Friday, December 31, 2010

Year in Review 2010

Year in Review 2010

1. your best FO of the year:
Based on the tenacity it took to master the pattern, I would say my Skew socks are my best FO of the year.

2. best FO of the year made by a blog you link to:
I have not really been reading as many blogs but there are plenty of FO on Ravelry that I have liked this year.

3. best yarn you tried:
No new yarn for me this year--I stuck with my old stand bys.

4. best book/mag/pattern of 2010:
Book:
I have to say that, for me, Aran Knitting was my favorite release of 2010 in the knitting category. I also loved Amy Butler's Style Stitches so much that it motivated me to buy a sewing machine.

Magazine:
Oxygen is still my favorite magazine--I look forward to reading it every month. As for knitting, I have found myself buying Vogue knitting more and more and disliking Interweave Knits more and more. I am letting my Interweave subscription go when it's up this year which is bittersweet for me as I have subscribed to it since I started knitting but the patterns, articles, and the general magazine layout do not appeal to me anymore and I had such high hopes when Eunny took over as editor :(

Pattern:
Challenge wise, Skew was the pattern that tested my patience this year. I enjoyed the dishcloth pattern from Mason Dixon and made tons of those this year for friends and family.

5. best new technique or gadget you tried in 2010:
I FINALLY learned magic loop this year. Thank you to Stacey who put up with my raving while trying to master this.
Fitness wise--Turbofire was the best technique I tried this year, love the intensity, love the music, love the choreography--makes me want to be an instructor again.

6. top 5 inspirations--what five things inspired you the most over the past year?
**Stacey--her enthusiasm is infectious
**Facebook--especially the groups I am in that remind me constantly of my fitness goals.
**Let's Go Pens! from Ravelry--knitting Pens fans--we are from all over the world and are bound by our love of the Pens and knitting. Oh what fun it would be to have our whole group together at a game in Pittsburgh.
**My sister who finished her first Ironman this year--WOW!!
**My kiddos who are always a light in my life.

7. designer who most amazed & inspired you throughout the year:
Probably Cookie A, again. She is a sock genius!

8. Challenges for 2011--what's next for you and your blog?
**still working on project me--getting in better shape, eating better.
**get sewing again--as I haven't since 8th grade
**finish at least 11 projects before starting anything new

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