Happy New Year, everyone. May we all have a happy, healthy one. It’s gotta be better than the last one.
I apologize for the very, very long absence. 2009 was a rough year for me and my family, which is certainly not an uncommon refrain for so many of us. For us it was a year of loss: my father-in-law, my grandmother, and the miscarriage of my unborn child. These, along with job stress (I do still have a job, and I’m thankful, believe me) and some family stress, sunk me into a bit of a depression, and I just didn’t feel like blogging. I didn’t even get much knitting done – I’m telling you, it was bad.
But… it’s a new year, and a new start, and holy moly I’ve only got, like, a week and a half to get my act together if I’m gonna do the live blog thing at the 2010 PA Farm Show so let’s get going, shall we?
Keep an eye on my new 2010 PA Farm Show page on this blog for news and info on the upcoming Sheep To Shawl Contest, and other fiber-y things I can get my hands on.
Meanwhile, here are the Top 3 Knitting Projects of 2009 (truth be told, they were the only knitting projects of 2009… ):
I’ve blogged about this before, but here it is, modeled by my daughter. I absolutely love how this turned out! I tried using intarsia for the motif, but it drove me nuts so I finished it in duplicate stitch. I learned a lot during this project, and also really honed my finishing skills.
Superior Lace Shawl
I bought the yarn for this project back in 2008 – 3 skeins of Filatura di Crosa’s Golden Line Superior – and started it in June of 2009. It’s an easy pattern to memorize, but it’s just taaaaaaaaaaking… sooooooooooooooo… loooooooooong to finish. My goal is to have it done by this summer.
I just started this last week for my husband. It’s a great pattern, and I love how it’s coming out, although I substituted the smooth wool yarn named in the pattern for a pebbly tweed, so the seed stitch parts don’t really “pop” as much as they can.
And that’s probably it for the knitting for the next couple of weeks. On with the S2S show…