I’m not going to lie to you — this year hasn’t seen my best work, knitting-wise.
I started to list the highlights of this past year, by month, and I got bored doing it. I got bored talking about my own self. How lame is that? And when I looked at my Ravelry projects I saw that I only have 10 projects completed for the entire 12 months of 2008. TEN. And two of them are actually one project (the snowflake IOU gift ornaments), so really it’s nine. Nine paltry lame-ass projects.
Part of me feels like a failure about this, and part of me is pretty much okay with it. So I didn’t knit everything I wrote down on my list. I enjoyed what I did knit and enjoyed the time I spent not knitting. So I didn’t accomplish everything on my other resolutions list. I did buy a house and I did get my ass in gear (though not all the way into shape…). I ran a 3K in August and currently have very stiff hamstrings from my latest trip to the gym, which now includes weight training. I’m counting that as a win.
Overall, 2008 was a pretty good year for me. I made a pair of socks. I made mittens. I traveled to New Jersey for the first time to visit an awesome friend. I sort of slept through an earthquake. I got a sweet tattoo. I took some good pictures. I took in a sweet cat. I started volunteering. See? Full of win.
And as it turned out, this past Sunday found me winning yet again. I was at Knit Night (having a really good time, with Heather and Anna and Sandi and more! all there in one place for the first time in like a billion years) working on Clapotis (Ravelry link) (my project page). I was in Section 4 and had 1 1/2 repeats left to go according to my little sticky note. I kept looking at the stitch count and thinking I had far fewer stitches than suggested for where I was. Turns out I was about 2 repeats ahead of myself and was actually at the end of Section 4! I don’t know if I had knit more than I thought and never noted it on the sticky (possible) or if benevolent Knitting Gnomes came to my aid and worked on my scarf for me (highly probable), but it didn’t matter — I was in the home stretch. Section 5 flew by and, amid the cheers of my fellow knitters, I came to the final stitch…
(Sorry for the blurry… the flash washed everything out and I wanted to document this piece of awesomesauce quickly.)
It’s now off the needles all I have left to do is help the remaining stitches drop down (like half of them are left) and weave in the ends. I hear blocking is not necessary with this scarf, but I might just wash it and gently pin it out anyway.
That’s my year. I’m glad it’s ending on a high note. How was your 2008? Epic win or epic fail? Share in the comments!
And even though I just installed The Internet in my house last night (first in-home internet since the move!), I’ll probably maintain radio silence as we’re having 12+ houseguests over the holiday. Happy New Year everyone!