I’ve been doing a highlights of the year post for the past couple years. Here are some of my (not always) knitting highlights for 2017.
The year begins.
January: January was focused on pulling all my class materials together for Stitches West in February where I taught 6 classes. I knit a lot of swatches!
And on the home front, we expanded our property to include 8 acres of wooded area, with paths and a little pond my husband remains obsessed with. He is determined to stock it some day with fish. And I hope he does.
February – same as last year: gardening chores, starting onions, and all that goes along with it. Also, getting ready for the Stitches West classes and trying to squeeze in yet another sample for the Colorful Reverse class. Oh, and I began publishing the Girlfriends Collection.
March. More gardening focus: my studio is definitely doubling now as a seed starting center. I also got started on the next collection: The Tea Leaf Collection for fall, and visited my son at RIT in NY.
April– What I remember about this month most was my body beginning to resist and feeling a need to take some time off. But, of course, I didn’t. Instead I just scheduled more massages, ordered Knitting Comfortably and kept on knitting.
April was also the month we added mushrooms to our growing plans. That was fun, although I can’t really say it was that fruitful. We ordered Lions Mane (yummy- plan to do this one again) and King’s Stropharia from Territorial Seed Co. We’ll do better this next year…
May– much the same as April with the garden growing and lots of knitting to get the new Tea Leaf Collection done before June and TNNA.
In June I traveled to TNNA in Columbus, Ohio. I planned a few extra days to spend with a dear college friend who lives in the area. We had a wonderful time exploring museums and catching up. She took me to a Lunn Fabrics in Lancaster and I bought my first cap! Isn’t it gorgeous?
July – July was all about plans for the next round of Montisi sweaters (more on that over the next year)… oh! and my garlic! My beautiful garlic.
August – August is a bit of a blur, really. More knitting. I had 5 more garments to complete before my next trip to Italy in early October and I was still waiting on some of the yarn to arrive. I tried not to worry, packed up the yarn I had, and visited my daughter in Fort Collins.
September was spent planning for Italy and working on the Montisi garments, and getting the garden ready for my absence.
I spent the first two weeks of October in Italy again. I got the sweaters finished and gave them to their recipients just in time, although I have to admit I was knitting the sleeves for the last one on the plane! I cut the trip short this year, but am already planning an extended stay for next year.
I got home mid-October and made plans for a fall garden, a sweater for my husband, and finishing my son’s blanket. How I wish I had jumped right in and got started on those plans…
I broke my wrist the 2nd day of November and everything came to a halt.
December has been filled with physical therapy appointments and sharing our buffalo mozzarella, fabulous wine, and olive oil (shipped from Italy!) with friends and looking forward to a new year.