2007 Year in Review

Monday, January 7th, 2008
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Finished Cabled Baby Jacket (and mittens, and a little ornament) Finished Cream Cabled Hat Finished EZ Baby Sweater
Finished Dashing Finished Baby Booties Finished Santa Cruz
Finished Garter Stitch Scarf Backyard Leaves Scarf, suckas Finished Two-Day Pink Mittens

I finished 9 projects this year. Not the most amazing turnout, but I learned quite a lot. I think my New Year’s Resolution for this year will be to finish at least one project every month. I have three sweaters that are close to completion, so those will be the first to go.

Here’s a little meme I found via Reunasilmukka:

1. Your best FO of the year

Definitely my Cabled Baby Jacket. It took a long time to finish but I learned a lot about seaming and it turned out so beautifully.

2. Best FO of the year made by a blog you link to

Birgitte’s Bubble Pullover. I love all the sweaters she knits, but this was my favourite and I can’t wait to make my own this year.

3. Best yarn you tried

Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo
Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo Malabrigo

4. Best new book/mag/pattern of 2007

I was going to put in Knitting Nature here, but it turns out that was released in 2006. I haven’t seen too many new books, although Romantic Hand Knits looks really pretty and so does Fitted Knits. I’d like to get them both.

In terms of mags, my favourite has been Phildar, but the most lusty patterns have once again been 2006 patterns. My Touch of Grey sweater and Colchique are both Phildar patterns from about a year ago. I love them, and I can’t wait to finish them and wear them.

Best pattern overall is a toughie, and I’ll set it as a tie between two. The queen of cable patterns this year has been Tikru, who not only put out these beautiful Chevalier Mittens but also this Green Gable Sweater. They’re my favourites of this year.

5. Best new knitting technique or gadget you tried in 2007

This year I did a bunch of seaming, which is kinda basic but something I had to get used to. I want to buy The Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques so I can get better at it.

6. Top 5 inspirations – what five things inspired you the most over the past year?

Runways, blogs, science images, my work with AI and genetic algorithms, people on the subway.

7. Designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year

Tikru!

8. Knitting resolutions for 2008-what’s next for you and your blog?

One FO every month, and five of them have to be sweaters. Let’s hope I can do it.

Saturday, Pattern Day #28

Saturday, January 5th, 2008
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My apologies, folks, for being absent this past week! I’ve been working hard to finish up my master’s thesis proposal (completed yesterday afternoon) and the Christmas and New Year’s season has also gotten in the way. I’ve got a few posts lined up starting on Monday, and plenty of knitting to show you guys! I’ve started back on Colchique and I’m blocking my swatch for the Somewhat Cowl. I’ve stalled on Orangina due to yarn run-out, but it’ll be back and soon finished once more yarn comes in! And now for your regularly-schedule pattern programming.

If you are knitting or have already knit a pattern that I’m talking about, leave me a comment and I’ll update my post with a link to your version. If you’ve written up a pattern and you want me to link to it, send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll post it! It makes the list longer and my job easier.

Finished Cabled Baby Jacket (and mittens, and a little ornament)

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007
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Cabled Baby Jacket

Happy Christmas Eve, suckaz! I am finishing things like all get out.

Cabled Baby Jacket, started June 13th, 2007, finished December 21st, 2007
Pattern: Cabled Baby Jacket from Nursery Knits by Debbie Bliss
Yarn: Higgins Tweed, sadly discontinued.
Needles: Size 4 circulars.
Modifications: None! The pattern was wonderful, perfectly clear and needed no improvements.
Would I knit it again? I love this little jacket so much. I would definitely knit it again for any future babies that spring from my womb, but I think I’ll stick to knits that require less seaming when I knit for other people’s babies. I don’t have much time for finishing, because I prefer to knit on the TTC instead of seaming and all my other time is taken up with school. I’m terrible with putting it off, so it takes me longer to finish a seamed object than a non-seamed object, which means there’s greater pressure and I constantly fret that the baby will get too big and the present will be ruined. Still, it came out fantastic and hopefully the parents will like it.

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Saturday, Pattern Day #25

Saturday, December 15th, 2007
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If you are knitting or have already knit a pattern that I’m talking about, leave me a comment and I’ll update my post with a link to your version. If you’ve written up a pattern and you want me to link to it, send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll post it! It makes the list longer and my job easier.

  • Finally, the Piggy Mittens are out!
  • In other pig-related news, here’s Lola Curly the Pig (PDF)
  • Minutia are cute little sweater decorations. Not sure if I want to use this pattern or one that I have in a book somewhere. Whichever is easiest, I’m doing 6 of those for Christmas presents.
  • Here’s a flakey sock pattern.
  • ILGA LEJA’s free pattern is Sea Swirl.
  • This poncho would be great if it wasn’t a poncho.
  • Jess (PDF) is a pretty popular name for a Rowan pattern, so I’m not sure which book this is from. I also can’t tell if it’s nice or not, seeing as the photo is too low-res. Ah well, a mystery pattern! Find out what it looks like by knitting it.
  • Here’s a great tutorial / pattern for knitted bangles.

Saturday, Pattern Day #24

Saturday, December 8th, 2007
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If you are knitting or have already knit a pattern that I’m talking about, leave me a comment and I’ll update my post with a link to your version. If you’ve written up a pattern and you want me to link to it, send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll post it! It makes the list longer and my job easier.

Saturday, Pattern Day #20: Straight Outta Montréal

Saturday, November 10th, 2007
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I’m blogging from Montreal using Liz‘s wifi. Thank you, Liz! She’s showering right now so I am free to Internet without guilt. Then, poutine and shopping on Rue Ste-Catherine. Yay!

If you are knitting or have already knit a pattern that I’m talking about, leave me a comment and I’ll update my post with a link to your version. If you’ve written up a pattern and you want me to link to it, send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll post it! It makes the list longer and my job easier.

Saturday, Pattern Day #18

Monday, October 29th, 2007
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The Beau was over this weekend, and I forgot about Saturday Pattern Day. I know, bros before hos. I’m sorry.

If you are knitting or have already knit a pattern that I’m talking about, leave me a comment and I’ll update my post with a link to your version. If you’ve written up a pattern and you want me to link to it, send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll post it! It makes the list longer and my job easier.

  • I am head over heels in love with these Chevalier mittens. The pattern’s right here, just scroll past the Finnish (or read the Finnish, if you’re Finnish). These mittens are so badass, but pretty at the same time. I love them so much that it’s hard for me to express how happy I am that there’s actually a pattern for them! And it’s free! I’ve been hankerin’ to knit a mittern/hat set instead of all these sweaters that need seaming, so this is just what I need. There’s a matching hat here, no pattern for it but it’s adorable enough to tempt me into making a matching hat of my own. Mitten example here.
  • More patterns from the same lovely lady: Green Day vest, Haruha Scarf, and Karkkipipo.
  • Here’s a flower to hang from your child’s pacifier; I didn’t even know that things had to hang from it. I’ve got so much to learn before I’m a mother!
  • Here’s a pointy-snouted Fox. Example here.
  • These Newfoundland Mitts are also vying for the position of Assistant to the Regional Manager of Being Knit By Me, so it will be hard to decide which mitten pattern to knit first. I’m Canadian, maybe I can justify knitting both. Brrr, so cold up here, right guys? So cold in fact that it’s almost November and I’m not even wearing scarves yet. Al Gore was right! Examples here and here.
  • This Roman Earflap Hat pattern would be useful for anyone needing a quick Halloween costume and has time to spare to knit it. The irony! Here’s a suggestion: don’t try to knit a shield, you’ll probably not finish it in time.
  • This Scroll Lace Sock Pattern exploits my weakness for lacy socks.
  • This Mug and French Press Jacket isn’t for wearing by coffee lovers, but for wearing by the coffee itself. A little gift for your mug. Happy Christmas, mug.
  • Lelah, badumbum… Got me on my knees, Lelah, badumbum… Baby darlin’ please, Lelah… and that’s where my knowledge of the lyrics ends.

Saturday, Pattern Day #16

Saturday, October 13th, 2007
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If you are knitting or have already knit a pattern that I’m talking about, leave me a comment and I’ll update my post with a link to your version. If you’ve written up a pattern and you want me to link to it, send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll post it! It makes the list longer and my job easier.

Saturday, Pattern Day #14

Saturday, September 29th, 2007
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Today’s Pattern Day is focused on the DROPS patterns that came out a while ago. I wanted to post a bunch of the ones I liked once the whole series was up, and then I forgot. So here’s a list that is updated with some of the blogosphere’s current FOs and WIPs. You see, I planned that whole being late thing, it was intentional.

If you are knitting or have already knit a pattern that I’m talking about, leave me a comment and I’ll update my post with a link to your version. If you’ve written up a pattern and you want me to link to it, send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll post it! It makes the list longer and my job easier.

It’s mitten season!

Friday, September 21st, 2007
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I don’t know about you folks, but up here in Canada it’s gettin’ mighty cool. Not cold yet, but fall is certainly making its presence known. Which is the perfect time, in my opinion, to begin thinking about mittens. So here are a few mitten photos I found on Flickr. What’s your favourite mitten pattern?

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And because I couldn’t resist…

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