2021 in knitting

I promised you some knitting content, and there was a lot of it last year. But before I get into it, I want to say thank you to all of you who commented on my last post. You really brightened my day. I missed you, too!

Now for the knitting… I use the challenge feature in Ravelry, so I can tell you that I hit my goal of completing 35 projects. I went back to look at them in prep for this post, and I noticed something that should not surprise me. I knit lots of small, portable projects. 15 hats, 5 pairs of socks, a baby sweater and baby booties, two gnomes and a mini tree, a cowl and 4 shawls. I knit two sweaters for me, and rounding out the year were 4 weaving projects, a scarf and three sets of dish towels. Yes, that adds up to 36, because I put the 2 gnomes together in one Ravelry project.

Throughout the year, I felt like I wasn’t knitting as much, or my usual things, but when I look back through other years, it actually lines up pretty well. I typically knit 6 pairs of socks, and a couple of sweaters. Normally I might knit more shawls and fewer hats, but it was pretty close.

So what were all these things? Well, top of the list is the never ending ocean currents finally finished and delivered. It came out lovely, if I do say so myself, but not sure it was worth the slog.

Although the smile behind that masks says it was!

The hats ran the gamut from simple beanies to the “Capitol” which required paying lots of attention And I joined the throngs who knit Musselburgh, which should count as two! (https://www.ravelry.com/projects/salpal1/musselburgh if you want to see the project on Ravelry for that.) But I think my favorite is this one, a made up pattern I knit for a coworker who let me pick through the yarn she inherited from her mom and take as much as I wanted.

I love experimenting with a traveling icord accent.

Shawls were not as prolific as I would have liked, but I enjoyed knitting them, including my handspun nightshift, which I finished in January 2021. I could not get a good selfie of that, but here is the best effort!

It is rather like a small blanket!

What I did not finish, and might explain the feeling I had that I wasn’t being productive, were my Gramercy Park sweater and the year long Japanese Sampler Scarf MKAL. Both of those required more brain cells than I could muster at the end of the year, so they got put down in September. I have since finished the scarf, and am working on the sweater, so am feeling better about them. And I decided not to join in the MKAL for this year’s scarf. Still not ready for pressured knitting.

That’s the highlights… if you want to see more of the various things, check out my Ravelry project page. (If you aren’t doing Ravelry, but want to see something, let me know, I can pm you project details)

https://www.ravelry.com/projects/salpal1?set=&page=&search=&sort=status%20completed_%20status_changed_&view=thumbnail

And if the settings won’t let you look, let me know. I think I have everything set to public, but the gray matter still struggles sometimes.

14 thoughts on “2021 in knitting”

  1. Ooh these projects look lovely. I’ll have to have a browse through your ravelry projects on my computer later.

  2. You really nailed it with 36 projects! The shawls are wonderful. Did you like knitting with your own handspun? I’ve been hanging my handspun on tree branches and then hang the branch on the wall. It’s kind of like wall art to me now instead of spun yarn.

    1. I can picture your home bedecked in handspun! I do enjoy knitting with it, though I have loads more stashed away, and just a wee bit of fiber to spin!

  3. Welcome back! I have missed you! Iam working backwards in my emails, so I will get to your “I’m back” post soon 😉 You always get so much knitting done in a year. Sounds like you were right on track with other years. I know that Japanese scarf had to have taken a lot of time, so that is probably worth at least 5 projects. All of your projects look fabulous.

    1. Thanks, Ginny! I am always surprised at the end of the year when I look back and see what I actually got done. I missed you (and the other WordPress friends) as well.

  4. It’s so nice to see you are back (and knitting loads, too). My condolences for your Dad. It sounds like you had a terrible year, and it’s good to know that there is now some light shining. And spring is nearly here. Best wishes! – Kelly

    1. Thanks, Kelly. It was a pretty grim year, but I think 2022 is going to be a much better one. And YES to spring being nearly here. It snowed about a week ago, but now is warm and things are starting to grow. I spotted asparagus spear poking up, so that is VERY good news!

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