New Year Knitting and resolutions

Hello again

I am luxuriating in the last day of holidays still sitting in my PJs and enjoying the luxury of a day to do what I want (though I have done a couple of hours work this morning). I do love the week after Xmas – we had a lovely time with all the family here but it has also been very nice just to do nothing (well nothing much that is tedious – lots of crafting of course!).

I have finished the first of my Xmas cast ons – these should have all been done well before Xmas so Ellie could give them out to her friends at Uni but there was no way I could finish them by the last posting date due to lack of time. Well actually I did allocate lots of time but failed to factor in that one of the scarves would take 6 weeks altogether. You may remember this WIP –

Spain - knitting
Started in Spain in Oct - finished early Dec!

Well it took a long, long time to do, a very complex pattern not helped by the back injury that meant I was very fuzzy for a few weeks and could not do more than a few lines at a time. It was finally finished in early Dec which did not leave enough time for the other items. A lovely pattern but not one I will be repeating any time soon!

Finished lace rib scarf
My longest knitting project yet!

Anyway I have now completed the lilac hat in Sublime which goes with the lace fan and feather scarf knitted earlier in the year. This is one of my fave wools, it is so soft to knit with and the stitch definition is great. The pattern was a freebie from Ravelry,  the Lace Edged Women’s Hat by Julie Hentz and it did not turn out quite like the illustration but I really like it – it is a lot looser but I love the way the decreases give a swirly pattern at the back. Another one I may knit again for me.

Lilac hat 1
Lilac hat showing the lace pattern on the edges
Lilac hat 2
The back of the hat with the lovely decreases
Lilac hat 3
Side view showing lace pattern again

I have been looking for some more wristwarmer patterns as I need to complete the lilac set and have found some lovely ones so as soon as the wool shop opens again (tomorrow!) and I can get some more Sublime I will be casting on for those. Am also going to knit myself a few pairs as I get very cold hands when using the laptop in the winter. I have made a start on a ribbed pair using some lovely wool that I picked up from my LYS Woolly Minded and Beady Eyed before Xmas, it is called James Brett Marble Chunky in a gorgeous mottled blue and purple shade. I have also bought the brown/burgundy colourway to make myself a new hat and scarf set. It was very good value at only £4.99 for 200 g and I also bought some for Ellie and my friend Judy as Xmas presents.

Blue chunky wristwarmers
Isn't that pretty wool!

I thought I would also have a quick look at what I had accomplished in 2010 craft wise and make some resolutions for 2011. My general New Year resolution is the same as always – more fun and crafting, less work and housework which I am achieving slowly (amazing what a difference having grown up kids who can clean their own rooms has on my time!)

Looking back through all my archives for 2010 I made the following items –

Knitting – 3 hats, 2 pairs of wristwarmers, 2 scarves, I teddy with clothes and bag, 4 little flowers, 2 baby cardigans, 1 set of baby bootees, I baby blanket

Stitching – 4 exchange pieces (1 Valentine, 1 Spring and 2 Autumn), 2 scissor keeps, I scissor pillow, 2 reindeer ornies, 2 stocking ornies

Quilting – 20 patchwork trees, 1 tree skirt, 1 Xmas hanging

Xmas ornies – 5 gift bags, 6 Xmas stockings, various pine cones and baubles (didn’t keep count and sold most)

Costume – 4 pairs braies, 1 pair of hose, 2 coifs, 1 dress

Not bad but wish I had time for more! In 2011 I plan to work on my quilting skills and want to make 3 play quilts and cushions for the youngest members of the family and make a start on a double bed quilt for Ellie. I aim to make 11 more stitched ornies for my tree (1 is already done) and will do assorted exchanges and birthday gifts as required. Knitting wise 3 pairs of wristwarmers, a new hat and scarf for me. Costume I know I have 3 dresses planned and whatever new clothes Jake needs! And of course lots more Xmas things for sale at craft fairs.

That should keep me busy – will review at the end of the year to see how I did!  

Hope you enjoy making your own to do list and thanks once again for visiting.

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2010 in review – stats from WordPress

Hello there and a very happy 2011 to you all.

I got this e-mail from WordPress last night which shows how my blog did last year so thought I would share it with you and say a big thanks to all of you for visiting and especially to those people who have linked to me (you get a special mention a bit further on!) I am very pleased that the Blog Health o-Meter reads ‘WOW’ and thank you all for making this happen.

Like most of you who blog I started this little venture 3 years ago not knowing what would happen, I have met so many wonderful, creative people through the blog and visiting other people’s blogs and absolutely love being part of this community. It spurs me on to finish things knowing I need something to post about each week and I get so many ideas from everyone! I have also participated in lots of exchanges so I have lots of lovely new creations in my home as well as all the virtual pleasure from seeing what you all do. Thank you to everyone who makes blogging such fun!

“The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 67 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 173 posts. There were 470 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 59mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was August 10th with 223 views. The most popular post that day was Project Nepal.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were littlecottonrabbits.typepad.co.uk, elmsleyrose.blogspot.com, loopylousadventuresintohandicrafts.blogspot.com, ifreestores.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for nepal, maria doyle kennedy, houppelande, elizabeth 1st, and goldwork.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Project Nepal December 2007
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2

Medieval Peasants’ costume – women September 2009

3

Medieval Lady’s Costume September 2008
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4

Medieval re-enactment December 2007
10 comments

5

Medieval Costume Making – the surcoat February 2009
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Thanks for visiting – all 38,000 times!!!!