So I am in Chicago right now. But I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Truly.
It seems like just yesterday that I started this blog, mostly to keep track of what I was doing and to let family and friends know what I was up to. Well, very few of my friends and even fewer family types read my knit blog these days, and that's okay because I have found all of you like-minded people (and I have gotten a few of my friends to pick up knitting, bonus). It's been great. Those of you who read and comment spur me on with your ideas, support and general feedback. Those of who blog, thanks for the inspiration and motivation (the lively banter is always fun too). Those of you who like to lurk, well, lurk on (I am a lurker sometimes too, and really, there is nothing wrong with that at all--thanks for stopping in).
It's been a great first year, I have knit a goodly amount of items. I have made friends; and, the fun, it amounts to a barrel of monkeys...no, two barrels of monkeys! So yes, thank you.
And you are probably wondering about that Wollmeise....
Thank you all for the suggestions. There were a lot of good things to consider. I was surprised to see how many suggestions were made for things I have already knit...like the Chevron Scarf or the Swallowtail Shawl. Or things that I am "in the process" of knitting, like Pomatomus. I felt like I was totally ahead of the curve, this is a rare thing for me. Thanks!
There were many shawl patterns, all very good ideas; and the gloves were sheer genius, Ashley. But that would be purely for process...I would have no where to wear them (unless I knit them in white...I guess I could then wear them to work in the archives...but that might be overkill...just a little). In the end, I thought that socks of the tall variety seemed intriguing. Being a process knitter of sorts, I think I would enjoy the experience of knitting knee-his, if not actually wearing them. And who knows, I might even like wearing them, I'll have to knit them to see.
The pattern I decided to go with? The Spiral Boot Socks in the Summer 2007 IK. It was suggested by Stacey, Christy and Melissa. I didn't even stop to look at the pattern in the magazine because the modeled pair was pink. Yeah, it's all about styling and color choice sometimes, isn't it?
So the winner:
Because the winner was Christy, I felt compelled to throw in some orange and red in my little drawing (I have been watching more Miami Ink and LA Ink than is healthy, does it show?). Christy, go here and choose your colors and intensity and let me know what you'd like. (If you didn't win, you should still go and shop for your own Wollmeise (should you be so inclined), the service is great and well, it's Wollmeise).
Thank you all for your suggestions, well wishes, comments and reading. I hope the last year has been as fun for you as it's been for me. Thanks. Smoochie boochies. Mwah!