Happy New Year!

I finished my Sunrise Circle Jacket on Dec. 29, just in time to wear it to Zoo Atlanta the next day. It’s really a great knit since the Noro Kureyon is nice and warm, but the knitted fabric breathes. I think I’m going to lightly felt it and add some snaps to keep it closed. Several people have advised against the pattern’s toggle buttons just because with my Noro stripes it may take away from the look. Any other opinions on buttons/no buttons/other closure options?

Just moments after this picture was taken, a woman sidled up next to me in front of the elephant enclosure. “Where did you get your jacket?” she asked. “I made it,” I replied. She lit up and said that she suspected so and wanted to know the pattern name. She complimented me and showed off her baby daughter’s handknit sweater. It was fun being “caught in the wild” at the zoo! Nothing makes you glow about a finished project more than an unexpected compliment!

Like many in my knitting group, I’ve also been bitten with the spinning bug. I had bought some fiber and a drop spindle at Twisted Yarns many months back, and it went poorly. I found directions online plus an intimidating video of a pro at work. It didn’t go very well for me, and I got frustrated. A very nice person gave me a gift of a nicer, heavier drop spindle and some beautiful hand-dyed fiber. She also gave me some extremely helpful pointers. Sadly, I left the box o’fiber and spindles behind, so while away for the holidays, I had to stop by a yarn shop and pick up more supplies. I taught my mother-in-law how to drop spindle, too. I purchased enough fiber to keep me busy for the entire year, I think! Among the fiber is some beautiful purple merino/tussah silk that I can’t wait to start on!

Knitting-wise, I cast on for the Auburn Camp Shirt. Yeah, I’m crazy enough to knit a shirt out of lace-weight yarn. But since it’s short-sleeved, I’m starting now! No telling how long this will take!

What about y’all? Any ambitious plans for the new year?

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristen
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 08:58:22

    Knitting goals for 2009: Make a sweater (I’ve got this one going as we speak!), learn colorwork and possibly entrelac, make something from my handspun yarn.

    Love your sunrise circle!!

    And Happy New Year!


  2. Heather Narbit
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 10:47:29

    I’ve done some stranded colorwork, but never any entrelac. I want to try that, too. I’ve been looking at Quant in Knitty just because it’s so small it seems like a good starter. Oooh, and I have 1.5 skeins of Noro left, so maybe I’ll cast that on and get it going!


  3. Stacey
    Jan 14, 2009 @ 17:05:06

    I’m fairly new at knitting so I have lots of goals for 2009.

    I have several projects in the works right now: my first sock (!), a teddy bear, and a blue & gold sweater for my son. The sweater is in MSU colors and I want to finish it in time for football season.

    I want to learn to cable this year and entrelac looks pretty cool too. And I’ve joined a couple of swaps on Ravelry.

    At least I won’t run out of projects, lol.


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