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2011: The Year in Knitting (and Crocheting!)

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It seems a little late to still be talking about 2011 when 2012 is well underway, but what the heck… I’ve always been a bit behind the times. I realized that it’s been a while since I updated y’all on my yarn crafts, so here’s what I was up to in 2011:

For one thing, I learned to crochet. You might have seen the baby blankets I’ve made. As lovely as they were, knitting them took FOREVER AND A DAY and I heard that crochet goes much faster. Since I wanted to make myself this lovely afghan from Lucy of Attic 24, I thought I’d better learn to crochet. First, I got some practice making these two projects:

Skulls + potholders = skullholders!

Skull + baby hat = skullholder!

I made the potholders for LF from a pattern from The Happy Hooker, the sister book to Stitch n Bitch. The baby hat was an original pattern that I came up with all by myself (a first!). It was for Baby R, born in the spring to 2 very hip friends living in Boston.

So then I started working on the afghan, in the middle of the summer. Not the smartest idea I’ve ever had. It is huge, and I’m still not done. The good news? Sasha loves to cuddle up in it, and so does TC. It’s not quite big enough for two people, but I’m getting there slowly but surely.

This is not Sasha cuddling on the blanket-in-progress, but rather his confused expression at being planted there for this photo op.

I put the afghan project on hold and went back to knitting. I decided to make a baby sweater for TC’s nephew Nathan, who turned one in late October. Making a sweater is sort of a big deal, but I figured that making a baby sweater would be less of a big deal while still legitimizing me as a “real knitter.” I was knitting down to the wire, and despite some major issues, I managed to pull it all together by the birthday party. I was super relieved that: (1) it actually fit him (he is a long, skinny baby whom I had to measure in secret… yes, I’m that sneaky) , and (2) it was pretty darn cute, to boot.

Nathan, looking so handsome in his sweater.

And finally, Christmas presents! I wanted to make a cowl for TC’s mom and sister, but was told by certain parties that they didn’t like cowls or turtlenecks. So, I made a hat for his mom and a scarf for his sister instead. The hat was a quick knit and done in time for Christmas, but I’m embarrassed to report that I just finished the scarf yesterday. Bad Jen!! Well, at least it was finished before… Chinese New Year? Happy Chinese New Year, LJ!

The "hurricane hat" I made for TC's mom.

Peek-a-boo! LJ's seed stitch scarf.

I already have a long queue of projects for 2012 about which I’m quite excited. I wish I had more time to work on them all!

p.s. You can check out any of these patterns on my Ravelry site.

Author: Jen

Howdy! I'm a 30-something recovering former academic living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

6 thoughts on “2011: The Year in Knitting (and Crocheting!)

  1. I’m incredibly impressed by the skulls and blanket, specifically. You’re so adorable, and your cat is a bloody handsome devil!

  2. LOVED the baby sweater. That’s some hard-core knitting, Jen. I also love that you said “ya’ll”….

  3. You are awesome. I love all of your projects! I have a bizarre secret love for skulls. I would seriously wear that baby hat if I could somehow stretch it onto this big noggin.

  4. Aw, thanks you guys!!
    TamTam- maybe there will be an adult skullholder in your future. :)

  5. Jenn, Great projects! Congratulations on your first baby sweater. Looks like you’re ready to make one for yourself!

    • Thanks, Erin! I actually made the baby sweater to see if I’d have enough patience to make an adult sweater for myself. Turns out that I don’t. But at least now I know I’m capable of such things!

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