Year-end Knitting and Other Hobbies Review

Knitting!

And other hobbies...

My goals in 2015 were to:

1. Finish knitting three more cowls
2. Think about buying expensive wool to make, slowly, methodically, and properly, a gorgeous design by Kate Davies
3. Organise all our photos and print a few, especially for our grandparents
4. Bake more!

These didn't change much over 2016. Instead of cowls, I got heavily into baby blanket knitting:









Photos of the fourth, a purple-y blanket, are here.

In the same post I talked about a secret group project and shared photos of my contribution. Still can't reveal the details yet, but as soon as we've given the gift to its intended recipient, I'll share!

Besides the four blankets and the secret project, I knit:

Three hats (here's one hat)

One shawl, as a gift



One fox scarf:

One pair of mittens


The Azel Pullover




This one didn't turn out quite the way I'd hoped, as the needles I used were a couple of sizes too large given the wool I'd selected, and I also made the pullover too short. But now that I have a feel for the pattern, I'd like to try knitting a child's version of the same item. An excuse to buy wool!


I only seem to have shared one post on my ongoing knitting in the wild series. I like collecting photos of knitting back in the day or in unusual spots or of people you wouldn't expect knew how to knit...

As for that list at the top, I do have some lovely Kate Davies patterns, but haven't attempted one yet. I've actually kept on top of photo organizing and even made a few printed albums, and shared some photos!

I haven't baked as regularly as I'd like. Tried an apple crumble that was a bit of a gooey mess, made cookies often, and attempted a recipe from Outlander Kitchen!:



It tasted good, even if it looked nothing like it was supposed to.

I also have fun supporting artists on Patreon and entering authors' contests every once in a while. Sometimes it leads to fun things arriving in the mail:


Sloth mail, through Amanda Palmer's Patreon


This year, I wonder if I'll get back to finishing those cowls? Or the sweater I started for myself long ago? I'm trying hard not to have too much extra wool and yarn lying around, and to use what I have before I buy more. That said, one of my first goals is to knit some wee hats and booties to go with the baby blankets.

With all this wool lying around, I read this fun book the other day:

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen


What hobbies are you exploring this year?

Comments

You are talented with the needles. Mini-Alex still really appreciates his scarf.
Nick Wilford said…
Your baby items are very cute! I like the way the colours are mixed together - I've no idea how things like that are done. I'm just hoping to get more reading done this year - that's my only hobby apart from writing, I guess.
Hi Deniz - it's great you're so active when you're no longer working ... all those woolly things look wonderful, but I hate wool - or it doesn't like me. But I'm sure there's lots of things you could do with the extra wool - make dolls' clothes, accoutrements for Emily to use ...

Exercise, sort this life out, get organised and generally get going - must do this year .. and read, and write more ... congratulations on all your exploits - perhaps learn to cook other things with your hubby?! Good lucky and a very happy year ahead - Hilary
S.P. Bowers said…
I had to quit crocheting when my arthritis got bad. Now that it's managed by medicine I've been trying to pick it back up. It's very motivating to see all your projects.
Deniz Bevan said…
Aww, I'm glad, Alex!
I'd love to read more too, Nick, but I can't seem to both read and concentrate on editing my own stories. And I'd really like to get an agent someday! :-)

Ooh, Hilary, some of these were made with cotton yarn!

If we lived closer, you could teach me, Sara! I can only make on long chain in crochet...

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