WIPs and FOs of 2014

As the year ends I want to do one last update on the projects I’ve been working on. 2014 has been one heck of a year and I haven’t had much time to knit or write for this blog, but I have been super busy on other ventures, writing or otherwise.

In years past I have attempted to start blog series’ and have failed to keep up all of them. Sky Scarf Saturday had so much potential but I eventually could not keep up on knitting my daily rows and I couldn’t keep up on my photos. However, with one day left in 2014 I will give you a peek at the result this year’s high temperatures have given me.

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My sky scarf is not completely finished yet, so it’s technically a WIP. There’s still one more day to record. I won’t be able to finish it up until I get back from studying abroad this January but I’m planning on blocking the wool to hopefully lengthen it and stretch it out a bit and then sew it into a cowl because it’s a bit short for a scarf.

An FO! If you recall from earlier this year’s knitting meltdown, I finally finished my first pair of gloves! They looked like this before, with one drastically larger than the other for a still unknown reason.

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I frogged the large one and remade it so – voila!

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This one was a crochet quickie! A secret Santa present for a Chipotle loving buddy! (patterns here) I’m starting to love amigurumi and maybe I’ll do more in 2015.

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In 2015 I’ll be still working on my granny square blanket and then I’ll have to look for some new knitting adventures! I’ve been and will be doing some traveling and you know what that means – yarn store hunting! Look out for a post on some cool NYC yarn stores in the near future. This also means potentially buying yarn so inspiration is abundant.

 

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2013 Blog Resolutions

It’s New Years Eve! And you know what that means – time to make some resolutions. For 2013 and onwards I really want to improve my blog. I want to:

  1. Take better photos – With a little nudge from this post from A Beautiful Mess I’m going to be attempting a 365 photo project. I want to improve my digital photography skills and provide better photos for my blog.
  2. Create focus and quality – Sometimes I feel like I post a random smattering of things that I like, and well, it’s my blog and I should write what I like, but sometimes the things that interest me don’t interest my readers so I will focus more on the craft side of my life and less on the other things. I will still post whatever I want but more often about my knitting and DIYs and in better quality with conjunction with my photo challenge.
  3. Post more often and on time – I post in waves. There are weeks when I’m flooded with work and I have feel like I have no time to update my blog but in reality, I’m wasting it doing something unproductive (which is most likely crying fangirl tears on Tumblr, something I want to wean myself off of). There are things in my post idea notebook that I never got around to because by the time I think about writing a post, it’s not current and relevant anymore.

I think it’s better to have just a few resolutions than to try to cram your entire bucket list into one year. What are some of your New Years resolutions?

Knitting Myself Through 2012

Knitting isn’t just reserved for the cold seasons! It’s an all-year activity for me so let’s take a look at some of my biggest knitting milestones and favorite projects from 2012.

January

Pocket Scarf

February

Valentine's Day Yarn Bomb on UD's Green

Valentine’s Day Yarn Bomb on UD’s Green

March

Graphic Design Scarf for my aunt

Graphic Design Scarf for my aunt

April

I was lacking creative juice in April... a quick bag I whipped up.

I was lacking creative juice in April… a quick bag I whipped up.

May

First Prototype of my Collar Necklaces

June – July

My First Collection: Bow Tie Affair... still available in from www.girlmeetsyarn.storenvy.com

My First Collection: Bow Tie Affair… still available from http://www.girlmeetsyarn.storenvy.com

August

My First Sweater

My First Sweater

September

Sheepish Yarn Bomb Day! Sadly, they’re both gone from the lamp posts at this point.

October

Cropped Boat Neck Sweater, my first sweater design, kind of

Cropped Boat Neck Sweater, my first sweater design, kind of

November

Simple Cable Cowl

Simple Cable Cowl

December

My first pair of socks, a Christmas gift

My first pair of socks, a Christmas gift

2012 was a great year for my knitting. I can honestly cross some things off my knitting bucket list, yarn bombing, sweaters, and socks for example. I had high hopes for my Etsy shop, but things kind of… flopped so I’m going to have to take some time off from it and do some more brainstorming. Here’s to 2013! I already have a new WIP, a pair of socks for myself from the yarn I bought from my trip to East Village. What kind of knitting boundaries have you crossed in the past year and what’s on your needles for 2013?