Last year I did a post on the “knitting highlights of 2015” and decided to make it an annual update post. Here are some of my (not always) knitting highlights for 2016.
This year started out with a puppy search. We’d lost our 16+ year old blue heeler the previous year and were looking for a playmate for our 2 year old red heeler. I became obsessed, joining every heeler group I could find on Facebook. Blue heelers have to be the most adorable puppies ever…
And so the year begins.
January: As with years past, my trip to TNNA started the year. It was early in the month and a great escape to the warm temps in California. The French Knits collection was introduced at the show and I was happy to see it so well-received. Enjoyed catching up with friends and, of course, making new ones.
This show was also when I began my scouting for yarns to use in my Montisi collection. I was a little preoccupied the last days of the show, though, when I learned there was a puppy available just an hour away from my home. I was constantly messaging the owner and asking questions. Then on January the 13th we brought our 6 week old Sally home.
January was an exciting month. Not only because of a baby in the house, but the garden planning was in full swing, too.
February – gardening chores, starting onions, and all that goes along with it. Planning for the next collection. And lots of reading up on puppy training.
March. Continued my search for yarns for the Montisi collection. More gardening focus: my studio had become a seed starting center at this point. I also got started on the next collection: The Scenic Collection for fall, and visited my son at RIT in NY.
I also got the yarn in for Liz, the first of the Montisi sweaters. As I began the first of these five sweaters, I became even more obsessed with learning the Italian language. Made it a priority each day with the help of Fluent Forever, Pimsleur, and Rosetta Stone.
May– much the same as April with the garden growing and the puppy training and lots of knitting to get the new Scenic collection done before June and TNNA.
In June I traveled to TNNA in Washington, DC. and started prepping for my upcoming classes at Stitches.
July – July was dedicated to finishing preparation for the classes I would be teaching at Stitches, continuing with the Montisi projects, and choosing yarns and colors for next Tahki collection. I remember being exhausted; made a decision to put a call out for more knitters!
September was spent planning for Italy and working on both the Montisi collection and the upcoming yet-to-be named collection with Tahki yarns. I also made the decision to discontinue Knitting Monthly, to focus on other new projects over the coming months and year.
I spent almost all of October in Italy. Like I’ve said before, I remain totally taken by the country, the people and the language. I presented the Montisi peeps with their sweaters and made lots of new and wonderful memories. My husband joined me the last week and we stayed again in Castelmuzio. He could finally see for himself why I was so mesmerized by this land. We had a wonderful time; even went on a truffle hunt!
November– I stuck very close to home this month, internalizing and enjoying the end of year gardening chores, being home, long walks on the prairie with my dogs, and working in the studio. Also finished the Girlfriends Collection with Tahki yarns for Spring/Summer 2017.
December – This was a concentrated month of learning. Working on future classes, taking a few online classes, and learning all I could about publishing and adobe indesign. Began uploading videos on the website to youtube (already available on vimeo) from my website and working on Ray’s blanket. Oh, and I celebrated my very first vermicosting harvest!
Looking back, not as much travel time, but I enjoyed being home more to work in my studio, garden, and spend time with the dogs and family.