Happy New Years! I always dread the end of a year and the start of a new one since I usually feel that the year was a good one and I am not quite ready for it to be finished and past. 2010 was no different – I am not quite ready to say goodbye.
I do, however, enjoy taking the opportunity to reflect on the year of crafting and plan some loose goals for the year to come. I have been cruising through my “2010” folder on my hard drive where I keep all of my project photos organized by year and then alphabetically.
I have 39 project folders for 2010. Wow.
Not every one of the projects is finished – for example, Tea Leaves and Effortless are almost done – but I am pretty amazed at myself from a crafting perspective given the activity of the past year.
Just highlighting a couple of my favourites, which have helped me to identify some of the things I am hoping to focus on in the coming year include (alphabetically of course):
1. Audrey in Unst.
My first real sweater success. I wear it a lot.
2. EPS Seamless Striped Yoke.
From design to math to yarn choice, this was a huge milestone and confidence booster to create this sweater. I love it. I learned so much and I now have to confidence to put some of my ideas from 2010 into reality in 2011. So exciting – all because of this sweater.
The most challenging sweater I have ever knit. And I love it. I wouldn’t change anything about it.
4. Old Penny [Forestry #11].
Cables. Great fit. Great designer. Love. Everything. About. This. Sweater. And some.
And lastly … my favourite knit this year that I love most of all . . .
5. Selbu Modern.
It was my first successful colourwork project and I wear it all the time. This has lead me to wanting to do a Fair Isle project in the early New Year . . . some gloves maybe . . .
Going through the folders I realized that I knit a lot of sweaters which is actually something new for 2011 – I would like to knit some smaller projects like socks, toques and gloves/mitts for some more manageable slightly less marathon-type projects. It was interesting to me that my favourite project this year was my Selbu but I think that’s myself trying to tell me something!
What was your favourite project from 2010? What are you planning going forward?
Many happy and healthy blessings for 2011 – I hope you find your knitting mojo throughout the year active and always questing … I am hoping my spinning mojo gets active again as well …