So, life got hectic last year. Between starting a new job, keeping up with catering work, taking on more responsibility at church, and volunteering with some new projects, it’s a wonder I got any knitting done at all. But, I want to start blogging again more regularly and I have to start somewhere.

10 Shawls in 2010

I did manage to finish all 10 shawls. It was a bit down to the wire, though as my 10th shawl was finished on the 26th December. In order they were Aeolian Shawl, Shetland Triangle Shawl, Bitterroot, Eliina, Annis, Dover Castle Shawl, Cleite, Ishbel, Seraphim Shawl, and the Swallowtail Shawl. I’ve held on to the Aeolian, Shetland Triangle, Bitterroot, Dover Castle, Cleite, and Ishbel Shawls. Annis and the Swallowtail Shawl went to my mum. Seraphim I made for my mom to give one of her friends who has admired my work. Eliina was a sample shawl for Nimu yarns. Of the ones I’ve kept, I only wear the Shetland Triangle, Cleite, and Ishbel frequently.

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11 Shawls in 2011

I wasn’t planning to continue with the group into 2011, because I thought maybe I had had enough shawl knitting. And yet, one of my first projects of 2011 is a shawl. I am making the Haruni shawl in Yarn Addict merino for my good friend Lil for her birthday. I have several others that I want to make this year as well. I don’t know if I will be as committed to shawls as I was in 2010, but I figure I will contribute any shawls I have made to the group, and if it’s fewer than 11, so be it.

Sock knitting

I have really been bitten by the sock knitting bug. At the start of 2010, I said I wanted to knit 10 pairs of socks in 2010. That did not happen. I ended up knitting 6 pairs of socks, which isn’t too bad I think. Towards the end of the year, I started trying to do some of the SKA Sockdown 4 challenges. I don’t know if I will do the Sockdown every month, mostly because sometimes what I want to knit in a given month does not conform to the challenge guidelines.

I am ordering Cookie A.’s new book Knit.Sock.Love and a few other sock books because I want to really knit socks this year. Lots of them. I’ve already finished one pair this year and I’m very keen to knit many more. 11 pairs this year, if not more.

Goals for 2011

I’m setting bigger goals for this year.
I want to design something. I got the Vogue Lace Stitchionary for Christmas and it has filled me with ideas. I cannot wait to see what happens.
I want to get my number of projects on Ravelry up to 100. Right now (end of January) I have 60 projects, so 40 more to go.
I want to learn colorwork. There are so many beautiful projects on Ravelry that incorporate colorwork, but my project page is noticeably devoid of multicoloured pieces.
Make a sweater. I didn’t make 1 sweater in 2010 and there are so many fantastic sweater patterns out there. Also, I have lots of sweater quantities of yarn that are just hanging out. There is no better way to decrease a stash than knitting sweaters.

Yarn Acquisitions

I received an email from All The Fun Of The Fair earlier this week explaining that they’re closing the store for refurbishment shortly and they were trying to get rid of as much stock as possible, so there were some great bargains to be had. I stopped by yesterday, thinking that some of the yarns I’ve been wanting to try, like Dream In Color Smooshy, would be on sale for £10 and I could get a skein or two. But no, all of the really nice yarn was being sold for £5/skein!!! I got 4 skeins of Skein Queen Crush (normally £13), a skein of DIC Smooshy and DIC Classy (both normally £14) for £5 each!!! I am now set for yarn for a little while. The DIC are both in the Giant Peach colorway, two of the SQ are in Magenta, one is in Limeade, and one is in Lavendar. Needless to say they are all gorgeous and I am very inspired by them. There is just so much knitting to be done and so little time to do it.

I will now try to limit my yarn acquisitions until Knit Nation in July, when I will save my pennies for a yarn extravaganza.