Ringing in 2010 had a little extra special meaning to me...it marked my 1st Knitiversary! (Remember this post?) Ironically I celebrated my 1st Knitiversary without any knitting. We actually got social for NYE this year and by the time we made it back home to PJ the girls and watch the big ball drop in Times Square (on New York time mind you), I was too tired to pick up the needles.
It feels kinda funny to be able to pin point when exactly I started a specific hobby. I learned to sew as a kid, watching as my mom made any number of items...quilts, clothes, curtains, etc. My interest in photography goes back to when I was about 5 and spent time with my Dad in the little dark room he had set up in our basement bathroom. Even the start of my yoga practice is hard to pin point to any more specific time than "sometime in the later part of 1999". And I guess if it wasn't for the fact that the day I decided to start knitting coincided with an existing holiday, years down the road I might not remember my exact Knitiversary either. But that's not the case...so let's celebrate!
Over the past year I have finished:
- 8 1/2 pairs of fingerless mitts/hand-warmers (1 was a prototype that has yet to get a mate.)
- 2 hats
- 1 bag/tote
- 1 pair of socks (worsted weight)
- 1 neck warmer/cowl
- 1 coffee cup sleeve/cozy
- 1 mitten (The second has been put on hold until I decide how I'm going to fix what I don't like about the first.)
- a sock (fingerling weight...started before the pair above...sigh)
- a pot holder for felting
- a hat
- 2 more pairs of fingerless mitts (requested by friends/family)
- 2 pot holders for felting to make a set of 3 out of the 1 currently on the needles
- a lacy scarf (My first adventure in lace knitting.)
- more socks
- and a number of balls/hanks waiting for a specific assignment
- How to: knit, purl, increase, decrease, YO, cable, change yarns for color variation and how to cast off 2 different ways depending on how stretchy I need the cast off edge to be.
- I prefer knitting in the round, on double points, to knitting flat.
- I tend to be drawn to projects that use needles in sizes 3-7. (Smaller needles means I have little chance of finishing a project in any reasonable amount of time. Bigger needles knit up projects quickly but I'm not a big fan of chunky knits.)
- My favorite needles are wooden. My least favorite are metal.
- I hold my working yarn as a "thrower" rather than a "picker". (Which means I have little to no hope of ever becoming a speed knitter. I'm constantly amazed at how quickly some people can finish up even sizable projects!)
- I need a bigger library space.
- Ravelry rocks!
- There are a lot of knitting quilters, and vice-versa. YEA!
To help celebrate this milestone occasion...and because I've always wanted to be cool like those bloggers who get stuff from retailers to review and give away to readers...I'm holding my first blog give away!
Over the past year I have fell in love with, and have been infinitely inspired by, Leigh Radford's designs and books. So I felt it was only appropriate to give away a copy of Leigh's newest book, One More Skein.
Additionally the lucky winner of this give away will receive a mystery skein of yarn with his/her new book. (I thought "mystery skei"n sounded much more enticing than "yet to be determined skein"...though I think it's safe to say it will be soft, made of natural fibers, and delicious.)
So how do you enter to win?
Leave a comment on this post by mid-night on Saturday, January 9th and share what crafty projects have been helping to feed your soul through the past year. Be sure that you include in your comment a way for me to contact you should you be the lucky winner. Through the magic of a random number generator, I will pick a winner next Sunday, January 10th. (Which will of course be announced here.)
* Please note, this give away is limited to mailing addresses in the continental United States.
Thank you so much for sharing the past year of knitting (quilting/family life/random everything else) adventures with me!