Construction Update! Please excuse the mess over here. I’m going through a bit of an on-line remodel these days, and it’s been more of a pain than desired and anticipated. Thanks for sticking with me. Good things coming soon!
What a year. 2017! It started off rough and has ended much better than I could ever expect. I’m looking forward to 2018 with a renewed optimism that I haven’t felt in quite some time, and it’s spectacularly fabulous.
I learned so much from my knitting this year. I was able to finish a lot of beautiful projects. I am really proud of my designs this year and was able to see how my own style and approach to knitting has grown and evolved, as well as my ability to share my work with the ever faithful Knit-Universe.
I started off 2017 with a clear intention to partner with and support indie dyers. Through this process, I met Allison Barnes, Stephanie at Knitley Road, and Daien at Beloved Yarn. All three dyers are extraordinary women, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know them by following their lives and talent through Instagram. I would happily host all three, should they ever come to visit. It’s been fun “meeting” people in this surreal online space and forging relationships that blur into “real life.”
Designs and Pattern Updates
I worked up nine!!! designs and pattern updates this year, which really kept me busy. Although honestly I wish I could have gotten to so many more. I have an abundance of ideas swirling in my head, but I haven’t been able to find the time to make them all happen. I worked up four cowls this year (Pansyland, Garden Party, Bayland, and my updated Twist Cowl), as well as three new or updated shawls (Twist Shawl, Take Me to the Party, Blast Off to the Sun, and a new shawl design that I love and am ALMOST ready to launch.) I also updated my two favorite hat patterns (Samoa and The Best Hat Ever) and designed a simple kid-sized poncho (Celia’s Poncho).
I even started making video overviews and quirky tutorials for my designs, which is a lot of work but also fun. I personally find videos super helpful in my own knitting, so I’ve thought it valuable to do the same for others. (My YouTube channel is over hear if you aren’t already a subscriber.)
In addition to designing, I still made time to knit just for fun. Otherwise, what’s the point of it all? I really love how my Riverton Tee turned out, and my Lesley sweater gets a lot of wear. I really enjoy knitting tees and sweaters and hope to make them more of a priority in 2018.
I would be remiss not to mention my socks here. I only knit up four pairs this year, with a fifth pair almost ready to pop off my needles. I knit a pair to gift, some stripey socks I mostly knit in Panama, an orange pair I am particularly fond of, and my super bright and cheery pair that are my current favorites. (My socks don’t always land a spot on the blog, but they always make an appearance over on Instagram.)
My Cocktail Series
2017 has been the year of the cocktail series! This was something on my list for a long time, and it was fun to make it happen. Most recently, I shared the pomegranate lemondrop. (This reminds me that I am overdue for another cocktail post! What shall we drink next, knitters?)
Wishing You a Happy New Year
I realize some of you are new to this space (welcome!), but I also know that many of you visit here often and have been following my story. So may readers have even taken the time to email me kind notes, reach out, and say hello. I have been so touched by all of your comments and messages. Truly. It restores my faith in the humanity in each of us. Knitters are an amazing bunch, and I hope we can all convene on the tropical island of your choosing soon.
In the meantime, please know I am wishing you the healthiest and brightest of New Years. If 2017 wasn’t your year (it certainly wasn’t mine…), then I hope 2018 is your year to shine. Tomorrow is a new day. And a new year. Like I tell Reed, anything is possible.
Happy New Year.