Taking stock of 2012.

I started and finished 30 projects within 2012, 15 of which were for me.
These include: 3 Cowls, 3 sets of mitts, 5 hats, 11 socks, 2 shawls, 4 baby cardigans, a baby blanket, a toddler dress, a snowman, a dishcloth and a coffee cosy. I also knit 3 complete adult garments (New Zealand top, Ardara, Owls) and finished my purple cabled cardigan.
I spun a lot on the wheel that I have on loan from the wonderful S. In total I handspun 8 different yarns using a mixture of spindle and wheel.

2012 saw my first ventures into colourwork in knitting: intarsia, intarsia design and double-knitting with an improvised design. I also tried knitted beaded lace, toe-up socks, sideways socks, garter stitch grafting, tubular cast on, twisted stitches and felting for the first time in 2012. I even designed  a few items: frosty mitts, fox hat, cup cosy and improvised and re-designed a number of others.

I realised I did no crochet at all last year so I intend to do more of that in 2013. In particular I really want to try tunisian lace crochet like Aoibhe’s Venus, Honeymeade and Freya. Also a big traditional shawl like Gathering Leaves.

I started 2013 with 27777 metres of yarn, mostly full skeins or at least decent amounts.
I used just over 9km of yarn last year -  so I should have enough in stash to last me three years! With that in mind I’ll be trying my best to knit as much as possible from stash. As we saw before when I blogged my stash, it’s mostly lace and sockweight so I will have to buy yarn for specific projects. Or if there’s a sale :)

I want to knit garments with the yarns I have in sufficient quantities -  the alpaca, nepal and the cone of fingering weight – all of which are purple of course! I’m thinking of ‘audrey‘, ‘woodburne cardigan‘ and ‘ink‘ but I haven’t decided yet. All of the yarns are a bit scratchy for my skin so nothing that would be too close to the skin. So no polo-necks! I am really excited to knit socks from the new book G got me for Christmas – Socktopus. As well as making some socks on the loom that was another part of my present. I plan to knit some accessories for me like a beanie hat to replace my rathcooney so tragically missing. Some mittens and a soft cowl too! Other plans for 2013 include trying nupps which I will tell you all about in my next post on the #SwallowtailKAL.

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