I hope the holidays have been wonderful thus far for you and your family/friends. We celebrated the new year in Tofino, our favourite place to go for quiet and restoration. Unfortunately, we had to cut the trip short and head home today (rather than Thursday) because tiny tuna came down with croup. He sounds worse than he is but after some sleepless nights, we decided to head home. The place we stay, though, put on quite an impressive fireworks show on Long Beach to ring in the new year and we were able to see it all from our ocean-front cabin. That was great!
While I was thinking about the year 2012, a few things came to mind that have defined the year:
- Although our dear friend’s cancer returned (which he continues to battle), they celebrated each other & decided to get married,
- We welcomed our first child into our family, and
- After much trepidation, my brother & sister-in-law decided to try something new and move to Vancouver Island.
At the beginning of 2012, I set a goal for myself to knit twelve sweaters. Amazingly, I ended up knitting fourteen! This was partly due to the month off in June while tiny tuna continued to ‘cook’ and decided he wasn’t ready to be born!
I thought I would quickly reflect on each since I learned much this year about my knitting.
1. Gamine. I was so excited about this vest & knit it in a big frenzy. The buttons I chose for it though are too heavy … and I haven’t changed them yet so this hasn’t been worn as much as I had hoped. Lesson learned: Fix what you don’t like (if you can) as soon as possible!
2. Hooray. This is a super cute cardigan but I didn’t love it … right from the start. After wearing it a few times, I figured out why: It’s ever so slightly too small so I’m constantly pulling at it. Lesson learned: Knit with (+)ive ease! I prefer a slightly looser fit!
Thank you for another wonderful year!
Happy New Year Rachel! I'm definitely inspired by your collection of 2012 sweaters. I've only knit a few for myself, ever, but I'm starting to learn the importance of larger projects that are fun to knit but also my style… Interesting to read your verdicts!
I'm so happy that you stopped by my blog & commented as now I've found your wonderful blog. What an amazing accomplishment to knit so many beautiful sweaters in 2012 (while having a baby, no less!). We have such similar tastes – it's great to see your FOs.
Same to you Evelyn and thank you!
Thank you Laura and Happy New Year to you as well :)
Nothing as satisfying as a productive year, and a dozen (or more!) beautiful, useful sweaters!
I am astonished at how much you were able to knit with Tiny Tuna arriving this year as well! It makes me realize how much time I truly just waste. Amazing work!PS – off-topic, but I'm dying for a follow-up post about your cloth diapers now that you've been using them a while… what you like/don't like/would do differently. I'm planning on tackling that project sometime in the next year. (Er, not due to an immediate need or anything, it's just on our rough timeline :D)