2012 has gotten off to an exciting start — I’m taking a class that’s taking up a bunch of time, and work is getting more and more interesting (and busy) so sadly I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit. I love year-in-review posts though — it’s nice to reflect back on the knitting from 2011 and look forward to what 2012 will bring.
2011 had a lot less knitting in it than did 2010 — having a baby in November 2010 may have had something to do with that, but by the close of the year, I could feel the pace starting to pick up again. I’ve definitely had more energy recently for my knitting than I did in the early months of 2011, and that’s a trend I’m hoping continues.
This past year also had a fairly good balance of knitting work (commissions, test knits, sample knits), gifts for people dear to me, and selfish knitting (knitting for me, James, or Jesse). I think that 2011 may be the last year I knit for Christmas — with 19 immediate family members on James’s side, it just gets a little overwhelming. I’m glad I’ve done it in the past, but I think now might be the time to say I’m done.
In keeping with last year’s post, I’ll do a quick overview of the knitting of 2011 by category. First, sweaters. Most of the sweaters I did this year were baby sweaters (three new baby cousins, and a rash of friends having babies will do that) but I also made one for myself, Hey, Admin, which is a nice addition to my summer wardrobe. I made three five-hour baby sweaters for my cousins’ babies, Kinsale for Jesse, and a baby version of the Netherlands Sampler Pullover for Jesse. I also made a Baby Surprise Jacket for a friend and fellow knitter’s baby girl, who arrived just this past month.
Two blankets were completed this year — Tweed Baby Blanket for Jesse, and Wool Leaves for Andrew and Kat, for their wedding. Both were mostly knit while I was pumping milk for Jesse at work, so they took longer than I thought they “should” but I’m very glad I knit both of them.
I also made two scarves — one, really, plus a neckwarmer. Both lace. It’s nice to switch up what kind of texture patterns I work with every now and then. Keeps it interesting! The Diamond Lace Scarf was a sample knit, and the drop-stitch neckwarmer a gift for a friend who needed a little extra warmth and care in her life.
My first attempt at a knit soaker for Jesse was pretty much a failure, but it was cute before it got totally stretched out.
Hats and mittens were another area I tackled in 2011 — two Junie Caps, one for Jesse, one for a friend, and two sets of mittens, one for Jesse and one for a friend. (hey — maybe if I keep this up, my toddler will learn to share? A mom can always hope!). I also made a pair of fingerless mittens for my father-in-law (pictures not off the camera yet).
Christmas gifts this year were nativity sets, which were fun, but I really want to redesign the pattern so the people can be knit in the round — there was WAY more seaming up at the end than there had to be.
Seven sweaters, two blankets, two scarves, two hats, three sets of mittens, and three nativity sets isn’t too bad for the first year of motherhood!
For 2012, I’m going to try to do a little more selfish knitting, and try to keep knitting from stash — it’ll be my third year on a pretty strict yarn diet, but my stash still seems pretty big, so I think I can do it :)