It's a new year, people. I can tell already--this one's going to be good one.
So rather than try to recapture the blur that was the end of 2008, I'd rather just start out by showing you what excites me now; a freshly finished object (the last of last year's), what's on the needles and a few projects I can't WAIT to start.
Pattern: Knitting Pure & Simple, Babies Neckdown Cardigan #982. Shop sample.
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Color 209, 3 1/2 skeins.
Size: 6 months.
Needles: US 8 & 6, 24" circular Addis and Brittany dpns.
Started: Friday evening, December 26th, 2008
Finished: Sunday afternoon, December 28th, 2008.
Babies in rainbow Noro. (Friends' babies in Noro.) I can hardly imagine anything cuter.
A plain-but-very-feminine cardigan. This one to be exact. And as much as I love wool, Louisa Harding's Jasmine pretty much trounces all things cotton. Or silk. Or even bamboo. (I love this yarn.) So far, this is one shop sample that's crazy enjoyable to knit. It may actually get finished.
Bring on the brown and turquoise! When I was a sophomore in high school, we brought a German exchange student into our home. She is my family, and I thought I'd put together something for her as she starts to create a new family--she's having a baby! This quilt from Last Minute Quilted & Patchwork Gifts just might work. (Not that a sweater wouldn't have, but I'm rather up for the challenge.)
I can't help but notice that everything I'm working on is stripey and I wonder how that relates to my psyche. I kind of think it has something to do with order and priorities and patience and diligence--all things that are on my List of Personal Goals To Chip Away At in 2009. Things that did not make the List in 2008.
I won't be making any major formal declarations about the things I want to do in 2009--I've discovered that's just not a successful move for me. There are big things, sure (like spinning enough yarn to knit a sweater and shaving off a few pounds before my 10-year high school reunion), but the small things that are on my mind, the little things I'd like to accomplish, are things that when, well, stacked up, make for a better me.
Hey, 2009? I'm so glad you're here. I've been waiting.