The other Carole asked, in a recent post, what was our favorite 2006 FO. To pick a favorite is a little difficult, but the one item I wear most and love because of it's versatility and warmth is Seaweed.
At the end of each year I have been combining the Photo Albums of socks and other items into one album. The total number of items knit this year is down from last years total for one simple reason. I learned to spin. A new photo album, called the Handspun Gallery, is in order. Besides the 'bigger' items knit (and shown in 2006 album), there were many smaller items like hats, scarves (all for charity) and Mason Dixon warsh rags (for gifts). The last of the 2006 FOs has yet to be placed in the gallery. Ariann is finished and waiting for her chance to shine and we'll work to fit a photo shoot in this weekend. Ariann may well end up being my favorite FO of 2006, but that won't be clear until 2007.
There are only a couple of things to finish up in 2006. Yarn to finish the Estonian Scarf is still on the spindle, so it will be an FO in 2007. Bejeweled might make the finish line in 2006, as it is my carry around, easy knitting, but I'm only half way. 'Oh so still poor neglected', Jóhö is waiting patiently for a little lovin' and hopefully there will be knitting time this week to give her her due. Even if she doesn't see completion in 2006, any progress will be good.
While resolutions of any sort, or goals of the knitting kind, have not been the norm for me, it does feel good to mkae a clean (or fairly clean) sweep of 2006 projects and make ready for the 2007 knits. Yarns have been pulled from the stash, copies made and supplies organized.
As soon as my eyes are open and my belly full of food and coffee, I'll be casting on January first for Lace-uary (which is not a formal KAL, but a state of mind). The question remains if I'll have Jóhö finished before that date, but if the stars align in my favor it could happen. Birdsong and Knitnana are going to start a KAL for Hidcote (my first choice for Lace-uary). And just to prove that I'm crazy for lace, my second choice is the Myrtle Leaf Shawl from Victorian Lace Today.
To give no doubt as to the holes in my head, there will also be a new sock and sweater started in January. January 1st may not be the day they are cast on, but certainly, before the month is a week old, both should be on the needles. I think I'll keep you in suspense until then.