Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

Hi friends!

Hope you’ve been having a happy and restful festive season.  I don’t tend to do big year-end round up posts of what I’ve made (I like to save that for my blogiversary).  But 2018 has been a big year, and I thought it’d be fun, as the new year dawns , to look back on some of the highlights of this year and make a few plans for the upcoming one!

Knitting-wise, 2018 was a year of firsts.  I massively enjoyed my first ever Edinburgh Yarn Festival, spending it with old and new friends.  I taught my first knitting classes. I occasionally helped out at my favorite local yarn shop, Northern Yarn. I also got to work my first knitting festival at Yarndale on the NY stand and received the most special wedding blanket from lovely friends while there! And I released my first ever knitting pattern  — something I never thought I’d do!

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Personally, it was a big year as well of course: settling into UK life, submitting my dissertation, and, most memorably, Mr. N and I tying the knot — and then celebrating throughout the rest of the year with our families and friends.

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 holds and sharing more crafty adventures here.  As ever, I’ve got a queue to knit that could see me through several years, but I’m also hoping to carve a bit of time out to learn to sew, do a bit more designing, and hopefully get into some more new fiber-y adventures!

But for now, I thought I’d start 2019 with my “Make Nine.”  Unlike last year, I’ve actually tried to pick just nine things, and I’ve included a few smaller projects in the hopes of making it achievable.  And there’s a blank spot in the grid to represent the designs I want to work on! IMG_5868.JPG

Top Row, from left: Threipmuir by Ysolda Teague (I’m looking forward to casting it on when I get home in Birlinn Yarn Company yarn from EYF 2018); Log Cabin Mitts by Karen Templer; and Flaum by Justyna Lorkowska (also to be knit in EYF 2018 yarn)

Middle: Houlland by Donna Smith; Còinneach by Kate Davies; Olivia by Julie Weisenberger.

Bottom: Fjer by Fiber Tales and Tettegouche by Virginia Sattler-Reimer.

It’ll all probably change, but I do love a bit of project planning! Do you already have any projects planned for the New Year?

Hope you’ve had a happy and peaceful festive season, with a bit of time for knitting.

xo K

Finished Object: Northern Yarn St Catherines

Hi friends and happy … whatever day today is! I’m coming at you jetlagged from a mild, if slightly damp, Melbourne to tell you about my most recent finished object, St Catherines.  I cast off, blocked, and photographed it a couple of weeks ago, but couldn’t find the time that this project  deserved to write a nice, fulsome post.  But now, even if I’m not quite officially done with work ahead of the holidays, things are definitely feeling relaxed, so I thought I’d take a bit of time this afternoon to tell you about this bold and generous a-bit-more-than-a-shrug, but not-quite-a-cardi that I’ve been working on during the last several months.

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On knitting socks too small … (Once Upon a Sock, December 2018)

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Hi friends, and happy last first Thursday of the month for 2018!  If you’re new around here, every first Thursday a group of us post about socks.  Paula hosts a little link up over at Spin a Yarn so that people can join in any month that suits.  I’ve not made much sock progress since last month, so I’ll quickly tell you what I’ve been up to and then talk a bit about handknit socks and fit, something I’ve been thinking about a lot.

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Onward Knits — Interview and Giveaway!

Today, I’m so happy to share an interview with my dear friend, Kate Jordan, who’s just published her very first book, Onward KnitsKate and Mr. N went to university together in New Zealand, and I met her for the first time over three years ago  during our trip to NZ after years of online chatting about our mutual love of wool and knitting. Since then our friendship has been sustained by Facebook chats, Skype knitting sessions, and, earlier this year, an epic trip to Edinburgh Yarn Festival!  I actually find it a little hard to believe that we’ve only spent a few weeks in each other’s company over our years of friendship–the internet is a wonderful thing!

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Kate, speaking at the Onward Knits launch — which, fittingly, was held at a bar in the Wellington Railway Station.

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Happy Thanksgiving 

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Just a quick note to say happy Thanksgiving if you’re celebrating today! I’ve got so much to be thankful for, not least knitting and the community that surrounds it. So thanks to all of you who chose to spend a little of your day here. Sometimes I wonder if the knitting blog is a dying breed (there are so many other places to get knitting chat theee days) but I really value this space and all of you! If you’re in the United States (or anywhere else for that matter), I hope your day is full of good food, good company, and maybe a spot of knitting. 

Finished Object: Lotta Dress

Hello hello friends!

Despite my best intentions (and a backlog of things to tell you about), I’m still struggling to write here as often as I’d like. I’m going to give some thought to why that is and try to come up with a plan … I do really value this space and having a chance to chat in the comments and don’t want to let it completely fall by the wayside.

Case in point … I finished my Lotta Dress at the end of October, got photos a few weeks ago, and am only today managing to share it with you!

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