Whew - nice to get the xmas knitting out of the way. I finished three out of the four projects I was trying to get done which isn't too bad. Didn't finish my Leftie in laceweight (well, that was a daft idea from the start) but did get one done in fingering.
And then having been obsessed by linen stitch at the end of last year, I knit up a long cowl, again for a gift. In retrospect I should have used larger needles as the fabric was really tight.
Speaking of gifts, I also received two really nice knitterly ones. Sitting on my bedside table is Kaffe Fassett's autobiography, Dreaming in Colour which I'm really looking forward to reading. The book is wonderfully designed and the photos are just gorgeous, with his many glorious patterns interspersed with his paintings, quilts and knitwear, and inspirational scenes from his many travels.
And then another knitter gave me this wonderful set of alpaca fingering from her friend's own herd. I love the accompanying photos and names of the animals. I will have to search for the perfect pattern for this lovely yarn; I'm thinking it would make a really nice pair of mittens.
It's nice to be able to get back to the needles and knit just for me. Yesterday, I whipped up this fun hat using some Misti Alpaca worsted from my stash in a mustardly colour (the second photo captures the colour a bit better.) I still have to block it, but I really enjoyed the pattern - The Star Crossed Slouchy beret by Natalie Larson which is free on Ravelry.
I was quite proud of all the knitting I did in 2012 and my obsession with the craft is definitely not subsiding. I finished my first jumper and my first cardigan, learned to add beading to my knitting, and figured out Kitchener stitch, magic loop and doubleknitting. But I still have tons to learn and so have made several knitting resolutions for 2013.
1. Try Fair Isle and intarsia
2. Learn to crochet (I have a gorgeous book of Japanese designs that I would love to tackle)
3. Finish the two cardigans I am in the middle of
4. Knit a top-down sweater (I've done bottom up and a seamed one)
5. Knit more from my stash and buy less (well, at least until Woolfest)
6. Finally finish up my knitted log cabin quilt that has been languishing for two years (just need to seam it and add a border)
7. Finish my hexi-puff quilt (I've done about 70 hexi-puffs - probably need close to 500!)
8. Knit a pair of socks