I often talk about the 12-projects-for-me rule. It all started three years ago when I realized I had only made about three things for myself in 2012. So I decided that in 2013 I would only knit for myself. That didn’t work out at all, there were babies coming and much more and I seattled for 12 projects for me and that stuck with me and ever since I’ve been trying to churn out at least 12 bigger projects per year that is only for me. By bigger I mean a shawl or a sweater or something, socks doesn’t count, they’re just a bonus. I’m not sure how I feel about cowls yet, I guess the limit is drawn somewhere there.
In 2014 I had no problem coming up with 12 projects for me, I actually made more than that. 2015 was harder but we’ll go over than some other time. In 2014 I made a summary of all the things I knit for myself in 2013 and here is the summary of knits for me in 2014. Some pictures were lost and some things weren’t photographed until late this fall and are therefore a bit wrinkled but here you have it, such as it is.
Amount of projects finished for me: 15
Most used needle size: 4 mm, used 5 times. Weirdly enough I apparently thought I was too cool to note needle size on two projects.
Biggest needles used: 6 mm for Overpass.
Smallest needles used: 2,5 for Loch Lomond.
Most common garment: Shawl. I made 11 shawls in 2014. One day I will do a little review on all my shawls and see which ones I’ve actually worn. I have many shawls.
Most used yarn weight: Fingering, 6 times, followed by Light fingering, 4 times, and sport, 3 times. One yarn wasn’t listed on ravelry so I’m not sure about yarn weight.
My darling, if knit in blue in February – bad choice, theatre shawl. Knit with inspiration from one play and worn on stage in another. Rappaccini’s Garden Shawl by Anne Podlesak in Malabrigo Lace, color Indigo.
antimacassar shawl was the first MKAL of the year. It’s in a lovely shade of blue but I haven’t worn it much. Divergence by Cindy Garland in Decadent fingering from Stunning String Studio, color Wild Blue Yonder.
To solve my lack of color depression and to try out some gradient yarn I cast on Lichen by Larissa Brown in EQ from Kauni. I haven’t worn this either. It makes you look like you’re playing first fantasy flower in this year’s school play for kids 6-8 yrs.
I realized I didn’t have any socks so I made myself a pair. They are beautiful but the lack of nylon in the afterthought heel yarn made darning necessary way too early. My own pattern in Zwerger Garn Opal 4-fach 4 ply, color Surprise and Malabrigo sock, color Light oh Love.
In the States I got my hands on some very lovely yarn and this in particular screamed my name. I quickly named it Minced My Little Ponies and knit Damson by Ysolda Teague. The actual yarn name is KnittinK Unicorn Confetti, color The Runaways. I Think the yarn was local in the Boston area and I haven’t found it online anywhere.
The third MKAL was a very summery one. I picked yellow as my color and it’s a Little bit outside my comfort zone but it’s still a pretty shawl. Summer travels by Cindy Garland in Stunning Superwash from Stunning String Studio, colors Lemon Ice and Pineapple.
This cardigan started because I had this lovely blue yarn. Unfortunately that’s the only Lovely thing with this so far. It’s wrinkled because I’m not wearing it and I’m not wearing it because it’s too big. Then a strand of it was caught in a door frame and pulled out a long hank and that was it for me. I’m thinking of frogging it and make nother one some day but we’ll see. It’s not the pattern’s fault, it’s not the yarn’s fault, it just wasn’t meant to be. Ballou by Melissa Schaschwary in Merino Chashmere: sock from Squoosh Fiberarts, color Salt. The gray is something else but I haven’t made any notes about that unfortunately.
This Project was a challenge since my first colors didn’t work out at all. I saw the pattern at a yarn store in Portland and fell in love and knew I had to make one. My first colors where horrible but then I switched pink and this is what came out. I love it! Rosaria by Michele Berstein in BFL fingering from Blue Moon Fiber Arts, colors Deep Unrelenting Gray and Lovers Leap. It was because of this shawl that my wedding dress designer agreed to make my wedding dress.
In early fall it became colder in the morning and a need for a pair of wrist warmers became imminent. I knit them during our stay in Warsaw but pretty soon after they where finished, Julle annexed them and I’ve barely seen them since. Loch Lomond by Kendra Hope in Drops Baby Merino from Garnstudio, color 02.
I made a comittment to make more sweaters for me in the fall of 2014 and I made one at least. Cria by Ysolda Teague in Malabrigo Arroyo, colors Volcan and Coffee Toffee. It was quite tricky to knit it in two colors but the result is nice. This is also one of the rare occasions where I’ve taken an “outfit of the day” picture through a bathroom mirror. I was just so pleased with finally being done with my cardy.
With all the MKAL yarn kits you got yarn for another MKAL, one that went throughout the entire year. I Think the result was pretty marvelous and it’s actually in need of a re-block from being used so much. Full Spectrum by Cindy Garland in Stunning Superwash from Stunning String Studio, colors Natural, Lipstick Red, Harvest Orange, Toasted Gold, Key Lime, Nautical Navy and Plum Frost.
It seems I like to end my year with a Christmas knitting and this year I decided to also try out some yarn I’d been interested in for some time. Afloat by Cindy Garland in Dream in Color Smooshy, colors Shiny Moss, Teaparty and Valetine. I also added beads.
Quite a year, don’t you think?