A look back…

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already the 4th of January of 2010 and I have yet to write a post! To top it off, I didn’t even get a chance to come on before the New Year to write up this look back at 2009 knitting. What a bum I am! In my defense though, I was extremely busy both with my Christmas knitting (not all of which got done by Christmas since I’m such a procrastinator) as well as with family. Going to California and then coming back to New York with my two teenage cousins who spent a week with us tearing through a freezing cold city (seriously, it’s been a high of 28 or so pretty much all week). We had a great time and I’m sad to see them go but at least that means I have some time to do a blog update, something I very badly needed to do.

Before I go on with my look back, just wanted to send out a Happy New Year to all my blog friends! Oh and also to apologize for doing absolutely zero commenting the last few weeks… I’ve just barely skimmed through posts but will start back on regular reading as of now, I promise!

This post will be a look back at my knits of 2009. I am really happy with what I accomplished and with all the new things I learned… it has by far been my most productive knitting year ever! To begin it, I am happy to say that this year I actually finished a whopping thirty projects! Now that’s not amazing by any means, but still quite a bit to accomplish, I think. I actually wasn’t able to do everything I wanted to do and I do still have six WIP’s on the needles that were started at various points last year, but in general I feel pretty good about it all. Here’s a breakdown for you:

Socks – This was a new one for me! I had never made socks before and was scared to death of making them! Considering how much my love for socks grew, I must say that I’m not surprised at how many I have knit since I started back in April of 2009. I hope to have many more pairs in my future!
Total: 7 pairs and 1 pair of baby socks (In Progress: 4 pairs – eek!)

Monkey Socks
Monkey Socks - FINISHED

Twisted Flower Socks
Twisted Flower Socks - FINISHED

Glynis Socks - FINISHED!

Ooo my Oolong Socks - Finished!

Eunice Sock - FINISHED

Sunshine Socks - FINISHED

Devon Socks - FINISHED

Baby Socks
Baby Socks - FINISHED

Blankets – Although I had made a baby blanket before, I had never attempted such a huge project as a full-sized adult one. It didn’t take me long to decide to make one, however, when I saw the gorgeous Girasole pattern by Jared Flood. I love how it turned out and will be making one for myself (this one went to my mom) soon.
Total: 1 full size, 2 baby size

Girasole Blanket - FINISHED!

Baby OpArt Blanket - Finished!

Chalice Blanket
Chalice Blanket - FINISHED

Neckwarmers – This pattern I’ve made many times before but it’s still a big hit with my family at Christmas time, so more had to be made.
Total: 2

Swirl Neckwarmer
Neckwarmer V - Finished!

Swirl Neckwarmer
Neckwarmer VI - Needs buttons

Hats – Nothing new here, but hats are always useful! 🙂
Total: 4 adult size, 3 baby size (In progress: 1)

Koolhaas II - Finished!

Star Crossed Beret
Star Crossed Beret - FINISHED

Stella Hat - FINISHED!


Baby Hat

Baby hat - FINISHED

Baby hat - FINISHED

Baby booties – First time ever making booties and they were a lot of fun, not to mention adorable!
Total: 1

Rainbow Booties - Finished!

Shrugs – Again some firsts… first shrug and first test knit as well!
Total: 1

Liquorice Shrug
Liquorice Shrug - FINISHED

Scarves – Definitely not a first but the scarf pattern itself was incredibly difficult to do with lots of new stitches I had never worked with before. Plus, it was my first project working with 100% silk!
Total: 1

Cherry Fizz
Green Cherry Fizz - FINISHED

Shawls – Definitely a first! This year I made my first shawls ever and I’m already hooked! You’ll be seeing a ton more from me this year for sure…. particularly shawlettes as I love to wear them as scarves.
Total: 6

Mara's Got the Blues - FINISHED

Clothilde Shawl - FINISHED

Aestlight Shawl - FINISHED

Multnomah - FINISHED

Sagano Shawl - FINISHED

Hayworth Shawlette - FINISHED

Fingerless gloves – I made these for my little cousin and they were such a great knit! I love Fingerless gloves and wear my pair all the time so more are definitely in the making for this year!
Total: 1

Nalu Mitts
Nalu Mitts - FINISHED!

Sweaters – I only made one sweater this year as I was afraid of making more after my last disaster in the previous year but this one turned out so well, I know for sure I will be making many more. I can’t wait! 🙂
Total: 1

Vine Yoke Cardigan
Vine Yoke Cardigan - FINISHED

I love looking back at all those knits and remembering where I was when I was making them and who has them now (if it’s not me!). I love giving knit gifts and I love it even more when they are appreciated so I’m glad that these items made it into good homes. I can’t wait for the next year and hope to be sharing more and more knit items with you as it goes by. I leave you now with some of the last pictures I took in 2009. Two are of the tired pups and one is of my family sitting down for Christmas Eve dinner. They are not the best pictures I’ve ever taken, but I love them anyway. Happy New Year everyone!

Sleepy Hitch - 2009

Sleepy Kubrick - 2009

Christmas dinner - Family

Stay tuned for the next post… looking into 2010 for future knits! 😀


17 responses to “A look back…

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  2. Alexandra 01.04.2010 at 7:13 am

    Happy New Year! Looks like you had a wonderful time! I think it is very impressive AND amazing that you knit so many projects in one year. Congratulations! Happy new knitting year with many more socks 🙂

  3. Beverly 01.04.2010 at 7:50 am

    Wow! You accomplished so much this year! I wish my list of FO’s was as long. Gee? Do you happen to like Cookie’s patterns? You even tackled Twisted Flower! Everything is so beautiful.

  4. Walden 01.04.2010 at 8:16 am

    Lovely FO recap. You tried many new things in 2009!

  5. Christine 01.04.2010 at 8:53 am

    Wow! What an accomplishment and what gorgeous finished products!

  6. Kate 01.04.2010 at 1:34 pm

    Wow! What a productive year! You’re my role model for this coming year 😀

  7. GerryH 01.04.2010 at 4:00 pm

    You Knit ! ! ! ! !
    I am so impressed with everything you knit this year.
    It appears you and I have knit quite a few of the same sock patterns. ‘Several’ Cookie A’s I’d say.
    Those were some pooped pups.

  8. apocaknits 01.04.2010 at 4:13 pm

    damn, you are a knitting beast!

  9. pdxknitterati 01.04.2010 at 9:50 pm

    So many lovely hand knits! And I love your photography.

  10. Susan 01.04.2010 at 10:22 pm

    Wow, you did a lot! And all of them are beautiful. Happy New Year!

  11. Julia 01.05.2010 at 7:41 am

    I can’t believe you just started knitting socks in April! You crank them out so quickly.
    Love your taste in colours!

  12. Linda 01.06.2010 at 3:53 pm

    Wishing you all the best for 2010. I love all your knits, beautiful yarns and colours!

  13. yarndancer 01.07.2010 at 3:45 am

    Happy New Year!! Wow, 2009 was a successful knitting year for you!! All your FOs are fantastic, and it’s hard to believe you only started making socks last year! All the best for 2010 for you and your family!

  14. cici 01.10.2010 at 9:25 am

    oh my.. what a great year you had… Inspiring and impressive.. Congratulations♥

  15. Monique 04.22.2010 at 9:55 pm

    Beautiful knits! Your Girasole is gorgeous!

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