A baby blanket for a friend's newborn baby boy. I sewed in a cotton flannel lining. Probably took me as long to iron, cut, pin, and sew in the flannel backing as it did to knit the thing.
Pattern: Ducks in a Row
Yarn: Paton's DK mercerized cotton
Needles: 4.5 mm (US 7)
Notes: Such a zen, easy knit. I loved it, and it didn't take long at all. The little flaps of duck bills are (I'm told) fun for little fingers to play with. the stripey flannel backing is also really soft and cuddly, and the the whole thing is machine washable. I don't have a baby, but from what I understand, it involves a lot of laundry.
2010 was a good year for my knitting, I think. My personal goal was to complete 26 projects, and I completed 28, with only one disappointing FO. Here's the photo mosaic, which is always fun:
2010 Also was the first year I wrote up a serious pattern, and was such an interesting experience. 2011 will bring a few more new patterns, but I approach the idea of designing with a lot of trepidation.... there are so many wonderful, talented designers out there; I totally don't feel even remotely qualified to be writing up patterns. But I'm learning as I go, and we'll see where it leads.
Let's get the 2011 knitting goals written down- I'd like to have another 28 FOs to claim at the end of it, and design 3 new knitting patterns (which I'll totally count as part of the 28 FOs!). Very soon the Stockholm Scarf pattern will be available in Swedish, thanks to Inger.
December 23rd, I think I just may have made culinary history- I share the same birthday as my dad (December 23rd) and I wanted to do something special. He doesn't like sweets, baked goods, or even many vegetables (of course, I eat all sugary foods I can get my hands on, and then pretend it's okay because I've also never met a vegetable I didn't love. Somehow I feel that my deep love of kale undoes the damages of a frequently high-chocolate diet. Anyway, I digress...). But he does love ribs. So I made him a rib cake:
He loved it, but told me not to post pictures on the internet of him eating it. You know how it is- no one looks classy while eating ribs. And my mom made me an awesome German chocolate cake. I
was pretty thrilled:
2010 was a great year, and I'm all set for the new possibilities and experiences of 2011.