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:
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.
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.
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!
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.