(Happy Christmas Kyoko, Happy Christmas Julian )
And so this is Christmas and what have you done?
Another year over and a new one just begun.
And so this is Christmas, I hope you had fun.
The near and the dear one, the old and the young.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one, without any fear.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
And so to get the year rolling I've been tagged for the following meme. Don't blame me, Amy did it.
1. What new knitting techniques did you learn this year? This may come as a shock to some of you but contrary to what you may have heard, I do not know all there is to know in matters concerning knitting. (but just in matters concerning knitting, the rest I have pretty much have covered) This old knitting wizard is still learning new tricks, no, really, it's true. This year I learned three new ways to cast on. From Sally Melville I learned that you can cast onto the needle using the crochet method and not just crochet a chain and then pick up the stitches from the chain. Likewise, I learned from Annie Modesitt how to do an I-Cord cast on that doesn't involve making an I-cord and then picking up the stitches from the cord. The third method was the German Twisted Cast On ( and not the Twisted German Cast On) from Meg Swansen. I also just recently learned that there is another casting on method called the Moebius Cast On that I'm an ichin' to try.
2. Which completed project from the last 12 months are you most proud of? Uhm, let's see, I guess I'll go with the Pink Ribbon Scarf that I knit for a friend fighting breast cancer, though I'm pretty happy with the Swatch Your Step socks I made for Kati.
3. What was your biggest knitting disaster of the last year? I'm sorry, I don't understand the question. I tried to wind a skein of linen yarn by laying the skein flat on the floor in a circle and only managed to make a mangled tangle of the whole thing, but that had less to do with knitting and more to do with being a knidiot. I knit something to donate for disaster relief, does that count?
4. Who or what has been the biggest influence on your knitting in 2005? Biggest influence? For the what, I'd say the lack of a yarn budget and having to make do with what I have on hand, no, no don't cry for me, really, I have yarn a plenty. The trick is to find a project that works with the yardage of the yarn I have, this is a bit trickier but I rather relish a good challenge.
occasionally I will go back through old issues of my knitting magazines, my favorite being Interweave Knits. This last time as I perused the pages I noted that the patterns that catch my attention each time I go through them were from the same few designers, so for the who, I'm going to say Annie Modesitt, Veronik Avery, Kristin Nicholas, Ivy Bigelow and Teva Durham.
5. What knit craze grabbed you this year? I'm sure I don't know what you mean. As a rule I'm generally two years behind the current trends, no, wait, or maybe it's that I'm always two years AHEAD of the times, Ahhah, yeah, yeah, yeah, that's it. Yep, that's me out there, on the edge, ahead of the curve, leading the way; Ooo look at me, all like trailblazery and stuff. I put the point in point man, I am the pointiest of all point men, heck, I am the point and I'm not even a man. I'm a leader, not a follower, I tell you. Or maybe not, (Okay, well maybe I gave Rogue a shot, but I didn't finish it, One Skein Wonders, though I didn't make one, and Annie Modesitt's silk corset though I haven't made that either. I also made a poncho but not Martha's and before Martha was released from prison, see what I mean? Fashion forward.) I stand by my first statement, I don't understand what you mean.
New Year's resolutions: Can't think of any, I'll entertain suggestions.
In 2006 I will knit: Finish Caren's Fair Isle Sweater, knit a pair or two, or three of Latvian Mittens as a fund raiser for my daughter's Orchestra group, Ani's socks, A Pooling Colors scarf, a Jo Sharp Sweater for my sister, Scarf Dresser socks and Jaywalker socks, The Cherry Blossom shawl and a felted cat bed or two for starters.
I will learn to: not over think my knitting.
To become a better knitter, I will: learn to not over think my knitting. Have I said that before? I did. I thought so.
And so in return I tag:Tipper, Shelley, Dyann, Andrea, Renee. None of which will know of it because I'm pretty sure everyone has given up on reading my blog seeing I haven't updated in like forever.
And so this is Christmas (war is over)For weak and for strong (if you want it)For rich and the poor ones (war is over)The world is so wrong (if you want it)And so happy Christmas (war is over)For black and for white (if you want it)For yellow and red ones (war is over)Let's stop all the fight (now)A very Merry ChristmasAnd a happy New YearLet's hope it's a good oneWithout any fear.