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Reflections on Knitting, 2005

I saw this post over at PumpkinMama’s and I thought it was a great way to sum up my previous year of knitting.

Top 5 for 2005
1.New Technique: Oh, I learned so much this year! I knit lace for the first time and that was pretty cool. But I also learned to spin and that takes the cake for a new technique.
2.Favorite Finished Object: Leaf Lace Shawl, hands down. While I struggled with it in the beginning, I ended up learning so much. And I wear it all the time.
3.Favorite Knit Along: Sheesh, I don’t know. If I say Knit Unto Others then I’m sort of tooting my own horn since Margene and I hosted this one. But it was really cool to encourage people to knit for charity. I guess, though, it’s Warm Hands, that was my favorite. It really got me going with knitting mittens – even stranded ones!
4.Favorite Shop: I buy mostly online and I love ‘em all, but kpixie is my favorite because Missa and Jessica are my buds. It may also be because of the Vesper.
5.Favorite Tool: This is a toss up between the spinning wheel and the drum carder. I can’t decide because I love ‘em both.

Here are my stats for 2005:
10 pair of socks
9 shawls
8 hats
6 bags
5 pair of mittens
4 scarves
3 miscellaneous items
2 sweaters
That’s 46 finished items and I don’t consider that to be too bad. Oh, it’s not as many as some people managed to churn out, but it’s n accomplishment for me. And a fair portion of it was for other people. I feel pretty good about that.

Finally, Goals for 2006

1. Knit 12 pairs of socks.
2. Learn to dye roving and yarn.
3. Learn to Navajo Ply. Cate has already promised to show me at SPA.
4. Knit that cabled vest for Dale.
5. Finish the Einstein Coat!

I have had so much fun with my blog this year and that’s mostly been because of all you fabulous readers. I have been inspired to knit things I never would have dreamed of trying because of your encouragement. I just want to take this opportunity to thank you all for reading, and commenting and coming back! You guys are the best and I love you all.

Happy New Year!

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Happy new year! Blogging really rocks, for all the reasons you cite. I, too, was pushed to new endeavors. My life is richer for it. Happy to have you along for the ride.

  2. Happy new year to you, too! You’ve produced some great work this year, and have a lot to be proud of. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Look at you go! Next year you’ll be adding a lot of spinning accomplishments to the list. Thanks for being such a great pal and YES we must meet in 2006.

  4. Oh you’ll love Navajo Plying! Don’t you just love having something to look forward to? I hope this year treats you right knit/spin-wise!!!

  5. Happy, happy new year to you! I’m wishing you all kinds of wonderful things in 2006!

    I tried to comment on the post with you in your Civil War garb – but it wouldn’t let me for some weirdo reason – but those pictures are great!! Do you make your costumes?? I am so impressed!!

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