Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010 – A Year in Knits

It is the last day of 2010 and I’m feeling, honestly, a little relieved. Sure, 2010 had some great moments but overall it was a pretty sucky year for hubby and I (not between us, just life getting in the way) and we’re feeling ready to welcome 2011. I for one am hoping that 2011 will be our year so I’m welcoming the new year with open arms. That being said, I did enjoy my 2010 Knit Year. Yes, I took a break for 2 months where I didn’t knit a single thing and that probably set me off target for number of knits I would have liked to do, but that’s okay. I didn’t make as many knits as I did in 2009, but I did make bigger knits than I did then, so perhaps it all evens out in the end.

Before I recap the knitted projects, I should mention that I also had some resolutions to come to term with from the beginning of the year. Of 4 resolutions I accomplished 2. Meh. Not sure if that’s exactly what I was going for, but at least I did do two of the things I was hoping for. As for the other two (more colorwork and learn entrelac), I’m not too sure that I miss not having done them. Sure, I want to start doing more colorwork and entrelac might be fun to learn – though to be honest I’m not as much of a fan of the look at all anymore – but really having knit more sweaters and done 10 shawls in 2010 sounds pretty good to me! 🙂

So what have I finished? The total count came to twenty-four finished projects. Not too shabby, though certainly not as grand as the thirty I did in 2009. But still, I love the knits I made this year, so I’m not going to dwell on this drop in numbers!

Socks – Didn’t make nearly enough of these this year! As a matter of fact, I’m thinking 2011 will be a year of socks for me! I love wearing my knitted socks and when I realized that I have enough only to last me about a week, I knew this is something to be remedied! Particularly because I love knitting them up too. 🙂
Total: 3 pairs (WIPs: 3… all started in 2009 and still hibernating! Ack!)

Sam – made for my stepdad, Bob
Sam Socks - FINISHED

Circle Socks – Possibly my favorite pair of socks ever
Flapper Circle Socks - FINISHED

Dangerous Socks for Boys – also made for my stepdad, Bob, who LOVES knit socks and really appreciates them
Dangerous Socks for Bob - FINISHED

Gloves – I love me some fingerless gloves and will definitely be making myself another pair in the near future!
Total – 2 pairs

Snow on Cedars Mitts
Snow Over Cedars Mitts - FINISHED

Dyade Mitts – Present for Carla
Dyade Mitts - FINISHED

Shawls – Finished my goal of 10 shawls in 2010! Yes, I was aiming for 20 at one point but quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen and am more than happy with the 10 I did make!
Total – 10

Theory Shawlette
Theory Shawlette - FINISHED

Hamamelis
Hamamelis Shawl - FINISHED

Cedar Leaf Shawlette – Present for my sister
Cedar Leaf Shawlette - FINISHED

Wast Side Shawl
Wast Side Shawl - FINISHED

Arabella Shawl
Arabella Shawl - FINISHED

Bitterroot – Present for Deana
Bitterroot - FINISHED

Herbivore
Herbivore Shawl - FINISHED

Children of Lir Shawl – Present for Flavia
Children of Lir Shawl - FINISHED

Folha Luz I – My first design!
Folha Luz - FINISHED

Folha Luz II – Second prototype
Folha Luz - FINISHED

Cowls – Just one for a friend. I’m not a fan of cowls, to be honest, as I don’t think they really work at keeping you warm! But as this friend lives in California where you don’t have to kept warm, I thought it was a fitting gift.
Total – 1

Dyade Cowl
Dyade cowl - Finished

Hats – I made a ton of hats at the end of the year as Christmas gifts… always a quick gift to make!
Total – 4 (WIPs: 1, cast on in 2009)

Windschief – for Andrei
Windschief - FINISHED

Crooked Paths – for Deana
Crooked Paths Hat - FINISHED

Turn a Square – for Sebastian (who is wearing it in the second picture)
Turn a Square Hat - FINISHED

Turn a Square Hat

Sofie’s Slouch – for my sister
Flavia's Slouch - FINISHED

Sweaters – Actually what I concentrated on for 2010, and I was pretty successful in the end, IMO! I did many different kinds of sweaters – top down, bottom up, seamed, seamless – and learned many different techniques while doing them. And although I had one failure (a sweater that I made way way too big!), I did have many successes, so I’m pretty pleased in the end with this line up. 🙂
Total – 4 (WIPs: 1 – and almost finished too!)

Swing – First sweater where I had to do lots of math-fu to change things to my gauge. Love love love the outcome!
Swing Cardigan - FINISHED

Celtic Cathedral Cardigan – Turned out ENORMOUS on me and definitely not one I wear. Sad, because I do like the sweater, it just isn’t wearable. I’m thinking about giving this one to someone else so it will be worn!
Celtic Cardigan Test Knit - FINISHED

Sunniva – Wear this one ALL THE TIME! My favorite sweater by far!
Sunniva - FINISHED

Sugar Bear Hooded Cardigan – Made for Tudor – definitely a success!
Sugar Bear Hoodie

And I must share a picture of my WIP Effortless Cardigan because I am SO close to being done – just the bands left! – and I cast on for it on Dec. 26!! It’s been such a quick and satisfying knit. 🙂

Effortless Cardigan - WIP

I’m really looking forward to the next year in knits and am excited about sharing that journey with you, my dear blog readers! One thing I did really love about 2010 is finding a lot of new knitting blogs to read and keeping up with knitting blogs that I had already been reading. Here’s to another year of knitting blogs!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I’ll see you next year! 😉

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Post-Blizzard Day

Blizzard 12/21/2010 Day after

Up there is what the street below looked like after the snow stopped falling. We’ve had crazy snowfall for just under 24 hours of actual snowing time (no kidding!) but the wind is still blowing at 50mph gusts. Totally crazy and so so cold out there! Sorry about my pajamas reflected in the window, but I thought the picture still looked pretty cool with all the snow blowing around.

Blizzard 12/21/2010 Day after

So what did I do today you ask? I didn’t take one step out of the building, that’s what! I relaxed and knit on an Effortless Cardigan that I cast on yesterday (it’s going really fast, if you can’t tell!):

Effortless Cardigan - WIP

It’s made out of MadTosh Tosh Worsted in Amber Trinket – such a beautiful color and love knitting with this yarn, so I’m excited to have another sweater made out of it! The pattern was a gift from a Gifting Exchange over at the Fiber Fix Ravelry group and it’s nice to finally be knitting for ME rather than for others. 🙂

Effortless Cardigan - WIP

I also hung out with the pups, who just laid by my feet while I knit… or on top of my knitting when I got up. 😉

Posing by the tree

Posing by the tree

I couldn’t resist doing a small photoshoot with them as well… they are so cute, no?

Posing by the tree

Posing by the tree

Posing by the tree

I just love lazy days like this! What did you all do this Monday?

Snow!

Our first snow of the season hit us (I’m not counting the sprinkling we got a few weeks ago) and what a storm this is! It has been deemed a blizzard now and there are whiteout conditions out there – which I can totally attest to as hubby and I went to see a movie (pre-paid tickets, or else we would have waited until another day) and got to experience it first hand walking to and from the subway stop. The pictures aren’t the best since they are from a phone, but those streaks of white? That’s how fast the snow is falling!

Blizzard 12/16/2010

And me, all bundled up!

Blizzard 12/16/2010

Here are some pictures from when we got back in the house… as you can tell it’s pretty bad out there!

Blizzard 12/16/2010

That lump of white in the upper middle of the picture? That’s a snowed in cab! And on the right is a cab driver spun out… I can’t even count the number of cabs we’ve seen driving sideways like this since then…

Blizzard 12/16/2010

Since I’ve taken the pictures above I can’t even see the street below, it’s that bad! I hope if you are also experiencing this blizzard that you are safe inside and staying warm! I don’t think anyone should even attempt travel by car out there, it’s that bad!

And to leave this post on a more positive tone, Christmas Eve dinner at our house was wonderful and we had a blast. Good food and laughter with friends/family. What more could you ask for? 🙂

Christmas Eve Dinner

Hope your holidays are treating you well and Merry Christmas to those that celebrate it!

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse

As soon as I found out that a Total Lunar Eclipse would occur on the Winter’s Solstice, and not only that but this is something that has not been seen on Earth since 1638 (yes, that’s 372 years ago!) I decided that I just had to watch it! So I stayed up late (not that hard, actually, if you know me at all) and braved the 20 degree cold night air and gusty winds outside my balcony to get pictures of it! I can’t say that the Total Lunar Eclipse one turned out as well as I had hoped because, as it turns out, the gusty winds moved my tripod a tiny little bit and the pictures blurred a bit. But still, some of the pictures turned out well enough and it’s too cold to try and brave that again, LOL!

Lunar Eclipse 2010

Lunar Eclipse 2010

Lunar Eclipse 2010

Is that awesome or what? I love that I was able to watch it and think about the fact that the last people to watch this happen were alive more than 300 years ago. Wow. Makes one think, no? Did any of you watch it? Were you as impressed by it as I was? Or am I just really easily impressed? 😉

Happy Winter’s Solstice everyone! Hope you stay warm on this the shortest day of the year (although if you are in the Southern Hemisphere I’ll instead say stay cool on this the longest day of the year).

Holiday Gift Knitting

I think this is the first Christmas since I began my knitting obsession where I can safely say that I’m not stressed at all about gift knitting! I set out thinking that I would knit for a lot of people, then decided that wasn’t going to happen (it was, after all, only 5 weeks until Christmas at that point) and instead just focused on the few people that I knew would appreciate a knitted gift. Of those, I knit for about 90% of them, so I’d have to call that a success! Does that mean I’m done with gift knitting? Errr… no… but it does mean that I’m down to two gifts and have one 60% finished (should finish tonight) and the other one I will start either tonight or tomorrow but since I already bought the recipient a very nice non-knitted gift, I am covered should I not be able to finish the knit in time. No harm, no foul.

I must say I am really surprised and shocked that this happened as I only began knitting Christmas gifts on November 11 and managed to come out with 6 (perhaps 7 if you count the one that may or may not be finished by Christmas Eve) gifts in the end! Not too shabby all around, I must say. And as some of these recipients have already received their gifts, I can share these knits with you now! The first one was the Sugar Bear Hoodie that I already shared with you last time, which I knit for the handsome Tudor. The second gift is actually two things (so does that I mean I’m knitting 7 or maybe 8 gifts???) and went to Tudor’s lovely mother and my dear friend.

Dyade cowl - Finished

Dyade Mitts - FINISHED

Those are the Dyade Cowl and Mitts, designed by Vanessa of one of my favorite stores, The Fiber Fix. They were an incredibly quick knit and a wonderful gift. The recipient loved it and is so excited about finally owning fingerless gloves (she’d been eyeing the ones I had knit for a while now) and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to knit for as she always is so appreciative of my work! 🙂

Dyade cowl - Finished

Pattern – Dyade by Vanessa Smith (project link – Cowl | project link – Mitts)
Yarn – Earthly Hues Cashmere Seedling in Poppy (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US6 (4.00mm) and US1 (2.25mm)
Cast on – November 26, 2010 (cowl), November 29, 2010 (mitts)
Cast off – November 27, 2010 (cowl), December 1, 2010 (mitts)
Modifications – None

I also knit for Tudor’s father who received a lovely Windschief in Malabrigo Worsted (mmm, Malabrigo!). It was SUCH a quick knit as well and it turned out wonderful! I loved it on him (looks better than on me in this picture, LOL!).

Windschief - FINISHED

Pattern – Windschief by Stephen West (project link)
Yarn – Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Olive (rav link)
Needle – US6 (4.00mm) and US7 (4.5mm)
Cast on – December 3, 2010
Cast off – December 5, 2010
Modifications – None

I also made a hat for another friend of mine. This one was sort of a request. She wanted a beret in pink. That’s all I knew. So I got some yummy (and oh so soft!) MadTosh MCN worsted in the gorgeous Fragrant from my stash and knit up a Crooked Paths for her. And I just LOVE how it turned out! She received it on Friday and is totally in love with the hat, so I’m happy!

Crooked Paths Hat - FINISHED

Pattern – Crooked Paths by Melissa LaBarre (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh 80-10-10 MCN in Fragrant (rav link)
Needle – US5 (3.75mm) and US8 (5.0mm)
Cast on – December 12, 2010
Cast off – December 13, 2010
Modifications – None

I think that’s enough projects to show in one post, though, so I’ll finish this up later this week. I hope everyone else is having a stress-free holiday gift season like I am, and if not that you soon will be stress-free! 🙂

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