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!


  1. Lovely cables. I'm tempted to try BT Shelter after your review.

    And a happy New Year!

  2. I love rosebud... But come to think of it I have not really knitted any cables, when it is one of the first think my grandma taught me! Great theme for 2012, very inspirational!

  3. Love your 2012 theme! I'm trying to do the same :)

  4. Siga, Nathalie, Erika, thank you so much! Wishing you all a great 2012 as well!