I can’t believe it’s that time again! This year has gone by so quickly that I feel like I haven’t been able to catch my breath. It’s been an interesting year, I suppose – lots of good things happened, like graduating from university, my garden adventures, my first vacation in years, a great Rhinebeck with rachel and jaya. Of course, where there’s good, there’s always something to balance. The last couple months have been very difficult for me personally, and the going is still tough. Things take time, you know? Sometimes too much time to bear.
But! New year’s is always a time of reflection, and rebirth, time to move forward and leave the past where it is. Tonight, my family is all out doing their partying things, and I’m at home with a bottle of Trocken in the fridge and just loads of Indian takeaway (tomorrow, I’m going off wheat, dairy and soy for a few weeks to clean my system up – tonight, I’m eating!). And knitting. I’ve got the possibility of one more FO of 2007 tonight.
The benefit of having lots of projects on the needles at once is having lots of FOs at once! I’ve completed not one but two sweaters in the last week. First up is the Treeline Stripe, of course (sorry for the crappy photo, I think the stripes confuse my camera) –
Treeline Striped Cardi
Pattern: based on a concept by the Purl Bee – I looked at the colours and the yarns, and did my own numbers, shaping, and details.
Yarn: 3 skeins of Shelridge Farm W4 in Chocolate, 2 skeins in Misty Blue, 3 skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Villain.
Needles: US 7
Okay, so it doesn’t have buttons yet. But I’ve worn it a few times, and I just love it!
Next up, a surprise FO that jumped from the needles this week.
A Very Bulky Cardigan
Pattern: my own. Top-down raglan with crochet edgings.
Yarn: 5 skeins of thick and thin merino from Americo Original, some random handspun merino from my stash.
Needles: US 15 (no wonder it was so fast)
I started this on Christmas Day (Tuesday), I think, and wore it to work on Saturday. It’s pretty uncharacteristic of me, all that bulky wool and wacky edging, but it’s fun and very cozy. I even had the big buttons in my stash.
To me it looks like a big version of a little girl’s sweater.
In 2007, I finished at least 18 tops or sweaters (there might’ve been an extra one or two in there undocumented), and a couple projects each of socks, shawls, skirts, and other assorted things. Here’s to even more in 2008.
Bye, 2007, and well, good riddance.