Friday, January 04, 2008

2008 is here at last

2007 was an odd year for me, so I'm grateful to be able to put it behind me. The best thing about 2007 was finding my new job in a completely unexpected place - the industry I swore I was leaving forever in January. Famous last words! My new employer is wonderful, and have treated me very well through my health issues, which was the downside to 2007. But my health issues are under control now, and I'm looking forward to a great year in 2008.

I have gotten some knitting done, although not as much as I'd like. I finished the moebius cowl and it is beautiful, even if it does have some extra "design elements." I'm very close to finishing my Lady Eleanor, although she's been languishing for the past month or so. I'm over halfway through my first (and probably last) full size Clapotis, in Patons SWS in Natural Violet. I'm about a third of the way through a simple lace scarf in Fleece Artist Italian Silk, quite possibly the most delicious yarn I've used in quite a while. It has a very strong silk smell, but it is decadently gorgeous. Pictures just don't do it justice.

I've signed up for a Fair Isle sweater class next week. I'm a little nervous about steeks, and not too sure about stranded knitting, so this will be a good exercise for me.

I've been purging my stash of the yarn I don't absolutely love. Novelty yarns, acrylics, murky colors, strange textures - it's all going. I still have too much yarn, but since I love what I have left, I don't feel too guilty. And I have empty bins available for Stitches next month! I've already started planning my method of attack on the marketplace.