It feels so good to finish off 2010 (well, truthfully, finish off the first few days of 2011) with a FO. This was supposed to be a Christmas gift for someone…. but, now that it's finished (and finished too late for Christmas), I sort of want to keep it for myself (go away guilt! the season of giving is over, it is now the season of surviving winter with as many cute handknits as possible).
The pattern is Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck Scarf (by Julianne Smith) and it is truly one of the coolest cowls I've ever seen. I just love the drapy, soft, goodness of it all. While the yarn itself (Malabrigo chunky) is luxuriously soft, the big gentle cables of the pattern itself make it irresistibly cozy. I'm glad I went with a solid colour - keeps the focus on the lovely swooshy cables. The colour was chosen because I think the intended recipient would really like it… but, while the colour was perfectly her, I'm not sure if the style of the cowl is a perfect match (this is me trying to convince myself not to feel guilty about wanting to keep it). I was lucky enough to receive two knitting books and the new Interweave Knits magazine for Christmas, so I think there just might be the perfect pattern in there somewhere to make up for her instead.
For now, I'll do the grown-up thing and put this pretty pink cowl aside to avoid growing too attached to it until I find a better pattern to gift to this person for Christmas 2011. But, if you see another pink-yarn project pop up in my Ravelry… you'll know that I was successful in keeping burberry all for myself.
Looking ahead: 2010 was a bit of a dud knitting wise, so, in the spirit of the New Year and because I don't care to make any actual non-knitting resolutions (why fool myself into thinking I have a shot at keeping any of them), I present a short list of things I want to do in my knitting life in 2011:
- Knit more. This one's easy. I want knitting to become a part of my everyday again, as opposed to something I just think about doing.
- Knit a pair of socks. I'm terrified of sock knitting, so terrified in fact, I can't even bring myself to give sock patterns more than a passing glance.
- Meet other knitters. I don't really know any other knitters. Ravelry did wonders for my habit hobby by opening up the world of knitting beyond my couch and limited selection of inherited (and kind of ugly) patterns. But, I would love to talk to other knitters about knitting and yarn, knit with them, and learn from them. There is a world of knitters out there in this city and I would love to become a part of it.
- Knit an adult-sized sweater. I tried once. But… it didn't work out very well. It was a horrible pattern and was loaded up with mistakes. My yarn, too, was pretty awful, and not proper for the new knitter that I was (am?). I want to do it right.
Better get knitting...