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The TWELFTH and FINAL pair of socks for 2014!

I'm done!

I'm done!

I'm really and truly done!!!!  YAY!!!!!! 

Here are the twelfth and final pair of socks for the 12-socks-in-2014 challenge:
Unexpected bonus?  My daughter now has a few new pairs of handknit socks in her wardrobe!  Yay!

This was a really fun challenge, even though I started to fall behind once school started up for the kids again.  I caught up though, so all is well!  This is one of the first times that I have set a crafting goal and actually completed it; so I'm pretty proud of myself!

Also, one of my awesome crafting friends made me the cutest badge; I have to share it with you all!  Thank you, Tammy!  :)


NOTES:

YARN:  Vanna's Choice in Gray

NEEDLES:  Addi Turbo Interchangeables, size US 5

PROJECT BAG:  Madbird, Holiday Owls

AUDIOBOOK/ MOVIES:  New episodes of Doctor Who (series 8)

PROJECT DATES:  December 25-27, 2014

Sock Pair #11 of 2014

Yes, I'm furiously knitting my last pair of the year as we speak, so no time for chit-chat!  :)
NOTES:

YARN:  Vanna's Choice in Radiant Orange

NEEDLES:  Addi Turbo Interchangeables, size US 5

PROJECT BAG:  Madbird, Holiday Owls

AUDIOBOOK/ MOVIES:  Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon; and LOTS of Christmas movies!

PROJECT DATES:  December 20-24, 2014

Sock Pair #10 of 2014

I'm so busy knitting and doing holiday stuff that I don't have a lot of time or commentary here!  Suffice it to say that I'm running a bit behind on my 12-socks-in-2014 challenge, but I'm determined to finish before the year is up!

Above you see my tenth pair of the year!  YIPPEEEEE!!!  Two more to go!

NOTES:

YARN:  Vanna's Choice in Radiant Orange (MC) and Aqua (CC)

NEEDLES:  Addi Turbo Interchangeables, size US 5

PROJECT BAG:  Madbird, Holiday Owls

AUDIOBOOK/ MOVIES:  Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon; and LOTS of Christmas movies!

PROJECT DATES:  December 15-19, 2014

Weasley Sweater #4

And thus it endeth!  Or something like that!  I love Weasley sweaters.... but I am SO SO SO SO SO glad that this is the last one, and I'm done!!!!  WOOHOO!!!!!
I knit four Weasley sweaters this year for my four children.  This is the final one for my baby daughter, even though she is fast becoming a toddler every day!  I can't wait to see her in it.  Yay!
NOTES:

Project Dates:  November 25, 2014 - December 11, 2014

Yardage:  Approximately 284 Yards

Yarn:  Knit Picks City Tweed HW in Rhubarb (MC); Vanna's Choice in Black for Duplicate Stitch

Needles:  Knit Picks Interchangeables, Caspian, US Size 8

Project Bag:  Madbird Christmas owls

Audiobook:  Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon





The FINAL Weasley Sweater of 2014

My Christmas crafting goals this year were lofty indeed.  So lofty, in fact, that I started working on them in January and have done little else all year long!  Here are a few things I've learned:

1.  I am VERY ambitious when I'm pregnant.  In the very beginning of January of this year, I was still pregnant and ready to pop, and that is when I made my crafting plans for the year ahead.  Everything seems do-able when you are that pregnant.  There is something about creating a life that makes you feel like a superhero, completely invincible and capable of absolutely anything.  So yeah, that was my mind frame when I set my crafting goals for the year!  (And no, I did NOT factor in the fact that I would be dealing with a newborn..... please see the above comment regarding "feeling like a superhero"!)

2.  I set the bar high this year, and though I reached all my goals, I feel like I've done nothing but knit for Christmas ALL YEAR LONG.  I think it might be a good idea…

My 10-Year Knitaversary!!!

Today I celebrate TEN YEARS of knitting.  A whole decade!!!  And since I am a sentimental fool to the core, I have to reminisce a little.

Knitting came into my life on December 18, 2004, for a very silly reason.  At the time, I had just moved in with my boyfriend, and we were both very recently unemployed.  While we hunted for jobs, we also spent every spare moment together.  It was a fun time, and when we weren't job-seeking, we took walks to the library or grocery store, played tons of Scrabble and other board games, experimented with new recipes, did a TON of baking, went dancing, fixed up the cute little house we lived in at the time, etc.  We had grown accustomed to doing everything together.

That weekend in December, though, my boyfriend's longtime best friend was getting married, and my BF was to be the best man.  It was a weekend filled with wedding activities for the wedding party, and so we spent our first weekend apart.  I distinctly remember after he left on Saturd…

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