good-bye 2009, hello 2010!

almost a hat

Well, I’m not going to start 2010 with a clean knitting slate, that’s for sure, although the hat above is off the needles! It’s just a simple chunky beret out of yarn that I bought at Maryland this year – Solitude heavy worsted. It’s gorgeous (and a lot heavier than what I’d consider a heavy worsted!).

2009 had its ups and downs for me, of course, but all the travel I did this year was definitely new and exciting! Back on my big trip in January, February and March, I went to Tokyo, Kyoto, Shanghai, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Chennai, Delhi, Agra, a few other towns in India, and Scotland as well. If I had to pick, I think I enjoyed Japan the most. I’d love to go back.

teacup/pot/etc shop


In May I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool for the first time, and in June I attended TNNA in Ohio as a designer! In July I went to Hawaii for vacation with my family (and came back with lots of coffee).

funky landscapes

In October I went to Boston, and Rhinebeck – always one of my favourite events of the year. I already can’t wait for the next one. And in the midst of all this, I moved to my own apartment and managed to knit just a bit too!

Many thanks to all of you who’ve bought my patterns or book (hopefully both!), chatted with me at events or on twitter, and everyone who reads this blog! I couldn’t have had such a nice year without you.

Happy New Year – let’s make 2010 a good one.



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14 responses to “good-bye 2009, hello 2010!”

  1. Melanie Avatar

    Here’s wishing you a happy, healthy new year! I don’t comment often but I read your blog daily. Thanks for all of the inspiration with your beautiful photographs and stunning designs. :)

  2. Alison Avatar

    All the best for the New Year! Thanks for all the great patterns and
    your blog.

  3. Rachel Avatar

    happy 2010!! :)

  4. astrid Avatar

    I wish you a happy new year with all good wishes.I love your ideas and inspirations.thanks and go on like this

  5. asti Avatar

    Happy New Year too ! Lovely inspiration here :)

  6. Craftydogs Avatar

    Happy New Year to you, I have enjoyed your blog.

  7. Seanna Lea Avatar

    Happy New Year! I love your photos of Japan. It reminds me of how much I want to go there!

  8. Kay Avatar

    Have purchased a pattern or two. Hope this year I knit them up! Fascinating that there are no boxes in your comment section. Makes it seem like magic. Happy New Year!

  9. Stacey Avatar

    Thanks for writing in 2009–keep up the good work in ’10!

  10. julia Avatar

    That’s one helluva year! Happy New Year!

  11. Wendolene Avatar

    Happy new year! Thanks for sharing your travels and designs with us!

  12. Knittripps Avatar

    Happy New Year!

  13. Elizabeth Avatar

    Happy New Year! I lived in Washington, DC for almost 16 years (and went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival most of them) and learned that in the U.S., “heavy worsted” is closer to what we in Canada would call “chunky”, i.e. 4 sts per inch. The term “worsted” there is used much more loosely than here and I’ve seen it include yarns as light as a double-knitting weight too. Most of the time, it seemed to refer to what we would call “aran weight”, i.e. a yarn that knits at about 4.5 sts per inch. It can be quite confusing. Best not to make assumptions regarding terminology. Love your blog and your travels.

  14. yarndancer Avatar

    Happy New Year!!

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