My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Hats Off!

The year is drawing to a close . . . time for one last blog post of 2014.

Guess what I finally finished? Woodfords!

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I am very pleased with the finished product and think I’ll actually wear it. To recap, I knit this from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the “paper” colorway on a U.S. size 3, 5, 6, and 7 needle.

Other than that, it has been hats, hats, hats. Here is one I knit in stealth:

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This is a simple watch cap (no pattern) I made for the King of All Remote controls as a holiday gift. I used Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in the “black tie” colorway (I believe that’s a limited editions colorway available at Jimmy Bean’s Wool only) on a U.S. size 7 needle. I knit a deep ribbed cuff that can be turned up or pulled down, depending on how cold it is outside.

Another hat:

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This is the extraordinarily clever Tensfield, designed by Martina Behm, knit from Jade Sapphire dk weight cashmere in the “bluestone” colorway on a U.S. size 4 needle. It’s a fast and easy knit and such a clever design. You can use any weight of yarn to knit it.

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Unfortunately, this cap is knit as a chemo cap for a friend about to start chemotherapy. Since she is starting treatment in January, I thought she could use a warm outdoor cap. But I also wanted to knit her an indoor cap. So I am working on this:

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This is a plain ribbed beanie being knit from Bee Sweet Bamboo in the “sea green” colorway on a U.S. size 4 needle. The yarn is a gorgeous color and very soft, but is extremely splitty! I have to pay close attention while knitting to ensure I haven’t split it. My Signature Needle Arts stiletto tip needle is a big help with this.

I’m hoping to finish this before midnight tonight, so it will be my last FO of 2014.

Loki, the King of All Remote Controls, and I are celebrating the New Year quietly at home tonight, so I’ll have some good knitting time, albeit tempered with champagne. Loki is resting up for later.

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Happy New Year to all! 2014 was a tough year for a lot of people I love, filled with tragedy and loss. On the plus side, it has given me a finer appreciation for all that I have, including dear friends. Thank you all for reading and knitting along with me thus past year. I’ll see you next year! šŸ™‚

Comments

  1. Thank you for all of the enjoyment you bring with your blog posts and clever knitting.
    Happy New Year !!!!

  2. Happy New Year Wendy. Hope this one’s better for you. Thanks for everything!!

  3. Happy New Year, Wendy! Thanks for your blogs over the last year, and for showing us all your gorgeous projects. You truly do inspire me; your posts keep my knitting juices fizzing (so to speak)!All the best to you and yours in 2015.

  4. Woot Woot on finishing your sweater.!!! Happy New Year!

  5. Happy New Year to you, the KOARC, and Loki. May 2015 be a happy and healthy one for all of you. Thank you so much for all your wonderful knitting inspiration. I always look forward to reading your blog.

  6. Happy New Year! The cardigan is lovely.

  7. Have a Happy Birthday and a Happy New Year!!!

  8. Happy New Year all. Don’t you find “splitty” yarn to be very soft?

  9. Thank you for your fun blog, Wendy. I rarely comment but I read it religiously, buy your books and patterns which I love to make and love to see Loki and his antics. Thank you for the bright spots you provide and all of the inspiration. Happy, Happy New Year to you, the King of All Remote Controls and Loki!

  10. Happy New Year to all! 2013 was the worst year of my life and then 2014 has been one of the best. Hang in there everyone! Thanks to you, Wendy, for your encouragement and inspiration!

  11. Happy New Year to you and your family. Wishing you all the best in 2015. Thanks for sharing your FOs. You keep me inspired. Your Woodfords is beautiful.

  12. Thank you for continuing on with your blog, year after year. I always look forward to reading your posts. You bring a lot of enjoyment to a lot of people. Here’s wishing you a peaceful, happy new year.

  13. Happy new year to you, koarc, and Loki. Thanks for keeping the blog going for all these years and for continuing to share as much as you can. Best for 2015.

  14. Happy New Year to you, KOARC, and Loki.

    My ‘annus horribilus’ was 2009. Hang in there- 2015 will be better.

    I love your blog- you’re an inspiration! Cheers- patricia

  15. p.s.- Remember to kick 2014 out the door! I adopted the custom of a friend of mine, who is from the South. She said it was the custom to ‘sweep’ the old year out the back door and welcome the new year in the front door. I kicked 2009 out the door instead of sweeping it out. Best wishes for 2015!!

  16. I rarely comment on anyones’ Blog, but I have to say to you Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a great 2015. I absolutely love your blog and the beautiful items you make for yourself and friends. You are very thoughtful and such an inspiration to us all. See ya next year!

  17. Happy New Year, Wendy – can’t wait to see what you knit in 2015. Thanks for the memories of 2014.

  18. Loved your “think Iā€™ll actually wear it” since you give so many away or reserve for future patterns & books.
    I’ve been making lots of watch hats for regular + chemo also & after making a lot of various bottom up ones, found this top down pattern to work for both.
    Free Fast & Easy Top Down Knit Hat
    by Gail Hovanec at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/free-fast–easy-top-down-knit-hat
    The changes I use are just technique. Using Jenny Ockerā€™s method, I cast on 8 stitches, then continue; use the invisible increase method of Tech Knitterā€™s at http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/05/very-nearly-invisible-increase.html
    I also make six inches of ribbing using just the basic K1, P1 ribbing so the brim will fold up 3ā€. My son & his friends love it in their favourite grey or black colors (both impossible for me to photograph with my old camera).

  19. Happy New Year, Wendy! Thanks for being such a great inspiration to us all!

  20. Happy New Year to you and yours. Always appreciate your posts.

  21. Happy New Year. Wishing you many hours of happy knitting in 2015.
    Andrea @ ThisknittedlifeĀ“s last blog post ..On Knitting

  22. Happy New Year Wendy! Thank you so much for your wonderful blog that inspires me so much.Love the hats featured in today’s blog. I hope 2015 is wonderful for you and Loki.

  23. Midnite Baker says:

    Happy New Year to you and Loki !! Hopefully, your friend, who will be having chemo, will not lose her hair. Mine got thin all over but did not need a buzz cut and it has grown back since. I wish her good luck and hope she comes thru it in flying colors. Have my one year checkup at Mayo, Rochester, MN on Jan 15. Got my fingers crossed for a good outcome. May 2015 be a better year for all of us. Enjoy your blog immensely even though I do not comment often. Take care. M

  24. Shirley Gallagher says:

    Happy New Year Wendy. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy 2015.

  25. Happy New Year to you, too, Wendy! And of course to dear Loki, the king of all paw floof! I always enjoy your remarkably speedy and beautiful knitting. Let’s hope for a kinder and gentler 2015!
    MicheleinMaineĀ“s last blog post ..SPECIAL Preppy Fleurs Project Bag by ThreeBagsFullStudio

  26. Katherine says:

    Happy New Year, Wendy! I love seeing all that you knit – you are an inspiration! Peace and blessings in the new year, and happy creating and knitting, too!

  27. Thank you for your blog and a Happy New Year to you!
    Eileen

  28. Your knitting is beautiful as always. I know what you mean about 2014, it has been a very tough year for my family and friends too. I hope 2015 brings us all good news. Loki always makes me smile.

  29. Good job! I love it and bet it looks lovely on you!

  30. Thank you dear

  31. Happy New year, Wendy! Best wishes for a healthy, happy year for you and your family.

  32. A belated but heartfelt Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you.

  33. Happy New Year! Yours is one of the 3 blogs I check on a daily basis, for inspiration and even a pattern now & then. I’m still collecting sock yarn scraps for my cowl; I may have enough to have one made up next fall. I gotta ask: Is Loki still Thunder Kitty? Your description of his antics was such a hoot. Thanks for all the inspiration & amusement!
    CeltChickĀ“s last blog post ..Three cheers

  34. The cardigan turned out fabulous! Really love the hats too, especially the Be Sweet Bamboo. Loki looks extra “floofy” in this picture! Happy New Year!