1.02.2011

Lessons Learned in 2010

My knitting adventures in 2010 could be summarized by the words first, small and repeat. This year I managed to finish my first wearable scarf, then proceeded to knit another and another. By year's end I had cast off on five scarves. This was a huge accomplishment for a previously scarf phobic knitter like myself who had an uncounted number of unfinished scarves hidden at the bottom of my knitting basket. This past year also saw the rise of small projects in my knitting bag. I have always gravitated towards sweater patterns, but I only managed to knit three garments in 2010. Most of my projects were small, quick and portable. And then there were the repeat knits. It was a year of obsessively knitting two Give a Hoot Mittens, three Color Ripple Scarves and four Botanic Hats. Never before have I knitted a pattern more than once. Repeatedly knitting these patterns was like revisiting a favorite book or snuggling under an old but well-loved blanket. So the lessons learned in 2010? Small can be good, try to overcome the (UFO) ghosts of the past, and repeating oneself is never a bad thing.

6 comments:

  1. That buttoned cowl is beautiful! I haven't yet knit the Botanic Hat...have to give that one a try in 2011. I also appreciate the "small, good" patterns. Noreen at longlakeyarns.net

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  2. I like the photo montage. It's amazing how different your repeated patterns look in different yarn. I look forward to reading about your knits in 2011. Happy New Year!

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  3. Nice line up of knits! I love sweaters, but small and portable is always good. Glad to hear you got over your fear of small knits. ;)

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  4. Those sound like good lessons to learn. I spend lots of time taking my daughters to lessons etc so small and portable are now some of my favorite knitting words. I like to have some small projects intermingled with the more time-consuming ones so that it seems like I'm often finishing or about to finish something.

    Happy New Year!

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  5. Beautiful collection! I'm going to run off and queue the pattern for the shawl-collared cowl. :) Thanks!

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  6. great collection of knits there, i tend to knit things over and over as well, sometimes its just easier lol x

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