My mom was curious about how I knit and I’m never one to disappoint.
How do you knit?
Some more pictures of the Book River Shawl — I like how the pattern combines with the color shifts in the yarn to make it almost flame-like.
Blocking really opened upp the pattern, and also left me with a shawl that may be close to six feet from tip to tip. I wound up using pretty much all of the extra yarn, so it came to over 700 yards in total.
I remember thinking in December of 2011 that I wanted to challenge myself, but maybe 12 in 12 wasn’t an entirely realistic goal.
That seems kind of funny now.
This is everything I finished this year. Those socks at the bottom are sort of half-included, because I finished them on January first. (I also knit two hats that I later frogged, which are not included.)
38 finished projects. Including two cardigans, and nine shawls of varying complexity and size. Also my first lace socks.
Suddenly, I don’t feel quite as bad about my stash. (I’ll admit that I am both dreading and looking forward to dumping it all out on my bed and taking a picture next week.)
The weather in Cambridge was much much nicer than here — it rained a bit, but we also had some sun and took really long walks along the river. The water was unusually high, and my shoes got pretty muddy, but it was so lovely.
I love the shifts of color in this picture. I took a lot of pictures on our walks that I want to try and recreate in water colors. We’ll see how frustrated the attempts make me… I actually got a book of tips for water color artists for Christmas, and I kind of hope I’ll have time to try out some of them over the next few weeks.
Did I say in that video that the Ishbel was going to be my holiday and travel knitting? Hah! I finished it in two days. Two days. Don’t quite know what got into me.
So I had to bring something else to Cambridge, since I was still waiting for the missing Book River Shawl yarn — which arrived at the post office just in time for me not to have time to go get it before we had to leave. Bah.
I’ve been seeing this sock, called “Sylta”, popping up over and over on a Swedish facebook group for a while and finally decided I had to try it. I used the same Novita 7 Veljestä yarn as my rainbow socks, but in a red-pink-purple-orangey colorway. My mom saw that scrunchy first leg appearing and said she’d quite like leg warmers like that, and who am I to say no to, er, not having to actually turn a heel?
It’s a really simple pattern and was great for evening movie watching; all in all I think it took four or five days of intermittent knitting, and about 130 grams of the yarn.
But now I’m home and back to my red shawl — I’m really hoping to bind off before the New Year, so I’ll have a fresh start and one more finished project to add to my total for the year.
I made a video about the epic brain fail I had with my green river shawl, the shawl I cast on as a replacement, and some winter knits. And snowmen.