On many different fronts, I am so glad this year is almost over.  Rather than think of all the unbelievable outcomes 2016 brought, I am posting my year in knitting because knitting makes me happy.  There are several projects that are not shown here because I forgot to take photos when I finished them.  I am really good at knitting but not to great at documenting via photos.  I plan on doing a better job of that in 2017.

There are at least 2 shawls, one baby blanket and at least 3 little ones with hats that I don’t have photos to document.  I never know when I gift a piece of knitting if the person likes it when they live far away, unless they send me an email or text or photo.    Thank you to all of you who do that.  Even if I don’t get a photo, I know that you got it and like it when you text.   I often worry that I have spent time making something that is not valued on the other end.    There are  times that I make something, send it, and the only acknowledgement I get back is when the tracking number shows it has been delivered.

That has happened a couple of times.  When I make something, I knit it for a specific person.  Even if it is a gang of Frosty hats, I have a list of little ones and I do them all together.  If it is a sweater or blanket,  the yarn is selected specifically for that person and I think about them while it is being knitted, hoping it will bring the recipient comfort.  That is what it is all about for me.  I don’t keep a closet full of baby blankets, pull one out and send it off.  There have been a few times that I make something just for the challenge of the project, but those times are rare.

There is a little bit of your soul that gets incorporated into a piece of knitting.  And I know that most people get it.  When I see pictures of my knitting in the wild with the recipient, I know they get it.   Time restraints, and now arthritis,  are limiting my ability to create via knitting.  I am branching out into other Fiber related creative outlets as well as making jewelry that use my hands and wrists in a different way.  I have to be able to create on a daily basis.

So, here is my year in review.  There are a few that predate 2016 but I included them anyway.   And some are funny, like the cake below, which was creative.  I don’t know if the teacher involved disallowed the ditching or not.  And there is MrTang, the fringe-eating cat.  I don’t know if all of these will post.  If not, I will make more than one post.  I hope your 2017 is full of health and happiness!  Knit onward………