25 March 2009

What I did over my blog break

I knit up a storm last year. I just had blognesia and completely forgot to blog about what I was working on (some friends would say that they reminded me a few times).

Here are just a few highlights:
The Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann (made for a friend's newborn baby boy). I really took advantage of the Knit Picks 40% off book sale and got copies of The Opinionated Knitter, Knitting Without Tears and Knitters Almanac. I love EZ's wit and good common knitting sense. I see many more EZ projects in my future.
I started the Twilight socks the morning of my little sister's college graduation in May. I finished sometime in the fall. These are my second pair of socks and a week doesn't go by when I don't wear them to bed or with jeans. I did try the two-at-a-time technique with these socks, but I got really tangled. I got to the heel, put one sock on stitch markers and just proceeded one at at time.

I tried my first seamless, raglan sweater, Francis Revisited. I bought the yarn over a year ago when my boss gave me a gift certificate for Knit Picky Yarns. I thought it was going to be the Tree Jacket, but I am glad that I chose this sweater pattern instead - I love how it drapes. I have a really hard time not wearing it every day.

I knit not one, but two thongs this year. They were both bachelorette party gifts for close friends. From my Ravelry notes: When I bought two skeins of Risata last summer, I was pretty sure that they would be knit up into a pair of socks. However, I used both to knit thongs for bachelorette party gifts. I started this one as the train departed Greensboro for DC. Luckily, no one asked me what I was knitting while I was on the train. I bound off the stitches as the train pulled into Union Station. I wove in the ends when I got to my friend’s, the hostess, apartment in Chinatown. I did this discreetly as her father sat a few feet away. After the hostess’s parents and husband left I started the i-cord waist tie. I knit on this mysteriously through the night as we talked, laughed and sipped wine. All the other guests knew was that I making 40 inches of … something. Near the end of the night, I snuck away to thread the i-cord through the eyelet row and, voila … a thong was born.
So, that plus a few more projects is how I spent my year. Hopefully it won't be another 13 months until my next post.


Cas... said...

Now that's an interesting gift! A knitted thong! I doubt she will get many of those as gifts.

Fun stuff!

Keep on blogging so I can visit your site.

Virtuous said...

Gurl you know I gotta keep up with you on Flickr! ;op

But I didn't know about the thongs!! I still want to do those and garter bands! :o)

Keep on knitting and we will still be here!!

KimT said...

Fantastic! You were very very productive in 2008. Love the thong!