Here's my annual New Year's Day post.
2007 was a big year personally, but not a big posting year.
NOTE: this post is going to replace the 2007 items in my Finished Objects sidebar. Click on the pictures to link to the appropriate posts, which often have more pics.
STUFF THAT HAPPENED ON THIS YEAR:
- bought our first condo
- made the transition from semi-pro to full pro bellydancer, including teacher training, giving my first workshop, and my first student
- released two episodes of my video podcast on dance composition for belly dancers, Taktaba
- quit my new job and went back to my old job (YAY!!!)
- attended six weddings (including my sister's) and a baby shower
- went to France
THEMES FOR THE YEAR:
- being really busy and not blogging
- knitting a fair bit, but not completing many things
- considerable restraint in yarn shopping
- colorwork, and a general color awareness
THINGS I MADE THIS YEAR:
- Tubey #2
in Karabella Aurora 8
This is also the first sweater I've made that has my husband's raving approval; in his words: "I'd buy this one for you in a store".
in Knitpicks Merino Style
- Target Wave Mittens
in Beaverslide Dry Goods Fisherman Weight Wool
- Droplet Hat
in Beaverslide Dry Goods Wool/Mohair blend
- Snowflakes and Arrows Vest
- 2 hats
for Afghans for Afghans
for Afghans for Afghans for Afghans
re-sized for an older kid and re-gauged for McTaggart Tweed
- Snuggly Red Blanket
I finished knitting this over two years ago (maybe closer to three...) and have been using it since then (it's even gone in the washer once or twice), but I didn't get around to weaving in the ends until recently.
- Northern Lights Mittens
The pattern was from KnitPicks
, but doesn't seem to be available anymore. They ended up bigger than I wanted, so they weren't warm enough (too much free space inside = not enough insulation), so I gave them to my mother-in-law, who has bigger hands. I'm crazy about the pattern, though, so I'll try it again, although probably in just brown and turquoise.
- Teapot Onion Dome Tea Cozy
(my own design. Pretty much just a Sideways Shortrows Hat
with gaps for the handle and spout (white only). When they get all steamed up, hear them, well, smell! Made from two yarns that I spun myself. The brown was my very first yarn ever, done on a drop spindle, and the white is my first wheel-spun yarn. Speaking of which:
THINGS I SPUN THIS YEAR:
- White Lamb's Pride Wool
Came with my spinning wheel. I thought I had photos, but apparently not.
- Thimbleberry roving
from Beaverslide Dry Goods
Haven't figured out what I want to make from this yet. Maybe a cozy for the great big (but poorly insulated) teacup/strainer that lives on my desk.
THINGS I'M STILL WORKING ON:
- Sunrise Circle Jacket
I re-gauged this one, and am not sure the fabric is stiff enough for the design...
- Improvisational Cardi
My own design - having some fit problems. I haven't decided if I want to alter it or learn to love it the way it is. (It actually looks fine on, but since it's both tighter and shorter than I had in mind, it looks like a completely different design.)
I pulled the needles from this one for another project, and just never picked it up again. I need to do a sanity check on the sizing before I go much further.
- Retro Throw
Just slow going.
- Rising Flames Socks
I've ripped out the instep twice, but they're still tight. The third time is probably the charm. But as much as I enjoy ripping out (hence, the blog title), frogging lace is a pain in the bum, so I think I'll let it rest for a little while before I tackle it.
- Oatmeal-colored wool yarn
Spinning that up on my Babe's Fiber Garden Pedal Pusher:
IN THE TIME OUT BIN:
Items in need of finishing or adjustment.
- Blissful Jacket
I finished knitting the pieces a year ago, and seamed them up not long afterward, but for some reason, I just can't make myself finish adding the pinstripes. I also ripped out the collar - I wasn't wild about the shape. Will try with a different needle size to see if that helps.
- Lelah top
for my sister
Or did I finish this? I can't remember... I think it wanted to be taken in a little at the overbust...
This needs some extra length in the torso, and I will probably make the sleeves long. (Alpaca/cashmere blend is gorgeous, but completely inappropriate for short sleeves.) This one received the husband seal of approval.
- Juno Regina
I'm using smaller needles (to suit my yarn substitution), and it came out very narrow (about 11" vs. 16"). I'm also not sure the color is right for me. It has a nice range of bluish greens that suit me well, but it also has some more foresty, yellow-based greens. I'm in love with the yarn, but I don't know that I'll be in love with the FO.
- Synopated Brioche Hat
My own design. I don't like the decreases, and it doesn't quite cover my earlobes, so I'm going to rip it out and make it deeper.
THINGS I MAY NEED TO GIVE UP ON:
Haven't worked on this in at least a year, maybe two... Perhaps I'll make a snuggly something out of this yarn instead. I have plenty.
- Tubey #1
I think I'd like to redo this one with some cable detail around the neckline.
- Hush Hush Chemise
Why did I think a knitted nightgown with no waist definition would be a good idea?
NEW TECHNIQUES I'VE TRIED:
- wheel spinning
- brioche stitch (syncopated)
- applied i-cord
- i-cord cast-on
- knitting with beads
- first mittens
NICE PEOPLE I MET:
from Brooklyn, a fellow bellydancer who hosted a fabulous yarn crawl
at the Yarn Harlot's book release party in NYC.
from Calgary, whom I met on Jenn-from-Brooklyn's yarn crawl.
from FL, whom I met after her SP9 punted.
ITEMS I WANT TO MAKE IN 2008:
Many still pending from my end-of-2006 list.
- Autumn Rose
, probably in blue/greens and browns (maybe with some red)
- Apricot Cardigan
I have some yummy Karabella Aurora 8 in hot pink that would be perfect for this.
- Hex Coat from Knitting Nature
- Sweet Mary Jane from Knitpicks (apparently no longer available)
Have yarn, will knit.
- a big cozy handspun something
THINGS I WANT TO LEARN/TRY/ACCOMPLISH:
- REALLY getting a handle on fit. Not just how to make a sweater with the desired dimensions, but how to decide what those dimensions should be.
- Get an understanding of collar and neckline shaping. Again, not so much how to produce the desired shape, but what shapes produce what results.
- Explore stitch patterns. I really enjoy texture, but since they add bulk to the garment, I end up working in stockinette more often than not.
- Play with color some more.
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