Eleanor Stole:Â NO CHANGE.Â It goes to the top of the actual WIP list for January & February.
Sweater of D00m:Â 80% DONE.Â The end is in sight!
Green Monkey Socks: 3/4 FINISHED.Â Finished one sock and got halfway through the second, when the needles were snapped at a party.Â I (stupidly) left my bag unattended near the kids’ play area, and when I went to work on my sock last night, the needles were all broken. :(Â Once I find my spare set, I’ll keep working on it, but they’re still not done.
Mittens:Â 80% DONE.Â Almost there–experienced a setback when I was away from home for several days without the project, and twice I took the bag with me somewhere but forgot the pattern at home.
Christmas Stocking:Â Â FINISHED.Â Finished, shipped, and loved!Â Pics to come later.
Angora Lace Scarf: Â FINISHED.Â I decided to power on ahead despite the error in the knitting, and I’m glad I did.Â The result was really pretty–I got compliments on it everywhere I went!Â I wore it to my Thanksgiving celebrations and the December guild meeting.Â It was the perfect scarf for the season!
Cashmere/Silk/Wool batts from Abby:Â Â 75% DONE.Â I made some headway but not a lot; there’s still a quarter of one batt left to go.Â I will save the second batt for another project, since one batt will be plenty for the smoke ring I plan to make.Â I’ll be making “Ice Queen” from the Winter 2007 Knitty.
Undyed Wool/Angora batts:Â FINISHED.Â Plied with ANOTHER wool/angora blend that I had half-done before.Â This counts as two finished projects for me, since I discovered the purple wool/angora in progress after making the original list.
â€œHarvestâ€? Wool:Â NO CHANGE.Â The second hank still needs to be spun.
Leftover singles:Â Â FINISHED.Â This was the big surprise for me!Â I thought I’d have like 200 yards or so when I plied them all and emptied the bobbins.Â However, I ended up with over 400 yards!Â The small skeins I got are the pic on my index page of www.divinebird.com.Â Afterward, I found a few more bobbins that had silk & stuff on them, so I even had more.
Corriedale for Lilith:Â Â NO CHANGE.Â Lilith said it would be ok to wait on it ’til after the New Year, so it was removed from the list.
OTHER PROJECTS STARTED/DISCOVERED AFTER ORIGINAL LIST:
Wensleydale:Â FINISHED.Â I spun the rest of the bump and plied it all, and it’s now on my shop for sale.
Rambouillet/Border Leicester:Â 3/4 DONE. The last of the three bumps of wool given to me as a gift, this 4oz bump has been spun into singles and awaits plying.Â I plan to use it for socks for my husband.
Iris Garden Alpaca, batch #2:Â 1/2 DONE.Â I have one bobbin full of singles, and enough fiber to fill another bobbin.Â This one is coming out much darker than the original batch I spun back in March.Â This has a lot more of the dark blue in it, whereas the other batch had more green and yellow.
Boot Toppers:Â 3/4 DONE.Â From the Interweave Knits Holiday issue.Â I am making one of each to wear with my Docs, because the tops of the boots dig into my calves a bit.Â One is done, the other is half done.Â I put them aside when I had to work on Christmas gifts.
Bulky Hat & Scarf:Â FINISHED. The yarn was from my first swap, over 3 years ago.Â I liked the colors and softness of the yarn but couldn’t really think of what to do with it, as I don’t use much bulky thick & thin yarn.Â Then one day in November I decided to whip up a hat during one of the Patriots games, and last night I finished a scarf in the same yarn.Â I have more of the yarn left over, but the hat & scarf can go up into my shop as a set.Â Hurrah!
All of the above things were done in the last TWO MONTHS.Â It’s pretty amazing to think of all the work I’ve put into projects in that time.Â I had planned to sew all of my gifts for people this year, too, but had to admit defeat on the 23rd.Â I also managed to do some stash culling and reorganized part of my yarn & fiber stashes.
The upshot is that while I’m not starting with a clean slate in 2008, I AM starting with a cleanER slate than I would have.Â I have the chance to play with some of my fibers that I’ve been holding off on. Â I’ll be starting on a sweater for myself sometime in the middle of the month, working on a design for some gloves that I’d like to submit to Knitty, and in February, my fleece goes off to be processed.Â It’ll come back in April…and by then, I plan to have finished most of the rest of this list.
My fiber-related New Year’s resolution is to spin from my stash until the end of tax season (April 15).Â Outside of gifts or gift certificates, I am not to buy any new spinning fiber until then.Â I chose that date because the fiber festivals start in April, so I’d like to be able to buy new stuff then.Â I will also continue my trend of using small amounts of cash instead of checks or the card when I go to these events, so I don’t overspend.
What are your planned projects for 2008?Â Did you make any New Year’s resolutions?