glinda: wooden needles in two bright red/pink balls of wool (knitting)
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Last year, could best be described - from a knitting perspective - as the year of projects started and never finished. I spent most of the first 6 months of last year working on one project, an enjoyable but slow-moving fair isle, double-thickness - ie. knit in the round - scarf. Before getting distracted by other projects. Which is probably a good thing, otherwise I might never have actually got anything but that finished last year. The second half of the year was marked by me having a bad case of 'oooh shiny' and starting lots of different projects, most of which I never actually finished. I realised when I started making this post that I actually only finished 3 objects last year. Admittedly one of those was a large chunky cardigan, but that was actually a really satisfyingly quick knit that I made in about 6 weeks.

This year I've set myself the target of finishing five projects I'd already started. Some are big projects (like the fair isle double-thickness scarf) and others are small (like the socks where I'm half-way through the second sock of a pair, but have mislaid it somewhere in the house...). Some are relatively new (currently working on a cushion cover that I started over Xmas) and others have been sitting half knitted for considerably longer (there's that lovely lacey jumper that I started in 2008). So there's quite a variety of projects to pick from. I just need to resist the urge to cast on something new...


Pineapple tea cosy
Apparently the theme of the year was cosy...This is the pineapple tea cosy I made for my mother for her birthday.

Chunky Cardigan
This is the cosiest cardigan in the world. For years I've been looking for the perfect chunky cardigan to live on the back on my chair at work and keep me snug on unexpectedly cold days (or when the aircon is on the blink). And finally I found it! I adore the colour-way and it was so quick and satisfying to knit up - good balance of straight-forward and interesting. Also it's the single item that I've made that I've received the most compliments on so that's nice too.

Cable Teacosy (Maroon Edition)
Again with the teacosy's, a holiday gift for my gran - because my parents consider her old teacosy to be a bit of a deathtrap, and if I made it for her she'd actually use it - I also made a pot holder to match this which I forgot to photograph before I gave it to her. I had this lovely ball of maroon wool I got from a yarn swap and it was perfect for this.

I also made a couple of squares, with this wool, for a collective baby blanket that the knitting bee that I'm part of was making for one of our members who had a baby at the start of this year.
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