Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013 Review

As many other bloggers are doing at the moment, this blog post will focus on the past year and look to the next year. 

This year has been a good year for me. I've continued to grow as a knitter, making my first cardigans, casting on an adult size cardigan, making some beautifully fitting socks and knitting some lovely lace. While they are not big projects, each one has given me more confidence in my abilities and has left me with great satisfaction. I've also started knitting a beaded (my first beads!!) shawl - more to come on that in the new year. 

I've learnt more about spinning and fiber too. I've spun two skeins that have both given me enough yardage to make a shawl from - something I'm overjoyed about! My spinning is also more consistent and while it's not perfect, I'm perfectly happy with it. 

Here are the projects that I am most proud of from the last year.
Left hand column from top: Gravitate shawl, Low Tide Cardigan
Middle column from top: Nunoco Iridescent Puddle, Fish Lips Kiss Heel vanilla socks, Inglenook Fibers Parrot Tulip  
Right hand column from top: Magrathea shawl, Fish Lips Kiss Heel vanilla socks. 

Looking forward to the next year I already have some projects in mind that I am keen to complete. I have cast on a beaded shawl - my first project using beads, I have swatched for another cardigan and hope to cast on in the next few days. I want to spin the other Iridescent Puddle batt I have in my stash and knit something from those two skeins.  I'm sure that along the way I will think of many other things I want to do, but they are my big projects for the foreseeable future. 

A smaller goal I have is to try spinning from the lock as I have some pygora locks on the way! I haven't tried this type of spinning before but I'm really looking forward to it. Perhaps I will start thinking about spinning for a cardigan at some point too...!

That's it for the year, I look forward to blogging in the new year and will hopefully have some progress pictures to show you soon! I'd love to hear about your favourite projects from 2013 or what you have planned for 2014. 

Happy New Year! 

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