What we do with our time says a lot about who we are. What I can say for myself is that my knitting hints at several things: my love of a balance between beauty and utility, my need for a creative outlet and a challenge, my enjoyment of rhythm and repetition, and my desire to make nice things for those I love. I also enjoy lists of most any kind, including a brief summary of my creative endeavors, and I thought you might too! 2016 was a more knit-productive year for me than 2015, although many of the projects were knitting familiar patterns for the second (or third!) times and/or were simple in shape and pattern. Beginning first with all the non-Christmas knits (with links to blog posts or their respective Ravelry pages):
- A simple market bag
- Antarktis shawl for Jessica
- Strathcona scarf
- Anna vest
- Cabin on the Knik shawl
- Nick cowl #2 (modified for worsted yarn)
- Brass and Steam shawl for Grandma Donna
- Sydänmaa Mittens for Grandma Friend
And then there were the Christmas knits, otherwise known as the top-secret, better not blog about them projects. These were all projects I enjoyed immensely, even as I knit them as fast as possible ;)
Align mitts for my mom:
Imposter's Shawl for my mother-in-law, Karen:
Ribbed family hat for my dad:
Tread hat for my sister-in-law, Katelyn:
Tolt hat for Nicholas:
Whew. My hands feel tired just thinking about all of that! To wrap up the 2016 knits, I technically have two current WIPs (works in progress): a newly started, big and smooshy cowl in a gold tweed yarn and a soon-to-be-revisited pair of gold socks. And just today, I found an unmarked package in the mailbox, with the most perfect personalized stamp. It makes my heart so happy! I'll figure out who sent it soon*, but in the meanwhile, thank you! It's yet another reason to knit, knit, knit. Here's to another year of knitting, another year of learning, another year of making items of beauty, another year of warming those I love.
*Thank you, Liz! You were immediately the first person I thought of when I wondered, Who sent this? Thank you, and I love you!
This particular project has been on my needles since March of this year. At the very start, it felt like a mindless, but very uphill project. I knit it on size 2 needles, and at first, I had to look down a lot as I knit, and it just felt slow. But bit by bit, I picked it up and worked on it.
Each year, I enjoy glancing back and making note of what knitting projects I worked on and completed throughout the year, noticing trends or patterns in my making. I've noticed that my creativity or how my creative pursuits "serve" me in a given season can vary widely depending on life circumstances.
Over the last several months, I've been working on several Christmas crafts—both sewing and knitting. Some are for our own home as decor, and most are gifts. Since some were mailed off relatively early or opened at early Christmas celebrations, I can now share them here, just in time for Christmas. The links with the knitting projects are to project pages which then include pattern links.