Friday 26 December 2014

2014: A Knitting Review

So, according to the very clever tool on Ravelry, this year I have knitted 5,916 metres in 29 projects. I organised these projects by tagging them 2014 and creating a new tab in my projects which picks this tag up. I am not sure how long they've been doing the metreage thing but I love it, even if it does mean I have become overly fastidious about working out how much yarn I have used for a project.

I love them all. Several of the yarns had been in my stash for an embarrassingly long time: I think the winner was probably the v-neck jumper - I bought that yarn at Ravelry day in Coventry which must have been 2009. The brown jumper and the turbanesque hat represent a bit more stash from Wonderwool 2013 used up which, along with the tunic top I started in the silk/linen, means I've knitted up five of the eight projects I had planned with the yarn from that year. Not too shabby. The Oud tank represents my sole efforts with the 2014 Wonderwool stash - one out of ten. Shabby. Must do better next year.

I am very pleased to have finished the black lace scarf (never again) and finally have knitted, and made a success of, the barber pole pattern, which I have been lusting after for such a long time. Unfortunately this garment didn't make it into my suitcase for Italy so it hasn't had much wear so far, but hopefully next summer will be a warm one.

And, of course, I am so pleased with the hats! Quite proud of myself. I do enjoy knitting them, I did bust some stash (two skeins), a learned to love making pom poms, and it is nice to have such an appreciative audience; but I'm glad I don't have to do it again now for a while.

I only have 5 rows left on my Artyarns shawl kit, too...they are massive rows now, though, for the ruffle, and for some reason the final instructions aren't charted which is off-putting. But, I reckon if I can get it finished before the end of the year, it will push me over the 6km mark. That's a good incentive.

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