Instead, I'll talk about one of the purposes of my life: to knit 48 thingies in one year and have enough hats to wear a different one each day of our short winter. These are also things that can test and refine men's souls, are they not?
So, enough about a draining year and onto the knitting re-cap. 15 sweaters, people:
I went to my first knitting event: Veera and Joji Knit America at Madtosh Crafts, for which I knit Dragonflies and Twenty Ten because Joji and Veera design them, respectively. I'm so glad I went to this event. Aside from fangirl-ing the designers, I got to spend time at The Madtosh store before it closed later in the year. The other one was also a first. It was the most modified, souped-up, pattern mash-up I've ever knitted. It was also a TV themed sweater, inspired by The Killing.
6 of my 15 sweaters were cropped, something I've only done once or twice before, for a summer knit:
This is one, crazy long scarf. It used up lots of Unicorn Tails I won at Madtosh and pretty scrap yarn. I was particularly proud of how I hacked the original pattern to make what stash I had work and look good together since I was short many of the madtosh colorways. My living room was a wreck through the whole project, but, hey... a long, wacky scarf. This was another TV-inspired knit for the Gilmore Girls KAL, based on a scarf Rory wears in a Spring Break episode.
My miscellaneous knits were really unique: a super cute knitted skirt, a pair of rather fancy, fingerless mitts, and a couple of headbands knit from recycled yarn. I had nothing like any of these in my wardrobe.
And 4 dischloths! Don't forget those little guys that adorned the wedding gift I put together for my daughter and son-in-law. Aren't those vintage Pyrex bowls the best? I really don't think I've ever knit a dishcloth before, maybe once.
From 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: Firefly, Ridge, Slant, and Starflower.
There were hats a plenty in 2015. Fourteen to be exact. This is a good time to mention another big knitting deal for me this year- test knitting for Tara-Lynn Morrison's Good Night, Day Book. That's what the group of hats in the photo below were for, along with a few sweaters and several cowls/ wraps. It was a hectic time, test knitting while my life went crazy, but I'm so glad I did. However, this is why so many of my project photos became model-less, quickie phone pics. I'm still not quite back in the true photo/blog post groove yet.
Another first for me was being so scattered that I had like 6 knits on the needles at all times and no photos taken on many before the year end, which is why you're just now seeing this in February. If I can improve my editing and computer skills quickly enough, I may follow this with a 2015 Knitting Outtakes Slideshow. It may even top Worst. Knitting. Photos. Ever.
I'm glad I reviewed my crafting year. I feel much better than when I started this post and began thinking about this not-so-easy year. I look industrious, organized, and accomplished even, after writing this. The fact that I've got unfinished posts on about 3 years worth of room remodels, DIYs, vacations, and that beautiful wedding I mentioned, can be overlooked for now.
AH!!!!! Happy 2016 super late my Friends and my Knittas! May this year be the lovely, joyful year we crave.