Saturday, January 01, 2011
Goodbye 2010... Hello 2011
2010 was the year of lace and handspun for me. I did attempt to knit 10 shawls in 2010, but only made half of my goal. I actually started nine shawls this year, three of which are in various states of completion and the last one needs to be ripped and started over. I really think that the reason I did not reach my goal was because I spun for most of my shawls. Two handspun mitts, a cowl, a baby gift and an owl made for a fun 2010. I wasn't nearly as productive as I was in '09 but I think I lost some knitting mojo this year. I hope that '11 will bring more inspiration, both creatively and through my blog.
Despite the uninspired knitting I was inspired to spin up a storm. I managed to spin about 5446 yards, all shown except for one in the mosaic. I tried some new fibers this year, and learned to love merino/tencel once more. I'm excited for this year, I will be joining more fiber clubs and trying different fibers in attempt to break out of my merino/bamboo box I'm in.
2010 also found Scott and I traveling across the Atlantic for the first time. I have yet to write up our adventure in England, which I'm slowly but surely doing. We had such a blast seeing so many amazing places.
We also made our home a bit more ours by installing a patio and turning one of the bedrooms into a craft room. Hopefully this summer won't be as hot and we will be able to enjoy our patio a bit more.
I also tried my hand at gardening for the first time. I started seeds, albeit a bit too early, planted a workable but not the best vegetable garden. I made some mistakes but despite the poor planning and placement of plants it still yielded a good amount of food. I also tried canning for the first time. My summer jam turned out more like soft jelly candy than spreadable jam but my apple butter was simply amazing. This summer I want to can a bunch more jams and vegetables. I'm hoping that my fledgling raspberry patch will thrive.
This year I hope to:
knit more sweaters and socks
spin a variety of fibers
write in my blog once a week
plant a bigger garden
can more foods
What are your hopes and dreams for 2011?