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.

3 thoughts on “New Year Knitting and resolutions

  1. I love the scarf – it’s beautiful design and gorgeous colours. I’ve just got some cotton yarn to make dishcloths for my daughter, not very romantic but she loves the hand knitted ones. Must start stitching again too, haven’t done any for a while and your Christmas ornaments are inspiring me:)

    • Thanks you very much for visiting and glad that you like the scarf. I have not stitched that much this year but really got back into it over Xmas as the little ornies are so quick to make.

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