2011: a year in knitting.



A Simple Things shawlette/scarf from two skeins of Koigu for Jen, our now-former librarian. In September she moved to La Crosse, where she manages the circulation desk at the central library.

Finished off a long-standing UFO with attached i-cord and an i-cord bindoff. That i-cord thing had kept it in UFO status since 2005; I finally found some better directions and conquered it. I gave the felted bag to Alex and Matthew as a market bag, since the red coat I had selected the colors to coordinate with was ancient history by the time I finished it.


Finished another major project that had been OTN for nearly a year. Triumph!




There was a plethora of were eight hats that went to senators and representatives in Washington for Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads.

Hat 1  Hat 2

Hats 3 etc

Two pairs of felted slippers for a friend's birthday. The pattern as written did not turn as well as it might have; that is why the second pair. It was NOT the Fiber Trend pattern for felted clogs, but it should have been; that pattern is a well-written classic.


Made two headbands in Malabrigo worsted for Alex: two for same reason as above, although this was my own design. This was my first experience with Malabrigo. Nice stuff.

Headband 1

Headband 2




March = taxes = working. A lot of working, not so much with the knitting.

Worked on a Citron of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint sock yarn for our assistant librarian.




No knitting on my blog in April. None, zero, zip, zilchApparently I was too brain-dead from taxes to do any real knitting, so I swatched several wool-cotton blends for possible future sweaters. The swatches made it to the blog in early May.

Swatch 1   Swatch 2

Swatch 3  Swatch 4

After I had recovered (most of) my brain cells, I cast on for my first lace project, Haruni, for Alex using Dream in Color laceweight and my new Signature US#4 needle.




Finished the pair of socks that I had cast in back in February, right before I went back to work (left), and made another pair (right).

Socks black  Socks blue

DSCN0083There was also a water bottle cozy that, while stunningly* and awesomely** attractive, did not insulate as well as I had hoped.


  * Irony.

** More irony.




The Citron was finished, thanks to a second skein of yarn provided by a new friend I have never met.


Prepared for packing Lucy The Wonder Dog's meds when we went on vacation.




Vacation, and the Haruni knitting continued. I learned the inestimable value of life lines, pattern tape, row counters, careful chart reading, and an abundance of stitch markers.

Haruni progress

Worked on two scarves for The Red Scarf Project.

Red scarf alpaca  Red scarf fast forward



Knit a whack of squares for Trailing Yarn's Blankets for Birmingham, but only these made it onto the blog in August. ***


Finished the two red scarves, which still languish — unblocked, unloved, and unmailed — on my laundry room table.

We spent a week on the North Shore, and I cast on for a Tappan Zee for myself.


Crocheted a case for my new Nook.


Most significantly, I began the bindoff of the Haruni.




Back at work in September. The blog and my knitting suffered.

Kept working on my Tappan Zee, which suffered more frogging and reknitting than any garment should. But the yarn — Brooks Farm Acero — came through like a trooper.


Found a couple dropped stitches in the Haruni bindoff. Sewed them down.

Haruni dropped stitches

The shawl hit the big-time, being displayed at a one-day yarny festival nearby.


Money shot


October & November.

Knitted constantly during these two months, although you would never have guessed from reading my blog. 

Started a sweater for Ser Percival The Energetic.


Started a scarf for Alex. Frogged it when it wasn't working (bad design, not bad knitting) and I couldn't see any way to make it better. 


Made it to the armholes on Tappan Zee after even more frogging and reknitting.


Started a sweater for a co-worker's baby due January 1. Photo of the finished sweater has vanished from my iPhoto, although I know I took one, and apparently I never blogged the FO. 





Started a different scarf for Alex with the same Kill Bill yarn and another new Signature needle.


Finished Percy's sweater.


Started a hat for Alex. It really will be a hat, even though it bears no resemblance to a head in this photo.


Started (and will finish before midnight today) a pair of blurry, cabled fingerless mitts for Alex. For extra credit, find the mis-crossed cable, which is has since been fixed.


Doing this post made me realize I did accomplish  a fair bit of knitting this year. The disappointing ratio of FOs to actual knitting resulted from more frogging and tinking and reknitting than I am used to, but that meant I was trying some new things — my first lace, a somewhat poorly designed sweater pattern (Tappan Zee) that needed some tweaking, designing a dog sweater on the fly. So I will count this year as a win!

*** It appears that a great number of photos may have mysteriously disappeared from my iPhoto, the pictures of the stack of completed squares among them. I had noticed this a couple months ago when I went looking for the photos of the Haruni taken while I worked on it during our vacation in Wyoming. I'm not sure whether to blame iPhoto or my own faulty memory or what. 

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0 Responses to 2011: a year in knitting.

  1. Angie says:

    Goodness, Kat, you are a productive knitter!!! Me, I carry yarn and needles around. πŸ˜€ Happy New Year!

  2. Erika says:

    Nice work! “Slow and steady” really can add up to a lot of knitting, can’t it?!

  3. bullwinkle says:

    These year-end round-up posts always make me curious about my own knitting…
    Nice work and a lot of it was even for you! You are just amazing.
    p.s. Blame the technology. Always blame the technology πŸ˜‰

  4. Cookie says:

    You really were busy! Blame the iPhoto. There’s nothing wrong with you. LOVE that doggie sweater! Well done!

  5. Soxanne says:

    Love the Haruni – just added it to my Ravelry queue.
    Also, I hope the dog appreciates his sweater!

  6. Jocelyn says:

    Holy crap. That’s a lot of knitting–esp with March removed from the game.
    Beautiful stuff. My knees are still weak over the felted bag. We’re very felty here in our house.
    Do you always have such beautifully manicured nails?!!

  7. Sophanne says:

    Haruni and stripey sweater are my favorites. I also think you have lovely hands.

  8. Chris says:

    Wow, you did a lot of knitting this year!! I think that in 2012, you should knit a couple of VERY BRIGHT things – your overall color palette is a titch subdued. πŸ˜€

  9. k says:

    What? This is a knitting blog?

  10. gayle says:

    I think I finished two socks(one of which was from a pair started last year) and a hat. There may have been more, but I don’t think so…
    You, however, are very productive. And inspirational.

  11. gayle says:

    Ooops, make that from a pair started the previous year, not last year…
    /chanting NOW is 12, last is 11, previous is 10. Now is 12 12 12

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