I can’t believe it’s the 23th of December and a whole new year is about to start. This last year was an amazing whirlwind of mostly good stuff. It’s been so wonderful to be a part of what Jen has built here at Grainline. I take so much pride in what I do and now, a few days before 2016, I wanted talk a bit about what I have made since the beginning of the year.
Jen and I test all the patterns, so we end up sewing a lot of muslins. This year we released five patterns, so that’s a lot of testing. Jen and I were talking before we left for our winter break about how we wished we had sewn more for ourselves but looking back now, I don’t think we did too badly. I made a lot of Larks so the total is pretty high of you include all those quick sews, 25 garments sewn for myself this year and I knit 5 hats, 1 coat, and 2 scarves (with some strings attached, I’ll explain below).
I’m very happy I made time this year to make the Morris Blazer that is pictured on the left in the top row. I wear that blazer all the time! One of my favorite combos from the summer was my Morris paired with the Alder in the bottom right corner. It’s been a great staple. I’m also glad I have stuck with knitting. I finished the Cross Country Coat by Wool and The Gang this year, I blogged about it before and talked about how it was a statement piece for me. That being said it’s really fun to wear and step outside of my clothing comfort zone. Plus, I’m proud of it, it’s the first non hat or scarf thing I’ve ever made. Working on another sweater now, but took a break from it to knit up some holiday gifts.
So, I said I’d explain these scarves…
At the beginning of the year I purchased this beautiful pale green chunky yarn in a local yarn shop. There were only two skeins left and even though I didn’t have a project in mind, I had to snatch them up. First, I made an arm knitted scarf and wore that around for a few months, then I took the scarf apart and knit another scarf in moss stitch. It didn’t turn out as long as I would have liked, so I took it apart again and knit up two hats. One for me and one for a friend! The yarn has taken on many lives but I think it’s finally found it’s permeant home as a couple of hats with pompoms! This one (mine) just so happens to have a giant pompom. Has that ever happened to any of you, complete indecisiveness with a yarn or fabric you really love?