I Feel Possessed
I'm still knitting hats. I don't know what's gotten into me, but I'm enjoying the process. This week, I made two more hats, Bobbi from Hip Knit Hats, and an earflap hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Photos soon.
I also brought some more BS Lamb's Pride Bulky for at least one more hat which I'll work on while catching some football. I already feel a little sad because this is the last weekend of the regular NFL season.
Five for '05
I've seen some retrospective posts for 2005, and I thought I'd try my hand at one, so here are some my favorite projects for 2005.
5. Lacy Scarf from Vogue Knitting
I needed a scarf for Crochetville's Summer Scarf Swap, and I wanted something nice and lacy. This lovely scarf from the Summer 2005 issue of Vogue Knitting fit the bill although it's not the first place where most would find a crocheted pattern.
I used size 5 thread from Opera, which has a lovely sheen to it and it worked up very fast.
I even made one for myself. Perhaps I'll make another one for Spring. Wouldn't it be pretty in pink?
Here are some other scarves that I worked on this year.
Clapotis from Knitty
It's wonderful project, although it was scary to drop stitches on purpose at first, and the Kirsti yarn is just wonderful. I still haven't blocked her, though.
Branching Out from Knitty
Alas, it's only halfway done, and I must finish it--shame on me. It's such a beautiful scarf, and a great pattern from Susan. I even have the yarn for the next one.
I won it in a contest on Jeni's blog.
One more scarf.
It's just a simple single crocheted scarf out of Noro's Kureyon. I made it as a store sample for a crochet class I'm teaching next month.
4. Lil' Darlings Baby Hat
Love at first sight! Very quick and easy and adapts to many different yarns (I like Cotton Ease).
Here are two satisfied customers...
3. Tivoli (now Picovoli) Tee
2. Espresso Doily
This is my favorite doily. The pattern is fabulous--hands down.
It can be found in Coffee N' Creme Doilies by Patricia Kristoffersen. I'm a major fan of her work, and I think this leaflet has her most lovely creations.
Here are some other Trish doilies I made this year.
Hazelnut from Coffee N' Creme Doilies
Rosa from Doilies with a Twist
Don't fear the twists. They were easy (oh yes, they were!), but time consuming.
and Precious from Simply Delightful Doilies
1a. Horse Around Purse
This bag is really cool. I wanted to make this pattern as soon I as I saw it in Crochet Me. I had never done tapestry crochet before, but it is every easy and it makes a nice sturdy material that looks woven. So many people were surprised when I told them it was crocheted. I'm glad to be able to show off the versatility of crochet.
1. Market Square Bag
The Market Square Bag was my favorite project of 2005. It's also my favorite bag. I get lots of use out of it, and it gets compliments everywhere I take it.
The first time I saw one was when I took my first knitting class, and my teacher walked in with one. I didn't know you could do that with knitting and I was in parts intimidated, but intrigued.
When I saw it in the book, Bags: A Knitter's Dozen, I had to try it. Really, it wasn't hard, and I found the instructions very well written.
Twelve for '05?
Well, it turned out to be twelve for '05. I got carried away, and besides, Five for '05 just sounds whittier. I learned a lot about knitting and crocheting this year, and hope to try new techniques and learn even more next year.
Yesterday afternoon's South Carolina vs. Missouri game was a stunner--especially since the score in the first quarter was 21-0 in Carolina's favor. Many of my co-workers are Gamecock fans, so I'm sure they aren't happy, and I feel bad for them. I am a Clemson grad and fan, but I support my other state teams when they don't play Clemson.
Clemson won its bowl game, but it wasn't very pretty.
I'm glad Tony Dungy will be back on the sidelines with Indy tomorrow. He has been through a terrible tragedy, yet he has to be one of the classiest people in the NFL, and I admire him greatly.
In my fantasy league, I made the playoffs, but lost in the first round, so I'm out of the money, but I'm playing for 5th place (out of 14). That's not so bad.
Bowling for Vera?
I plan to ring in 2006 by going bowling. It should be interesting since I don't know how.
A Year at My Favorite Planet
I'll leave you with this Saturn photo.