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2011 in yarn: the annual wrap-up

2011wrapup

My attention span for knitting grew, apparently, this year. Take a look at last year‘s output: Practically all amigurumi. This year? I’ve got sweaters, relatively large shawls, and a full-on dress. I dabbled in other crafts, but this was the return of knitting, in all its glory. It’s also the year I discovered designer Veera Välimäki, as is evident by having knit four of her designs this year (one not pictured but blocking as I type), one pattern twice! Turns out I was also bad at documentation this year (no surprise): There are two projects in this mosaic that I never blogged about!? Unacceptable.

a tale of two yarns

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It’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week! I surely needed a kick in the blogging pants much like many other of my erstwhile knitbloggers, so I thought I’d join in the fun. Day 1, March 28, asks us to tell A Tale of Two Yarns. It’d be easy to honestly say that the yarns I most want to talk about are always the ones I just worked with, from the awesome feel and colors of Alisha Goes Around to the Manos Rittenhouse I used for the first time in January. But if I were to specify two yarns that I like to go back to time and again …

mitts for nanny

nanny-mitts

Back when I posted the Jury Duty Mitts (the Cabled Mitts from Crochet Today), I got an email from my grandmother, who my cousins and I call Nanny, asking if I could make her a pair of fingerless mitts, because her hands are often cold. She saw the post (yes! my savvy 80-something-year-old grandmother follows my blog) and realized how perfect something like that would be for her. I had no intended recipient for the mitts, so I said I’d mail her one of those pairs.

But, like a bad granddaughter, I never got around to it. And every time I picked them up, the scratchiness of that wool turned me off. I couldn’t mail those to her! So this weekend I finally took the time to make her something worth having.

Rhinebeck!

rhinebeck!

I slept for twelve hours last night, but I think I’ve now recovered from my first full workweek at the new job, and the adventure that was Rhinebeck yesterday! Holly, Tania, and I drove up for the day on Saturday and got to pet a lot of yarn, almost get run over by a llama, say hi to a ton of old friends (some for the first time!), take in the fall foliage, and even sample some tasty noms.