Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year New Craft?

Happy New Year!!!

I hope you all had a smashing Christmas and New Year with your loved ones.

I've missed being here in blogland so I thought it was time to remedy that.

Not being one to spend time looking backwards I surprised myself recently by scrolling back through my knitting projects on Ravelry. It dawned on me that, for some strange reason, 2010 proved to be a year dominated by all things wool - and when I say dominated I do of course mean totally and utterly obsessively dominated to the exclusion of all else.

A quick tot up of my projects has led to some interesting results that I thought might be fun to share.

Total knitting/crochet projects completed in 2010: fifty three (or possibly more).


28 thumb wrestlers (counted as 1 project made up of many parts!)

13 pairs of socks

13 scarves

2 tea cozies

5 hats

2 blankets

3 cardigans

12 pairs of mittens

and 1 elephant!

Phew! As I said.....2010 was dominated by wool!

This is one of my very favourite times of year. For me, new year always feels full of hope, possibility and new opportunity - a whole year stretching ahead to fill with new experiences. Naturally, the new year can bring many unexpected things - some great things, some very far from great and some very sad and upsetting things but right now it's a whole fresh brand new year and that feels so good.

I wonder what 2011 will be dominated by? Right now, there's a chance it might involve rather a lot of this sort of thing....

I blame it on Mr Moog - for letting me make him buy me a lovely new embroidery book for Christmas!

He'll never learn ;o)


p.s. I hadn't really planned on being absent for so many weeks but after managing to fall downstairs on my backside a month ago I've been nursing a battered and bruised coccyx - definitely not conducive to sitting reading blogs of an evening....and sadly not conducive to sitting knitting either! Don't worry - I've made up for it by lying on the sofa reading books instead :o)


MichelleW said...

Welcome back - glad to hear that your coccyx is better now. Fantastic project review of 2010 (the hat is my favourite - that's beautiful yarn) and I love the vibrant colours in your embroidery - have fun playing with your new craft.

Shell x

dottycookie said...

Oh Lordy, a bruised bot sounds like no fun at all.

I am not going to ask about the thumb wrestlers. No. Nope.

But I am going to stalk you for hat patterns ...

Lina said...

Blimey, that's a whole lot of knitting. What do you do in your spare time?! Happy new year to you!

JP said...

glad to see you back - looking forward to more posts

Ali said...

Fifty three!!!! I am in awe. Sorry to hear about your sore rear - perhaps you should knit a giant cushion for it.

Good to have you back!

Daisie said...

That's more than one a week!
Happy new year, may it be kind to you. xxxx

Jan said...

Ohh poor you a sore tail end ,never the less you managed to turn out a fair amount of impressive products ,well done ...love Jan xx

French Knots said...

So you must knit in your sleep then??!
That is a huge amount of knitting, what a productive year. The lovely beaded hat looks stunning.
Hope your sore bits continue to improve.xx

wonderwoman said...

Lovely to have you back again! Am so sorry to hear about your bruised butt!!! I hope its on the mend. I love your hat, its just gorgeous!

silverpebble said...

Mrs Moog! I am very sorry indeed about your bruised behind. I send it all best wishes from the flat East.

What the woolly? How many knitted things? The one you made me is universally admired. Sometimes the girls wear it as a jaunty hat.

It is properly ace to have you back.

Jodie said...

Sorry to hear you broke your bottom Moogsmum....but am mightily impressed with all that work for 2010 !!!

Calidore said...

Hope you are feeling heaps better. Love all your have achieved in 2010. I did that kind of embroidery in High School and it was fun so I can imagine the lure it holds...vbg.

Anonymous said...

I have just one thing to say to you Missus Moogs:

13 PAIRS of socks?!?!?!?!


As in two socks the SAME?

How do you do it?!

Locket xxx

Anonymous said...

P.S. Have already sent good wishes to your bottom via Ravelry - eat more cake! More cake = more padding = cushioned bottom

L x

Gina said...

Best wishes for your bruised bum... it obviously didn't have enough padding so like Lucy I'm recommending more cake! Good to see you back... and Happy New Year! I like this time of year too.

Kitty said...

A bruised bum? Didn't Mr Moog offer to kiss it better? :-O

You make me feel so very lazy with all those lovely projects - especially love the hat and the mittens, where can I buy them? (hint, hint).

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, Mrs Moog. I hope it turns out to be a cracker. x

London Escorts said...

Knitting is a very good way to pass your time and learning a new art to learn. It is a wonderful hobby to have. Also it brings out your creativeness and polish your talents. I liked the photos they are simple and very beautiful.

Julie said...

Ouch! Sounds painful! Glad you're healing up. Impressive amounts of knitting there! Happy New Year :-)

Rachel said...

Good grief woman, did you do anything besides knit last year?! I cannot begin to imagine how fast you must be to have made so many items! Sorry to hear about the bruised coccyx, hope it gets better soon. Lovely embroidery too, by the way!
R x

Leanne said...

Sorry to hear about your B**. I feel terrible reading your knitting conquests I still haven't finished that pair of socks I started. I LOVE that super cute elephant. 2011 is going to be the year of the quilt for me. How's that super dog going?

Twiggy said...

Busy bee !! hope your back is better and Happy New Year !!
Twiggy x

Thimbleanna said...

Yay! You're back!!! And Holy Cow -- you're a knitting machine! That's an impressive (and beautiful) list of projects you've completed -- well done! I don't think I've even managed to complete one whole knitting project this year -- must get back to my unfinished socks. Happy New Year Mrs. Moog!

urban craft said...

thumb wrestlers?? brilliant!

Michaela said...

How many projects? Woman you are pure genius! And that hat... why have I not seen that hat before? I must have a hat like that. Just like that. Those colours. Those beads. Oh sod it, just send me yours and you can whip yourself a new one up in an evening! Thanks in advance. X