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GFTC
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Posted - 10/29/2009 :  08:38:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit GFTC's Homepage Send GFTC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
October is coming to an end. Is everyone still knitting? I suppose those of you who are doing holiday related knitting are sensing some deadlines coming up.

Knit (all yarn from stash)
1 hot water bottle cover
7 hats to be given away
2 small placemats
finished all parts of mohair cardi, not yet assembled
1/2 finished with crocheted silk scarf

Bought
1 skein Sugar 'n Cream because a Michaels opened in Manhattan and I had to buy something

Destash
3 skeins Debbie Bliss Merino DK sold on Ravelry
6 skeins Tahki Soho Bulky donated to local non-profit thrift shop that benefits hospital
1 large painted needlepoint canvas donated to same thrift shop

It is now 6 months since I have knit a sock.

GFTC of NYC
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abt1950
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Posted - 10/30/2009 :  10:27:23 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
October has mostly been about sock knitting. I finished the September mystery sock (Fox Faces by Nancy Bush) and the Wendy Johnson pair I was working on when I last posted. I started and finished Bloomin' by Jeannie Cartmel for the October Sock Kntters Anonymous challenge on Ravelry.

At the rate I'm going, I'll burn out on sock knitting in the next few months. But they're such a nice canvas to try different techniques. Then I'll go sit with GFTC in the non-sock-knitting corner of the room.

In non-sock-related stuff, I dug out my Ogee Tunic from "Knitting Nature" that I started at my nephew's wedding in 2006. The front, with all the fancy work is done, and I'm slowly crawling up the back. Good mindless knitting.

One of my goals this year was to do more color knitting and to learn new techniques. No major new knitting techniques yet, but I cast on for my second real piece of stranded knitting yesterday--a Jared Flood hat.

Still holding at 6 UFOs, but that number will probably go up by one or two in November.

Can we not talk about buying yarn? Or books?

Anne in NJ

Knit long and prosper
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fiddlerbird555
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Posted - 10/31/2009 :  11:31:41 AM  Show Profile Send fiddlerbird555 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Very little for me in October. We went on vacation, then sewed halloween costumes. (Then the socks I was doing from two ends of a center-pull ball got well tangled).

I'm ready to do more winter mittens.

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eldergirl
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Posted - 10/31/2009 :  7:35:06 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not much for me, either, not even more yarn! :)

But a few inches more on the baby blanket for A4A November project. It's going to be pretty.

Anna
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lella
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Posted - 11/01/2009 :  12:19:40 AM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
1.I will try to not buy anymore yarn until I've knit down the stash.. ha ha ha, there's about 0 chance of that happening.

2. I WILL work hard on the Aran sweater and the Pi Shawl. They need to be finished and handed to, or sent off to, the people who are getting them.




I did get a little bit done on the Aran sweater, about 20 rows so far, though nothing on the Pi Shawl. Not even a peek inside the bag!

I did knit one pair of socks in this month, but bought enough for 4 pair of socks this month also. One out of stash, four in, gain of three.

I get this terrible rash when I don't buy sock yarn in October. What can I say.

Ann, we won't talk about books. Ok.




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scarfitup
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Posted - 11/05/2009 :  04:31:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit scarfitup's Homepage Send scarfitup a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Here were my resolutions from the original thread:

1) Continue to work off my stash
2) Develop new designs in knit, crochet, freeform, and nuno felting - accessories and jewelry.


Yes, I did!
1. Continue to work off my stash. BUT....of course I also continued to add to it - not hugely - but as needed to complete custom orders. The next resolution will be to reorganize it all once again.

2. Develop new designs: the Loopy and the Collar resulted. And both are selling, so I am gratified!

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Corddrymum
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Posted - 11/05/2009 :  07:41:07 AM  Show Profile Send Corddrymum a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had 2 resolutions. 1. Make a Lady Eleanor Shawl and 2. Learn to make sox. I haven't done either but I fully indend to do both. Hopefully in the coming year.
Robin C.
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Sticks and String
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Posted - 11/05/2009 :  11:53:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit Sticks and String's Homepage Send Sticks and String a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OK. So far, I've knit a pair of socks every month which was my main goal for 2009. The September socks are the only ones not yet finished but I have (to me) perfectly acceptable reasons and they WILL be finished in time for Christmas. On the month I did socks for the Littles in the family, I did 3 pair so I didn't feel like I was cheating...lol. For November I held a meeting of the "1 Pair of Socks Each Month" Commitee of Me, Myself and I and we all agreed that the Sock Monkey pattern I picked up free at Michaels would count as socks. :) Sock Monkey is a "thing" between DH and I so he'll be getting the Sock Monkey for Christmas.

I've also been knitting down the stash which was another goal. I've used a boatload of sock yarn, most of my single skein cotton stash (for facecloths to give with lovely hand-milled goat soaps for Christmas gifts) and I've just started a basketball season sweater project using my Bartlett stash. DH is coaching A level this year so we have twice the games and a much longer season. So I dove into the stash and set a specific project just for basketball game knitting. I've also used up a bunch of bits making ornaments and mini-sock pins.

As for purchases...ok, Michaels sucked me into buying the yarn for the Sock Monkey (3 skeins all on sale) and I have picked up 4 skeins of cotton (all on sale) for facecloths. Other than that, I haven't bought any yarn! I did buy Cookie A's Sock Innovation book and can't wait to finish my 2009 Year o' the Socks so I can move onto knitting from Cookie's book. I did the Wool Tour here in NH last month and all I bought was a lovely lambskin for DH to use on his motorcycle seat. YAY!

So I'm feeling good about my knitting year. I've met my goals so far and only have one pair of socks left, the December socks. The September socks, which are actually slippers for DD, will be finished shortly...the hangup was two-fold. I made all my mistakes on this pair and I had major issues with the insoles. Now that I've worked out the kinks (and finished another pair that was for October) I'll have them done quick.

Jo



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churchlady
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Posted - 11/05/2009 :  12:46:46 PM  Show Profile Send churchlady a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had forgotten about knitting resolutions until Clara mentioned them this week, and I went back to see if I'd made any. I was surprised to see how many were nothing to do with UFO's. So, I haven't spent less time online and more time knitting, but I have organized my stash and books and magazines on new bookcases from Ikea so the living room looks less like a disorganized studio. I am still trying to purchase fewer magazines--I hope scratching one off the list completely counts as keeping that resolution. I have joined my local knitting guild, and really enjoy it; and I did take the spinning class and my little dog is now having his fibre harvested as I resolved. I guess I achieved about 4 1/2 out of 6, and I did finish one sweater for me, as well as lots of little baby clothes for gifts and charity.
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abt1950
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Posted - 12/08/2009 :  3:57:46 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What? It's December 8 already, and there have been no reports on November. We must all be in denial about our resolutions.

I'm currently back up to 9 UFOs, with holiday knitting yet to be started (mitts, hats mostly), and another 6 or 7 projects in serious queue. I started and finished two socks in November. One was a mystery sock by Star Athena, which was one of the more challenging patterns I've done.

Both the socks were slip stitch/mosaic patterns, which I'd never done before. One of my resolutions for 2009 was to do more color knitting, so I'm happy about that. One of my other projects is a fair isle hat, so that meets the goal too.

On to December. . .

Anne in NJ

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eldergirl
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Posted - 12/08/2009 :  8:41:59 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good for you starting this up again, Anne!

Started a pair of socks which I need ! I never thought I would be so dependent on hand-knitted socks, but they are addictive to wear!

My baby blanket missed the A4A deadline, but I am giving myself leeway because I had such a hard summer......it is pretty, and I am sure they will want baby blankets again soon.

Entrelac is next: Lady Eleanor Shawl with Noro Silk Garden. Yum.

Yes bought yarn: lovely sales online. Not too much, though.

GTFC, are you still enjoying your hot water bottle with it's pretty turtleneck?

Anna

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Marg in Mirror
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Posted - 12/10/2009 :  11:40:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit Marg in Mirror's Homepage  Send Marg in Mirror a Yahoo! Message Send Marg in Mirror a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
March/April Update:
Above-mentioned socks finished and being enjoyed by the recipient.
finished 1 of each of 2 pair of socks from stash (1 "Hope Sock" from The Eclectic Sole and one "Guernsey Sock" from The Knitter's Book of Yarn, plus started a pair of "Little Shells Socks", also from stash, also from KBOY -- thanks to 2 KALs! 3/4 through a fine lace shawl ("Vernal Equinox", also from stash, also thanks to a KAL and
[*]well along on a prayer shawl ("Sierra Dreams" from The Prayer Shawl Companion -- again, from stash and for the Prayer Shawl Ministry at my church. I finished the back of the pullover I am making from stash pour moi and am up to the armhole shaping on the front. I've also started a sweater jacket for my son (from Peace Fleece in stash, for the fall), and made a mitred scarf from stash for a charity auction.

The pile's slo-o-o-wly dminishing...but it may take me years yet! LOL!

Marg in Mirror


And then I got distracted... Seriously, though, I've abandoned the projects pour moi and instead knit over 1/2 dozen dishcloths, made a top for my DD ("Sweet Tee" from Interweave Knits Spring 2009), 3 prayer shawls (1 of which is mentioned above), a baby sweater, 2 chemo caps and 2 pair of socks -- one for each of 2 different friends. Now working on Christmas gifts.

Still, all is not lost. Most items have come from my stash.

Oh, and I've been spinning more, and have learned to ply!

M in M

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fiddlerbird555
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Posted - 12/10/2009 :  3:08:56 PM  Show Profile Send fiddlerbird555 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Working on multi-color socks for DD. Could finish any time. At one point she wanted knee length, but she's also getting eager to actually have socks. Me, I'm getting a bit tired of doing straight ribbing, and if they get too long, then I won't be able to reclaim them from her if she doesn't like them. (It's finer work than I've done, but she normally claims hand-knits are too rough on her feet. At 11 her feet are almost as large as mine, but my calves are MUCH bigger.) And besides, I think the yarn would look better if it didn't go ALL the way around her legs. I'm curious what entrelac arm-warmers would look like.

And I'm playing with scrap yarn & crochet. Got a book on making snowflakes, and one on filet lace. I'm on my 2nd snowflake.

I also made "prototype" (b*tt ugly, but checking how to design them) seasickness bands for my other DD.

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abt1950
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Posted - 01/01/2010 :  1:45:48 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Final report on 2009:

I started out the year with 15 UFOs/WIPs and got them down to 6. I learned how to do mosaic/slip stitch knitting, relearned fair isle and continental knitting, did a couple of mystery kals, figured out how to retroknit a couple of things, and generally had a good time. The yarn diet went out the window, but hey, I'm now well stocked in case there's every another Yarn Drought.

Happy New Years and Happy Knitting to all!

Anne in NJ

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