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Posts from December 2011

End of 2011 Knitting Frenzy

I don't have a lot of unfinished knitted things taking up space in my yarn credenza (yep, I have my own yarn storage furniture), but there are a few things I want to get off the needles by the end of the year.  I like the idea of knocking down my stash a few kilometres (I love the downloadable excel spreadsheet on Ravelry!) and also having a relatively clean slate for the new year so I can cast on a whole bunch of new things.

I also don't do a lot of Christmas knitting, but always cave at the last minute and decide to make a few things.

This year I wove a scarf for my brother Mike.  He made a request on his birthday, went through the stash with me and well, said it would complement his rather expensive hipster coat--how can a big sister refuse?

I didn't get good photos as I finished it a few hours before we had our Christmas celebration.  But here's Mike happy with his scarf.

The warp was Indigodragonfly sock in Shadows and Fog and leftovers of Bugga and Tanis.  Yum.

I also decided to knit both kids socks for Christmas.  My children have size 9 feet.  Not my best plan.  I realized I wouldn't finish Emma's so I'll shoot for her birthday in January.  The pattern is Tiara from Indigodragonfly and the yarn is MCN in Now accepting applications for Minions.  It was a Smart-Ass/World Domination One Skein club offering in 2010.  Here's the first sock.  Not bad being 50% of the way there.

I did manage to finish Xander's sock.  I used the Velodrome pattern by Natalie Selles and Socks that Rock Lightweight in a one-off colourway.  It was a tight timeline--I finished them December 24th at 8pm.  The funniest part was him not noticing while I knit them in the car on the way to Mom's!

They were put on the second after he opened them--the finest compliment one can give a knitter.

With all that Christmas knitting out of the way, I decided something for me was in order. I went with the easy win: Momentum Cowl in vintage stash Colinette Point 5. Started at lunch on Christmas, was done before bed. Emma is stealing borrowing it for now.

Now that those things are out of the way, my plan is to finish that Tiara sock and finally finish the Hanami Stole I started in 2009. Probably not doable in the next 2 days, but it's good to have goals!


I tweeted this after my run on Monday, but want it on my blog for posterity...

I have logged 1001.5km in 2011!

My goal was 1000km for this year and I hit it with 18 days to spare.  WOOT!

I'm a data geek and so I've been using Runkeeper to log my distance and moved it all to excel to get some metrics on my running.  I'm pretty pleased with what I see.  I'm not going to win any races (even for my age group) but I've got a good solid running routine and I'm feeling fantastic!

I haven't set a running goal for 2012 yet, but I have some ideas swirling around.  I'll consider them on my next few runs and let you know what I decide.


Paintbox Log Cabin Noro Blanket is Finished and I LOVE It!

I think the title says it all.  How about some pictures:


Paintbox log cabin

Almost every bit of it was a complete joy to knit.

Emma and blanket

The last border edge as a bit of a slog, but not a bad one since it's December and I could work under this.


Close up log cabin

(photo using the Instagram App, which I also really like)

The pattern is super fun. Ravelry link here. And I still love Kureyon which is perfect for this project.

Log cabin