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2012 in Review: Designs, Garments, and Resolutions

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First up, I have my 2012 designs. They can all be found in my ravelry store, and a few are also available from Knit Picks. I would say 6 new designs in one year is pretty good, considering the amount of time it takes for me to put my thoughts down on paper. I learned a lot about designing over the coarse of the year, but there’s still a lot that needs to be done. Over the new year, I really want to think about putting together a collection. I already have a bunch of ideas about it, so, hopefully, by this time next year I will have something to show you all!

Finally, there are the garments. There were definitely some hits and some misses, with several in between. The biggest disappointment was probably my Rocky Coast Cardigan. I didn’t find the errata until after I had finished my sleeves, and they were way, way too small. I still haven’t been able to bring myself to re-knit them. I’m starting to think the yarn is just a little cursed- it had already been frogged from a sweater that was too small!

Projects that turned out OK were my Corona (which really only needed finished), Zest, and Coquette. I’ve worn most of these a few times. They’re not exactly the first garments I turn to, but once in a while they seem to fit the bill. Plus, they were all a pleasure to knit, so who cares!

But my absolute favorites are my Livingstone and Locke St. Cardigans. I guess I just love cozy cables and shawl collars! I wear both of these all of the time (Locke a little more, since Livingstone is so heavy). The are warm and lovely. I can wear them to class or student teaching, and easily dress them down for time around the house. So much fun!

In the next year, I definitely want to continue this trend with experimenting with different garment styles. I tend to wear Cardigans a lot, so a few more of those will be nice, but I also want to push the boundaries and work on some more pullovers or tee’s. And I definitely want to try my hand at designing a garment!

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Blog Week(s) in Review: the Best of Christmas, PLUS This Year’s Accessories

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Well, why don’t we start with the Blog Reviews? I’ve loved looking at all of the Holiday Presents everyone has been churning out. There is some serious eye candy out there!

First, the shawls. Of Audry’s “Parade of Knits,” I think my favorite was probably the Aestlight. Of course, it might be her fantastic photography- you all have to take a look at that picture. There’s also Pretty Little Fiber Co’s Birthday Shawl. This is another Mizzle Shawl. I know that I’ve talked about this before, which must mean that I really, really like the pattern. I definitely have to hunt down some perfect fingering weight for this pattern.

Keeping with the theme of keeping those necks warm, there’s Gynx’s Wallpaper Cowl. Not only is the pattern really cool, but I love the colors she chose. I would never have picked those out for myself, but they fit so well together! There’s also Fridica’s Millwater Cowl. The garter stitch and cable combo looks so textured and cozy!

I have two completely unique hat projects to share. Really, when you see these projects, you’ll know these bloggers are great at searching out the perfect pattern. First, there’s Cloudberry’s Angry Bird Hat. What little boy wouldn’t want that as a gift? Then, there’s Smoking Hot Needles’s Raxtur. This is one of those patterns that non-knitters won’t believe you made (“you made THAT???”). Honestly, it’s intricate and gorgeous and everything that you would want to show off your skills.

Now, onto the garments. Fern made this vest pretty much by guestimating- and it’s beautiful! (Scroll down, because she saved the best FO for last). I can’t wait until the pattern comes out. It’s just lovely.

Threadpanda’s Roam Tunic has got me browsing chunky yarns online to make my own, it looks so wonderful on her. When I saw the pattern in the magazine I liked it, but I wasn’t sure how it would look on. Her version has me convinced- it’s going in the queue.

Last but not least, if you want to do some cooing, check out Life on Laffer’s Christmas Sweater. That is one cute baby, but it’s also one wonderful sweater.

And now, onto the Year in Review- ACCESSORIES!

Left to right, top to bottom:
Dunkelipa in Plymouth Yarn Galway Highland Heather,Windscheif in Farmswept Yarns Knitter’s ChoiceGreenery in Berocco Vintage DKPup Tent in Valley Yarns NorthamptonChalice in Plymouth EncoreDishcloth in Rowan All Seasons CottonCitron in Malabrigo LaceAutumn Gold in Tanis Fiber Arts Blue Label FingeringChevron Lace Fingerless Mitts in Northern Lights Fiber Co. Solar Flair SockEdge of Lace in Patons Classic Wool.

A lot of these projects ended up being gifts, but my absolute favorite of my knits from the past year that I kept has to be the Dunkelipa Hat. I get so many compliments on it! Plus, it’s very warm and comfy. I absolutely enjoyed making it, and I suggest you all go check the pattern out- it’s definitely something I recommend. Tune in tomorrow for Designs and Sweaters, plus some resolutions!

Year in Review Part 1: Socks!

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I guess it’s that time of the year again! I figured I would split my review of the past year into a few smaller, more manageable chunks. Even though I’ve had several weeks of a break, my brain still feels a little fried from that last semester. Hopefully, things will get better soon! I’ll start today with everyone’s favorites, the socks! I honestly thought that I had made more than 6 pairs throughout the year, but I guess I’m wrong. I might consider making that a resolution for next year- knit more socks. Lord knows I have enough sock yarn in my stash!

Starting at the top and going left to right (and newest to oldest), there are the By the Seine River Socks using Candy Skein Yummy in Butter Mint. I remember modding the pattern to make it top-down, but they still fit like a dream! The stitch pattern isn’t bulky at all, but allows just a bit of breathability. Plus, I still have the other half of this skein, so you better bet there will be another pair in these colors soon!

Next up, there’s the Pillars Socks. These are also in Candy Skein Yummy, although this colorway is Arctic Mint. Somewhere along the line I messed up the stitch pattern a little, but I still think they looks awesome. Plus, this picture totally shows the electric blue of this colorway. Trust me, if you haven’t picked any up yet, you MUST try Candy Skein. The Yummy is her standard wool/acrylic sock yarn blend. It is definitely not the softest sock yarn I’ve worked with, but it is fairly hard wearing the the dye is holding pretty well. Plus, her colors are just out of this world!

I knit these little anklets using the ever-wonderful Knit Picks Felici Self-Striping yarn. I have no idea how they make sock yarn this soft, but it actually came out of the machine looking the same as when it went in! Alas, I sent these on to my sister for a birthday present, so I guess I’m just going to have to add on a skein to my next order 🙂

Next are my Bubble Stream Socks. I remember this pattern being pretty awesome to knit- very entertaining. Still, I wish that I had added just a few stitches to it, because it does tend to not stretch the way stockinette does, making it a little tighter on my feet. I used the other half of the Candy Skein I mentioned earlier- it does knit into some awesome socks!

My Scrap Socks started as just being a fun way to waste time and use up some scrap yarn, but they did turn out into a pretty nice pair of socks. I love wearing them because they remind me of all of the projects I used the yarn for- even the gifts!

Finally, I started out the year with a pair of simple anklets using the rest of my Twilight Knits Superwash Merino Fingering Weight in the Duchess colorway. The first pair had faded a lot with some pretty heavy wear, but these haven’t yet. I just love those bright colors so much! And these are short enough that pretty much no one notices them, which means I can wear them whenever!

That’s it for now! Tomorrow I have a HUGE blog week(s) in review to share, plus I’ll show off my finished accessories from this year. Let’s get excited!