Saturday, January 02, 2010


I love early January, when we look back at what we accomplished in the past year. It's a bit of a knit-blogging tradition I think, to assess what we achieved and plan for the upcoming year. For me, 2009 was the year of the shawl.

Knitting a triangular shawl was one of my goals for myself in 2009, I ended up knitting 9, and loved it. I'm not sure how many shawls a sane person should confidently own, but I'm going to continue making them anyway.
I made far less socks than I have in the last 2 previous years, this year only finishing 7 pairs! (although I currently have 5 pairs on-the-needles!)There was a smattering of toys in the last part of the year, the odd hat, vest, baby-thing.. but on the whole, this year only yielded 31 finished objects, compared to 47 in 2008 and 34 in 2007. Have I hit my peak?? Perhaps, but we will wait and see what 2010 brings.

Goals for 2010 include:
  • fairisle socks
  • steeking!
  • cardigan using light weight yarn
  • more estonian lace.
  • knitting from stash!


Anonymous said...

Ooohh I love your shawls, I want to knit more but they take me forever and I lose interest :(

I reckon it's not that you've hit your peak, but it's just that what you're knitting is more time intensive that what was knit in previous years, iykwim?

In any case it looks very impressive :D

Tracy said...

Sam the shawls are amazing. I love them. I keep baby knitting for some reason ;) I really should set myself the challenge to do some adult sized garments this year.

Kat said...

wow all those shawls look amazing all laid out like that, gorgeous work..
speaking from my own life I think creative output is very dependant on time, and the need to create...

Not sure if you knit for the same reasons I do but I have a desire to create and that flucuates in its intensity..

otherwise personally you've done some amazing work there :)

Lou's Mum said...

the shawls are all gorgeous! great work.

I should do the look-back too. do you do the picture montage thingy?!

Sam said...

thanks for all the lovely comments everyone! To make my mosaic's Kim, I've been using which is really easy to use, especially because it interfaces with Flickr sets and tags!

Amanda said...

Those shawls are fabulous. I hope to see many more in 2010!

Stitch Sista said...

Absolutely amazing. Your knitting evolution has been nothing short of astonishing Sam!

Jeanne said...

The shawls are amazing - so beautiful! You really had beautiful projects last year - looking forward to seeing what you do in 2010!

Happy New Year!

Ann said...

You have done very well. Shawl knitting is addictive & I am an addict too. I also knitted more shawls than socks in 2009.