Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011: The Year in Knits

The year isn't quite finished, but since I don't expect my FO count to change in the next few days, I'm posting my year in review. I finished ten knitting projects in 2011, which is fewer than 2010's 15 projects... but who's counting? Quality over quantity? Haha. In any case, I wasn't exceptionally prolific this year, but I'm satisfied with what I made. Plus, I started a very long-term project that won't be finished anytime soon - my beekeeper's quilt. Anyway, here are the FOs of 2011:


From left to right, top to bottom: (links to my projects on ravelry)
Idlewood by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
French Press Slippers by Melynda Bernardi
Danube Cowl, by me
Drops design cardigan with lots of numbers in it
Calculation mitts by Natalie Selles
Simple City shawlette by Mimi Hill
Entomology Mittens by Adrian Bizilia
Twisted socks by Jodie Gordon Lucas
Honeybee Cardigan by Laura Chau
Fleegle's toe-up socks

In January, I made some pseudo-resolutions to knit more sweaters in 2011, put some designs to paper, and learn some new techniques. I'd say I mostly managed that - I made two cardigans and a pullover, and published a free knitting pattern (Danube Cowl). As for new techniques, the only thing I can think of is the Fleegle Heel I used for my Team Sweden socks, but it's a pretty cool heel, so I'd count it as a useful technique I've learned.

In 2012, I would like to focus my knitting on filling in my knitwear gaps. For example, most of my handknit sweaters are 3/4 sleeved because I skimp on yarn and am afraid of running out. 3/4 sleeves are fine sometimes, but my wardrobe needs some long-sleeved things. So: goal for 2012 is to make sweaters with long sleeves, even if I need to buy more yarn to accomplish it! Likewise, I only have one handknitted pullover, so I'd like to add one or two more pullovers to the mix this year.

What will you be knitting/making in 2012?


  1. Oooh, I like your plans. I haven't got any, yet, but I think it might be something totally generic like "negative stashing". It doesn't mean I can't buy anything, it just means I've to make sure I knit more than I buy. And I'd like to WEAR my knitting more, which means making more simple things. As much as I love cables and texture, I'm really not into wearing them.

  2. Gorgeous knits. It is so lovely to see them all together like that. Good luck with 2012!

  3. LOVE those twisted socks! Happy knitting in 2012!

  4. A year of lovely knits! You're right, it's all about quality over quantity.

    I like your plans for next year too. I'd like to use my stash to make a few bits and pieces that fit in with my wardrobe.

    Happy new knitting year!

  5. A beautiful group of projects. I especially love your sweater choices. The Idlewood sweater is on my list for 2012. Yours is gorgeous and the fit is perfect.

  6. I think my favourite is still the pair of fabulously green socks!

    My plan for 2012... well, I want to expand my techniques, so stranded colourwork is something I want to try, but mostly it is to knit more garments and fewer accessories!