A Year in Finished Objects

I have a habit of picking a new skill to learn every knitting “season” – which for me starts in September or October. This began about eight or nine years ago. The first year I picked knitting in the round, the second year socks (which were a failure and I gave up). Some years I’ve chosen a specific skill like ┬ácables or lace, and other years I’ve built upon my skill set by working my way through a specific book, such as the year I learned to make toys using Susan B. Anderson’s Itty Bitty Toys, or last year when I worked my way through Two at a Time Toe Up Socks.

It’s fun to look back at a year’s worth of projects, to look back at the project that marked the first time you used a particular skill, to remind yourself of the project that you thought would never end (for me it was the Waiting for Rain shawl, which even had an end date since I was doing it as a KAL, but I frogged and tinked it so many times I felt like I was working on it FOR.EVER.)

What have been some of your favorite projects over the past year?
Tag us on Instagram (@wanderingknots) to share some of your highs (or lows) and why.


Here are a few of mine:

So it’s technically not a #FO yet, since I still need to do some seaming and end weaving, but I LOVED making the Colorblock Sweater for my son, and I’ve started the one I’m making for my daughter already. This was my first effort at a sweater, and I don’t think I could have chosen a better first pattern. If you’ve been itching to try a sweater, I highly recommend this pattern, especially if you’re knitting for someone who loves to stash treasures in their pockets (a kangaroo pocket was a requirement for my kids).

I loved working with Shepherd’s Wool for this hat. I was a bit disappointed in the pattern, which ran small even when I sized it up a full repeat. But it is SO gorgeous, it’s definitely a repeat for me.

This was a project I started on a whim, and I am so grateful that I did. I now use this cozy every day, and every morning, as I stumble bleary eyed from my bed to prepare my coffee, seeing this small, useful, every day object makes me smile:

Blocking! (ABL) #knittersofinstagram #blocking #finishing

A photo posted by Wandering Knots (@wanderingknots) on

As far as knitting goes, 2016 may go down in my personal history as the year of socks. I made SO.MANY.SOCKS. And while I finished two pairs for myself, two pairs for my son, one pair for my daughter, and one pair for my husband (which were intended for me, but were too big), I also remember the two pairs I frogged completely. The pair below were made for my son, at his request. I started them in August and finished them in December because he asked for them to go all the way to his knees. And holy moly did that get boring.

The last few stitches of the aforementioned Waiting for Rain Shawl that I made as part of the original KAL.