I’ve been working on a quick project as a present for someone – and so I have one last finished project to show you for this year – I finished it last night, and wanted to blog it before the new year so you will have to forgive the pictures (and once again, a very uncooperative model!).
I wanted to make a cowl for someone – and I wanted to use handspun out of the stash. I found this pattern on Ravelry, and just couldn’t resist it. I loved making the shawl – and I absolutely loved the cowl. In fact, I just may make another one. The only modification I made to it was I didn’t use the right size needle on the border – I used a size smaller. Just because I couldn’t find the right size – I think they all must be on projects. But I think it turned out ok, and I sort of like it this way – its not as big at the bottom as some I’ve seen.
The yarn was out of my stash – handspun all the way from 2006! I bought the roving at Maryland Sheep and Wool, and spun this up pretty shortly after. It was definitely thick and thin , but I think it works for a cowl. The cowl only took about half of the yarn I have – so I just may make a pair of fingerless gloves too! The colors are accurate in the pictures above…but I wanted to show the pattern a little more..
Isn’t that nice? And so fast! I really enjoyed making this, and probably would have had it done sooner had I not been knitting on Larry’s socks half of the time (I had to rip them back half way on the foot because I thought they were too loose).
I really did like the pattern, and I think I’ll make one for me – maybe out of the Malabrigo Silk that the pattern calls for – wouldn’t that be nice?
So that’s it – that’s my final project for the year. I finished 24 projects this year – 8 pairs of socks, and 16 projects ranging from lunch bags to sweaters to shawls. I’m not going to do a listing of them – you can see them here or on Ravelry. I’m pretty pleased with the projects I did finish – I’m especially proud of Cobblestone and Cleite – not to sound too full of myself, but I think those are the best that I did this year. I was looking at what my knitting goals were for this year:
a) Knit from the stash more than I buy new yarn (ahem…well, probably didn’t make this one!)
b) Knit a large, triangle lace shawl (done!)
c) Knit a fair isle sweater (not yet – definitely on the plan for 2009!)
I’ve started thinking about what my knitting goals should be for 2009 – but I’ll post that later this week.
It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the last day of 2008 – time is going so fast! We don’t really have plans – I have to work but I’m hoping that we get the snowstorm that is predicted so I can work from home. Then it will be a quiet night with Larry and whatever kid(s) are home. And I’m off until Monday, so I am looking forward to spending some time catching up on the other knitting projects in my basket. And spinning – I’ve found my spinnning mojo, and will have some to show you this weekend.
Ok, I’m off to rummage through the knitting basket. I want to close by thanking all of you that visit me here – you are all an inspiration and motivation for me. I wish you all a very happy New Year and hope 2009 is a great year for you – knitwise and otherwise!