|Smaug: The everlasting shawl project|
Anyway, enough of that. Over the past few days that I couldn't knit I started thinking about all the things I'd learned and accomplished this year with dyeing and knitting. I started dyeing yarn in November 2011. I think I came pretty far with that venture over the past year. Taught myself a lot about color... made some terrible colorways, dyed my bathtub a horrible shade of muddy pink... Through dyeing yarn I've gotten to "meet" a lot of new people.
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Another thing I was reflecting on was knitting techniques I've tried in 2012. I think shawls have been the source of most my experimenting. The Rivendell shawl from A Hobbit's Journey and the Graham scarf both used a new technique for me. On these the borders are worked first and then the stitches for the main body are slowly picked up. Easy short rows.
In 2012 I became addicted to cowls. I don't like knitting scarves. I find them boring. I also don't like wearing scarves because they get in my way. Of course, I've known about cowls for as long as I've been knitting, and I even made one once, but I never really "discovered" them. This past year I designed 6 cowls. I realized they were satisfying to design, knit, and wear. Cowls are my newest knitting love. They're something I found I enjoy wearing as well. That's a big deal for me because I'm really picky with my accessories. The cowls of 2012 are: Grasshopper (I wear this one a lot!), Hobbiton (gifted this one to Sal, one of the Hobbit's Journey models), Hypnotic, Mandola (this one's a hat too!), Mudslide, and then there's Ori's cowl, which doesn't have a page on my website yet, but you can see some projects on Ravelry.
So what were your favorite knitting moments from 2012? Did you discover or rediscover a favorite technique or project? Or maybe you learned to dye or spin? Was there a knitting event that stood out? A favorite fiber related book that you scored? Share advice and links to help other folks get their 2013 discoveries going!