Well, my New Year's post has been a bit delayed due to my post-holiday cold:( But inspired by a number of fashion blogs, I thought I'd post my favorite projects/knitting patterns of 2011 and my plans/resolutions for 2012.
First, a look back at some of my favorite projects from 2011:
1. Sleeveless Sweater with Circular Yoke
pattern at the neck, I followed in others' footsteps and used Noro yarn to get these changing stripes at the neckline. I wear both of these sweaters a lot and find this purple version works really well with my wardrobe (and I get a lot of compliments on it). The short sleeves allow me to wear it for three seasons and a light merino yarn for the body makes it very comfortable.
2. Fingerless Mitts
I've gone on about fingerless mitts before in this blog, but I have really used and enjoyed the pairs I've made. I love the ease at which I can get things out of my purse, find my keys, etc while still wearing these mitts. Before, I was always pulling off then putting back on my gloves. Ugh. Fingerless gloves have changed my life (well, not really - but I love them anyway).
The web is filled with great patterns for mitts using all types and weights of yarn. These are my design. I love how the color changes in the lace pattern and they are a great match for my winter coat.
3. Drops Yoke Cardigan
free Drops patterns, and I love how it came out. I love the cheerful cherry red color. And I love the design of the yoke. This pattern was pretty easy but seemed to take a long time to knit (not sure why). I haven't seen my mother-in-law in it yet, but I hope she likes it.
Drops has a similar pattern with a different yoke that has been in my project queue for a while, but more about that further down.
Then, a few honorable mentions:
4. Kashima Cardigan
sweater A LOT. I love having a sweater that I can just throw on and go - and this has become that sweater. I think the burgundy color makes it very versatile and this merino dk makes it warm enough to wear on a 50 degree day, but light enough to wear on hotter days too.
This sweater would have ranked higher on my list, but I don't think this waterfall style of sweater does my figure any favors. The extra folds of fabric in the front seem to add bulk right where I don't need it :) I made some modifications to the original paatern to make the front pieces shorter and not so long. I think this helped and I love this sweater (though not this photo).
5. Winter Leaves Lace Scarf
The pattern is pretty easy and I love the circular design of the lace. I extended the lace pattern for longer than in the pattern for more of an all-over lace look. I used a Debbie Stoller Stitch Nation yarn, so the project wasn't that expensive. I wear this with a lot of my cardigans just to keep the chill off my neck. Love it!!
And now, onward to 2012!
I must admit, I don't have a large stash of yarn. I try (and try) not to buy any yarn unless I have a specific project planned for it. With that in mind, here are my resoluntions for 2012:
1. Use up the yarn I have before buying any new yarn. I have made two larger yarn purchases for particular projects that I have not started yet. I will not buy any new yarn until I have completed these projects!!
2. Love my less-favored yarn. Although I do't usually buy yarn without a purpose, I have (I must admit) made some impluse purchases that I have either fell out of love with or just ignored. I will find projects for this yarn, perhaps use it to make things for charitable drives. In the past, I have donated some things to Comfort Scarves in Pittsburgh (and there are many other groups collecting knitted goods). So I will work through my stash and make things for others in need :)
I can also use these leftovers for striped scarves, hats, and mitts for donatons to Comfort Scarves.
Other things: These are not really resolutions, but in the spirit of new plans - in 2012, I would also like to try intarsia colorwork and learn how to crochet!
Wish me luck!! What are your favorite projects from 2011? And what are your plans for 2012??