Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year and Return to Knitting!

I can't believe that the last time this blog had any significant knitting content, the calendar read August!  Let's see, the reason I started a blog in the first place was to document my knitting.  We seem to have strayed pretty far from documenting anything, let alone knitting, in the last year.  I guess we'll just have to remedy that, starting right now.  I will blame Ravelry for my lack of blogging, since I do spend a bit of time there each day, and my projects are quite a bit more up to date there than they are here.  I'm just going to list the items briefly here; you can check out the information on my Ravelry projects page (if you're on Ravelry) if you want to know more.

Sweaters first:  I made DH a vest per his request and had yarn left, so I decided that a matching sweater for Buddy was in order.  Aren't they cute?


The next sweater I made was for niece Chelsye's expected baby girl.  We won't know how well it fits a real baby until March, but Teddy seemed to like it.

Socks next:

I finally finished the Little Square Socks out of Casbah, but I don't really like them.  The yarn is great, but I'll have to try another pattern with the next skein.

Then I made DH some more bed socks, per his request.  These are Cascade 220 superwash so are extra warm.  They were very quick to make and were started and finished on our cruise.

I made some plain ribbed socks for Mom out of some sport weight Zen String yarn and they came out very nicely.

I made the Sock Knitter's Anonymous September Mystery Socks and they were fun.  They were designed by Nancy Bush, and I used a yummy merino/silk blend yarn.  They were supposed to be yellow!

These are the socks I love the most.  They're just a plain stockinette toe-up pattern, but are made from my own handspun yarn.  I spun the rest of the braid of colorful wool that I received as practice fiber, and this yarn came out to be about sportweight, so I decided to make socks.  I just grabbed random handfuls of fiber, so the colors aren't in the same order, but I really love them.  They're so cozy and fun.

On to scarves:  This is a Scrunchable scarf made from Knit Picks Merino style that I made for my friend, Anne.  I need one of these, I think.  They feel great.

Another Scrunchable Scarf made out of Knit Picks Merino Style that I sent to the Red Scarf Project.  I managed to send three scarves this year, two new and one that I had made a couple of years ago but never used.

The second new Red Scarf.  This was made from Knit Picks Swish DK.  Same pattern.

This is the Noro Striped Scarf that I worked on for most of the year, off and on.  I ended up loving it so much that I kept it for myself.

This is the only shawl I've finished lately.  I got this done right before our cruise, so I could take it with us.  It's Sivia Harding's Diamond Fantasy shawl made out of Malabrigo sock.  It's artistically posed on our balcony on the ship.

A couple more gifts:  A Classic Watch Cap with cable section for  my brother-in-law.  I like this hat a lot.  It's  made with Knit Picks Wool of the Andes.

These are hand warmers I made for my sister.  I used some handspun (I think this was the second fiber I spun on my wheel.)  It's Targhee and quite thick and thin, but they're warm and toasty.

I think that gets me caught up in time to start a new year of knitting.  So many things in progress, so many in my brain waiting to be cast on.....never a dull moment!

I wish health and happiness in the new year to you all and hope that you never run out of inspiration for whatever it is you like to do.

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