In no particular order, and with no particular theme, here are a few images of 2011:
The new super-deluxe, double-decker, twice-the-fun cat bed. With 3 cats, do you think any one of them would have adopted this as their favorite resting place? I even put it in front of the wood stove, with limited success:
Ohhh. I have a taker - it's little Schatzie. For about all of 5 minutes.
January sunset over the cut corn-fields. This is the view out of the living room window, facing west. (I don't know why I state that - it should be obvious).
Two of the four barn doors on the front of our barn. One day we're going to have to pull the Elderberry bush out. But every year, it gives us so many berries, it's a hard call. Eventually...
If the floor weren't enough, Eric finished the window frame and molding. Gorgeous, just gorgeous, I tell you! A Hallmark Moment of Home Renovation. This room is officially DONE!
Freezing rain. Beautiful in just the right quantity. Photo credit goes to Eric:
frogged Malabrigo! Behold, the GAP-tastic cowl. This wonderful pattern, using 2 strands knitted together, nicely mitigates the wild variation in colour of this hand-dyed yarn. Brilliant! And wearable? You have no clue. It's like wearing a hug. Cast-on 131 stitches on an 8mm needle and knit in a K1P1 pattern for 15 inches. Cast off and fall in loooove!
And it's not just nice, it's gorgeous. Eric swore a lot finishing it. He should have his mouth washed out with Varsol. Once again, Eric nearly met his paint-finish Waterloo. But lookit that shine, baby!
my Lopi haul. I'm about ready to place another order...but wait! Isn't one of my resolutions for 2012 to use up my stash first? Maybe Lopi isn't considered as stash wool anymore, but a staple, something like a major food group in my knitting world? Can't we make an exception for Lopi? Since it's my resolution, I'm making a new rule. No new wool until stashed wool has been used. Except for Lopi. And if buying new wool to combine with stash wool is allowed...well...let's just play my knitting resolutions for 2012 by ear, shall we?
And here's a photo that proves that those crazy Icelanders love their floats, and with good reason! Lopi is super-wool, remember? No need to twist those long floats, just let them float! It has nothing to do with lack of craftsmanship, or laziness, but more with practicality and time-saving. Those floats will felt with wear, and make an almost double-lined fabric with time. Warm? You think? Super-freakin' warm is more like it.
Victoria's guts, which were somehow unceremoniously spread around under the staircase. It also soothed my nerves a bit, and organizing my stash made me realize that I had blown things out of proportion. I think.
cranking again, and soon. Maybe tomorrow. Another plan for 2012. Even more socks. This stuff was bought in July when I went to Germany.
So there you have it. 2011 in photo review. A Good Year, all told. Next year will be even better, I always say.
With time comes experience, the more you know, the better you do.
Wisdom is the saving grace of aging.
Happy 2012. Health. Happiness. All that is good.