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!)
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
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.
Hats – Nothing new here, but hats are always useful! 🙂
Total: 4 adult size, 3 baby size (In progress: 1)
Baby booties – First time ever making booties and they were a lot of fun, not to mention adorable!
Shrugs – Again some firsts… first shrug and first test knit as well!
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!
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.
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!
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! 🙂
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!
Stay tuned for the next post… looking into 2010 for future knits! 😀