Looking back, what was your major knitting/crochet/spinning accomplishment for the last year?
Surprisingly, it was the Mullins Bay scarf I knitted for my MIL for Christmas. Not only because the project was really beautiful, but also because it was so well-received. Everything about that project just worked out perfectly. I am thinking about doing one for myself now in different colors.
What was your biggest lesson in 2009?
That when I set a goal for myself, I need to stick to it instead of letting things slide. I did that with my Socks in 2009 project, by not immediately starting a new pair once I got ahead of myself in the first third of the year. If I’d done that, I would have been farther along when the house move and the big trip happened, which would have meant that taking off 5 weeks from knitting due to pneumonia would NOT have put me irretrievably behind. Next time, I make hay while the sun shines.
What skeletons are in your project basket?
The Eleanor wrap that I’ve been working on since…uh…2003. I can’t bring myself to frog it but there’s always something else I want to work on. I’m not entirely sure I want to keep working on it in that yarn, anyway, so it’s been in limbo. I frogged and finished everything else that was that old in 2008, so it’s the lone holdover. It has its own hatbox and everything. Idunno what I should do with it.
What’s your favorite yarn from the last year?
If we’re talking FINISHED yarn, then I think I’d say it’s a tie between Dream in Color Smooshy and the Laughing Rat handdyed yarn I used on Mullins Bay. For unfinished handspun, it’s the bobbin of brilliant peacock-green silk that will take me forever to finish. That yarn will be SEXY.
List your active works in progress.
Knitting: Still working on last year’s socks–Bunny’s red socks, Bunny’s grey alpaca socks, my Tango Nouveau socks, Spiral striped Autumn colored socks, bias ribbon scarf.
Spinning: Superfine laceweight alpaca, earthy flowery colored BFL, hand-combed Romney fleece, hand-combed black fleece, remaining Brown Sweater Project yarn
What are your knitting/crochet/spinning goals for 2010?
Knitting – frog the inactive WIPs and finish the active ones; make a decision on the Eleanor
Crocheting – try crocheting a pair of socks again. Last time was not such a great experience, but I’m ready to try again.
Spinning – finish the BSP yarn and the alpaca. Wash the rest of the two fleeces and get them combed. Spin 1000 yards on a spindle during Ravelympics.
What knitting or crochet projects are on your radar for the New Year?
The Totoro mittens I found on Ravelry; the BSP
Anything else you’d like to tackle?
Like Kris, I need to destash something fierce. I also need to go through my fabric collection since it’s all now finally in one place. I culled that stash years ago but now that my life has changed yet again, I need to shed some more. Aiming to have that done (or at least started) before the Guild auction! Oh, and it’s not fibery, but I really want to draw more. I was doing an art meme that has you choose four images per year for the last 6 years…and two of the years I didn’t even HAVE four drawings done. How embarrassing.