You could that 2017 was a rather knit-productive year for me. I took a headstrong dive into colorwork with the modern colorwork class and cowl, and then later with my glacier park cowl. I knit a lot of socks and slippers, as they became comfort knitting to me, and I realized just how much I actually love wearing them. I knit two sweaters, both cardigans, and at extremely different gauges. And I knit more Christmas gifts this year than ever before. I'm pleased (and a little bit surprised) at the amount of projects I completed, but also that I tried my hand at some new, somewhat scary-to-me skills, like colorwork and more sweater knitting.
So here, in order of completion date, are the projects I finished this year:
- Mount Gilead Cowl
- Kveta shawl
- Woodstack mittens
- Knitted hearts (I made maybe a dozen of these)
- Late Night Socks
- Arctic cardigan
- Sencilla Cowl
- Simple House Slippers
- Modern Colorwork Cowl
- Slipper socks for Nicholas
- May cardigan
- Junction brioche scarf
- Shortie socks
- Glacier Park cowl
- Baby socks
- Socks for Nicholas
And then there were the mostly super-secret Christmas knits, that I haven't talked about on the blog.
Sunday Morning socks for my mother-in-law
Another Sencilla cowl for my sister-in-law
Marlee socks for my mom
Navy Ribbed hat for my dad
Grey ribbed hat for Nicholas
and Christmas socks for me
Whew! I only have one in-progress project at the moment, which I'll talk about more when I post about my creative goals for 2018. But first, I need to think about those plans ;)
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.