1.09.2017

reflections

Thank you for all of your well wishes. Happy to report that my back is slowly getting better. I ended up taking all of last week off from work after not being able to get out of bed the day after New Year's Day. I overdid it the week before and ended up with a ruptured disc in my lower back which was pressing down on a nerve. It had gotten so painful that I couldn't sit up and could barely walk. So the first week of 2017 ended up being a pretty dull affair with no knitting accomplished. On the bright side, I managed to get a head start on my reading goals. 4 books in one week!

Now that my back is truly on the mend, I'm excited to cast on some new projects. But before looking ahead to what this year will bring, I wanted to briefly reflect on some things that I learned in 2016:






15 pairs of socks, 3 cowls, 2 sweaters, 1 shawl, 1 ornament


Socks Socks and more Socks: I will fondly remember 2016 as the year that I got bit with the sock knitting bug. It has been so much fun learning a couple of different heel techniques (Afterthought & Strong heels) besides the traditional heel flap. Plus I gave toe-up socks a try. Designing a pair of tabi socks was also a highlight. But the number one most satisfying thing that I learned from a year of sock knitting is being able to do the Kitchener stitch without having to refer to written instructions or diagrams ever again.

Improvising a top-down sweater: This was a huge accomplishment for me. Still can't believe that I managed to pull it off. I learned so much in the process, such as the importance of planning but also being flexible when certain parts of the plan didn't work or needed to be changed.

Thank you for all of your support and kindness! Even though my blogging has been sporadic at best this past year, I still treasure all of the wonderful connections that I have made here. Looking forward to what this new year will bring for all of us! Hopefully lots of love, good health, beautiful yarn and shiny new projects :)

10 comments:

  1. so glad to hear you are on the mend....and so anxious to hear what is in store for your knitting world this year!!! You were quite the prolific producer last year!!! A great looking sock drawer, for sure!!!

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  2. Glad you are feeling better. Great start on your books!! And, what an impressive year 2016 was for you knit-wise. 15 pairs of socks!!! Well done.

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  3. Oh no, you poor thing! Sounds so painful, bu I'm very glad to hear you are getting better. What a productive 2016 you had! So many absolutely beautiful projects. And I'm still in awe of your improvised top down sweater, such great details.

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  4. What lovely projects all! Hope your back continues to improve!!

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  5. When the sock bug bites, it bites hard. I'm really impressed with your sock output!

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  6. So glad to hear that you've started to feel better! Lovely projects as usual and I can't wait to see what you do in 2017.

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  7. Glad to hear you are doing better with your back! It must have been so so painful :(. Your color knitting is so contagious!!! Every time I visit I want to get out of my neutrals zone and dig into the more colorful section of my stash :)

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  8. So glad to hear you are feeling better! Funny to hear that you are most excited about being able to do kitchener stitch without needing to look back at instructions, this is exactly the same for me! I used it on almost all my toes last year so the process has finally become ingrained into my brain. I loved seeing all your projects (amazing socks!!) in 2016 and looking forward to seeing what lovely things you'll make this year :)

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  9. I'm glad your back is getting better. Ouchie! How awful for you. These collages are wonderful, so full of color and knitty happiness.

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  10. I'm glad you're on the mend. I had back issues this year for the first time and it was really such a struggle for me. Your socks are great. I have to admit I keep waiting for my love of sock knitting to wane, but it doesn't. Your posts probably don't help. I am sick of knitting my Christmas socks, but that doesn't mean I don't want to be knitting socks ;)

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