It’s been yet another busy year. Squirt joined our family in April. And a few months later, I discovered I was carrying yet another new life. 🙂 Busy and wonderful. We expect our new little boy, number four, next May.
crochet: 1 (5%)
embroidery: 1 (5%)
knit: 15 (75%)
quilting: 1 (5%)
sewing: 2 (10%)
gifted: 5 (25%)
designed: 6 (30%)
I knit about as many projects as last year. I gifted fewer but designed/improvised more. I knit a smaller percentage of my projects than last year.
Total Yardage: 5,387.0 yards (That’s 3.06 miles!)
acrylic: 603.9 (11.2%)
cotton: 301.7 (5.6%)
linen: 1,574.7 (29.2%)
nylon: 218.3 (4.1%)
wool: 2,688.3 (49.9%)
I finished a project using a new fiber this year — linen for my Asagi blouse. I used less yarn than last year (about 520 yards less). I used a greater percentage of natural fibers this year (about 15% compared to 28%). I think this reflects somewhat from the fewer gifts I knit this year. I tend to knit gifts in machine washable, nearly indestructible fibers, whereas I don’t mind handwashing the items that I or my family wear.
I am pleased to say I accomplished most of my goals going into this year. I finished my blouse before summer and the vest for Squirt. I also knit her a newborn hat. I knit a hat and stuffed toy for my expectant friend’s baby. I did end up knitting a baby dress for Squirt using some of the linen left from my blouse.
I did not make a hat to match Squirt’s bubbly vest, a quilt for her, or a dress or cardigan for my expectant friend.
I’m really happy with everything I did make this year. Each of the three kids has a handmade sweater and hat as we go into a rather mild winter. All three may still fit next year as well! I’m also very glad I made the quilt for JB. It makes me smile every time I make his bed; it is just perfect!
I made things for myself — the blouse, a pair of socks, and a piece of embroidery.
And I made things for friends — the items for my friend’s new baby plus some handknit fabric for her to make a stocking with (waiting to see if the stocking turns out before I blog about that one!), a hat for my sister’s beau, and sewn Christmas ornaments for my Polish friend.
Into the New Year
I don’t have many expectations for the year at large, again, and for the same reason as last year! A new baby just brings so much newness to a family that it’s hard to predict what my crafting life will be like in the coming months.
However, I do have three works in progress entering the new year with me.
The first is a baby blanket for new brother. It is a lovely wool dyed in a bright navy blue, and I’m knitting him a blanket with sailboat and anchor motifs. It is my afternoon nap time project, which guarantees I get a little time almost every day to work on it in peace.
The second is a pair of socks using a brightly dyed speckled blue and green yarn from a Christmas swap I participated in. I have the foot and heel of the first sock knit, so I’m about 30% finished on the pair.
And the third is a cowl I’m knitting for myself out of a lovely wool-nylon blend I bought last year that has a long color repeat. The cowl has four small sections: I-cord, garter stitch, a simple cable, and a bit of lace. It is interesting to knit, but as it’s for myself, it’s a long-term project.
I hope to finish those three before the baby is born in May. I am also in the middle of a book I’ve been reading for over a year and would like to finish that before he is born, too!