I’ve been thinking about this post all week long, and I think I’ve delayed writing it, because this time of year is very loaded. We tend to evaluate what we did in the past year, and resolve to do better in the year ahead. That evaluation can be done in a critical, harsh way, or it can be done in a positive, almost playful spirit.
Of course, I am wont to do the former, and wish to do the latter!
First, let’s try the traditional way:
Knitting Completed in 2011
In no particular order…
Well, hold on a minute. Let’s show you the Big One first.
Star Baby Blanket
Remember this from my blog on Knitting Daily? I got stuck halfway through the edging, because the mitered corners weren’t working out. I picked this up again about a month ago, ripped the edging back to the first round, and had a little do-over. And now it’s done!
A shot of the new corners:
The blanket was originally for my charming and smart and going-to-rule-the-world-someday niece Delaney (proud dad Matt is above), but Delaney is 2.5 yrs old now and is a Big Girl, she informed me. So the blanket is going to her tiny, smiling, always happy brother Will, age 6 months.
(I’d love to show pics, but I don’t put pics of children on the blog without parental permission and I haven’t asked Matt and Laura for permission yet. Trust me, the kids are ADORABLE. And Delaney is scary smart.)
Blanket main pattern: Star Light, Star Bright by Anna Dillenberg Rachap
Blanket edging: Adapted from edging patterns in Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush
Yarn: Dale of Norway Baby Ull
It took me 2 years to finish, but I finished it and I feel very pleased with the result.
Onwards to other Finished Objects of 2011…
And even though I have sometimes given links to online sources for yarn, please share the love this year and always check at your local yarn shop first.
My sparkly Tyrians:
Pattern: Tyrian by Jessamyn Leib
Yarn: Shameless Twist Precious (the yarn with sterling silver in it)
Nicholas’ Spring Pogona
Pattern: Pogona by Stephen West
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight
Pattern: Maia Shoulderette by Rosemary Hill
Yarn: Sanguine Gryphon Bugga
Woven Pick-Up Tote
I have to show off the lime green lining, recycled from an old blouse:
Clearly, I never got a picture of it actually finished, but it really is done, promise!
Pattern: Watershed by Amy Swenson
Yarn: Great Adirondack Yarn Co Superwash Merino
Baby Surprise with Matching Berry Hat
Pattern (jacket): Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth All Hail The Queen Zimmermann
Pattern (hat): Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier
Yarns: Cascade 200, Bernat Berella, and Bernat Satin Solids
Buttons from Michael’s
Cheery Lined Mittens for Nicholas
Showing off the inner cashmere lining in progress; eventually it lined the thumb portion as well:
Pattern: Fletcher Mittens by Amy Swenson
Yarn, outer mitten: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Worsted (solid blue, solid green) AND Lornas Laces Bullfrogs and Butterflies Multi
Yarn, lining: Baruffa Bollicina Cashmere
Warm Socks in DK Weight
Pattern: Warm Toes, Thick Socks by Sandi Wiseheart, free pattern on Ravelry (ahem, tiny plug, sorry)
Bitterroot Shawl in Handspun
Pattern: Bitterroot by Rosemary Hill
Yarn: Handspun 2-ply wool, spun (and probably dyed) by Abby Franquemont
And last, but never least….
Lotus Leaf Mittens
Yarn, purple: Fleece Artist Somoko
Yarn, white: Dream in Color Starry
There. Posting all that took me two hours. And I didn’t even list the tiaras, the earrings, the patterns I designed, the necklaces…
I think other sorts of blogging adventures will happen later. After lunch. (Food is good.)
Maybe this will be part one of a two-part New Year’s post…
Lost Wedding Ring found on Carrot. Life is much weirder than fiction.
A recipe for my favourite sort of cookies, ever.
Health at Every Size…a different, more respectful (methinks) way to think about health, weight, and self-image.
A baby hedgehog snuggling. Just in case you are in need of an adorable small animal pic today.
And simply because I cannot resist: The weirdest Nativity scene ever. (Truly. If you have seen a weirder one, put a link in the comments.)