Thursday, December 31, 2015

The End Is Near

I cannot believe that it's the last day of 2015. What a year it has been! It's been a busy one but also a productive one. As is my habit, this last post of 2015 will be a bit introspective -- but first, an update on the WIPs, neither of which is likely to be done by midnight.

First, there's the colorwork cowl. I'm nearly to the eighth (of ten total) color block.

I am planning to spend most of my knitting time today on this project, and I'm hoping to have it finished either before we leave to return home or shortly after we get back.

Then there's a new project, which I cast on for on Tuesday -- a new pair of striping socks in Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce (and, incidentally, she currently has an end-of-year 20% off sale going on now). This colorway is After the Harvest (Brights).

I got the cuff done on these on Tuesday, but all of the leg you see here was done at the movies last night -- I only have half an inch left to knit before it's time to start the heel. These will be coming with me on the plane.

So now that the WIPs have been wrangled, it's time for introspection.

As I said before, it's been a very busy year. I set myself some rather lofty design goals for the year, and in spite of all that life has thrown my way, I managed to meet most of them. I had an extremely productive year of designing, for one, publishing 17 new patterns (including three in third-party publications) and bringing my total design portfolio to 50 patterns. I don't know that it's a feat I'll manage to duplicate in 2016, but I'm really proud of myself for putting in all the extra work to get it done.

Another goal I set for myself was to keep blogging regularly, and I think I've managed three posts most weeks. I know that the age of knit blogging has waned in some respects, and there have been times when I've considered shutting down the blog for good, but I am glad I've kept up with it. I know people are reading (and thank you so much for doing so!), even if comments are much more rare than they used to be -- and frankly I'm guilty of not commenting myself on the blogs I read, given how much time is at a premium and I often find myself skimming to stay up to date. I know I still get excited when a post gets a comment, so I'm going to try to be better about leaving them in the new year.

I have plenty of goals and plans and ideas for the new year, but I'll save those for my first post of 2016. For now, I want to say thank you -- thank you to those of you who have been reading my posts, thank you to those of you who have bought my patterns, and thank you to those of you who have knit my patterns in the past year. Thank you for coming along on the fiber-filled journey the past year has been. I hope it has been a good year for you, and I wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy 2016.

Happy new year!


  1. Anonymous2:16 PM

    Happy New Year to you and yours! I've enjoyed following your blog but feel strange posting when we are essentially strangers. It's odd how electronic journaling has made the intimacy of friendship without any actual contact. Still, I'm grateful for the little look I get into other lives that encourage and inspire me. May the new year be prosperous and joyous for you.

  2. I'm eager to see your finished cowl, it looks like a cheerful anti-dote to winter. And those socks would have me looking up the yarn if I wasn't on the 'yarn wagon'. Thanks for making time to blog regularly, I don't comment often, but enjoy seeing your work.

  3. Wow- 17 patterns? That's amazing! Especially with kiddos and a f/t job. Well done!
    I enjoy your blog very much, even if I don't comment often. I'll try to get better about that this year. :)