Dec 31, 2017

FOs | 2017 in Review

Whew! This year has been a whirlwind of activity on the work-life front. Knitting and designing often took a back seat, so days and sometimes weeks passed with little or no knitting at all. 

I often focused on smaller projects such as cowls, mitts and shawls as a result, but I somehow managed to complete three lap-sized afghans as well. Here's a quick roundup of my 2017 FOs. (Just click the links to see the related project post, but some FOs are so fresh, they've not yet been featured.)


Colsie Mirror Gradient Cowl-Scarf

Colsie Lake Gradient Mitts

Colsie Mirror Gradient Mitts

Colsie Green Gradient Mitts

Colsie Plumberry Gradient Mitts

Colsie Rose Gradient Mitts

Colsie Tonal Gradient Mitts

Grey Daze Mitts & Shawl

Kintra Nearly Neutral Cowl-Scarf


Tikkyn Flagstone

Valere Summer Rainbow

Valere Vivid Rainbow


Christmas Trees Merry & Bright


While the Valere Reversible Afghan was the only pattern released this year, there are several in near-final form. They'll be ready for release once they've been thoroughly tech edited.

Gradient Series

At Knitting | Work in Progress, 2017 was the year of DIY gradients, ombres and fades, something that's rather evident from many project titles above. My goal was to offer ideas, inspiration and practical tips for creating your own custom fades using purpose-bought yarn, stash yarn, or a mix of both. To see the entire series, click here or go to Browse in the right sidebar and select Ombres & Gradients. To see the roundup posts, click the links at the end of this post.

Going Forward

In an effort to start the year with a relatively clean slate, I resisted the urge to cast on new projects (with the exception of the last-minute Christmas Trees) and chose instead to finish active WIPs. The two new cowl-scarves will be especially useful, since we're in full deep-freeze with snow on the ground and windchill temps well below 0 degrees F.

My goals for 2018 are rather straightforward. Once again, I'll be striving to focus and finish, which means limiting myself to roughly three active projects at a time. First on the list is Herlacyn Heatwave, which is almost but not quite done (all it needs is a border). 

I'm also itching to cast on something new, but I'm waffling between another cowl or shawl. While I figure that out, I decided to swatch for a simple cardigan worked in this cozy cashmere blend.

As we wrap up the old year and welcome the new one, feel free to share your 2017 accomplishments, your plans for the coming year, or a mix of both. Thank you, as always, for stopping by, sharing your comments and feedback, knitting my designs, and more. Your support and encouragement are greatly appreciated every single day of the year.

    Happy New Year and happy knitting! 
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    1. Your blankets are just remarkable. I love them!

      1. Thank you, Emily, I'm so glad you like them. I'm a true afghan addict: I have one on the needles now and am itching to cast on another : )

    2. Wow! These are fantastic. I am always amazed at how much you are able to accomplish, especially in busy times. Beautiful work.

      1. How kind, Ravenna, thank you! Especially good to hear since yardage-wise, 2017 was one of my lowest output years in the past decade ; )

    3. I like your fingerless gloves. The yarns are very pretty. I made a pair for myself from sock yarn and they are really nice since it's been so cold lately. What are you reading?

      1. Aren't fingerless mitts great?! Yours sound very pretty, the perfect solution for this cold weather.

        Currently, I'm reading stitch dictionaries : ) I'm searching for the perfect stitch for a new project.

    4. What a lot of wonderful projects. You are very clever with your colour combinations. Thanks for joining in my new link party.

      1. So nice to see you here, Ginx. Thank you for your kind words and for your new link party.


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