I hope I can keep up the momentum!

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2011 saw the explosion of my yarn stash – I’m sure random skeins are breeding like rabbits in the dark recesses of the storage chest!  I can never seem to close the lid completely whenever I go delving.

So, this year, myself and a few of my fellow Amiras are planning to knit from stash only this year.   Whilst I do not intend to buy any more yarn in 2012 (except in extreme emergencies), I do have a few yarn clubs signed up and paid for last year coming in.  The plan is to knit more than what enters through the post :).

To this end, 2012 has started off well.  I have two finishes so far.

Henslowe by Beth Kling

Knit with Flamboyance Yarns Blaze “Eerie” on 3.5mm needles.

Cast on December 4, 2011 and cast off January 2, 2012.

I think I want another one in grey.

Infinity Squared by Tabitha’s Heart

(crappy phone photo – sorry – will rectify that soon)

Knit with Sunflower Yarns Windham “Deep Winter Green” on 5mm needle.

Both pattern and yarn were part of Sunflower Yarns’ Simple Pleasures Package for December 2011.

Had to cast on as soon as I opened the package!  Cast on January 3, 2012 and cast off January 8, 2012.

The pattern is very simple but the moebius cast-on and applied i-cord cast-off upgrade it to interesting.  Both cast on and cast off were new to me.

 A couple of attempts at both were made – I’m a visual learner so thank goodness for YouTube!

So …

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Life kind of got busy between my first post and now, hence the silence :).

I won’t promise to post every day – my life just isn’t that exciting – but I will try for weekly.  My 2012 blogging goal.

I had a few finishes before 2011’s curtain call …

Cassis by BabyCocktails

Knit with Skein Queen Desire “Raindrops” on 4.5mm needles.

Cast on April 15, 2011 and knit on and off until cast off on November 4, 2011.

My first top-down seamless cardigan – love!

Lordship Lane Hat by Louise Atkins

I test knit this for Louise using Artesano Aran “Rosewood” using 6mm and 8mm needles.

I also knit a smaller size using 4.5mm and 6mm needles.

Super quick – knit this in an afternoon (November 6, 2011).

Summer Wind by IrishGirlieKnits

Knit with The Knitting Goddess SparkLynne in Semi-Solid Slate on 3.5mm needles.

Cast on December 13, 2011 and cast off December 16, 2011.

This was the perfect accessory for our Christmas ski holiday!

Then there were these …. my Mohawk Madness!

Quick & Easy No Felt Mohawk Hat by Amy Gillepsie

Knit with Artesano Aran (doubled) and various scraps of bulky weight yarn for the mohawks.

Cast on the first hat December 17, 2011 and finished up the last one December 21, 2011.

I was asked to make 12 of them for our Christmas ski holiday by my friend after she saw the one I made for DS last year.

I managed six for the kids – that was my limit!

Going to try this again …

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Blogging, that is.

I used to blog – here – when I was an obsessive cross-stitcher.  I lost my stitching mojo and really haven’t found it again.

Whilst I have always been a bookworm, I then became obsessed with books.  I joined Goodreads, and discovered reading challenges, which led to the discovery of new authors, which then led to more books.  My bookcase is overflowing.  I overdid the challenges and burned out.  I still read, but I’m now not quite so obsessive.

Just over a year ago, there was a request in the school newsletter asking for hand-knit blanket squares for charity.  I taught myself to knit in my mid-teens, and it was something I did on and off over the years.  I had/have a box of yarn that was shipped over with us when we moved here, taking up space in the under-stairs cupboard.  I figured I could make up some squares and de-clutter at the same time.

Out of curiosity one day, I Google-d “charity blanket squares” and found Knit-a-Square (KAS).  I decided I needed more yarn.  So I could knit more charity squares, of course.  Of course.

One of the bookshops here, at the time, had a small haberdashery section, with a select range of yarn.  Then a friend told me about another store here in Dubai that sold yarn, and other crafty delights.  On my first visit there I started chatting with another customer who was on a stopover in Dubai, and had heard about the store through Ravelry.  I remember hearing about Ravelry a few years ago, but membership was by invite only and I wasn’t really knitting back then.  Today?  Different story.  I joined, and found the Amiras – a wonderful group of ladies who meet up once a month (and sometimes more frequently).  One of those ladies is Jocelyn – I heart her and her beautiful hand-dyed yarn.

I have learnt so many new things in the last year.  I can now knit socks, and cool hats, simple lace and non-lace shawls, sweaters in the round (no seaming!) … and the yarns!  I truly had no idea such fantabulous yarns existed.

So, now I have a new obsession love, and my forays into that will be what this blog will be focussed on – maybe with a little bit of life thrown in just to mix things up.