mind. Which is why all four of the projects you see here are staying chez Owl, especially the ball of beautiful bulky Morehouse Merino, which will become a cowl for Darling Girl as soon as I unearth my graph paper. Or just buy more …
The recent posts on Amy Herzog’s design blog put a word in my head that’s been ricocheting about for the past couple of days as I considered next year. It talked about knitting intention.
My fingers are itching to knit more. And there is one gaping hole in my knitting over the past yew years. I haven’t knit a sweater for myself in quite awhile. I had one I really liked on the needles but it got
so darned complicated to rejigger it for the gauge I got with the yarn I was using that I just got stuck. It is going to the frog pond immediately so the sweater’s worth of Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna can be repurposed.
Now armed with my CustomFit measurements from taking Amy’s class at the Knitter’s Review Retreat, I will be swatching some Sunna and purchasing my CustomFit version of Afterlight. No need to think. Just knitting a pattern that is written for me.
That’s my knitting intention for 2014. That and getting some woolies done for Darling Girl, because there are constantly growing fingers and ears to warm and there is no excuse for allowing Jack Frost to nip at those.
Thanks for hanging with me this long. I will try to connect more in the months ahead. My absences here are largely due to activity over at the other blog. In the meantime, happy 2014!