Remember me?! I know I've been an awful blogger since, oh, Thanksgiving, but that will be my first New Year's resolution - blog more. I do however have some Christmas knitting to show for my time. I spent the holidays in Colorado, and here is my lovely mom in her Clapotis of Claudia's Hand Painted, Fingering Weight, in the Chocolate Cherry colorway.
It's really a wonder that this made it under the tree in one piece - in addition to knitting the decreases frantically until 12:30 Christmas morning, I had taken this on the plane with me. Having not slept the night before my 6 am flight, I fell asleep while picking out the dropped stitches and jolted awake to find myself violently jabbing at the innocent shawl. A true knitter can even continue while unconscious...
To my sister, who learned to knit in a brief Thanksgiving tutorial, I gave Stitch 'n' Bitch, along with the promise to make her a hat while home. She'd picked out the yarn at The Point when she was here in July, and it went through a couple incarnations since then. At one point - September I think - I fortunately forgot the pattern I'd started and decided to begin again. When I took the hat off the needles, I realized I'd sized it for Hagrid. Cast on fewer, and this was done in about 4 hours.
My dad and brother (although I threatened to make him a jumper with a big "J" on it - brownie points if you catch the reference) didn't get any yarn-y gifts, I'm going to start much earlier. Resolution two: learn to crochet, as I feel it would be a better match for the future gift I'm planning for my dad.
Being on the superstitious side, I didn't knit anything for my new-ish boyfriend. But as further proof that this one's a keeper, he bought me a book of knit patterns that he picked out on his own. I know...
Now that I'm back in NYC, I've had more time to knit for myself again and have made progress on Lara. I've even done more since this photo; I now have around 12 more straight rows before the sleeve. She's becoming quite cumbersome to lug around but the end is in sight, and I want to seam her up by the end of January.
In honor of the new year, a few reflections and projections. 2005 was an overwhelmingly exciting year: moved to New York, got the job I wanted that actually uses my English degree (it is possible!), started knitting again and became a Spider, made wonderful friends, and met my boyfriend. Now I feel I can truly enjoy all that I have here. Happy New Year!