Happy New Year!
I’ve just finished a throw that I started almost exactly a year ago. The colours (green, yellow-green, terracotta and brown) were chosen to coordinate with the sofa. The throw is 225 stitches wide and was knitted in rows on circular needles with a long cable.
This was a stash buster project using up a variety of hand knit yarns, including hand-dyed yarn and yarn from Brynkir Woollen Mill, Rowan Yarns, and Gerry Smart, as well as Appleton tapestry yarns and machine knit yarns. The bulk of the yarn was double knit; two or more ends of thinner yarns were held together to achieve a similar weight.
This seems quite an appropriate project to discuss in a post about beginnings and endings! And appropriate that it was started at the end of one year (2011) and finished at the end of another (2012). But ironic in that this project was only done when I was too tired to work on more complex things. In 2012, apart from the throw, I’ve not done much hand knit. I designed and knitted three small projects to use when teaching Fair Isle, started a jumper and a pair of socks, and that’s it. Not even any sewing, patchwork, embroidery or card making! Gosh, what a year! But there’s a good reason behind this apparent lack of making; I did complete my MA, during which I made about 150 knitted samples and produced three final installation pieces. So, I finish 2012 with a fantastic sense of achievement.
So, looking forward to 2013, what’s in store? Now I have the time, there will be a lot more hand knitting! I’m planning on publishing some hand knit patterns, quite soon, I hope! And I’m looking for venues to use for teaching hand knit and crochet skills. I’m also working with some other MA graduates towards a new exhibition, which is very exciting!