Happy, Happy New Year!! Are you as amazed as I am at how quickly 2013 went by? Here's to a great 2014 for us all.
My rate of knitting slowed in 2013 and it is likely it will not increase by much in 2014. I am taking my accomplishments as they come. As many of you know, when one works full time it is hard to fit in everything one loves to do in a 24 hour period. We do the best we can to accomplish as much as we can. It is enough, it is what it is. I'm happy with my 2013 knitting!
January is the month of secret knitting (which is also happening this year). Each January we celebrate the Anniversary of the SnB gang with a party and this year will be our 10th year! To make our celebration extra fun we knitting an item to swap. You bring a gift, you take home a gift. Last year I knit a small shawl as my gift and Eileen was the recipient. As luck would have it, I received her beautiful mittens.
From January to June I spent my knitting efforts on a sweater. Knitting was sometimes difficult due to the pain in my arms, but I stuck with it, working slowly. In the end the beautiful sweater did not fit well, but it was an accomplishment, nonetheless. I love the sweater design enough to knit it a second time and I may frog my first attempt and reuse the yarn for another sweater (at a later date). It is the process, not always the product.
My favorite knit of 2013 is hands down, Germinate, which was Kirsten Kapur's 2013 Mystery Shawl. I took it on faith her design would be one I'd love. Since I needed help picking the colors, I turned to the color master Kim. I used her beautiful yarn, Lucent, and I could not be happier with the result. The photo does not show the true depth of Kim's hand dyed yarn. The unique mix of colors, and the half circle shape, have made this my go to shawl of 2013.
Through the month of August I knit with an exceptional handspun in an exquisite color of red. Cookie was kind enough to spin up a braid long left to molder in my stash and send it back to me as yarn! The blend of cashmere and silk was not an easy fiber to spin, but Cookie has fingers of a goddess and a kind heart. So, instead of dreaming only of spinning the fiber, I was able to knit the yarn into glorious, elegant and luxurious shawl.
At the end of September I decided to knit something quick and easy for the Alta Knitter's Retreat. Cables were just the thing, as they are easy for me to remember (unlike lace) and I had fun time chatting and hanging with friends while creating a warm hat.
There's one more knit of 2013 and I'd classify it as the most creatively structured design of the year. Imagine When is knit an asymmetrical shawl created by short rows, eyelet rows, and a delightful picot edging. There will be a better reveal post soon, as I finally remembered to take pictures over the weekend. Camnesia has been hard to cure and the only answer will be in obtaining a smart phone device (later this year).
I make no predictions, no resolutions, nor intentions for more knitting in 2014. Knitting will happen as it can. I will enjoy the process of creation and accept the gift of the finish when it comes. It is the process, right?