Review: Success at last! I love this sweater and wear it OFTEN (isn't that a nice change). The Rowan Cork has held up beautifully and is so warm and soft - it's SO sad that it has been discontinued. I'll be taking this to the snow to wear this weekend. I feel a little sad looking at this photo because the yellow button at the very bottom was lost very soon after this photo. Silly me didn't sew them on properly the first time. They are vintage and I don't have a replacement.
Review: After a few false starts with this pattern, I loved knitting these socks and I think they came out pretty good. I hope my sockapaloooza pal likes them.
June saw Ms Marigold bloom. Pattern by the ladies at Zephyr Style.
Review: I also had a few false starts with this top. I hadn't knit with Rowan Calmer before and didn't realize just how stretchy it is. I really love this vest though and although I had to make a few changes to the pattern, it turned out pretty cute. I wore this top quite a few times to work over the summer/autumn season.
In July I finally finished my counterfeit crochet Louis Vuitton belt.
Review: This was a really different but fun project to participate in. It was fun to crochet without a pattern and kind of make it up as I went along. I still really want to complete a matching bag as I have all of the yarn prepared - it is definitely on the project list for 2007.
In August I finished a very appropriate summer top using washi/nylon yarn and pattern from Avril.
Review: Wow it took a while to get used to knitting with such a strange yarn - not the most fun I've ever had knitting but I actually really like the way it turned out. This has been worn both to work and on the weekends.
In October, Florence was finally finished. I used Jaeger Pure Cotton (discontinued) and a pattern from Rowan 35.
Review: Considering that I started knitting this top in October 2005, I really didn't think that it would ever get finished. I'm pretty proud of the fact that I pulled it out of its dark storage location and finished promptly within a couple of weeks from within that time. This is the most complicated top I've knit to date. It involved my very first fairaisle, lots of lace with shaping, button bands, a collar and set-in sleeves. I really love the way it turned out. It's kind of heavy because it's cotton but because of this it hangs nicely and it feels vintage-y and pretty special. This top has been worn more than a few times. The only problem is though that it has to be teamed with high-waisted skirts or pants, of which I don't have many.
My Rebecca cardigan was finished in November. It is a Kim Hargreaves set using Rowan Big Wool.
Review: This cardigan was a super quick knit and is very, very warm and soft. But it is bulky and the yarn pills (to the point of felting) almost immediately. It was a tad expensive, but I love the colour and the warmth. It has already got a lot of use this season, but I have to wear it with a bigger spring coat as it won't fit under any of my winter coats!!! I probably won't use Big Wool again for anything other than a hat or bag.
My Jaywalkers finally got finished in November after running out of the beautiful Socks that Rock yarn that was gifted to me by Stephanie.
Review: Even though I miscalculated and ran out of yarn, I still love these socks to bit. Look at those pretty colours - Steph did a great job of selecting this colourway just for me. Look, is there really anything better than wearing a pair of handknit wool socks and boots on a cold winter's day!!!
SO overall 2006 has been a pretty good knitting year. I only knit two pairs of socks though and I would definitely like to knit more next year. There are many other items that I finished knitting this year that haven't made it on to the blog - mainly because of my laziness. I might still get around to it you know. I did finish a pair of knee high slippers and a fair isle hat among a bunch of other hats and slippers!! I already have an extensive TO-KNIT list for 2007 and I've got a project planned to start knitting over the new year. Good times! Good times!
Wishing everyone a wonderful and happy new year from the Bendall-Mok clan!!! See you in 2007!!!
love kat, daz, sugar and loretta OOXX