I’ve been doing a highlights of the year post for the past few years. Here are some of my (not always) knitting highlights for 2019.
When I write these posts, I always refer to my photos taken throughout the year to jog my memory. And I do remember how cold January 2019 was. I took more photographs this year and enjoyed the outdoors more than usual. Not so many knitting photos but plenty of wildflowers and life around the prairie.
February: The winter of 2019 was not only very cold but it was also the winter we decided to keep our thermostat set at 62 degrees. Brr. I dressed in layers, many layers, but luckily I had a stack of sweaters to choose from. My favorite go-to sweaters were Bryce Canyon and Crestone. I also dug out some hand knit socks I’ve accumulated. They were made for me by various generous volunteers over the years; I am not and never have been a sock knitter! These were the toastiest; made by Renee. I wore them everyday. Some nights I even slept in them.
March: This was the month I learned about instagram. Don’t laugh. I learned of it years before but never bothered to do any more than set up an account and post 3 photos the same day. I read a post on March Meet the Maker and took off with it. And I have to say I much prefer it over Facebook. My links: @wildflowerknits and @tapestryjourneys – and @kennitatully
April began with a trip to Rochester, NY to see my son’s BFA show in glass. Wow. That was exciting! Here he is in his space.
May marked another trip to RIT for Ray’s graduation, gardening, lots of wildflower photos, and working on handouts for my new classes in tapestry weaving.
In June I taught those classes at TNNA on tapestry weaving. Also lots more wildflower photos. We even had an informal wildflower walk on our property and identified over 20 plants without leaving the driveway! I learned that this very beautiful Lead-plant is a great indicator of the diversity of edible plants in an area. We are blessed!
July is always the month I get busy on the Montisi workshops with Trips for Knitters. This year the project was for a short-row cowl and included instructions for four different methods of creating short-rows.
I spent a good part of August waiting for yarn to come for the last on my Montisi Collection garments: Gail. I found a beautiful Merino wool from Habu textiles and it was well worth the wait. I was finally able to get it started in mid-September.
October has become synonymous with Italy and my trip to Montisi. I spend almost the entire month there and am always at home. Re-uniting with old friends and always making more; it never fails to lure me back. This year was extra special because my daughter was able to come along. And Gail loved her vest!
Oh, and I also finished a sweater (for myself) I’d started the previous October in Montisi.
November and December were spent writing patterns, planting garlic, cleaning up a much neglected garden, and playing with my new Macro lens for my iphone!
It’s been a great year! I intentionally left out my tapestry life, but if you’re interested in the year in tapestry, you can read about that here.