My 2018 Knitting Year in Review

Looking back at my knitting projects this year (thank you Ravelry for making this SO easy! 😊) I was happily surprised to see I had completed more projects than anticipated. I made 15 handknits, almost all of them garments for me and my family, including my mother. I added slides of most of them in chronological order – including the cardigan I finished for my daughter this very morning!

Here they are in chronological order:

1. Love’s Promise by Amanitaknits in West Yorkshire Spinners Wensleydale (Jet Black). This was my second time knitting this design – I love the simple lace detail along the sides! This pitch black cardigan was meant to be a wardrobe staple. I have definitely worn it, though not as much as anticipated, because the sleeves are too narrow to fit over most of my long-sleeved blouses and dresses.

2. Whinfell by Jennifer Steingass in Blacker Yarns Cornish Tin II and De Rerum Natura Ulysse. This was my first colourwork project and definitely my favourite make of this year! I have been wearing it so much. I made it with a lot of ease, which means it fits over everything. I am so happy that it is made with wool from my two favourite yarn companies in the whole world.

3. Tegna by Caitlin Hunter in Blacker Lyonesse. My second favourite make of the year. This specific blue is my absolute favourite shade!

4. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Socks by Danielle Jorge (Little Bobbins), out of A Homespun House Christmas at Hogwarth

5. Turquoise legwarmers for my daughter.

6. Miette cardigan by Andi Satterlund for my mother, in Drops Loves You 8.

7. Chinquilho by Bellota Knits, out of Retrosaria Mungo, which is recycled wool and cotton. I loved making this – it was my summer holiday project, but I haven’t worn it much so far, as it was too hot in Montpellier for a wool-cotton blend. Hopefully in the late winter?

8. I received a couple of samples of Blacker’s birthday blend this year, their beautiful Tor. With one of them I made this mug rug, which I love using every day (my cup of tea is resting on it as I type!).

9. Furnace Sweater by Marion Knits, blogged here. I think this was the project that was most labour intensive this past year. It is extra special as the yarn, The Uncommon Thread Uncommon Everyday, was a gift from my friend Marianne.

10. Jane by Mlle Pétronille out of De Rerum Natura Antigone, which I both literally purchased the day they were released. I was so excited that Solenn came out with an organic French linen yarn, and Jane seemed like the perfect project for it. I loved making this – and wore it a lot in the autumn.

11. Asya legwarmers, a test knit I did for my friend Marie.

12. Favorite Cable Beanie by Lindsey Faciane out of the beautiful skein of Tor that I purchased.

13. Little Spring Hoodie by Suvi Simola in Cashsoft by Textiles de la Marque

13. These socks are so special. The colourway was created by Love Bird Lane Yarns – Julieanne created 4 ‘fangirls’ self-striping colourways out of her favourite podcasters’ favourite colours, and this is the Isabelle colourway! She so generously sent me this skein, and I completed the socks just before Christmas, as a gift to myself.

15. Lastly, this is a simple cardigan I designed for my daughter in De Rerum Natura Gilliatt (Goéland). I sewed on the buttons this morning!

I love that almost all of these are in wonderful yarns that are kind to the earth and to its people. I am completely unapologetic about the predominance of blue – I have long learned to go with what I love and not worry that I may knit “too much” of a colour… Being obsessed with the same palette means I end up with a cohesive wardrobe without too much effort.

Like every other knitter in our community, I am currently planning my projects for 2019 – which I simply want to be FUN and laidback 🌿🌿

I hope your 2018 was full of joyful making – and wish you a wonderful creative 2019!

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