I just can’t believe that it is the end of the year – this year went so fast – as I get older, I’ve noticed that time just goes so much faster – what is up with that? I swear it was just August!
I’m off work today through next Monday – a nice little mini break. My mother is visiting from California (she always comes when its 20 degrees here – I have never understood it!). I’m looking forward to relaxing days of going to the movies, eating good food, seeing family, and lots of knitting. I am working on Springtime Bandit and have finished three repeats of the body chart. I’m hopeful that I’ll get this done in time to ship it out to California for her birthday on the 16th – I wish I could get it done in time to give it to her here but since I don’t want to knit it in front of her, I don’t think I’ll be able to do that. I’m really enjoying the pattern – in fact, I may cast on for one for me when I’m done with hers – maybe in a nice DK weight.
Now that all of my Christmas knitting has been gifted, I can show you what I made….(click on the picture to go to my Ravelry project page)
It doesn’t seem like much, but this was the most Christmas knitting I’ve ever done, and I was really happy with all of the projects. And I think the recipients were happy too! And, you will be glad to know, I also finished one more
Larry’s Christmas socks – made from some stash KnitPicks Swish worsted I had leftover in the stash. I had to use a short row heel on these – my first – and they were so much easier to do than I expected. I thought the heel was ok – sort of hole-y, but I think I’ll try this type again and see if practice helps make perfect. I think it is good to have options when making socks – I get in a total rut and always do the toe, heel and cast off the same way.
We really had a nice Christmas, and I enjoyed the family time. I had a very yarn-y Christmas and received a lot of yarn as presents. How nice is that? I do think that giving Larry my Loopy Ewe wishlist was a good idea! I got lots of Madelinetosh and Malabrigo – very very nice!
Well, its the end of 2009, and its been a good year – every life has its ups and downs, but overall, we got through 2009 without any major disasters or problems. Everyone in the family is healthy, happy and safe and what else could I ask for? We had a sad summer and said good bye to two of our family pets, but the bitter was offset by the sweet when we welcomed Penny to our family in October. I think next year is going to be a big change year – two graduations, one new apartment (maybe more) and who knows what else! Next year will be Larry and my 15th wedding anniversary and we are starting to talk about how to celebrate – my vote is for Hawaii!
Knitting wise, 2009 was an ok year – looking back on my projects, I realized I didn’t do any “big” projects – no sweaters or huge lace shawls. I mostly did little projects – and I know that I haven’t been knitting as much as I had in previous years. I’m not going to list them all of my FO’s here – if you’ve been reading for a while, I’ve already gone on an on about them. But my absolute favorite project was my first toe up socks – after years of not being able to “get” how to do toe up, Socks from the Toe Up changed all that, and now I don’t like to doing socks any other way. Totally changed my knitting!
My knitting goals for this year were to learn to do toe up socks and to knit a fair isle sweater. I definitely did the first, but didn’t get too far on the second – my fair isle vest hasn’t been touched in months, and I recently decided to rip it back to the ribbing and restart it because its puckering too much. But still – not too bad on hitting my goals. I also wanted to not stress about knitting, have a manageable number of WIPs and use my stash. Again, I think I did really well on this part of my goal for 2009 – I really don’t stress about knitting anymore (except for the occasional shrieking when I drop stiches on a lace project!), and I have a pretty small number of WIPs right now with plans to finish them off in the next month or so. Use my stash? Well….I did use stash for a lot of my holiday projects, and for other projects during the year, but I know that I bought more than I used. Hmmm….maybe this needs to be something I look at for next year!
Well, I suppose I should go get moving – so tempting to just stay here in my pajamas and watch movies all day and knit. That really does sound good, doesn’t it? But I have plans today, so I suppose people wouldn’t be happy if I just showed up in pajamas…
I want to thank you all for visiting with me here, and letting me get to know you through your comments and your blogs. I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and that 2010 brings good luck, good yarn and happy knitting!