Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

It has been almost two months since I've posted. I'm sorry (if there is anyone out there reading this!)...I have been knitting, but I definitely think 2009 marked the year that I got seriously into Ravelry--the forums, categorizing my FO's and my stash, etc. I'm afraid Ravelry has really taken the place of my Blog, but I do want to keep it going so I will try to post at least once a month.
I've had the week off for the holidays, and I've gotten lots of knitting done, particularly since we had a 6-hour car trip (each way) to visit my in-laws last week. I am making good progress on my daughter's Favorite Cardigan from Custom Knits--I have been back and forth with the Malabrigo Junkies Group on Ravelry who have convinced me that the sweater will grow with blocking (even though my washed swatch didn't), so the fact that the sweater is a bit snug across the bust isn't concerning me too much. I am now about halfway down sleeve #1--I love my first knit-from-the-top-down-in-one-piece sweater! I think more will follow, particularly since this wonderful book is full of them.
I am enjoying my first Malabrigo experience and have ordered more to make a scarf to match store-bought gloves in a challenging-to-match bluish teal. Hopefully it will match when it arrives!
I have also started a series of fingerless mitts for my daughter and each of her friends as they get their drivers' licenses! This way, their hands will stay warm in these freezing temperatures we've been experience (especially when they leave for school in the morning), and they'll be able to control the wheel. Here's the latest pair, made with the lovely first yarn I ordered to match the gloves. It wasn't a perfect match as I tried a scarf, but it works wonderfully for these mitts.
Now that two pair of mitts are done and the next driver's test isn't for a month, I'll focus on the cardigan and a bunch of other small projects in the works.
As a year-end wrap-up, in 2009 I made just one cardigan for myself and one baby sweater, two tanks, three hats, two scarves, two pair of fingerless mitts, two vests, four pair of socks, and one shawl. Looking forward to more productivity in 2010 and lots of knitting from my huge stash!!!
Happy New Year, Knitters!

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