I decided to cover everything in one post, then take tomorrow off. After all - there's the annual Twilight Zone marathon to watch on Sci-Fi! That's prime knitting/crocheting time so I won't be on the computer much at all. ::Grin::
Side note: Speaking of watching TV, I just discovered "Six Feet Under" on HBO OnDemand and watched the first 7 episodes yesterday. Holy cow, what I've been missing! The first season goes away from OnDemand today - I'll watch the rest through Netflix. I can't believe how much I care about these people after just a few episodes. It's a very, very well done series.
I fibbed about Nantucket Jacket being my last FO of 2006. Yesterday, (while watching "Six Feet Under") I knit this:
I pulled out a skein of Caron's Simply Soft "Shadows" and whipped it up. It's a great pattern and I like how the yarn striped too. :) I might make a couple more, just to have on hand for gift-giving - or wearing!
Oh - and I left the second half of the driveway for Doug to shovel - I was too dang sore to finish! It's been too long since my prime snow shoveling days in Kansas! LOL Of course, I was also 25 years younger back then. hehehe
Doug had to go to work, because stores have to be open for the crazy people going out to spend money during our (quite literal) Storm of the Century. This is the most snow Albuquerque's had in one day since they started keeping records over 100 years ago. AND it's the most snow we've ever had for any month of December.
And now, I think, I'm ready for a thaw!
I'm going to wrap up my year end review shortly & sweetly, without too much angst. (But perhaps just a bit of wailing & gnashing of teeth....)
The Smokey Quartz Tunic was a success:
I've worn it twice and really like the variegated, fall colors. It was really an experiment in color and lace. I wasn't sure if it would all come together correctly and was pleasantly surprised when it did.
Project: "A" all around.
"Grape Whip" was my version of "Licorice Whip" and I really had high hopes for it:
Unfortunately, the neck is just too high for me to wear comfortably. (You know - I have that I-was-hung-in-another-life-and-can't-wear-anything-against-my-Adam's-apple phobia.) I really wanted it to work, but alas, it's a no-go. I've put it on my "maybe gift" pile and have made a vow to always lower a neckline that I suspect will be too high, no matter how nice it looks in a pattern!
Grade: "A" for effort - "F" for wearability.
Remember the Shaped Ribbed Sweater?
Well - at least I haven't thrown it out! It's on my shelf. And I might wear it. It's just so different than what I was expecting. Sigh. And I still think I look like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. Just sayin'.
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!
Grade: A very ambivalent "C". Although I give myself an "A" for rescuing what I could of the sweater from disaster!
Ahhhh...now here's an over-sized sweater that I actually liked!:
Very comfy, intentionally over-sized, I enjoyed designing and knitting this from beginning to end. :) I particularly love the colors in "Flame." :)
Grade: "A" - all around!
And.....that's all folks! You already know all you ever wanted to know about Nantucket Jacket and Calorimetry is lovely for keeping my head warm. I give myself "A's" on both projects. :)
Looks like I ended 2006 on an upward trend, eh?
And now, because I've been making some people slightly nervous with my dire pronouncements of change on this blog (sorry, Paula!) I'll let you all in on a secret.....
You really CAN have too many cardis in your closet!
Yes, in 2007 I'm going to slow waaaaaay down in the cardi department and branch out (finally!) into a few other areas. Calorimetry is a good example of smaller projects you'll see more of here at Casa De Bron. But smaller doesn't necessarily mean boring. I've ordered the yarn for this:
After all, a new tree next year in a new house deserves a new tree skirt, doesn't it?
I'll also be starting a project from this book:
I've also got an idea floating in my head for a pullover I'll be designing - with really wonderful sleeves!
I'll be knitting fewer cardis, but that doesn't mean I'll be giving them up altogether! As soon as I decide on a color of CE, I'll be starting "Fountain Lace Cardi":
Yeah - the gauge is all wrong for CE, but heck - when has that ever stopped me? hehe
Basically, I'm going to be doing fewer quickie projects to feed the blog and concentrate on more challenging items. Once or twice last year I was starting to bore myself!
But no...just in case anyone is still wondering....I won't be knitting or crocheting socks. ::wink::
I've started my first project for 2007 - I'll be back on the 2nd to talk about it. :)
Please have a happy and safe New Year's Eve and Day - I'm wishing all the best for everyone in the coming year. :) Here's hoping we have only successes - in our knitting and our lives!
Thanks for putting up with my ramblings - I appreciate each & every one of you. :)