Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Another year has passed by. It has seemingly been a year full of socks and hats for me as I look back at my Flickr account. My non-blogging friend, Christine tipped me off on this meme, seems to sum things up nicely.

1. Best FO of 2007
Probably my Firestarter sock - as in singular. I have another one ahead, but the techniques were so new and interesting - definitely a focus project.
2. Best FO of the year made by a blog you link to
I think the constant flow of wonderful finished objects over at tiennie knits inspired me on a routine basis. Individually though, this gorgeous Candle Flame Shawl over at Beyond Your Peripheral Vision was one I went back to time and time again just to admire. I even have the yarn to make it and Auntly H's own modifications in my hand (and even 18 garter rows cast on to my new addi lace needles...) - so 2008?
3. Best yarn you tried
Wollmeise - hands down.
4. Best new book/ mag/ pattern you tried in 2007
The Koolhaas hat - architechtural genious.
5. Best new knitting technique or gadget you tried in 2007
First learning to cable but then - cabling without a cable needle - what a blessing, especially all of those traveling stitches in my Firestarter s well as those in the Koolhaas.
6. Top 5 inspirations - what five things inspired you over the last year
Ravelry - a one stop place for so much inspiration - I've queued an embarrassing number of "inspirations".
7. Designer who most inspired/ amazed you in 2007
I would have also say Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed, his Koolhaas was my only "do again" project in 2007, and I am expecting a three-fer in '08. Everything he touches turns into amazing.
8. Knitting resolutions for 2008 - what's next for you and your blog?
I would like to tackle a sweater in the new year - which means, I had better get the nerve to seam. I still have one whole sweater waiting to be sewn. And I have the wool for the Bristow and the Tangled Yoke Cardigan - so here's to some commitment. This hardly means cutting out one night stands with hats or the more long-term sock love interestst - but I would like a sweater. I would also like to finish my other Firestarter and try some of Yarnissima's other challenging sock patterns... Aint no mountain high enough...

We rang the New Year in (well, almost, everyone left before midnight) with my parents and sister and brother-in-law - oh, the lure of Guitar Hero. I must say, BIL Joe is a natural. But everyone could agree that my avatar was by far the prettiest glam guy, so I was happy with that. It was nice, not much drinking but lots of food and silly video game playing. My kids could even get in on the action a bit.

Now, it's time to get serious - back to work, back into a routine - thankfully. I am not one for resolutions - they feel like a set up for failure for me. But I am ready to eat more mindfully and commit to regular walking again now that the holidays are over and my head is clear - icy sidewalks be damned! I am also willing to be more mindful about my yarn buying (since I could also be Knitting a Ranch House, to use some blogland lingo)...

One last FO for 2007
amanda hat
Amanda Hat in Velvet Grapes Malabrigo


Blogger Auntly H said...

And happy new year to you!

We had brunch at my best friends and I had my first go at Guitar Hero. It could be a slippery slope.

6:19 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

The Amanda hat is so cute, and I agree that the Koolhaas hat was a 2007 standout. Happy Knitting in 2008!

7:03 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

The hat looks fantastic!!

Happy New Year!! I'm delurking to tell you that your blog continually inspires me!!

7:14 PM  
Blogger Nell said...

I fear soon all business meetings will begin and end with a playing of guitar hero. It seems like everyone is playing that game. And everyone LOVES it!

Great knitting this year! I can't wait to see what happens in 2008!

7:57 PM  
Blogger Knitting Kris said...

I played the PSP version of guitar hero last night - oh my, it's addicting.....I was the singer, then the guitar player. Too funny! :) Lovely knits! I wish I had the nerve to do the firestarter! I think it's a bit beyond me yet. Thanks for all your help and support this year! You inspire me! :)

8:09 PM  
Blogger Marisol said...

Happy New Year!

I love your Amanda hat and your mitts! The stitch defenition and color are amazing! Malabrifo how could you go wrong--you know how I feel about Malabrigo:)

I still need to get back to the firestarters... I've been practicing my cabling without a needle and I agree this is one of the best techniques a knitter could have!

9:24 PM  
Blogger Knitterella said...

I don't really get what Guitar Hero is but I've heard so many rave about it. Sounds like it's fun!

Love your blog Peaknit and look forward to watching you in 2008. Happy New Year and best to you!

(Still need to knit Koolhaas!)

6:21 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

You've reminded me again that I have to make that Koolhaas. It is a beautiful pattern. I love malabrigo too. It couldn't be any softer.
Happy New Year! Can't wait to see what you knit next. Go for that sweater!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I find myself agreeing with every item on your list...

A very happy new year to you!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

Happy new year! I've been out of it for about a month, but it's so wonderful to catch up with the goings on at your place! I don't have time or space to comment on everything I've missed, but I love how your firestarter has turned out!!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

Thanks for your nice words about my blog in this post! Happy New Year!

12:19 AM  
Blogger Risa said...

What a great meme. Looks like a fabulous year!
Ooh, sweaters! You can totally handle it. Don't forget, we're all here if you run into trouble :)

11:14 AM  
Blogger Cinnamonamon said...

Great meme...and great hat! Happy 2008!

4:29 PM  

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