It should come as no surprise that the item I knitted the most of was socks. Hey, I should get double the credit for these, as I had to make two of them per project. What, that's not a thing? Well, harrumph. If I were in charge, there would be all kinds of superlatives and ribbons handed out. I grew up in an era before the participation trophy became a thing, so I'm a bit needy in that area.
Anyway, socks. I completed nine pairs last year:
...and if you count the single socks that are still in process of getting their mate, I knitted a grand total of 21 socks! I'm happy with that amount - I love sock yarn and really enjoy seeing how it knits up. I still can't believe I can take what is basically some colorful string and a couple of sticks and turn that into a pair of socks, but that's the magic of knitting for you.
Hats were my next most-often knitted items - I separated them out into adult and baby groupings for this post. Here are the adult hats:
Only one was for me (the hat in the top right square, made out of leftover yarn from hats I made for friends - I love sharing a hat with them).
Baby items rounded out my completed projects - if you ever want to be entertained, just listen to me as I knit a baby hat or sweater...I can't stop myself from speaking out loud (usually only Paco is listening) about how darn adorable and tiny everything is. Two more tiny hats, plus a wee sweater:
That monkey hat still kills me with cuteness.
So in total, I completed 16 projects in 2016 - OOOOH!!! I just realized that! Dang it. You know I'm going to have to go for 17 projects this year. Well, I have a good start on one - this sweater, which I began in March of 2016 but then set aside for the duration of our long hot summer. I am very close to finishing it and I'm declaring my goal, here, in front of all 12 of my readers, that I will have it done by March 23, 2017, which is one year to the day of casting on:
Taking it out of the bin will be a big step in actually knitting it. Which I will do. Soon.
I've been knitting for five years now, and while I can see how my knitting has evolved and improved over those five years, I still feel somewhat like a beginner at times. There are a lot of techniques that I won't tackle (like Fair Isle, or anything that is charted), but I'm getting braver - did you see all those socks? And soon, a full-fledged, adult-sized sweater that I knitted will be in my closet - how wild is that??
Well, we are on taper week for the upcoming Houston half marathon - this race sure came up fast! At this point, we've done all we can do, so our run for tomorrow is going to be a Gump run - we'll just take off running and go until we feel like stopping. Hopefully we'll stop somewhere near our vehicles, because otherwise that could be problematic, LOL. Actually, there's a new road that juts off of the main road that we run on, and while it's not open to traffic yet, it is completed, so I think that's the direction we'll go...and see where we end up!
Have a great weekend!