Reflections on Knitting, 2011

Now that I’ve finally shown you my last finished project for 2011 I can proceed with my annual yearly knitting recap. Let’s start with my favorite part – a mosaic of everything I knit last year.

There are 22 items pictured there. That’s down 9 from last year. Yikes. It’s all good, though, because I knit:

  • 12 pairs of socks
  • 4 shawls
  • 3 hats
  • 1 baby blanket
  • 1 pair of mitts
  • 1 sweater
Really, though, I need to up my game for 2012 so I’m setting some goals. In 2012 I will:
  • knit 12 pairs of socks
  • knit a sweater
  • knit a shawl with beads
  • knit a pair of colorwork mittens
  • knit at least 2 pair of fingerless mitts
  • knit at least 3 projects with my handspun
  • knit anything else I feel like knitting
Hopefully I will actually check back and evaluate them as the year progresses as that seems to be the key to my success. Honestly, though, it’s a hobby not a job and any time I spend knitting is productive and enjoyable. That’s sort of the point, right?
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  1. Geri Said,

      January 9, 2012 @ 6:27 am

    I think goals are great,but should be flexible. You never know what bright shiny things will pass your way and pull you off course. My goal is primarily to knit stash. The knitting closet is getting ridiculous and unmanageable.

  2. Manise Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    Great collection of colorful knits above! Kudos!

  3. Heather Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    You are so right-enjoying yourself is what counts! I, on the other hand, enjoy viewing other peoples’ gorgeous knits. So I guess you could say knit gawking is MY hobby!

  4. margene Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    You were so productive and varied in your knitting. Look at all that color, too! I’d love to hear more about your process of knitting as you go along this year, too.

  5. jill Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I’m with Margene. You worked from such a varied color palette. And I enjoy reading about your process a great deal. Of course, I always love reading about your party planning process, organizing process, walking progress, and photography process too!! Happy Thursday, Carole!

  6. Vicki Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    It’s a great list of accomplishments and a wonderful moscaic.
    That last goal would be the most important to me! ; )

  7. Donna Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    You had a productive year! That sweater alone must have taken you alot of time, so that’s probably worth 4 knitted items. And don’t forget the spinning – you did that too. Oh – and quilting, and photography…. yeah – 2011 was a successful crafting year for ya:-)

  8. Joni Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    Good grief you have been mighty productive. After nary a finished product for 2011 I am determined. Thus far three pairs of handwarmers and half a scarf…. You have inspired me :}

  9. Kym Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    Love the year-end perspective. You had a GREAT year. I can’t wait to see what you come up with during 2012!!!! :-)

  10. Jo Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    You did have a great year. And, I so agree with you–knitting is a hobby and it’s fun, not a job!

  11. Kathy B Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Yup you got that right, its a hobby or a passion , not a job. Never let it get away from the simple joy it is to knit stitch after stitch. Love all your knit ups . Im up for 13 pairs of socks this year….we’ll see.

  12. Beverly Said,

      January 26, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    It is so neat to see the year’s knits together! Beautiful work!

  13. Katie K Said,

      January 28, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    Great job!

    …That’s so funny– I’ve been thinking about stranded mittens, too. I wonder which ones you’ll knit. this year I’ve joined the 12 Shawls in 2012 group on ravelry and am on my second one (not that I need more. I just love them). I would like to finally design something and publish it.

  14. Kristi aka FiberFool Said,

      January 29, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

    Ah, down 9 from last year doesn’t matter. It is still an impressive mosaic of handknits!

  15. Love To Crochet Said,

      February 4, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

    Beautiful handworks. My desire to learn how to knit increases by watching your posts. Thanks for sharing :)

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