2010 Wrap Up: Looking Ahead to 2011

 One last little FO:
A baby blanket for a friend’s newborn baby boy. I sewed in a cotton flannel lining. Probably took me as long to iron, cut, pin, and sew in the flannel backing as it did to knit the thing.

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Pattern: Ducks in a Row
Yarn: Paton’s DK mercerized cotton
Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7)
Notes: Such a zen, easy knit. I loved it, and it didn’t take long at all. The little flaps of duck bills are (I’m told) fun for little fingers to play with. the stripey flannel backing is also really soft and cuddly, and the the whole thing is machine washable. I don’t have a baby, but from what I understand, it involves a lot of laundry. 

2010 was a good year for my knitting, I think. My personal goal was to complete 26 projects, and I completed 28, with only one disappointing FO. Here’s the photo mosaic, which is always fun:

2010 FOs

2010 Also was the first year I wrote up a serious pattern, and was such an interesting experience. 2011 will bring a few more new patterns, but I approach the idea of designing with a lot of trepidation…. there are so many wonderful, talented designers out there; I totally don’t feel even remotely qualified to be writing up patterns. But I’m learning as I go, and we’ll see where it leads.

Let’s get the 2011 knitting goals written down- I’d like to have another 28 FOs to claim at the end of it, and design 3 new knitting patterns (which I’ll totally count as part of the 28 FOs!). Very soon the Stockholm Scarf pattern will be available in Swedish, thanks to Inger

December 23rd, I think I just may have made culinary history- I share the same birthday as my dad (December 23rd) and I wanted to do something special. He doesn’t like sweets, baked goods, or even many vegetables (of course, I eat all sugary foods I can get my hands on, and then pretend it’s okay because I’ve also never met a vegetable I didn’t love. Somehow I feel that my deep love of kale undoes the damages of a frequently high-chocolate diet. Anyway, I digress…). But he does love ribs. So I made him a rib cake:

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He loved it, but told me not to post pictures on the internet of him eating it. You know how it is- no one looks classy while eating ribs. And my mom made me an awesome German chocolate cake. I 
 was pretty thrilled:
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See that plastic train on the cake? That’s a family tradition, that candle train. It didn’t fit on the ribs, though.

2010 was a great year, and I’m all set for the new possibilities and experiences of 2011.

FO: Secret Christmas Gift for Mom

My mom reads my blog (hi mom!) so I couldn’t blog about this sweater at all without her seeing it and spoiling the surprise. Not that it was really a massive surprise, since it was the only thing she asked for- “knit me a sweater, please!” She’s an easy-to-please knit recipient- she loves it all.

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Pattern: Knit Lace Border Top

Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7)

Yarn: Elann superwash bamboo

Mods: Modified from flat to knitted in the round for the body, sleeves were still knitted flat.

Notes: Simple but lovely. All the unfussy classic look of a lovely sttockinette, with a pretty lace border to jazz it up. And look, it fits her perfectly! I was really worried about that.

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These photos were taken December 25th, In between prep for the big turkey dinner.

Doesn’t she look great?! She’s pretty fantastic in the mom department, too.

Modification Monday: Mittens

Original  Pattern: #18 Mittens

Knitter Extraordinaire: Caarin (Rav ID, adorable doggie blog)

Mods: Resized for a toddler’s little hands, and modified the cuff to garter stitch. Project page with details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Oh my goodness, the colours. I love how Caarin matched the mittens with the contrasting mitt and cuff for each one, and the little splash of red is perfect. She didn’t use the standard ribbing for the cuff that we all know and love, and instead used garter stitch, which seems so simple, but wow- big impact. And I bet they are super warm- garter stitch is so nice and thick, just perfect for keeping little wrists warm. Love these!

FO: OfficeMitts

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Ravelry project page can be found here. 

Pattern: Susie’s Reading Mitts

Yarn: Luxury Collection Alpaca Peru

Needles: 4 mm dpns (US 6)

Mods: None.

Notes: These mitts were a fast knit, and are amazingly soft in the alpaca yarn. I know they look too big on me, and that is because they are- I’ve got scrawny little bird wrists, and I made a normal medium size for my co-worker, as they were a Christmas gift for her. I gave them to her yesterday before we went our separate ways for the holidays, and she loved them! They fit her perfectly, which I was glad to see. She is often cold in our office, and borrows my fingerless gloves so she can stay warm but still type. It was time for her to have a nice pair to call her own.

My creation

These are a wonderful quick knit- I knit one in a weekend, and the only thing that slowed me down was accidentally making the second one a different size, and not noticing until I had completely finished and woven in the ends. You know, the usual point in time when you realize you’ve made a terrible knitting mistake. I frogged it and re-knit in the correct size.

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I tried to get Yarn in on the FO photo action, but she was having none of it. Spoil sport.

In non-knitting news, I think I’ve hit upon the shade of red that I like best for my hair (see above). I absolutely love it. But holy crabcakes, keeping up with roots is a lot of work. I foresee going back to my natural dark brown colour next year. I’m too lazy for that kind of upkeep.

Modification Monday: Eco Cardigan

Original Pattern: Catriona

Knitter Extraordinaire: Rachel (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Used the cabling detail from the lovely vest and converted it into a stunning long sleeved cardigan. Project page can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome:I love everything about this cardigan- the moss stitch sleeves, the deep double ribbing on the front, and the double button i-cord closure is just so brilliant. The set in sleeves look great, and there are so many really thoughtful details in this cardigan.  I’ve long admired the vest for it’s luscious cables, but this cardigan really pushes all the right buttons for me- moss stitch, double ribbing AND cables?! I’m  in love.