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2019 Craftiness Review

As far as crafting goes, 2019 has been a busy, if unfocused, year for me. I think the thing I got most of done was Dolores outfits and Harry 🙂

I made a lot of items this year, most of them smaller:

  • 6 cowls
  • 2 pairs of mittens
  • 2 hats
  • 2 shawls
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of slippers
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 top

The thing I was most focused on this year was learning new techniques, which went OK. Some of this was part of the AC Knitwear Boost Your Knitting club, some of it was self-directed. I did learn a lot, though not as much as I would have liked.

  • Mosaic knitting
  • Dip stitches
  • Tubular cast on and bind off
  • Intarsia in the round
  • Moebius knitting
  • Brioche increases and decreases
  • Several different kinds of knitted braids
  • Dropped stitches
  • Marlisle
  • Charting program
  • Spindle spinning
  • Needle felting

I did some creativity exercises with Kate Davies Knitting Season club, which was very helpful – now that the club is finished and I have the book, I hope to go through some of the exercises again, taking a bit more time with some of them.

And finally, I designed a cowl and a shawl, both of which I knitted many times each. Still working on writing out the shawl pattern – it is harder than it seems like it would be! Writing out and publishing the cowl pattern was a real learning experience. Hope to do more of this in the future as well 🙂

So looking back on it, I got more done than I thought I had, but still not quite as much as I would have liked 🙂

17 thoughts on “2019 Craftiness Review

  1. Such lovely projects and so many techniques, you’ve mentioned a few on this list I’m not aware of, so will need to note those somewhere. Mind you, I should just bookmark this webpage so if I’m having a bad day I can come back and be cheered by Dolores and Harry. Seeing them altogether I think my favourite is the beach ready one…she’s not body conscious and looks fabulous in those shades. Your cowl is already in my queue and I have a yarn for it, so I’ll definitely be making it at some point.

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    1. Aw – thanks! There are a few techniques I’ve learned this year that I hadn’t heard of either. One thing I love about knitting (and fiber arts in general) is how there is always new things to learn. There’s no end to it!
      No, Dolores is not shy at all, or body conscious 🙂 She makes me smile all the time too!

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  2. You were productive! I would have sworn you made more than one pair of socks this year. I love that you are always learning new techniques, because I get to read about them and decide if I’m up for the challange of learning them or not.

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  3. That is quite a year of accomplishments! You learned way more new things than I did. But I’ve gone deeper and deeper down the brioche rabbit hole, so I guess I’ve learned some new brioche tricks. And teaching all over the place! Learning to be a traveling teacher is quite an experience.

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    1. I bet that is so much fun! I am a corporate trainer and do some traveling for it, so I have some idea of some of the stresses. But traveling to teach knitting must be much more fun! Also, I really just skimmed some of the techniques.


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