FO: Shetland Triangle
Pattern: Shetland Triangle
Yarn: 207.4 yds Rowan Rowanspun 4 ply in Jade / 712
Needles: US 4
Timeline: started 01.01.2010; finished 01.05.2010
My friend, Erica, started the Lace is My Bitch group on ravelry, so I pretty much have to thank her for me finally knitting this pattern. I've always thought that the Shetland Triangle was pretty, but had never had a reason to knit it. It didn't help that I'm not much of a shawl person and really wanted to keep this for myself once I did knit it.
I cast on for this on New Year's Day and finished it in five days. Woot! I initially cast on with US 6s, but it seemed way too loose. The 4s worked out great, I think.
I wanted this to be a bit small and Ishbel-esque. It ended up being about 42" on the long side, which is perfect. It definitely isn't the warmest thing in the world, but I do think it's pretty.
The Year in Review: 2009
I only knit up 8,362.9 yards this year. :( I knit up over 12,000 in 2008 and over 16,700 the year before. However, unlike 2008, my decrease in knitting had more to do with being distracted by good things. Oh, and having to rip stuff out a million times. Ha!
I did pretty badly on my knitting resolutions for this year.
1. Knit more sweaters. Well, I went from finishing 2 in 2008 to just barely finishing a single one in 2009. Fail.
2. Knit at least six pairs of socks. Another fail. I only finished 2 pairs, neither for myself. Needless to say, I didn't have one on the needless at all times like I'd hoped.
3. Knit with my handspun. I knit four things with my handspun: Boob, Morning Surf Scarf, Mustard Scarf, and Dashing. Woot.
4. Finish up my 5 UFOs: Wedding Capelet, a cowl from my Stitches Midwest 2008 class swatch, John's Smokin' Sweater, Dogwood Donna, Nantucket Jacket. Well, I finished John's sweater and frogged the Nantucket Jacket, but the other three are still sitting around. I'm hoping to have Meghan put in a zipper and lining for the Dogwood Donna pouch this year.
5. Knit challenging things. Nope. I was boring.
6. Buy less yarn. I went from just over 25,000 yards at the beginning of the year to about 26,850 right now. Not horrible. It doesn't help that I haven't been knitting sweaters.
7. Publish a pattern for sale. Nope.
For me: 12 projects
First Row: Womb, Gretel, Ishbel, Felicity
Second Row: Ogee Lace Skirt, Francis Revisited, Birthday Cowl, Tapestry Cowl
Third Row: Dish Cloth, Lace Capelet, Ishbel 2, Dashing
For others: 18 projects
First Row: Jaywalker Cowl, Little Pink Heart, Octopus, Boob
Second Row: Icing Swirl Hat, Smokin', Textured Rib Socks, Cap'n Crunch
Third Row: Nichole's Simple Fitted Cowl, Michelle's Legwarmers, Mustard Scarf, Morning Surf Scarf
Fourth Row: Milkweed, Gentleman's Fancy Sock, Log, Manatee
Fifth Row: Cabled Hat of Awesomeness, Marsan Watchcap
What do I want to do in 2010?
1. Knit at least 3 sweaters.
2. Knit at least two pairs of socks for myself.
3. Knit a pair of colorwork mittens. I have a TON in my queue.
4. Write another pattern.
5. Buy no yarn. I have more than enough to keep me very, very entertained for the upcoming year. I think the only exceptions I would have to make would be for gifts if there isn't anything suitable in my stash. Depending on how things are going in the Fall, I might make a small exception for Stitches Midwest.
FO: Francis Revisited
Pattern: Francis Revisited
Inspiration: Lolly's version
Yarn: 909 yds Frog Tree Merino Melange in Teal/909
Size: knit the 39.5" bust size to end up with a 33" bust (to fit me at 36")
Needles: US 10 1/2; US 8 for first 4" of cowl; US 13s on cowl bind-off
Timeline: started 11.26.2008; finished the first time 01.25.2009; finished FOR REAL 12.31.2009
I initially knit this very, very quickly (for me). I finished it in 2 months, but it was way too small. I guess knitterly denial can even happen when knitting a sweater top-down. I eventually ripped back to where I split for the body and sleeves, but was at least able to leave the cowl on. I worked on it off and on throughout the last half of the year, but decided to get serious about it at the end of December. I really like how it fits and I'm glad I ripped back as many times as I did, which I wouldn't have done if I didn't love the yarn as much as I did.
As for changes, I didn't make too many. The pattern is well-written, and if I'd paid attention to my gauge and how it was fitting, I would have had a garment that fit the first time around. I did knit full-length sleeves, after harassment from my knitting buddies, and skipped the increases for the sleeves (I didn't want a belled look.). I also used Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off for the bottom and sleeves.
FO: Textured Rib Socks
Pattern: Textured Rib
Source: Sensational Knitted Socks
Yarn: 306 yds Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in Dark Sunset / 9928
Needles: US US 1 1/2 / 2.5 mm Knit Picks Harmony fixed 24" circ
Timeline: started 06.21.2009; finished 07.06.2009
Oh, socks...why do I not knit you more often? These took just over two weeks to knit, including making a stupid mistake (continuing the stockinette portion after the heel for the entire leg) and having to rip back quite a bit. I knit them toe-up, using the magic cast-on. I also decided to do an afterthought heel (Directions in the Cozy Armchair Socks in Weekend Knitting.), mostly because I didn't plan ahead enough to do a gusset and didn't feel like doing a short row heel.
All in all, I'd call these a success.