. . . a bit late, I must say, but anyway! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Mine was pretty relaxing once the shopping got done--family come to visit, lots of board games, tasty food and an 8-year-old who was pretty excited about what was under the tree. The weather didn't hamper anyone's travel, and it was all very good. I did do some Christmas knitting in the final weeks of December:
A couple more hats for the menfolk,
a wonderfully sheepy Christmas wreath,
a slouchy hat,
and a cowl.
Not all of these were gifts; some were for me, or the house. With the exception of the slouchy hat, they are all Churchmouse patterns--I guess they're becoming a new favorite. The cowl was published in their quarterly newsletter and isn't available for sale on Ravelry or elsewhere. I inquired, and they said they didn't intend to sell it, but if you have the summer newsletter it came in, and I'm sorry I don't know which that was, it's a nice pattern.
While I didn't finish as much as I would have liked this year (isn't that always the case?), I did get a fair number of projects completed--23?? There were a lot more accessories than I usually make, and I finished some bigger projects begun in 2010 but didn't count that year.
Now I can think about 2012, and I'm full of ideas and plans. I joined a group on Ravelry to knit 6 sweaters this year, one every two months. Since I don't knit every day, this sounds more doable to me than the IntSweMoDo thing (one sweater a month). I have three WIP sweaters: Billie hooded cardigan, the Reindeer sweater, and my Alice Starmore Donegal. But the other three I don't know yet.
I'm also going to do a most marvellous project:
The "Rams and Yowes" Shetland lap blanket by Kate Davies of Textisles (credit: which is where I got the photo, but go check out the other photos, too!). It's fresh off her needles as of yesterday and the most wonderful thing ever. What does a knitter love more than sheep and Shetland wool?
With my free time in the coming year, I want to do more art projects, waste less time on the internet and be more productive in all my hobbies. I've been gradually changing my diet to mostly fresh fruits and veggies in their whole state which has given me a better kind of energy these days, so that's bound to help. What are your hopes and goals for the new year?