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 2018.
The year begins.
January: As I recovered from my broken wrist, I began to write up the patterns from the most recent trip to Montisi. I also finished the sweater I’d started for my husband, the Gianmarco sweater he’d requested. This was the first knitting request I’d had in many years from him, so it was important to me to get it done while he could still wear it. And wear it he did. He practically lived in it for close to a month. As we knitters know that’s got to be the greatest compliment of all. Smiles to my heart.
January was also the month I became interested in moss. I’d just read the book, Gathering Moss, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and it really opened my eyes to all the green in our woods. My not so secret weaving goal is to some day be able to honor it in a tapestry… I also became a little obsessed with trees and the native plants in our area, which continued throughout the year.
February – My passion for tapestry weaving continues to grow and I finish another weaving, also done on the beautiful loom my husband made for me.
February is also the month I start my onions inside. I went a little overboard this year and planted more than I reasonably had room to grow.
March. More knitting, more weaving. I started working on the project for this years Knitting in Tuscany trip and I finished yet another weaving. Oh, and I made a conscious effort to work on Ray’s blanket a little bit every day.
And of course, more gardening focus: my studio once again doubles as a seed starting center.
April– This is my birthday month and I gave myself a doozy of a birthday present. A Mirrix loom. I’d been researching and reading about tapestry weaving all year and knew this was the loom I had to have. The Mighty Zeus!
April was also the month I began to re-arrange my studio to accommodate my weaving obsession with “color walls”.
In June I battled cutworms in the garden. Lost more than half of my onion crop. Harvested garlic and continued to plant beans and wonder why they weren’t doing very well.. (I never quite figured it out.)
July – I guess the most important memory of July was finishing Ray’s blanket! And, of course, more weaving.
August – started working on the last of the Montisi sweaters, canning tomatoes and harvesting and roasting lots of peppers! Oh, and I finished my first weaving on the Zeus loom! I know I have a lot to learn, but I learn a little more with each weaving.
September (repeat of last September- some things never change) was spent planning for Italy and working on the Montisi garments, and getting the garden ready for my absence.
As in past years, I spent the first two weeks of October in Italy with Trips for Knitters. I am proud to say that – for once – I had all 3 sweaters finished for the last of the Montisi project when I stepped on the plane.
I visited my daughter in early November in Santa Monica, California. She’d lived there for almost a year at that point and this was my first visit. We had a great trip. I found a wonderful apt on airbnb and we visited the Descanso Gardens.
Oh, and I started a sweater for myself!
In December, I finished the sweater for myself (and a couple more small weavings), and read another great book by Robin Wall Kimmerer called Braiding Sweetgrass. I highly recommend it!
So that was my year in a nutshell. It was a pretty good year!
How was yours?