A slow start

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I've been meaning to blog about my first 2012 FO for over a week now, but somehow my inspiration fails me.

The beginning of the year has been pretty quiet. After the madness of the holidays, some R & R was welcome. I was also pretty much stuck on the couch for a week after Christmas, as a nasty cold got the better of me. A perfect excuse to do some selfish knitting, right?

I had gotten an extra skein of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, when I purchased yarn for my sister's Christmas hat. I knit her the Rosebud and chose to make Habitat for myself. Both patterns are easy and extremely well explained, and also a lot of fun to knit. At the same time they were my first experience with charts, and I have to say I like it (though hard to do while watching TV). The end result was great for both hats. My sister really likes her hat, even though I thought it ended up a little too large. My gauge was right on, and still it ended up a little too big. Funny thing is that with Habitat I had the exact opposite issue. Gauge right on, but it's a tiny bit too small. Either way, I've gotten some use out of it already.

Now a few words about the yarn. My fellow knitters have asked for my opinion, and I have to say I love it! As you knit with it, you fish bits and pieces of organic matter still clinging to the yarn, which serve as a reminder that this is the real thing. It's got a bit of elasticity to it, and it feels squishy and warm. In other words, the real thing.

Hm, I think I've found a theme for 2012, a focus, because I don't like the idea of resolutions. I want to be real, true, true to myself, to my newly discovered passion and creativity, to my family and what is truly important to me.

Bring it on 2012!