The Christmas trees are dried up on the sidewalks in NYC but I’m still caught up in the refreshing spirit of the new year. I’m a January baby and I find this month a time for reflection, planning, and comfort. I’m starting this blog as a reflection of this time of year and to share my love of crafting, specifically knitting and crochet. These are two activities that I’ve been involved in for a few years and a blog is a great way to share my work with others.
That said, In the spirit of the new year, I wanted to reflect on the projects that I started, completed or frogged last year, as a reminder of what I’m capable of when I set myself to creating thoughtfully.
I made 1 blanket last year, the Bold & Bright Chevron Baby Blanket by AllAboutAmi. It was a fun project, came together quickly and I really enjoyed using the brightly colored KnitPicks yarn I selected for the project. I’d highly recommend the pattern for anyone interested in a visually complex but actually simple baby blanket.
I made several scarves last year, 6 completed with 1 still in the works.
The first scarf I finished was a Snowflake Scarf by PurlSoho, I used LionBrand Wool-Ease in Galaxy for a subtle sparkle that highlighted the stitch pattern.
The next scarf was a two-tone brioche scarf, the Color Dipped Scarf by Purl Soho. I never made a brioche piece so large before, but the Cascade Superwash 128 yarn that I used was very forgiving and worked up wonderfully.
The third scarf I made was my own design, I created a pattern that would work up quickly for my secret Santa gift that year. Using more LionBrand Wool-Ease, this time in a rich navy, I was able to have my secret Santa gift ready quickly and in a color that would work for whoever got the surprise gift.
My fourth scarf or cowl was the Long Double Crochet Cowl by AllAboutAmi. This piece was a gift for someone that I could not wait to create using bright teal yarn by Loops & Threads that I’d been holding on to for quite some time.
The fifth scarf I made was the Hombre Scarf by GoodKnits. Using black and burgundy Loops & Threads yarn made it really warm and comfortable.
The Loess Stole by Brooklyn Tweed was my crowning achievement. It took me months to get the stole finished, I’d never worked with laceweight yarn before but with the help of independent supplier Browning and Wolf, I was able to use their Merino/Silk blend to make a very special item.
I made my first sweater last year, a personal challenge that was really fulfilling to accomplish. Using Gold Loops & Threads Yarn I made the Granite Cape by AllAboutAmi. The instructions were easy to follow and the resulting sweater was a perfect gift.
1 Dress….frogged. I began the Coco Bubble Dress by PurlSoho intending to make a tunic for my niece but she quickly sized out of it. I plan on using the Cloudborn Sock Yarn to make something else for her this year.
1 Hat…frogged. I started my first knit hat using a sample pattern I found on Tumblr. I made it about half way through but gave out when I had to transition from circular needles to
None! I haven’t mastered Double Pointed Needles yet and that has made me very reluctant to try and knit socks. Hopefully, this is the year that changes!
Seeing a list of all of the items I made or started last year really helps me to put into perspective what I want to accomplish this year. Any tips on conquering DPNs would be greatly appreciated!