It’s so satisfying to see them all laid out like that.
This may be of interest to no one else but me, but I like to know my knitting stats. So here they are:
total knits: 36 (the mosaic only has 30 squares because some of the knits were multiples of the same item – like the next and the gingerbread men – and I also grouped a couple of things together).
sweaters: 8 + 2 shrugs (4 baby sweaters, 2 kids sweaters, 2 adult sweaters
other: 1 dishcloth, 1 spider-web, 3 birds nests, 2 gingerbread men
baby stuff: 9 (including 3 BSJs)
kid stuff: 7
gifts: 20 (not including the 6 things for my own kids)
for me: 10
It really helps me to see the number of things I knitted for others (a total of 26 if I include what I knitted for my kids) versus what I knit for myself, because I generally think of myself as a selfish knitter. I’m also really surprised at how many baby things I knit this year. I think I’m done with BSJs for awhile, and maybe with baby stuff in general for a bit.
Things I want to knit more of 2009:
sweaters for me
stuff for my kids
socks (I’m truly shocked at how few socks I knit in 2008 – and only one of the pairs was for me. I actually cast on for twice that many but haven’t yet finished the other 2 pairs).
I also plan to always knit at least one last shawl/stole a year, and preferably more.
If I had to name a favorite knit of 2008, I would probably say my February Lady Sweater. I loved every minute of making it, and the end result is exactly what I’d hoped. It is such a classy little number, and I feel so good wearing it. My Moonshadow Stole would be a close second – I won’t wear it as much as the FLS of course, but it is definitely probably the most stunning piece I made this year. I love lace so much and it is so satisfying to finish a shawl.
36 is a pretty good number of knits, especially considering that that includes 2 adult sweaters and 1 lace stole. But I actually cast on for more items than that number represents. After I do my 2008 sewing retrospective, I will take a look at the unfinished knits of 2008 and consider what will happen to them next.
I would be remiss not to acknowledge that one of the biggest knitting-related accomplishments of 2008 was my Full Circle Raffle. 124 people entered, I gave 9 prizes away, and we raised a total of $2317. That was so exciting, and I still remain grateful for all the support. You’re the best!