Monday, December 14, 2009

10 in 2010

I joined a group on Ravelry called 10 in 2010. To be honest, I knit 26 projects this past year and at least 20 each year for the three years prior to that so 10 projects in a year is a cinch. But, I thought this tied nicely with my "No Crap Yarn Knitting in 2010" theme.

I'm going to knit 10 nice yarn projects in 2010.

I love lists, so here goes.

My 10 Nice Yarns:
Joseph Galler Prime Alpaca
Malabrigo Worsted
Indie Knits Cashmere
Noro Silk Garden
Sundara Sock Yarn
Wollmeise Sock Yarn - Spice Market
Wollmeise Sock Yarn - Rittersporn
Brooks Farm Solo Silk
Louet Euroflax - willow or natural
Brooks Farm Acero - 300yds only

My 10 Projects for these yarns:
Joseph Galler Prime Alpaca - Cinnamon Grace
Malabrigo Worsted - Just Enough Ruffles
Indie Knits Cashmere - Abstract Leaves Cowl
Noro Silk Garden - End Paper Mitts
Sundara Sock Yarn - TBD
Wollmeise Sock Yarn - Spice Market - Saroyan
Wollmeise Sock Yarn - Rittersporn - TBD
Brooks Farm Solo Silk - TBD
Louet Euroflax - willow or natural - Brighton Purse
Brooks Farm Acero - 300yds only - neckwarmer or fingerless mitts

My New Year's Resolution is to not mess around and put off starting great projects. I'm going to start awesome yarn knitting on or before Jan 1. If I don't have a fabulous yarn project on the needles by Jan 1, I will cast it on that day.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

We Made a Blown Glass Ornament

As if the yarn wasn't enough, a while back my husband agreed to go to Scott Young's workshop to make a hand blown glass ornament for our anniversary. I had intended for this to be our gift to one another. It seemed appropriate since we were married around Christmas.

This is a terrible picture of the ornament, but I had to hurry because it needed to get to the kiln. I was thinking the colors should be red, green and gold because those were the colors of our wedding. I thought Marshall had agreed but when Scott asked about the colors, Marshall said, "Blue." I agreed because I was just happy he was there, but then he added, "cause you're my blue eyes." Ahhh. Of course, blue.

We had also decided we wanted to frame it in a shadow box rather than put it on the tree. It's a piece of art and we want to show it off all the time. So Scott agreed to flatten it for us. I am just in love with the blue.
Marshall took the lead on heating up the glass and putting on the color. His arm was red after he was done from being so close to the fire.
Here is Scott blowing the ornament. It was fun to watch, but it happened very quickly. Then the ornament went into the kiln and we won't see it again until Tuesday. It's like waiting for Christmas.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Looking Forward to 2010

2009 was the "Year of Gifted Knitting" To date I have finished 26 projects. 25 of those are gifts. Some gifted, some in the gift closet. I enjoyed knitting with other people in mind.

2008 was the "Year of Lace"

2007 was the "Year of the Destash"

In recent months, I've concentrated on my Christmas knitting, I haven't planned knitting projects beyond December.

On December 5, our 11th wedding anniversary, my husband gave me a stash of fantastic yarn. I'd been looking toward 2010 and pondering the knitting theme for the new year. When I saw the bag of wonderful yarns, I knew immediately that 2010 would be the "Year of Knitting with Wonderful Yarn."That's the positive way of saying, "No Crap Yarn Knitting in 2010." I have so much great stash, why do I insist on trying to clear out the crap so I can "reward" myself with good yarn knitting later. No more. Only good yarn knitting until the good yarn is gone!

What's a girl going to knit in 2010:

Just Enough Ruffles scarf in Malabrigo - hubby bought me the pattern.

Saroyan scarf in Joseph Galler - OMG that's the softest yarn ever (hubby stash in a color he specifically selected for me and a "Bones" themed pattern = win-win)

Abstract Leaves Cowl in Cashmere - neither pattern nor yarn from hubby, but it's cashmere
Endpaper Mitts in Noro and Louet Gems - hubby bought the Noro and liked it because it's "bright"

I don't want to negate all of the knitting good I did in 2009, but all of the projects listed above are for me, me, me. And I'm going to wear them. I'm pretty sure the Just Enough Ruffles will get cast on as soon (if not sooner) as the Christmas knitting is done.Maybe I'll make a deal with myself, finish two of the three Christmas projects and I can cast on the malabrigo scarf. Our family Christmas is in January and I don't want to wait that long.

These are the other two yarns M bought me. I don't know what I'm going to do with them yet. I'm waiting for them to speak to me.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Finished Objects and a Rav Trade

First, a Rav trade gone so good. I finished Madonna's Flutter from Claudia Hand-painted silk and had no further plans for the yarn. I didn't particularly want to sell it, but I like trades so I noted that on my Rav trade page. Alicia suggested my red silk for her black cashmere. Oh my goodness, I definitely think I came out on top of the trade. I hope she feels the same way.
I really like that the yarn is thicker then most lace weights. I cannot wait to finish my Christmas knitting so I can cast on something for me. I am seriously considering the Abstract Leaves Cowl. Now, to bead or not to bead, that is the question.

I have been on a real baby bonnet kick. This Super Quick Baby Bonnet is indeed super quick. I can finish one in about 3 hours - and how cute it is. The project takes less then 50yds so it's great for destashing. This white bonnet is knit from Patons Cot'n Corn yarn. Very splitty, but a very soft matte surface. I plan to embroider flowers on the bonnet.
The original bonnet I knit Destiny is way too big. I decided to follow the pattern again, but this time use a fingering weight yarn. The result is a much smaller bonnet, but I do think it's newborn size. Now I just need to get it to her before it's too small.
Lastly, while on vacation, I finished this scarf. Because the original recipient annouced she hates scarves, I have no idea who will get this, but it sure is soft. I will find someone.