And we have come to the end of our little knitting flashback. Last but not least we have the projects for me from last year.
Amount of projects finished for me: 14 – I had never thought that. On the other hand, not all of them were big. If we only count big projects, which the rules state that we should, then I only have 10 bigger projects (if we count cowls which I think we should). One the third hand (or first foot or whatever), one of my projects was bigger than all other projects for me in all of 2014 and then some, so maybe that evens out the lack of big projects. It was a weird year that mostly contained white lace. And flowers.
Most used needle size: 4 mm (used five times)
Biggest needles used: 5 mm (used twice)
Smallest needles used: 2.25 mm (used twice, for a pair of socks and for that shawl. One might say that this is the needle size I used the longest)
Most common garment: Shawl, without a doubt. I made eight shawls, one poncho and one cowl for myself last year. That is insane but one cannot have enough shawls. I guess I could call one of them a veil since that’s what I used it for but the pattern called it a shawl and that’s how I think about it, as a shawl.
Most used yarn weight: Light fingering (used four times, followed by fingering and DK used three times each, although cobweb is the yarn weight of which I used up most meters).
In early January I fiddled a little with designing and I came up with this practical little cowl. It wasn’t intended so much for warmth but more as a way of making an outfit a little more fashionable. Yarn was a very delicious Breathless from Shalimar, color Thistle. I’ve used it quite a lot.
While in the middle of the most intense shawl knitting period I felt that I needed something that would actually be finished eventually and I cast on Hidden Gusset by Mone Dräger in leftover Malabrigo Sock, color Pocion.
The fourth project, finished by the end of June, was the wonderful shawl that all of last year circled around. The Princess Shawl by Sharon Miller in Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme 1 ply Gossamer 1/16nm, color is bleached. I doubt I will make something like that again but it’s great to have done it.
Since I apparently didn’t think a woolen veil would suffice in case we had a rainy wedding day, I decided to make another white lace shawl. A very pretty shawl too but I never got to use it. Not on the wedding day at least. White Queen Stole by Susanna IC in Malabrigo Silkpaca, color Natural. You can see the royal theme in my knits, first the princess and then the queen.
Next was unusual for me since it’s crochet. I made crochet flowers to be in the flower arrangements that covered the mansion where we got married. I my opinion, if you have flowers (real ones), and maybe some bling but that’s optional (I like bling), you don’t need much other decorations. Our only decorations were flowers and it was lovely, everything we could have hoped for. Together with mirrors and lit candles they made the dinner table at the reception magical. 147-45 Rosa by Drops Design in Drops Muskat from Garnstudio, color Peach and Old Pink, and Mandarin Petit from Sandnes, color 4517.
In May we went with the bobbin lace guild to a spinning mill. It was really interesting and I got some yarn to bring back home together with some patterns. In my stash I found a gradient skein of lace weight yarn and I cast on as soon as I got home (yep, I put my lace shawl on hold for one afternoon). In August I could finally finish it. Netas sjal from Solkustens spinnverkstad in 1-trådigt ullgarn from Ullcentrum, color Regnbåge. Please ignore the unweaved end to the left in the picture.
My first Vacillate! Vacillate by Cindy Garland in Stunning Superwash from Stunning String Studio, main color Coffee Bean, contrasting colors Golden Sunrise, Paprika, Red Fez, Tangier Plum, Moroccan Blue, Storm Cloud, Green Tea, Linen and Dark Camel.
The second MKAL to be finished was more than six months after the first one – a pair of socks. Even though I find them pretty, they are awfully hard to put on. Zolotoy by Cindy Garland in Smashing Sock and Glitz from Stunning String Studio, colors Summer Garden and Palace Blue.
One of my favorite shawls of the year. I think it’s very steampunk and very vampire for some reason. That’s why I named it The Vampire Shawl despite the real name being Graydient, designed by Cindy Garland. Yarn was Stunning Superwash from Stunning String Studio, colors Fog, Pewter, Charcoal, Little Black Dress and Broken Heart.
One of the most worn garments of the year. I simply love my ponchette, it’s warm and it’s pretty and can be worn with so many outfits. #409 Cool Hemp Ponchette by Lana Hames. Yarn: Tosh DK from Madeline Tosh, color Black currant.
Purple was the color of the fall, that’s for sure. I loved the last shawl MKAL of the year. The yarn was in one of the prettiest colors I’ve ever seen and the pattern was really elegant. I haven’t worn it much but I do love it. London Shadows by Cindy Garland in Super Sport from Stunning String Studio, collor Mulled Wine.
A hat. I made it for no one in particular, I guess myself, when my yarn kit was late and I had to go with what I could find. I think the pattern is pretty but the hat turned out a little too small for me, I do have a lot of hair. I have worn it but not much. Stranded in Toronto by Cindy Garland in Drops Karisma from Garnstudio, colors 76 dark purple, 21 medium grey and 01 off white.
Apparently I wasn’t done with color work and I had this lovely yarn and one thing led to another and all of a sudden I had a new Christmas shawl. Sharelle was worried I would turn up with a picture of Rudolph on a shawl when I first mentioned my Christmas shawl but she was very pleased with the end result. Sonar shawl by Cindy Garland for the shawl construction and Deck the Halls Stranded Shawl by Deborah Tomasello for the colorwork. Yarn: Cheeky Merino Joy from Rosy Green Wool, colors Edelweiss, Rose Garden and Moss.
2015 was a good year and I hope 2016 will be equally good, both knitwise and in other ways.