In case you missed it – March 2010

Hooray! It’s April!

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If you’re not out enjoying the gorgeous spring weather, check out these great blog posts from March.

Best pairing of fashion and nickname

Coolest design story

Prettiest yarn

Most thoughtful post on sizing

Coolest embroidery

Most moving story

Most colorful

Most tinking (it was totally worth it)

Favorite fabric (and adorable dress)

Glow in the dark yarn?!

Prettiest purple

Most darling little sweater (and knit with a new technique!)

In case you missed it – February 2010

In honor of all the beautiful work done during the Ravelympics, this month’s “best of” post is a collection of gold-medal projects.

Short Track Shawl

Scarf Super-G

Sweaterboard Cross (love the red accents!)

Hat Halfpipe

Sock Hockey (her blog)

Mitten Moguls

Felting Freestyle

Designer Biathalon

Skelegurumi

Flying Camel Spin

2010 Preview

Ok, I know I said I wasn’t going to do any knitting goals. But I can’t resist discussing my queue for the year.

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I have a bunch of sock yarn. Maybe I should actually knit some socks. The Cookie A/Knitty canon of Hedera, Pomatomus and Monkey seems like a logical place to start.

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I entered the 10 Shawls in 2010 challenge on rav, which is probably a bad idea (in that I’m doomed to fail). But whatever, I like knitting shawls and I have plenty of lace yarn. The really colorful one on the right is the Creatively Dyed that I got at Rhinebeck, and I think it wants to be a Featherweight Cardigan rather than a shawl.

There are also a bunch of projects I want to finish in 2010.

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Hmm, all blue for some reason.

They are, clockwise from upper left, Wisteria, Orangina, Tailored Scallops, and Babette. While I’m mostly a process knitter, I really want to finish those projects because I think I’d get a lot of use out of the finished products.

What do you have on tap for 2010?

In case you missed it – December 2009

Last year and the year before I began the year with a post about my crafting goals.  I’m not going to do that this year.  I have enough career-related stuff going on (graduate!  pass the bar!  start working!) that the last thing I need is any knitting-related stress.  My goal for 2010 is to have fun!  With that, here is a rundown of my favorite posts from December.

Best post on disaster recovery

Effing hilarious

Cutest birthday boy

Most (rightfully!) exuberant FO picture

Cutest handmade holiday decorations

Best photo from the archives

Loveliest outdoor winter photos

Best hat & mittens set

Best recycling

Coziest cafe pictures

Loveliest solstice pictures

Best crochet photos

Cutest hat

2009 – the year in knitting

Can you believe that this is the end of my third full year blogging, and my third year end review post? (2007, 2008). Time flies.

My goals for 2009 weren’t as elaborate as those for 2009. I failed in some of the specifics (to finish some particular WIPs and contribute to the WTP once a week) but my main goal for 2009 was to learn something new. I learned to crochet, I sort of learned to spin, and as Pink Pirates demonstrates I’m getting more and more comfortable with colorwork.

The most exciting knitting-related development in 2009 was not something I planned at the beginning of the year. I have real-life knitting friends now, which is super exciting. I love you, CT River SnB! I have to credit Sonia (of the New Haven SnB) with coaxing me out of my shell to meet other Connecticut knitters. She invited me to an SnB party at her house in February (you can see me chatting with Rebecca in the fourth picture) and in March I decided to find my own SnB closer to where I live. I’m so glad I did!

Here’s a recap of 2009, with a fibery focus:

January:

I made Otto for my mom:

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I got my nice camera at the Circuit City going-out-of-business sale.

February:

I recapped January in the world of knit blogs. I should keep doing this in the new year, it’s really fun putting together best-of posts.

I made the “dead fish hatfor my friend Elizabeth:

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I finished Exchequered for my sister:

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March:

I made a surprisingly accurate heart for my mom:

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I learned how to crochet!

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I finally finished Wicked:

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April:

I started Wisteria:

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I started an Ishbel in purple:

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I finished Cathode (and I look even more embarrassed to be wearing it in some of the other pictures):

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May:

I made womb for my mom (duh):

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I made an Ishbel shawl for my friend Jennifer, in our college’s color:

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We took in a stray cat! She was pretty scrawny and bedraggled when she came to live with us…

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but look at her now! She’s such a good kitty.

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June/July:

I had an intense summer internship at a law firm I love. I was too busy to knit very much at all, but I did crochet some.

I had a great time with the potholder swap:

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And I started Babette:

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August:

I started a Dotty cat bed:

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I finished my purple Ishbel:

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I started Seraphim and Orangina:

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I went on two great trips.

September:

I swatched for a Deep V Argyle Vest, but I never really got started. Maybe it should be my Knitting Olympics project?

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I finished Seraphim:

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I made Knucks:

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October:

I brought my DPP out of hiding but barely made any progress on it:

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I WENT TO RHINEBECK!

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I made myself yet another Foliage and matching mittens for the occasion:

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My home town hosted Stitches East, and the CT River SnB led a pub crawl:

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I finished Serrano and was able to wear it to Stitches:

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I finished the Dotty cat bed. Fiona actually uses it all the time:

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I made Flora to match my Knucks:

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November:

I did some spinning.

I made an Inga hat:

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I made two more Foliage hats for my school’s charity auction:

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I made OWLS:

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December:

I made a blankie for baby Elsie:

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I started Celestine:
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I made Daybreak for my mom:
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I made a pink We Call Them Pirates for my sister:
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I made some Venezia napkin rings for my in-laws:
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I started a Peaks Island Hood on a family trip to Illinois:

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Whew. It was a great year. See you in 2010!

In case you missed it – October 2009

I had a really great time doing these round-up posts earlier this year, but got busy and got out of the habit.  Time to start up again!  Here is the October edition of a random assortment of my favorite posts from elsewhere in knitblog land.

Best beach photos

Most magnificent multicolor project

Most helpful technical post

Yummiest natural fiber photo

Best pairing of a knitting photo with a travel photo

Cutest baby item

Tales from the Crypt

Thank you for all your warm wishes on Fiona!  She is a very cute kitty and we love her very much.

Today when I was doing laundry (laundry is in the basement, which we have to go outside to access) Fiona escaped and returned to her natural habitat (she’s finally back inside now).

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I tried to catch her but it just made her run away, so I decided to wait until she felt like being a cooperative kitty. I wanted to stay outside to keep an eye on her, so I took the opportunity to go through the yarn “crypt” – a box of yarn in the basement holding UFOs and random scraps.

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I think that’s the yarn-y equivalent of a bloodcurdling scream, no?

Once I fought past the tangles a bit, the box was an interesting tour down pre-blog knitting memory lane.

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Here is a scrap of the Wedding Afghan I started for my friends Kate and Evan, who got married in July 2005.  I ended up making them a  feather-and-fan afghan out of this yarn here.

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It’s Valley Yarns Charisma, which has been discontinued. Evan is from New Zealand (and so is the wool) and Kate likes bright colors, so it seemed perfect. I still kick myself that I never took a picture of the finished item.

On the trip to Chicago when my grandfather passed away in December 2006, I got it into my head to make a top-down leaf patterned lace sweater. It didn’t turn out, but the idea later mutated into Foliage.

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I frogged it, and the yarn became Wicked.

This hot mess is my second attempt at Unbiased, from circa fall 2004. 

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The first attemt was according to the pattern, but the notch in the top allowed too much to spill out the sides, so I decided to modify it, but that didn’t work out either. I ended up frogging some of it VERY slowly and starting over on a purse of my own improvisation.

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I kind of like it, I may finish it now that I remember it exists.

So, have you come across any interesting reminders of your knitting past lately?