2013 was my first full year of knitting, and I was surprised when I checked my Ravelry projects page and found that I completed 15+ projects in 2013...I had no idea I had completed so much!

 

 

  1. 1. Baby Girl Blanket for Lauren (started in December 2012 but completed in 2013)
  2. 2. Aspen Shawl (started in December 2012 but completed in 2013)
  3. 3. JD's Waffle Scarf
  4. 4. St. James pullover sweater
  5. 5. Aspen Scarf for Mom
  6. 6. Sproutlette Baby Dress for Lauren
  7. 7. Color Block Alpaca Wrap
  8. 8. Swirl Baby Hat (never got around to gifting it, so it's for the next new baby girl that arrives)
  9. 9. About 6 dishcloths, in various patterns and colors
  10. 10. Left Bank Cardigan
  11. 11. Show Me Your Boutons fingerless mitts
  12. 12. JD's Dude Hat
  13. 13. Pop's Watch Cap
  14. 14. Princess and the Canoe Shawl
  15. 15. Fall Flower pullover
All in all, a pretty productive year!  I'm very proud of myself, not only for the total number of completed projects but also in the quality of my knitting. I can definitely see improvement from my earliest projects to those just finished. I tackled quite a few new techniques in 2013 as well...using double-pointed needles, short rows, adding beads, and different types of cast-on methods. I also used all different types of fibers (wool, cotton, silk, alpaca) and weights (fingering, DK, sport and worsted).

As for 2014, I can already tell that this will be the Year of the Sock. I finally tackled my first pair of socks in the last week of December, and I absolutely love knitting them. I have so many new sock patterns in my Ravelry favorites it's getting ridiculous...if I didn't knit anything but socks this year I still couldn't finish them all. Here's a hint of my first sock project...full pictures to come when they are finished.

I plan to renew my membership in the indigodragonfly Smart Ass Knitters club when it comes up in February...can't wait to see what Kim and Ron come up with in the new year! In addition, I have signed up for the Bare Naked Knitspot club for 2014. Anne Hanson's patterns are so beautiful...classic without being boring, and I love the idea of natural fibers in their undyed state, so I can't wait for that first shipment as well.

One phobia I hope to overcome this year is my aversion to seamed sweaters. I have never been one for sewing, and the idea of having to assemble pieces to complete a sweater has always scared me off. But with Amy Herzog's new CustomFit program, I am challenging myself to get over this fear and just do it. It has really helped me to read Amy's blog and participate in the various Ravelry discussion boards for the CustomFit program.  Amy emphasizes the idea that you are Making Clothing and not just random knitting. Real clothing should be properly constructed (i.e. in pieces and seamed) and be an integral part of your wardrobe. I have nearly all the pieces completed on my first CustomFit sweater...an open-front cardigan. With any luck, my first seamed project will be completed by the end of this month!

Finally, I hope to connect with more knitters in 2014.  Not just on Ravelry, but in person and more regularly. I plan to attend my LYS knit nights and other events whenever possible, and there are a few fiber-related events that are on my calendar for 2014: Toronto Knitter's Frolic in April, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May, and maybe even Rhinebeck!

So that's my wrap-up of 2013 and plans for 2014...what projects did you complete this past year? Any exciting goals for 2014?