Knitting 2011 review

Knitting has been a love of mine in the past few years and I think it will continue to be. In 2011, I worked on 36 projects in 2011 and completed 33 of them. I have two ongoing sock yarn blankets that probably won’t be completed by the end of 2012 either.

This an image heavy post.

Project that took the most concentration / Best Lace:

Rock Island

Rock Island by Jared Flood. Mine came out smaller than most, but it required so much slow knitting. I made very few mistakes, enjoyed myself, but I don’t think I’ll make it again.

Project that was hardest to complete:

French Press Felted Slippers

French Press Felted Slippers by Melynda Bernardi. It took over 3 hours of hand felting. Never again.

Favourite Sweater/the one that I wear the most:

Twenty Ten Cardigan

Twenty Ten Cardigan by Veera Valimaki. I love all my sweaters more or less, I get the biggest kick out of finishing them, but as of this writing, I wear the Twenty Ten the most because it is soft, short sleeved and great for layering under my warm coats.

Favourite Neckwear:

Boneyard Shawl

Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West. While I wear other things more, I actually like the Boneyard Shawl the most. I tend to wear it around the house. I love the nautical stripes and it’s so comfortable and warm being DK rather than lace or 4 ply.

Favourite Hat:

Deer with little antlers hat

Deer with Antlers hat by Tiny Owl Knits. When I saw the pattern for this, I desperately wanted to make it. It is so cute. I had fun making it.

Most worn item as of this posting:

Harvest Mittens

Harvest Mittens by Mari Muinonen. Mittens tend to be the most worn item of anything in my wardrobe and new mittens tend to eclipse the old ones. These are actually a lot warming than I thought and I haven’t needed to wear my thrummed mittens much this season.

Most popular on Ravelry:

Idlewood

Idlewood by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. I adored the final product too, but I find that I don’t have the chance to wear a long knit tunic like this.

Most expensive to make:

Still Light Tunic

Buckwheat

Between the Still Light Tunic and the Buckwheat both by Veera Valimaki. The tunic for obvious reasons but the Buckwheat used plush, artisanal yarn. Feels like a soft cloud.

Notable Yarns Used: Drops Alpaca, Malabrigo Lace, Cascade Eco+, Estelle Yarns Ultra Alpaca, and the ever reliable Patons Classic Wool. I used the Malabrigo and the Cascade the most; each had at least 4 projects.

Here’s the flickr photo set for almost all my 2011 knitting projects:

For more information on my knitting projects, mods, yarns and tips that I used, find me on Ravelry.

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