I have become a better knitter this year. I have learned new skills, and I have gained a little patience and confidence in the process. I have produced knitted garments that are wearable and (in my opinion) stylish. I do hope the trend continues into 2008!
Since I was reminiscing, I decided to put together a few other collages of my 2007 knits. You can see them here:
In the spirit of looking back over a productive year and planning for a new exciting one , I have decided to answer Knit Lit’s Best of 2007 meme.
1. your best FO of the year
While all of my knits hold a special place, I think my favorite finished object of the year is my Aftur Yoked Pullover. When I look at it, I am still surprised that I actually made it. In terms of wearability, I also love my Verona Shawl and my sister’s Montego Bay Shawl. They were not difficult knits, but match well with many different types of clothing. And for the sheer fun, my Noro Silk Garden Lite socks are quite nice to wear!
2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to
This one is extremely difficult to answer – I read almost 400 blogs! and I follow many talented knitters on Ravelry and Flickr as well. Instead of one single finished knit, I had many favorites. Some of them are (but there are so many!): Stacey’s Turkish Stockings, Minty’s Shocking! Skirt, Elliphantom’s Demi, Claudine’s Little Majolica, Olga’s Bubble Pullover, so many more… including the continuously beautiful knits (and photographs) by Leslie, Lucy, Kirsten, Tiennie, Margaux, Jody, Vanessa, Pamela, and Terhi. (See? I told you I could not narrow it down – there are so many more!)
3. best yarn you tried
I got the opportunity to work with some very nice yarns this year – many from my stash. The two favorites that come to mind are the Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool that I used for Glee, and the Cottage Craft 2-ply that I used for the Street Smart Hoodie.
4. best new book/mag/pattern of 2007
For me, this is nearly as difficult to choose as a favorite finished knit! There are still a large amount of knitting books hitting the market every season, and it is hard to keep up with them all. I like the new trends of looking to traditional patterns and motifs and updating the patterns for modern use. This is what attracts me to Nancy Bush’s work, and what also excites me about the new books like Terri Shea’s Selbuvotter. In terms of magazines, I am continually inspired by the Interweave Press publications – my favorites are Knits, Knitscene, and Piecework.
5. best new knitting technique or gadget you tried in 2007
6. top 5 inspirations–what five things inspired you the most over the past year?
In terms of general inspiration for both life and art, I receive my greatest inspiration from ONE main thing: the beauty of the natural world. I love to be in nature and get the fullest sensual experience of sounds, smells, sights, and feelings. This year has brought the opportunities to see varied landscapes and climates, and I have gathered endless inspiration from the world around me.
7. designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year
Norah Gaughan has continued to amaze me – I love seeing her influence and touch in Berroco’s design work, and I am looking forward to seeing more of her work in 2008. (Tina had a very nice interview with her on Christmas Day!) Another designer who continues to amaze me with her sheer skill and eye for detail is Eunny Jang.
8. knitting resolutions for 2008–what’s next for you and your blog?
My immediate goal is to just keep getting better. I plan to focus on stranded colorwork and continue my study in technique and practice. In terms of general fiber, I will also be testing the waters with some other fiber activities. I am doing a weaving workshop in January, and am hoping to learn more about textiles through this new medium. As for me and the blog, we will continue our long-standing relationship I will continue to write, and hopefully work towards a larger body of work that can be published in the near future. I have rediscovered my love of writing, and am hoping that 2008 will bring more opportunities to share my work.
Thank you for reading!! I would love to see your answers to this questionnaire as well. Check out Knit Lit’s blog for more information on this particular set of questions!