Goodbye 2014!

I started 2014 unemployed and a bit lost, but getting lots of knitting done. I’m ending 2014 happily employed in a job I love, but with a lot less knitting done. With all the change and busy, busy, busy, it’s been tricky to look back at the last 12 months as a unit, but there have been some highlights.

In February we had the Ravellenic Games that almost weren’t. We did a lot of knitting and watched a lot of figure skating, and somehow I ended up with a finished jumper before the closing ceremonies. The rest of the Spring was spent enjoying my free time before I started the new job. The Summer was spent trying to find my feet, and perfecting my knitting-on-the-train techniques. September and October brought new students, a conference and the discovery of another knitter in the department because she was wearing an Owls jumper. And then the days got dark and Christmas came, and now suddenly we’re back at the start of another year.

I don’t feel like I achieved much in 2014, knitting wise, but I plan on changing that. So here are my knitting resolutions!

  • Block all the things! I have shawls and other bits and bobs that have been waiting for months for that last bit of care and attention, so my almost-FO basket needs some attention.
  • Make more time for knitting, either by taking a few minutes over lunch, or settling down with Netflix in the evenings.
  • Do all the other things too. Spinning? Sewing? Brading? Doodling? Chain maille? Time to make time for them all in 2015!
  • Sort my stash. Again.
  • Have fun!
It’s not much of a list, but right now that’s ok. I want to enjoy knitting in 2015, so that’s what I’m going to do.

 

I miss knitting

My lack of blogging for the past month (eep, sorry folks!) is strongly correlated with my lack of knitting in recent months. It’s a less than awesome state of affairs, which I am currently attempting to remedy.

The main reason for my lack of knitting is that I’m so busy with work I’ve hardly had time to stand still over the past few months. I quite like this reason, even with the yarn desert it has created. I love my job and I really enjoy working with the people in my group and department. When you’re working at a job where leaving at 5 feels like leaving early, then it helps to have excellent company doing it.

The less fun reason was that I ended up in a knitting rut. For a few weeks I found myself stuck on obligation projects. In particular, I was attempting to knit a scarf for my knitmas gift. It took me about a week to admit that a) the project wasn’t working and b) it was making me not want to spend time knitting. In the end I did a last minute switch to fingerless gloves and was able to send out my gift only a little later than planned.

In return, I got a lovely package from my knitmas elf, who’s identity remains a mystery.

First, there was a super soft, snug hat. (Apologies for potato photos. It’s hard to get good lighting this time of year!)

Then there was a whole pile of lovely noro for me to knit with! And a lace shawl pattern too!

Finally there was a small selection of very thoughtful gifts, including mint crisp, some wool wash and a few bits of stationary for my bullet journal!

Thank you elf!

As for my knitting, I’m making more time now for projects I love, so hopefully the new year will come with a flurry of FOs, along with some old FOs that are long in need of blocking.