Yep. 2009 is over as of midnight. Is that loud cheering I hear? I think it might 😉
Suffice it to say that it’s been a tumultuous year for us and practically everyone we know. Thankfully, we have survived and are beginning to see bigger and brighter things coming to fruition for 2010.
But before we ring the old year out, there’s some final things to show you:
I promised to share this year’s crop of holiday gifts and now that they’ve all been distributed, I can!
(I won’t go into too much detail or else this post will turn into a novel, so click on the links to go to each project’s Ravelry page for additional info)
Holiday Insta-Afghans #1 & #2
Mom’s Mystery Slippers & Dad’s Lopi Slippers of Doom
BD’s Winter Socks & Dad’s Diamond Socks
Maine Morning Mitts – Pairs #1, #2, & #3
Happy Stripes Tea Cozy, Garter Mug Cozies & Noro Coffee Sleeves
Overpass Cowl, Frosty Ottawa Morning Cowl, Chunky Dean Street Cowl & Jade Infinity Cowl
Rock Out Guitar Strap Sock & MIL’s Fancypants Apron
Joseph, The Amazing Technicolour Octopus (for baby grand-nephew) & Roxie’s Bunny Nugget (who’s pompom didn’t last 2 minutes LOL).
She loves it though :D.
BadgerDan spoiled me rotten this year with a much needed Royal Ball Winder, a set of Addi Clicks and a replacement foot pedal for my 1950s Singer Sewing Machine.
Among other wonderful gifts, I also received some precious family heirlooms to look after. My Grandmother’s mink stole (circa 1950s), antique drop leaf table (circa 1920s) & my great-grandmother’s tea table (circa 1900s). The furniture looks wonderful in our “parlour”
In other good news, Hubby has finally gotten our Jeep insured and on the road – The Mork & Mindy Mobile Lives!!!! Woohoo!!!!!
(Photo will be added later)
On Christmas Day, I started a pair of socks from some leftover yarn and completed them yesterday:
Pattern: Burning Rings of Fire Socks by Kirsten Kapur
Yarn: Lang Super Soxx, grey/brown; Sandnes Garn Lanett Superwash, black; Lady Galt Kroy 4-ply, col 118 (brown)
Needles: 2.5mm circs (magic loop)
What a great little pattern! (It’s a free Ravelry Download, btw.) Fits like a dream and works great with handpaints, self striping and stashbusting – I think this one might just become my go-to travel sock pattern.
I wore them all day yesterday – lovelovelovelove!
Being in total stashbuster mode, I also cast on another pair:
Pattern: Niagara Falls by Janel Laidman (from The Eclectic Sole)
Yarn: Lang Super Soxx, col 630.0045 (41.6g); Paton’s Scotch Fingering 3-ply, white (8.3g) (for the heel & toe)
Needles: 2.5mm circs
So far so good 😀
And my last cast on of the year is in support of talented designer and Plurk/Ravelry friend, Lisa Dykstra (aka YenforYarn), who’s just started chemotherapy.
YenforYarn’s Happy Socks
Pattern: Periwinkle Socks by Lisa Dykstra (from Crystal Palace Yarns)
Yarn: Kroy 3-ply from Stash, Burgundy/Blue/Green Twist (27g); Solid Burgundy (40g)
Needles: 2.25mm circs
This is one of the free patterns she did for CPY, but she has also done some fantastic work for the WoolGirl Sock Club and has a great sock pattern called Manhatten that I’m planning on casting on for in January.
Grab those needles, choose one of her patterns and send her lots of healing thoughts and good will!
On the shawl front, I have 12 more rows to go on Wings of Horus which I hope to finish sometime in January. These last rows are taking *forever*! (Did I mention that this shawl is huge?)
Mystic Waters and my Shetland Faroese haven’t been touched in a while, but I’m going to be firm with myself and not cast on another lace shawl until they’re finally off the needles.
So the WIP count going into 2010 is a whopping 2 pairs of socks and 3 shawls. I’m doing pretty well, I think :).
In Yarn/Fibre Pr0n news…
For our wedding anniversary, BD bought me these to make the Mystic Embers Stole:
2 skeins of Cables & Lace Frog’s Hair (70% Merino, 30% Silk 2-ply laceweight, 440yds) in “Rusty Hull”
Note: Knitting Dragon has put his dyeing on hold for a while as he pursues a degree in Fiber Arts & Fashion Design – All the best Eric!
When I first saw this roving, I completely lost my mind and stalked TisJewel until she had it up in her etsy shop:
4oz of Merino/Tussah Silk Combed Top, “Jekyll & Hyde”.
You know when all rational thought goes out the window and all that’s left is your inner child screaming “MINE”? Yep. Totally what happened.
And when it arrived, I was totally speechless…
Then I immediately went to her website and ordered the other one, as NO ONE ELSE MAY HAVE IT!!!!! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!
A few other wonderful fibery things will be arriving in the new year … of which I will fill you in later.
Lastly, I won another prize from the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous Group! 😀
This time for the 2009 October Challenge, donated by SandraSingh – a copy of Chrissy Gardiner’s Tangled Vines Socks:
Very cool! Will have to figure out what yarn I want to do them in…
So, are you ready for the final project talley?
Got your smelling salts handy? Sitting down?
Okay, here we go:
Pairs of Socks: 52
Pairs of Slippers: 4
Pairs of Mitts/Gloves: 7
Cozies (Teapot or Otherwise): 8
Stuffed Toys: 2
2009 FINAL TOTAL: 131 Completed Knitting and Crochet Projects
I think I might need a stiff drink.
Wishing you all a Safe & Happy New Year!
See you in 2010!