Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 In Review

I did a lot of knitting in 2008 and virtually no sewing. I’m hoping to achieve more of a balance in 2009, but as I always say, these things are my hobbies and having to do something when I don’t want to takes all of the fun out of it.

In non-crafty news for 2008, I started a new job and have managed to successfully negotiate the first 50 weeks in this position, although it has been dicey at times. We have settled into our life here in Pittsburgh, and I’ve become horribly overscheduled with the full-time job plus part-time gigs at my favorite LYS, the local pro football team and various occasional day-jobs with the worldwide leader in sports.

I’ve continued with my M&Ms quilting group, doing a series of Row Robin quilts documented here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. I’m so thankful that these seven women want to keep me around (via e-mail and snail mail) since they are very important to me.

The Hurricane Knitters take up my first-and-third Wednesday evenings whenever I can get there, and I don’t get to the Borders knitting group as much as I’d like, but I appreciate being part of that group as well. I’ve already signed up for a full-day “major” extravaganza at The Quilt Company in February, so I’m hoping to find some local quilty “peeps” in the upcoming year.

So as we end 2008 and look forward to 2009, here I am recapping what appears to be the Year of the Sock at chez DPUTiger

Links below go to the appropriate FO post here at HPWT

1. BruWin Scarf; 2. No-Purl Monkey Socks; 3. Purple V-Neck Sweater; 4. Countess; 5. Spiraling Coriolis Socks; 6. Cobblestone; 7. Woven Ridge Socks; 8. Fountain Foxglove Socks; 9. Cables & Corrugations Socks; 10. Leafling Socks; 11. Softball Socks; 12. SOS#1: Caterpillar Socks; 13. SOS#2: Tall Tibetian Coriolis Socks; 14. SOS#3: Black Socks of Doom; 15. Sprout; 16. Philosopher’s House Socks; 17. A Hug for Barb; 18. Incredible Shrinking Barts; 19. Koigu Kermit Socks; 20. Sheep Feet Socks; 21. Noro Striped Scarf; 22. My First Moebius.

Let’s recap. Three finished sweaters, but only one was actually knit in 2008 (Cobblestone). Fourteen pairs of socks, 12 for me. Five projects knit with the intention of giving them to someone else (BruWin scarf, Monkeys, Cobblestone, Black Socks of Doom, A Hug for Barb).

I didn’t do a yarn meter or anything like that. Despite the 14 pairs of completed socks, my sock yarn stash has grown. A lot. ::sigh:: Well, I’m still enjoying the crap out of this craft, but let’s hope I can put a quilt or two (or three? more?) in this mosaic come December 31, 2009.

Meanwhile, I wish all of you a Happy, Healthy and Safe 2009. Thanks very much for reading (and hopefully commenting!) here at ye olde bloggity blog. I appreciate all of you!


Heather said...

Here's to a great 2009, too!

Margy said...

Thank you for your inspiration! Yours was the very first blog I started to follow. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

Yvonne said...

It's been fun getting to know you at Hurricane Knitting. Hope you have a good 2009, too!

turtlegirl76 said...

You don't think you did a lot of sewing? But you did 8 rows of quilt squares! I think that's a lot. =)

Happy New Year!

Donna Lee said...

I agree with the hobby assessment. I embroider and when I feel guilty for not picking up the needle and threads, I remind myself that it is my hobby and not my job. It should be fun. I lost count of the socks this year, I know it's been 8 pairs since August but I can't remember before that. Maybe I'll do better in 09 but probably not. Happy New Year!

Sarah said...

Has it already been almost a year at the job? It feels like yesterday we were at lunch with your mom and you were telling me about the offer!

It's been great to have you as part of the group this past year -- I'm so glad you came back to Pittsburgh!