so long, 2007

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 stripe, done

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 sweater

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.

bulky sweater, flat

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.

boxing day sale madness

I know you wanna see the goods! Sweater quantities of three yarns…

colinette jitterbug

Colinette Jitterbug, in a dusty pink colour.

savannah DK

Fiber Company Savannah DK, in a lovely green.

malabrigo

Malabrigo worsted in Paris Night, a lovely deep dark blue.

And one skein each of STR lightweight and Handmaiden Casbah, both in springy greens.

STR and casbah

I think Casbah is my new favourite yarn, and I haven’t even knit with it yet! I bought a bunch before Christmas too, for a sweater, but I think this skein of green might become a scarfy thing.

Also in yarn gluttony, I received as a gift three skeins of the Handmaiden Silk Cashmere I’ve had my eye on for awhile…

3x cashmere and silk

Funny thing is, the three skeins came from two different people, who don’t know each other – two from Alexis, and one from one of my cousins! Now I have enough to do something nice. I’m thinking maybe the Shetland Triangle, or something along those lines.

gifts given

Did I say tomorrow? I meant in a few days. I did wear it for Christmas, sans buttons – I still need to sew those on!

In the meanwhile, a few finished gifts that I made for others –

The blanket out of Noro Iro turned out well. Sadly, I didn’t take a photo of the finished piece, but here’s one close to the end.

iro blanket, more or less

I crocheted between each strip, them crocheted the strips together and then around the edge of the blanket. It turned out really big – at least as wide as my double bed. It used 9 balls of Noro Iro (with 8 mm needles) and six balls of Blue Sky Alpacas Sportweight (reclaimed from a top-down sweater that I ripped out).

I also made this cute bolero sweater for megan:

megan's

I used this pattern, which I found via Ravelry. I modified the sleeves so they wouldn’t be as wide, but they still turned out on the, let’s say, cozy size. I also had to completely change the sleeve cap as a result.

The yarn is my handspun Romney (seen here), roving purchased at Rhinebeck 2006 – about 900 yards of 3-ply worsted weight. The purple at the collar is also handspun, from mixed batts – feels like it’s merino and silk, among other fibres.

Boxing day sale tomorrow at lettuce knit – see you there!