2006 has been a good year – a highlight year that I will remember always. I made changes in my life that I am proud of – finishing graduate school, and finally making a positive change for my health. Throughout this year, I have also worked hard on my craft: I have become a better knitter with each project, and hope to continue this path into 2007.
Elizabeth posted this interesting questionnaire, reflecting back on her knitting this year. I enjoyed reading her answers, so I thought I would give it a go as well
- What is your absolute favorite project you've ever knit (one that fulfilled both process and product)?
My Lace Knee Highs. That was a complete process knit. They took me several months to finish, and I am so darn proud of that lace. There are no mistakes, as I fixed them as I went along. I wear the socks often, and love them more and more. I find myself just staring at them when I wear them.
- Which of your handknits do you wear the most often?
Socks and scarves. I wear my socks several times a week – probably wearing my Heelless Sleeping Socks the most of all. I also wear my scarves nearly every day in the winter. My favorites from 2006? My Noro Transitions cowl, and my Multidirectional Scarf. The sweater I wear the most? Probably Cherie – she is new, but matches so many things in my wardrobe!
- What was your favorite gift to knit?
I have knit several gifts this year, and I enjoyed them all so much because I used that craft time to think about the person I was making it for, so there is no favorite. I started the year off with a sweater for Kris, then made a shrug for my sister, some socks for my mom, a tank for my other sister, and then loads of Christmas goodies that you can't see quite yet… now I think my dad needs a handknit…
- Which of your handknits are gathering dust your closet?
No knits made in 2006 are gathering dust in my closet (anymore… see next question). However, there are some 2005 knits that I am planning to rip. They are too big for me now, and I realize that I could reuse the yarn to make a much better garment. Klaralund was a favorite of mine, but it does not fit right now, and would serve me much better in another form. My Balmoral cardigan was an ambitious project for a beginning knitter, and it shows. While the cardigan still fits (when I cinch the waist cords) it is poorly constructed. I used one of my favorite yarns for it (Dale of Norway Sisik) and I can use the recycled yarn for another knit.
- Which of your handknits have you gotten rid of?
In August 2006, I ripped two sweaters that were "gathering dust" in my closet. Both no longer fit me, and I wanted to reuse the lovely yarns. I ripped my Hourglass sweater, only completed in February 2006, and worn on a few occasions. My Tempting sweater was second on the list to rip, finished in spring 2005. As stated above, more ripping is probably on the way…
- If you've knit socks, what is your favorite pattern?
I have knit 10 pairs of socks – and 4 of them have used the same pattern: a FiberTrends pattern called "Hellen's Favorite Socks". It is easy and customizable, and well-suited for handpainted and self-striping yarns. As a whole, my favorite patterns are ones from Nancy Bush's book – specifically Knitting Vintage Socks, Knitting on the Road, and Folk Socks. I have only made one pair of Nancy Bush socks thus far, but have two more of her patterns on the needles now…
- What would you like to make in 2007?
The list is long. I have a lot of yarn, and many projects floating in my head. Specifically, I want to make more socks – doing something similar to Sundara's Master Study on Nancy Bush patterns. I would also like to learn more about lace, as I have very little experience, and possibly cast on for my first lace shawl. I also want to continue work in cables and colorwork, making sweaters, mittens, and socks with these features.
- What have you learned about your craft in 2006?
Taking the time to do a nice finishing job – it is totally worth it every time. Soaking, blocking, air drying, meticulous seaming… The knitting can be beautiful, and then ruined by shoddy finishing… with each knit, I am getting better.
- What events/sites have you particularly enjoyed in the blogosphere in 2006?
The highlights of my year were definitely Project Spectrum, and Socktoberfest. I was absolutely thrilled that so many of you (thousands!) joined me for those fun events and projects. Thank you so much for making them so special! So much creativity, and so much beauty! It was a real pleasure, and I am thinking about what the next year holds for both of them…. stay tuned. I have also taken part in some fun knitalongs, like Summer of Stash, the Summer of Socks, Trek Along with Me, as well as NaKniSweMo and Norovember. These were fun ideas, and I actually produced something to show for it!
If 2006 is any indication… 2007 is going to be a banner year!