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Where I’ve been, and where I’m going…

2008 is almost over, so it’s time for the obligatory year end wrap up post!

In 2008 I completed 31 fiber projects.  That breaks down as 18 sweaters, 3 hats, 1 scarf, 4 shawls, and 4 pairs of socks.

I took a little break in the summer/fall to work on the house, but I’m back in the swing of things now!  This is the year that I learned I can knit lace – I made my first real lace shawl, the Shetland Triangle.  I also learned that I am unlikely to enjoy really complicated lace, and that I wear my rectangular stoles more often.  I rediscovered sock knitting (and sock yarn) after a long hiatus caused by trying to knit too many boring stockinette pairs.  I realized that I do not love knitting sweaters in one piece, but I will do it for the right pattern.  Six of the sweaters this year were knit in one piece, but they all made me curse their very existence at some point.

In my personal life, we bought our first house together and moved in July.  I discovered a great love of color when choosing my colors to paint the house.  Marc’s sister is having a baby in March, and I will be an aunt for the first time (important because I’m not sure that we will have children of our own.)  I survived turmoil at work, and started teaching out of my home in September (a long time dream of mine!)  We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in August, and I realized how lucky I was to have someone who shares my (admittedly unusual) views on life.

I am not so big on resolutions in my personal life, but knitting goals are easier to achieve, so… here is what I want to do this year:

1. Knit at least 1 pair of socks per month (I’ve joined a few knitalongs and found it really helps with motivation.)

2. Design a sweater for myself

3. Don’t buy sweater yarn too far ahead… I find I tend to get yarn for a project, then forget about it, and then be stuck with yarn I have to use up or destash.  I don’t mind having a stash at all (and sock yarn in particular does not matter here) I just want to be sure that I’m using yarns that I love, and that the yarns I’m using are a good match for the project.

And that’s all… other than that, I’m fine with continuing the way I’ve been going!

Speaking to #1 on my list, I wound up the yarn for the socks I want to make in January.

On the left is Fleece Artist Sea Wool to be used for a pair of Hedera socks.  I have never made lace socks or one of Cookie A.’s patterns, so I am looking forward to it.  The other yarn is by Yarn Chef on Etsy – it’s a self striping yarn in various shades of pink.  I’m planning to knit Back to Basics from Knitty, and to conquer the toe-up socks.  My last attempts were not successful, but hopefully this will keep me interested so that I can knit toe up in the future.  I bought this yarn last year, but haven’t knit it yet because I was worried about durability (it is very springy and not too tightly twisted.)  I’ve decided to take my chances, and hopefully have pretty pink socks for Valentine’s day.

I’m continuing to work on Amelia.  I am past the waistband now, and working towards the buttonholes.  I did not take it with me over Christmas, and the twisted stitches are kind of slow going (and make my wrists hurt a bit.)  It’s lovely though, so I’m going to really focus on it for a few days to see how far I get.

Dionne (above) is clearly not amused that I am using her bed for photos.