31 December 2012

The 2012 that was

The light is fading on the last day of the year, and my Tea Leaves cardigan sits beside me, along with the buttons to sew on and a tapestry needle to weave in the ends for the last finished project of 2012.

Things started slowly as I was away at the beginning of January, but with a week's grace I completed a pair of Frostbite mittens for Ravelry's NaKniMitMo. They have had plenty of wear.

The 20 in 12 was originally to be things knitted (start to finish) but that turned out to be somewhat ambitious, not least because I chose some large, time-consuming projects. Still, a decent chunk of knitting done and, counting in things finished this year and also sewing, I was well over twenty items without resorting to small, pointless, for-the-sake-of-it things. Though my miniquilt has not yet seen service as the potholder I retrospectively decided it should be.

So, completed in 2012:

1. bonnet rouge
2. Frostbite mittens
3. Zip-up purse
4. Green floral drawstring bag
5. Owls jumper (finished in 2012)
6. Owlet jumper (finished in 2012)
7. Corduroy catastrophe skirt
8. Tiptoe through the Tulips socks
9. 93rd birthday mittens
10. Colour Disaffection
11. Surf Socks
12. Blue zip-up pouch
13. Zip-up knitting notions purse
14. Lined drawstring knitting bag
15. Japanese print drawstring bag
16. Car print drawstring bag
17. Knit night hat
18. Yellow gingham baby blanket
19. Yellow baby sandals
20. Red gingham baby blanket
21. Blue and white striped bootees
22. Terra shawl
23. Tea Leaves cardigan
24. Miniquilt

And now, for some special mentions:

Technique of the Year: a close-run thing, but Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off just pips Kitchener stitch.

Yarn of the Year: Cascade 220, hands down.

Disaster of the Year: cutting off the end of my finger with a rotary cutter. It did not grow back; the end of my index finger now has a flat patch on one side.

Knitfail of the Year: Colour Disaffection. I spent two months knitting that bastard. (Of course, had I read the many, many notes on Ravelry, I could have avoided most of the problems that befell it.)

Project of the Year: Terra. Love, love, love.

Farewell, 2012.

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