I had a bunch of knitting goals for 2008. I didn’t get into Knitty again, but I did get into Interweave, which was super exciting. That other pattern I needed to write up was the Bat Shawl, which I obviously did accomplish. My goal to re-learn stranded knitting went off the rails, but I hope to pick it up again in 2009 (2009 goals to follow in an upcoming post).
I did not finish Serrano or Tailored Scallops this year. In fact, I did not finish any sweater for myself. I came to the realization that I didn’t like how Serrano looked on me because I didn’t like the way I looked. I gained 15 lbs in 2007, but I lost 20 in 2008. In 2009 I’d like to lose maybe another 10, maintain healthy eating habits, and finish those sweaters.
And now, 2008 in review.
I started Endpaper Mitts and while I was really happy with the way they looked, they were coming out way too small so I won’t actually finish them. I’m thinking of them as more of a swatch to get used to two-handed fair-isle.
I revealed a design project which I have not worked on in awhile, but I intend to work on it again in the new year.
I also sent Interweave a submission packet for what would become Dainty Pinstripes Pullover. I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture.
I’m not sure if I did much knitting. I was too busy to blog about it, anyway.
On June 2, I got a call from Eunny Jang offering what was then known only as “Pinstipe Pullover” a spot in the Winter 2008 issue of Interweave. A bag of yarn arrived a few days later, and I spent basically every free moment swatching, knitting, and doing math for the pattern. I also wrote up the Bat Shawl pattern.
I was pretty burned out from my DPP marathon, so I wasn’t knitting a lot. I also interviewed with 20 or so law firms, looking for a summer job (and found one). Finally, I was captivated by the election, so I spent much more time than usual reading stuff online. At some point during this time period I started Exchequered three times before I was happy with it.
I could finally go public with Dainty Pinstripes Pullover! While this pattern hasn’t been as popular as Foliage, it is awesome to see my name in print.
I made Vestee, which I have not yet been able to present because of the snow. Hopefully it will fit baby Nate!
I made three Christmas ornaments, two for some friends and one as an inside-joke with my husband.
Yesterday my sister caught a glimpse of Exchequered and said she really liked it, so I’m happy about that but it’s not quite finished. And today I finished knitting Shetland Triangle, and took photos in the last rays of sunlight in 2008. It is blocking now, and the full details will come in 2009.
It was a pretty good year. Here’s to 2009. Happy New Year!