Friday, February 18, 2011

2010 FOs

Even though the blogging wasn't happening in 2010, the knitting was still going strong.

First there were the Evangeline Mitts in January posted here.

There were no gold medals here during the Knitting Olympics. I didn't finish my Vilai socks by the closing ceremonies, but I did finish!

Project: Viali Socks (Rav link) by Cookie A. (Sock Innovations)
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Tiziano Red
Needles: US size 1
Started: February 12, 2010
Finished: June 20, 2010

I love Cookie A.'s designs. The patterns are interesting and fun to knit, and the socks are beautiful.

I might not have earned a gold medal during the knitting olympics, but there was gold medal-worthy knitting going on.

I made this lace wrap for my dear friend Brooke as a gift for her bat mitzvah. I impressed myself with this one. It's beautiful. And I finished it in three weeks! It totally could have been my olympic project had I started it during the time of the olympics.

Brooke loved it. And it's beautiful on her, even in her track clothes.

Project: Large Rectangle with Center Diamond Pattern (Rav link) by Jane Sowerby (Victorian Lace Today)
Yarn: Wagtail yarns 100% Fine Kid Mohair 2ply
Needles: US size 6 & 7
Started: April 10, 2010
Finished: April 30, 2010
Gifted: May 1, 2010

That's a gold medal in my book.

Over the summer I made yet another Tulip Cardigan as a gift for our friends' baby. This is my fourth Tulip. It's become my "go to" baby gift. I just love all the colors, which makes it pretty and versatile. It will go with so many things.

Project : Tulips Baby Cardigan (Rav link)
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in various colors (I love this yarn!)
Needles: US size 7 & 9
Started: July 2010
Finished: August 2010

I also finished my Ingenue Sweater (Rav link) by Wendy Bernard which I posted about here. It was in hibernation for a very long time before I dug it out and finished it. Now it's finished, but I haven't taken a photo of it yet. It was a little smaller than I like my sweaters to be, but I'm in the process of losing weight and it looks better than it did, so I think I'll be able to take some photos in the near future.

At the end of the year, I had a very special gift to knit up. I chose to make the Dryad Scarf by Jared Flood.

Project: Dryad (Rav link) by Jared Flood
Yarn: Madelinetosh Vintage in Dahlia
Needles: I can't remember - I think US size 7
Started: November 13, 2010
Finished: December 6, 2010

Let me just say that I loved knitting this pattern. I plan to make one for myself sometime this year. The cables kept it interesting enough that it never became boring to knit, which can sometimes happen with scarves. I highly recommend this one!

There was a lot of other knitting that happened in 2010 (and yarn acquisition!), but no FOs yet. Being a process knitter, I'm not overly motivated to finish projects, but I do eventually.

And last but not least, my favorite FO for 2010 is not a knitting related project. Are you ready?

Drumroll please...

We adopted a son! I'd like to introduce you to Jordan Matthew.

Project: To become parents
Methods used: The old-fashioned way, lots and lots of fertility treatments, and finally adoption
Started: January 2006
Succeeded: December 17, 2010!

It has been a loooong journey. We couldn't be happier. We're over the moon in love with our little guy. Every moment leading up to Jordan was wboorth it. Every shot, every disappointment at not becoming pregnant, every year that went by with no success....all worth it. The Dryad Scarf that I knit above was for Jordan's birth mom. She chose us to be parents to her child when her circumstances prevented her from doing so. A handknit scarf doesn't compare to the wonderful gift she has given us, but at least it was made from the heart. We will be forever grateful to her for our son.

2011 is going to be a very good year!