Remember last year when I had that bad accident with the rotary cutter? It has been a whole year now. The index finger still tingles a bit but all is well...the fingerprints even came back. So much for thinking about committing a crime now...oh well.
With the bandage/cast, I couldn't knit for about 3 months. I could quilt though and I took a few classes. Knitting...just couldn't get the hang of knitting with an injured forefinger. I knit continental and just couldn't get the hang of throwing. Have to admit that I was a little afraid of the rotary cutter and thought that I wouldn't quilt but they have things now where your hand doesn't have to be in the line of the fire. :)
I was counting up the quilts I've made last year...the answer is 8...2 were for me. Haven't been able to post anything about them...until now...because they were presents.
This past Christmas I gave brother-in-law (John) a quilt. He is quilt worthy and thought it would make a nice Christmas present. John is one of those brother-in-laws that when he comes to visit...he fixes stuff. He is quilt-worthy. It was going to be a throw for downstairs...just for him. Then I had enough fabric to make my sister one too. Did a more girly pattern for Jean. It became the his and her's quilts. Now both of the quilts reside at the end of their bed on each side. So proud of them and I do think they like them too.
(John took these pictures of the quilts in their guest bedroom)
Patterns: Urban Amish (for John) and the Spot on Retro (for Jean
Cold Sheep! That is the new word for 2010. I don't smoke...really don't drink so there is no reason to go cold turkey on anything...but yarn. Went through my yarn stash this past weekend. ::::scream::::
Won't post pictures of the stash (don't even ask) but just to give you a hint...have 48 skeins of Socks That Rock, 7 Bohus kits, 60 balls of Rowan 4ply soft, etc. I have no business buying yarn this year and really wondered how I got to this point. The funny thing is that I know....every trip I take...yarn store...oh, Knitting Workshop is having a sale...oh, look at what Jessica and Mary are making.
So, 2010...COLD SHEEP....no yarn. Have enough...I really do.
Finally finished the intarsia portion of the Puffle sweater for my nephew Aidan. He requested the sweater and helped with the graph, colors, etc.
Aidan knows how to work it too. He asked if I could make the sweater in a very nice way and was so excited. He gets the concept that I make things and they take time. Love him!
Yesterday I was surfing around on all the knitting blogs...reading the New Year's wishes and the resolutions for the new year when I saw that the Yarn Harlot was knitting a Bohus Wild Apple. I love it when I feel a part of the group. :::hugs all around::::
I started my Bohus back in May and have put it down, knitted, put it down, brought it to knitting camp, put it down and now I am going to finish it! Yes, I am. It is so pretty but that size 1 knitting after the yoke really takes dedication. After all the fun colorwork the body is...well...takes time with no motivation.
This is my third Bohus and each time I am still amazed at how much I love the sweaters. (have to apologize for the bad pictures...took them on the floor of my office today with my camera phone).
Oh, I should post something about the new year...2009...well I won't hate on 2009...even though I have every right. 2009 was like a bad boyfriend. You know it is bad but you stay in it and when you finally have some distace, you realized that you learned and grew as a person through all the challenges. Here is what I learned from 2009:
1. It is not bad to rely on people sometimes. Always has been rough to ask for help. My true friends...and family are always there for me. From the trip to the emergency room in January to the car repair in December...I appreciate everything.
2. Work does not define me as a person. It is something I do and enjoy but is just a little part of who I am.
3. Learned new things such as spinning yarn....and quilting classes.
4. Have too much yarn in my stash and WIPs. This year will be "cold sheep." I have projects that I need to finish both on the needles and in my head.
5. My cats are spoiled but that is ok because what they give me can't be measured...even when the Christmas tree is on it's side and the branches are in the middle of the floor.
6. Can't worry about the what-ifs.
7. Need to save more and spend less.
8. I can get through anything.
It was a year of growth and change and change is always a good thing.