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12.27.2007

The Year in Review: 2007

For me...

First Row: Droplet Hat, SSS Sock, Provincial Waistcoat, Lotus Blossom, Hourglass
Second Row: Gusseted Floor Cushion, Cable and Bobble Headband, Molly Ringwald, Gretel, Forecast
Third Row: Airy Wrap-Around Lace Cardigan, Luxe Neckwarmer, Prairie Tunic, Le Slouch, Farmer's Market Bag
Apparently, this was the year for pink, red, and purple for me. I adore green, but didn't finish a single thing for myself in anything even remotely resembling green. However, I am working on my Tilted Duster, so at least 2008 will start off with a new color. I definitely see more slouchy hats in my future, since they look much better on me than regular hats. I'll probably post what else I'm planning on doing next year in the next week or so.

For Others...

First Row: Mom's Hourglass, Auntie Eleanor's Birthday Shawl, Ami's Umbilical Cord Hat, Ami's Pure and Simple Pullover, Ami's Baby Hat, Grandma's Birthday Shawl
Second Row: Nadine's Chicago Card Dashings, Nadine's Stripey Scarf, Nadine's Panta, Bianca's Miss Dashwood, Jeannie's Birthday Shawl, Nadine's Shedir
Third Row: Super-Fun Scarf, Auntie Bessie's Birthday Shawl, Ami's Baby Sweater, John's Birthday Scarf, Julia's Helmetliner, Second Sock Syndrome Swap Sock
Fourth Row: Bianca's Angora Baby Bootees, Auntie Lottie's Birthday Shawl, Ami's Angora Baby Bootees, Nadine's Grandmum's Shawl, Uncle John's Birthday Socks, Auntie Helen's Birthday Shawl
Yes, I was quite busy this year. Instead of Xmas gifts, my family members each got a knitted birthday gift. It worked out pretty well, since I didn't have to work to one deadline. I was only late gifting two items, but one was only because I didn't see the recipient early enough. However, I think I'm going to take 2008 off from making large items as gifts. I think everyone may just get small Xmas gifts next year instead. We shall see...

FO: Mom's Hourglass


Pattern: Hourglass Sweater from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
For: Mom for Mother's Day
Size: 40" bust
Yarn: 12.6 skeins Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Cream; .33 skeins Knit Picks Shine Sport in Grass for hems
Needles: US size 6 and 7 Knit Picks Options with metal tips
Timeline: started 04.18.2007; finished 05.05.2007

I was going over my projects for the past year and realized that I never made a FO post about this one, so...here goes. It definitely isn't my favorite FO, which sucks, since it was a gift. The Shine Sport was a horrendous choice for this. The sweater weighs a ton! It also stretched out a bit after it was knit and is definitely bigger than the size I knit, even after trying to shrink it down a bit in the dryer.

I did the hems the same as my first Hourglass, but used a contrasting color this time. I really like how they came out. My mom says she likes it, since it's soft and comfortable, but I'm not sure she's been able to wear it much. The arms are too long, it's too bulky in the body, and the body is too long, too. Boo...I'll have to make her a better gift next year.

12.23.2007

FO: Nadine's Shedir


Pattern: Shedir
Source: knitty
For: Nadine's St. Nick's gift
Yarn: .95 skeins Rowan Felted Tweed in 154
Yarn Purchased: The Yarnery in St. Paul, MN
Needles: US size 3 Addi Turbo 40" circs
Timeline: started 12.09.2007; finished 12.22.2007

This is the second time I've knit this pattern and I still think that it's just great. This yarn isn't anywhere near as stretchy or squishy as Calmer, but I love the tweediness of it. As always, a good, challenging knit that doesn't take an eternity. However, after a while, I didn't really feel like cabling practically every other row.

12.22.2007

FO: Slipped Stitch Rib Socks


Pattern: Slipped Stitch Rib
Magazine: Sensational Knitting Socks
For: Uncle John's Birthday
Yarn: 1.05 skeins Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in Blues/Greens
Needles: US size 1 1/2 Knit Picks nickel-plated 6" double-points
Timeline: started 10.07.2007; finished 11.19.2007

Nothing much to report here. Sensational Knitted Socks has been great for me. I had my dad try on the first sock to make sure it would fit my uncle, and it was fine. He's modeling them in the picture above.

This was the last in my series of projects for relatives' birthdays this year. I think I like working on things throughout the year instead of only around Xmas; it's much less stressful. Next year, I may work on Xmas presents throughout the year or maybe even take the year off from giving everyone knitted gifts.

In blog-related news, work ended up getting very busy right around the time I took a French class every night, so blahblahblah...boring stuff...the blog hasn't been updated much. It wasn't really that big of a deal, though, since my knitting stalled out around the same time. Here's to more consistent knitting progress in the new year!