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Tuesday, 1 January, 2013

Hey all! I had planned to do a regular update while we were on vacation in Arizona, but I was having such a good time I didn’t want to stop to do other things. As a result, here’s two weeks worth of knitting progress. Makes me look like a rock star!

What’s on my needles

one sock

Garter rib toe up socks (pattern is my own), Madelinetosh Sock in Tern

Socks for the Scientist: I finished a sock! And it only took me 10 months! Goal: finish the second sock before the end of February. If it takes me over a year to finish one pair of socks I am going to be disappointed in myself.

Herbivore restart

Herbivore, Wollmeise Pure 100% Merino Superwash in Petit Poison No. 5

Herbivore: I’ve started working on this again. Repeat after me, Kate: I will finish it before casting on a new project. I will finish it before casting on a new project. I will finish it before casting on a new project.

Abbi: No progress.

What’s off my needles

ulmus unblocked

Ulmus, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in Mossay and Waterlilies

Ulmus: I like this in theory. My hesitation has nothing to do with the pattern – the pattern is great – and everything to do with the color combination I chose. I wanted it to look botanical, and it’s certainly is the right colors for that, but do I really want to wear a garden around my neck? I’m going to withhold judgement until after blocking. I have a sneaking suspicion I might love it but most people will think it’s all sorts of fugly.

mara finished

Mara, Quince and Co Lark in Sabine

Mara: It’s perfect. Big and warm and wooly and exactly what I was wanting. I don’t think I’m going to block this because it doesn’t need to be any larger. I bound off on Sunday afternoon and come Monday morning I was sad I hadn’t woven in the ends yet because I want to wear this all winter. So last night I had a wild night of finishing Mara, making steak and Guinness pie and – gasp – eating ice cream. Do I know how to party or what?

Current obsessions

Let’s make some New Year’s resolutions!

1. More reading, less internet! The internet is suckiest time suck that ever did suck. New rule: at 10:00 every night I will turn off my computer and pick up a book. I read a grand total of 8 books in 2012, which is such a pathetically low number I want to hang my head in shame.

2. Learn magic loop! Why I haven’t taught myself before this I have no idea, but I am ready to ditch my dpns.

3. Try colorwork! I’m thinking maybe the Seasons Hat?

Did you make any resolutions this year?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. RatiganKnits permalink
    Tuesday, 1 January, 2013 7:45 am

    Everything looks great! Can’t wait to see your Ulmus blocked. Happy New Year.

  2. Char permalink
    Tuesday, 1 January, 2013 8:44 am

    Love your Mara. I blocked mine very lightly. Just to relax the yarn and make sure the edges were smooth. And yea magic loop; it makes so much sense when you actually try it.

  3. Tuesday, 1 January, 2013 11:52 am

    I learned magic loop this year, and dare I say: It was life changing! I now finish two socks at the same time! I’m knitting sleeves like the wind! Knitting tiny accessories without tears!

    And a very Happy New Year to you!

  4. Tuesday, 1 January, 2013 12:17 pm

    I think the Ulmus is awesome! 🙂 And Mara has been on my to knit list forever. I need another warm and squishy!

  5. Tuesday, 1 January, 2013 1:33 pm

    I’ve liked every picture of Ulmus that you’ve posted. Sometimes you just need a garden hanging around your neck.

  6. Tuesday, 1 January, 2013 2:18 pm

    You sure have an eye for beautiful yarn! All of your projects are so lovely. I am with you on the reading thing. I read even less this year maybe 5 books. That, after making reading every night was my goal last year. I did try magic loop and it’s the only way I could have finished two socks. I’m interested to see the colorwork projects you will choose.

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