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The year in knitting

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When I was thinking about this list, I was pretty sure I knew what to expect. Last year, I just broke down what I knit into categories, and I meant to do that again this year, but then Andi did her year in review with photos and I thought that would be a fun way to do it (and much more manageable than a big collage of everything together, which Ravelry basically does for me). So, here’s what I knit, month by month, in 2013.

January

Clockwise from top left: Cedarvale mittens, baby hat, and moose gloves

Clockwise from top left: Cedarvale mittens, baby hat, and moose gloves

February

Puerperium cardigan and Everyday Socks

Puerperium cardigan and Everyday Socks

March

Scrollwork hat, Seafoam socks, Stepping-Stones, plain socks

Scrollwork hat, Seafoam socks, Stepping-Stones, plain socks

April

Hummingbird socks and Woodstove Season cardigan

Hummingbird socks and Woodstove Season cardigan

May

Happy Street shawl, Monkey socks

Happy Street shawl, Monkey socks

June

Sproutlette

Sproutlette

July

Willowherb socks, Kit Camisole

Willowherb socks, Kit Camisole

August

Plain Koigu socks

Plain Koigu socks

September

Camp-out Mitts, Simple Skyp Socks, Camomile Mitts

Camp-out Mitts, Simple Skyp Socks, Camomile Mitts

October

Burrard cardigan, Stepping-Stones (again!)

Burrard cardigan, Stepping-Stones (again!)

November

Saltburn socks, Rift hat, Charade socks, Charm shawl, Riverbank cowl

Saltburn socks, Rift hat, Charade socks, Charm shawl, Riverbank cowl

December

Holiday Jaywalkers, Hot Chocolate hat (which I finished, despite the photo), Plain dad socks.

Holiday Jaywalkers, Hot Chocolate hat (which I finished, despite the photo), Plain dad socks.

I have to say, I was pretty surprised by the way my projects were spread out. I’ve organized everything by month finished (rather than month started or worked on), so in the months where I only finished one thing I was generally knitting other things at the same time. But still, it’s interesting to see everything spread out like this.

This year I finished 30 projects:
Socks – 14 pairs (5 gifted)
Garments – 3 (2 cardigans, 1 tank top)
Baby things – 3 (2 cardigans, 1 hat)
Mittens/gloves – 4 pairs
Hats – 3
Shawls/Cowls – 3

For fun, I thought I’d break things down by colour too, since I’m pretty sure I knit with the same colours over and over again (blue and green, I’m looking at you). In the case of variegated yarn, I just slotted the project by the dominant colour.

Blue – 7
Green – 5
Purple – 4
Red – 3
Striped (no dominant colour) – 3
Yellow – 2
Grey – 2
Brown – 2
Orange – 1
Pink – 1

I didn’t break things down by colour last year, but it will be interesting to see if the blue/green bias holds this year. On my (active) needles right now, I have a pink-ish/red sock and a green/pink baby sweater, so for now at least, I’m turning over a new colour leaf.

The year in knitting

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I’m just popping in quickly because L and I are hosting a New Year’s dinner party tonight and I’ve been instructed to take a break. So far our main course is chilling in the fridge, the soup is half-finished (the other half all has to happen mere moments before serving) and the cake is in the oven. I am no feeling so confident that I’m blogging instead of getting dressed (I have showered, though).

Anyway, it’s Dec. 31 and that means it’s time for some sort of end-of-year list. I’m not going to rehash everything, but here’s how 2012 played out for me knitting-wise:

So summery. So soft. So stripy.

My Colour Affection is probably my most commented-on knit. I am seriously contemplating knitting another one (maybe in laceweight) because it gets so much mileage.

Hats: 5 (two were for babies)
Pairs of socks: 9 (that is way more socks than I realized)
Pairs of Mittens: 7 (three were fingerless)
Shawls/scarves: 4
Baby Sweaters: 2
Tea cozies: 2

That makes 27 finished projects, assuming I’m not forgetting something – I wasn’t so good at Ravelry this time last year. In fact, this time last year I was just finishing my second pair of socks and had never attempted a cable or lace or fair isle, which makes 2012 a pretty huge learning year for me. This was the year that I went from muddling through little projects on my own to throwing myself at new things with confident abandon. I taught myself cables, lace, and fair isle, then started actually teaching knitting, and amassed a rather unwieldy stash. I am also a much quicker knitter now, which isn’t something I realized was happening, but considering I went from needing a month to knit a pair of socks to knitting my Cranberry Biscotti socks in a week, I’d say I picked up speed.

These were my first cables, and considering I designed the socks myself, I'd say they worked out pretty well. They are probably my most-worn pair, and I love everything about them.

These took me a month to knit and were my first cables. Considering I designed the socks myself, I’d say they worked out pretty well. They are probably my most-worn pair, and I love everything about them.

(So, people started arriving and I had to go get dressed and whatnot and didn’t manage to finish on time. Rather than rewriting the top, I’m just going to keep going… Happy New Year!)

I didn’t manage to finish everything I started last year, but I’m not doing too badly. The Seafoam socks are half finished, and I’ll wrap those up pretty soon. My Lonely Tree Shawl is also pretty close to finished, and I still like both the pattern and the yarn, and am starting to feel a lace itch coming on, so I suspect that won’t take long to finish either. I ripped out my Woodstove Cardigan (as you know) and then got distracted by Christmas and didn’t get back to it until Saturday. It’s moving along now, though, and I’m guessing it’ll be finished sometime in February (there are a few knits due to various people in the meantime that will take priority). My albatross, though, is Buckwheat. It only needs a sleeve and a half, but it’s been languishing because all the plain stockinette made me want to poke my eyes out. I do want it finished, though, so I’m going to buckle down in the next few months and get it done.

My last finished project of 2012 was my Cranberry Biscotti Socks, and since they didn’t get a post of their own, I’m going to add those details here. I read through some other pattern notes before starting and people mentioned that the stitch pattern wasn’t very stretchy, so I decided to go with a 2.5 mm needle and not change the stitch count. Honestly, I could easily have both decreased the stitch count and gone down a needle size, but oh well, they fit and they’re comfortable and warm, so I’m not really complaining.

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Matchy matchy, and I like it that way.

Details
Pattern: Cranberry Biscotti by Elizabeth Sullivan
Yarn: Koigu KPM in #1180 (red), #2403 (grey), and #1305 (brown)
Needle: 2.5 mm dpns
Modifications: No major ones. I misread the pattern at the top of my first sock (only one wide band of grey) and then repeated that on the second sock so they would match. I also changed my last pattern repeat slightly so I wouldn’t end up with the last four inches of the sock all in red, and then repeated that on the second sock so they match. In a way, this pattern is kind of like knitting with a self-patterning yarn, except you do all the work. It was a great knit though, and because it takes relatively small amount of each colour (the secondary colours used about 30 grams each and the main colour used only about 70 grams) it’s a good pattern for using fingering weight yarn that might be leftover after a shawl or something. It would have been perfect, for example, for my Colour Affection leftovers.

I kind of wish I'd gone with white instead of grey (I waffled on it in the shop), but maybe the grey makes them less Christmasy?

I kind of wish I’d gone with white instead of grey (I waffled on it in the shop), but maybe the grey makes them less Christmasy? Also, I think it’s weird how the slipped stitch texture makes them look like chenille instead of wool. Weird, right?