One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things. ~ John Burroughs
Is it just me or did 2008 just fly by? It seems like I was just posting my farewell to 2007 and it’s already time to bid 2008 goodbye.
All in all, 2008 was a pretty good year (for both knitting and my life in general).
I finally found my sock mojo:
And, I developed some sweater mojo:
I should be finishing another sweater soon:
I knit a bunch of wash/dishcloths:
And, I knit something I needed:
The highlight of 2008 was definitely finding Sadie. She is such a joy to have around and I firmly believe that she was destined to be my dog.
Unfortunately, I did experience heartbreak again this year. I had to say goodbye to my beloved Samantha. My big wish for 2009 is to get through the year without any of my pets dying. (It’s been a rough couple of years.)
Since I detail all of my projects on Ravelry, I’ve decided to do something different with this blog (well, at least for 2009). For the next 365 days, I am going to take one picture a day and post it here. I’ve decided I want to challenge myself to look more closely at the world around me and also to document each day in my life. I have no idea what I’ll find to photograph each day, but I’ll figure it out. I also want to experiment with Picnik and discover more of their editing tools (I tend to use the same ones over and over). I’ll still do knitting posts from time to time, but for the most part this blog is going to become a picture blog.
Happy New Year!
Don’t you wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There’s one marked ‘Brightness,’ but it doesn’t work. ~ Gallagher
I think this is the longest I’ve gone without blogging since I started this thing. Since I’m documenting the heck out of my knitting projects over at Ravelry, I haven’t felt the need to blog my knitting details here anymore.
I’m considering changing the focus of this blog for 2009. I enjoy blogging (and looking back on old blog posts – they always jog a lot of memories), but there’s no need to repeat what I post on Ravelry, so this blog may evolve from being a knitting blog to being something else.
Speaking of knitting, there has been a lot of it!
The arrival of snow motivated me to knit a Dog Walking Hat:
The hat is AMAZING. I knit it out of Cascade 220 (both regular and Superwash) and it’s like a furnace on my head. I love it!
Changing up how I knit socks (from top down on dpn’s to toe up on Magic Loop) inspired me and I knocked off five pairs of socks.
This is my first pair of toe up/Magic Loop socks:
The next pair is knit out of my new favorite sock yarn, Kaleidoscope Superwash Sock Yarn from Blue Ridge Yarns:
This pair is knit out of Opal’s Harry Potter line in the Hedwig colorway:
I do love these socks, but calling this a Hedwig colorway is bullshit. I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies and I don’t recall a blue/green owl making an appearance.
Like many sock knitters, I joined the sock blank dyeing craze. This blank:
Turned into these socks:
And finally, these socks were knit from one of the first balls of sock yarn I ever purchased (at least three years ago):
The sock obsession soon morphed into sweater knitting. I’ve never been a sweater knitter, but now I’m obsessed.
Baby sweater for my best friend’s newborn son:
Around this time last year I started a Central Park Hoodie. It knit up quickly, but then I got distracted (and frustrated with how to knit the collar and buttonbands). I picked it up again last week and it’s finally finished. And it fits! (This is the first sweater I’ve ever knit for me, so I was afraid it wouldn’t fit.)
Here are the bones of my Weekend Sweater. It’s blocking now and I hope to sew it this weekend.
I’ll be swatching for my next sweater tonight. The yarn is waiting for me:
Details for all of the knits can be found on my Ravelry page.
My furry family has all been doing well. Here’s Romeo watching the dogs:
Kishka and Sadie’s relationship continues to flourish:
The three of us did a lot of hiking this fall:
Sadie especially loves chilling out in the stream:
Colorado scenery never ceases to amaze me, even after living here for 11 years.
Here’s an early morning shot of Pikes Peak:
And some high country shots from my trip to Vail in October:
I can’t really explain it, but this is one of my favorite ‘scenery’ pictures that I’ve taken this year:
And this picture is one of my favorite critter pictures I’ve taken this year:
I recently spent 10 days in Michigan visiting my parents. While there (and on the planes), I made good progress on my Genius Dishtowel.
Despite not understanding the whole knitting and yarn love thing, my parents humored me by joining me on a yarn crawl. The yarn stores there are amazing and I indulged:
I found a couple of project bags that I couldn’t leave behind:
I also bought the coolest stitch markers. They’re made out of Petoskey Stones:
Thankfully (considering all of the sock yarn I brought home), my sock mojo has returned!
I’ve switched from dpn-ing from the cuff down to magic looping from the toe up. For this first pair I’m doing one sock at a time, but my plan is to do two at a time once I nail down the whole toe up and magic loop techniques.
One of the first things I did upon returning home was take the girls to the dog park. Sadie celebrated by getting muddy:
Kishka treed a squirrel and patiently waited for him to fall or return to the ground (he never did):
July was a very dry month here in Colorado, but August has been very stormy: