Dude, it is hard to get inspired to write two posts in one day, one here and one over on What’s On Sandi’s Needles? But since I get paid to do That Other Blog, I do try and update it regularly. Today’s post Over There is Are You a Better Knitter Now Than 365 Days Ago? See what you think.
No Big Parties Here, but in San Diego…
We’re not big on New Year’s celebrations around here. I think the only time I really have celebrated New Year’s properly is when I lived in San Diego. My friend Valerie has The Absolute Bestest New Year’s Eve parties EVER, and so for the years that I lived there, I had a fab party to go to. And because Valerie is Valerie, and knows how to party, there was always a gathering on New Year’s morning for snacking and eating, then a hike somewhere pretty, then maybe a silly movie (one year, we saw “Dude, Where’s My Car?”), and then dinner at a Mexican restaurant. A really GOOD Mexican restaurant.
I think the thing that makes Valerie’s parties so kick-arse is the people. We like to say that Valerie wants to Collect The Whole Set of Cool People, meaning: She just likes to meet and get to know fab folks. (Well, and she IS a fab folk. There’s that. And she’s married to Fab Folk (hi Robster!). There’s that, too.)
So tonight, I’m sending my shout-outs and Merry New Year Wishes to all the folks at Valerie’s house. Tomorrow, maybe someone there will raise a really fantastic margarita over a plate of awesome stuffed peppers and nod in the direction of south-eastern Ontario.
The Great Project Round-Up
Last year, I went over all the projects I had finished in 2009. That was fun; let’s do it for 2010!
In no particular order…
Baby Berry Hat
One of Nicholas’ graduate students had her first baby just a few weeks ago, so Nicholas and I knit this for the new sprout.
Pattern: Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier . Yarn: Bernat Satin Solids (green); Bernat Berella 4 Solids & Ragg (purple).
It’s kooky. It’s goofy. It’s not really worthy of the gorgeous handpainted yarn, so I might rip out the hat and make something worthy of the pretty stuff.
Pattern: Blume Hat by Connie Chang Chinchio. Yarn: Indigodragonfly MCN Sport, colourway “House Drop.”
Winter Creek Gloves
I really like how these came out! It’s the same yarn as I used for the Blume Hat above; and although it looks as though the cuff and the hand sections are different colourways, that is just the bad lighting, I promise. Super warm and an easy project.
Pattern: Winter Creek Gloves by Sandi Wiseheart (to be published soon). Yarn: Indigodragonfly MCN Sport, colourway “House Drop.”
One tiny loom: my new Cricket. One 6-yard warp. Three skeins of sock yarn. Result: Three scarves! A really fun, quick, easy, fun project.
Pattern: None. (Plain weave on a rigid heddle loom.) Yarn: LittleFreak Yarns Magpie Moon LittleSocks in Wrath (grey), Gluttony (black), and Lust (red).
Crazy S Pickup Band
Another easy weaving project, also done on my Cricket loom.
Pattern: from handouts in Sara Lamb’s weaving class. Yarns: Tahki Cotton Classic II (pink); Aunt Lydia Crochet Cotton #10 (green).
Gift from the Tundra Qiviut Shawlette
This project is really counts as two projects, given the intense fibre prep and spinning involved. I am such a proud mama of this little lace prettiness.
Pattern: Qiviut Shawlette by Sandi Wiseheart, Spin-Off Winter 2010. Yarn: 2-ply qiviut and silk, spindle-spun.
I love this shawl! I love the yarn, I love the size, I love the pattern.
Pattern: Simple Things by Mary-Heather Cogar. Yarn: Socks That Rock Silkie by Blue Moon Fiber Arts.
Just a great sock pattern in a great sock yarn.
Pattern: Nutkin by Beth LaPensee. Yarn: Socks That Rock Mediumweight.
This one was tough. The instructions gave the same pattern for both sleeves, but the sleeves are not interchangeable. I had to rewrite the mirror-image with all sorts of increases and decreases, keeping the lace in pattern. Argh. Still: Cute!
Pattern: Bolero from Feminine Knits. Yarn: A linen/something blend I have wiped from my mind at the moment. Sorry.
Farmer’s Market Cardigan
I wear this ALL THE TIME. (So does Nicholas, actually. We fight over it a bit.) The collar was a bitch. The pockets were a bitch. The yarn was lovely in the skein but pills like hellya. Would I make this again? Maybe. In a different yarn.
Pattern: Farmer’s Market Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio. Yarn: Dream In Colour Smooshy.
And that’s it. Those are the ones I finished, anyways. There’s a pair of mittens I am nearly done with:
There’s also a pair of nearly-done warm socks for me and a similar pair nearly done for Nicholas, a half-completed EZ Baby Surprise Jacket to go with the Berry Hat above, and my WiseSweater KAL sweater. There’s also a lovely Damson shawl that would have been done in July if I hadn’t run out of the one-of-a-kind handpainted yarn. Ooops. I really want to do that one over…with enough yarn this time.
This was a year of opening doors, and of learning to walk through them. This was a year of imagining, and learning how to bring my imaginings to life. From hosting my own Ravelry group to hanging art on my walls, from starting to weave again to getting my first article published in my beloved Spin-Off, from stitching handwoven fabric made by dozens of hands to designing an intricate lace shawl, this year was filled to the brim with firsts, beginnings, adventures, laughter, challenges, and most of all: Good People.
I think 2010 is the year I started to Collect My Own Set of Fabulous Folks. Thank you, each and every one of you, for teaching me, learning with me, laughing with me, and just being yourself.
Today’s Random Good
Besides the llama photo, how about this:
Sitting on my desk are three videos and a couple of books, all either knitting or spinning-related. They are brand new in-the-wrapping goodies, and I am going to be giving these away during the months of January and February as part of our season of Deep Winter Kindnesses. Stay tuned for a chance to win, oh, say… a copy of Maggie Casey’s video, Start Spinning; or Abby Franquemont’s video Drafting, the Long and Short of It; or whatever else I can come up with.
The Deep Winter Kindness Fairy is In Da House!
Thank you, 2010, for all that you brought us, for all that you taught us.
Welcome, 2011! May you be kind, and funny, and nurturing, and full of grace and love.