Hey there, Happy New Year! I hope 2010 is treating you all well, thus far. My back went out just before Christmas (if you see it, please do send it back my way), so productivity was low; but, thanks to the power of pain management, sedation was high. I hope the holidays had you merry.
I am loathe to throw all of the projects I finished at the end of the year in one post; but, that is exactly what I am going to do, because spreading them out now seems silly. I did, indeed, finish Special K's vest (I am sure you were all wondering).
I am not going to lie, I hated knitting this thing. I loved the yarn, butt he stitch pattern, I think, is completely lost. It was not the prescribed yarn, but the one suggested was tweed too. The pattern came from the Queensland Collection Book 9 pattern book, the designs are by Jane Ellison; and, there are, perhaps, some of the most interesting knit designs for men in this little gem of a book. The pattern I knit is called Adam. The book has tons of amazing sweater patterns, and that is why I bought the book...but Special K was all about the vests. He picked out two other vests from the book. Why do I even bother?
I also knit some socks. Just plain and simple stockinette socks. I made them for charity, which is a first for me. I am not a selfish knitter by any means, I just usually have a particular recipient in mind.
I actually started them in 2008 right after Christmas, I sewed the tops on and stitched names in last year (2009!)... on Christmas Eve...while heavily medicated (the stitching leaves much to be desired, as you can probably imagine; but, I anticipate having to make new stockings for everyone when the boys start to either 1) think the fabric of the current stockings are uncool, or 2) think calling the 'rents "Mommy and Daddy" is totally gauche instead opting for "Mom or Dad" are dropping parental titles entirely and just refer to us by first names, as Little Sir is fond of doing now. No, really. He is.
The stockings are the only things I actually made for Christmas this year, and I am okay with that .
So those were my finishes. I have a lot of starts, but we will save my crafting starts for later. Here is a teaser though.
I am pleased to report that last evening, at approximately 7:15 EST (or 1915, if you prefer), Little Mister took his first independent steps. Four of them. In a shocking turn of events his motivation had nothing to do with food; but instead, the boy was trying to get to his brother and a laundry basket. Whatever works. Jill guessed the exact day and will get to choose her prize. Happy kick off to 2010, friends!