year in yarn!

Wow, this was the Year of Crochet for me! It’s no wonder, given I was working at a crochet magazine for the bulk of the year, but even I’m surprised by how much I had the hook in my hand in 2010.

My creation

And man, look how all the projects are so teeny! I was kind of a yarny slacker this year, huh, though I made up in quantity what I lacked in serious quality. (Not that each project isn’t impeccable, of course.)

I think one reason my knitting and crocheting has been so light in the last year is because I discovered sewing, and that was really keeping me busy. I haven’t blogged at all about my forays into piecing, so instead of doing a wrap-up of 2010, I’ll just start blogging about what I’ve done.

There’s one sweater in there that I’ve yet to blog—very soon, I will—but I merely finished it this year (the turtleneck and the seaming were all I had left to do when I set the sweater aside two years ago!).

Still, I’m happy with this output. I like that I made so many cute adorable toys and accessories, and I actually like that all but TWO of this year’s FOs were gifts or group projects. (Oh I just realized I also knit a square for Haddy’s blanket and I know I shot it but I can’t for the life of me remember when it was shot.)

One of the projects for me that was never officially blogged and I didn’t put in the mosaic was my Rhinebeck Skirt! Which I really ought to get into pattern form for you guys, but somehow I just haven’t had the urge to sit down and write it out. Someone bug me about that this year, alright?

OK then, resolution time! Let’s knit something just for me! Something like a sweater—not a skirt, not an accessory. Let’s make a dent in that growing stash, too—anyone remember when I had just two baskets of yarn and that was IT? It’s grown exponentially in the ensuing years, and is not helped by now working full-time in craft publishing. I am handed free yarn on a regular basis these days! For which, believe me, I am truly grateful, and I snatch it up and hold it to me and don’t let anyone else have it, but I need to start picking projects and working with all the gorgeous yarn I receive.

So here’s to the start of 2011 and more crafty goodness!

14 Responses to year in yarn!

  1. lauren says:

    wow so many toys all together in that mosaic!! So super cute. And for the love of God woman, write up that skirt pattern! I hereby appoint myself head of the “remind Minty about her skirt pattern” committee.

  2. Monica says:

    I love small projects, but it’s true that it’s nice to have the time for a bigger project for yourself. Getting free yarn handed to you all the time? I wish I had THAT problem.
    And I absolutely agree that you need to put that skirt pattern on paper!
    Happy New Year

  3. Amy J says:

    Happy New Year! Just bought some yarn today to make some of your hotpads…for gifts ;) Been awhile since I crocheted….then some sewing…kids don’t need fed, right?

  4. Kathy says:

    I haven’t had a hook in my hand (with the exception of emergency repairs), since I picked up knitting 3 years ago. I love your cute little fish, so many I’ll change things up a bit this year. Hope that 2011 finds you creating things you love.

  5. Heather says:

    So glad I got to see that skirt in person at Rhinebeck! Your crocheted toys are killing me, esp. that crazy lil robot dude. Your crocheted flamingo is among my favorite little pals I’ve ever received, thanks again for sending it my way.

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