Happy New Year Unravelers! I hope that 2019 is off to a very good start for you all!
We had a quiet New Years celebration at home and knitting was the highlight! I have made some progress on my ADVENTurer wrap and the weekend saw my first repeat color as well as the passing of the halfway point of the knitting! I am hopeful that this will be finished in time for Valentine’s Day!
I should have resurrected Blaer from the basket by my bed and knit a bit on it as well, but instead I cast on a new sweater. I know. What the heck! Day Two and my focus is faltering! Haha!
My only saving grace is that I am using yarn from a failed sweater. It has been on my radar for some time now and the color is really calling to me! I don’t have any deep red sweaters in my closet at all and I simply love the fabric I got! I am the tiniest bit leery about the yarn quantity I have, but I think I have done the math correctly and if I only do the cable pattern on the front and not the back, I should have enough yarn. Because, nothing says Happy New Year like a new knitting project and especially one that you have a niggling fear that you might not have enough yarn for, amirite?
However, the reading is always good, and I have set my reading goal for 2019 at 150 books, which I feel is realistic as I ended 2018 with 154 books. It is a goal that will keep me focused every day.
Finishes in the last week of December:
Meet Behind Mars is a book I discovered on one of the many end-of-year lists that I read. I was surprised that my library had it available, so I jumped at the opportunity to read it. It is Renee Simms’ debut book of short stories (and part of the Made in Michigan Writers Series). I always thought that I did not like short stories but Meet Behind Mars proved me wrong! It is a lovely little book and the writing is wonderful! This got 4 stars and I recommend it if you can get your hands on a copy of it!
The Alice Network goes on my failure read list of the year and only got 2-stars.
God is in the Manger was my Advent devotion and I loved it. If you have never read any Bonhoeffer, I recommend you start with The Cost of Discipleship and move on from there. He is a brilliant writer and reading his words, you can hear him speaking!
That is all I have this week! But what I want to know is what do you want to make in this New Year! As always, if you wrote a post please leave your link below!
And, thank you so much for your participation!
I’ve decided Jan. 2 is the official start of 2019 😉. Yesterday was for gearing up
Your Adventurer Wrap is looking more and more beautiful! What do I want to make in 2019? Progress, peace, a few Sockhead Cowls, and of course, a Hitchhiker or two!
Reclaimed yarn from past projects do not count as a new project ….. see, no problem. It’s not an ADDED project. It’s a CONTINUING project.
I hope the yarn chicken plays nice with you.
Jan 1, 2019 I completed my goal of knitting every day. Woo-hoo!!!
Your sweater ribbing is a lovely color! What is the pattern that you’re using?
We’ll have to see how Jan 2, 2019 goes as far as my continued knittingprogress… (working on a Brunswick Beanie…had to start over because my puppy ate the cast-on!!!)
150 books! Wow, that’s double my goal! As for knitting, I need to finish my Peace Cowl and then I’ll think about new things for 2019. I think the first project will be another Stopover, though.
Lovely knitting Kat. Can’t wait to see the finished wrap!! Your yarn is just yummy.
Yikes – 150 books is a lot! But I bet you do it. I did enjoy The Alice Network. And, thanks for the recommendation of Meet Behind Mars.
You will be reading . . . almost 3 books for every one of mine! Your wrap looks lovely, Kat. And as for my knitting plans for the year? Well. . . I’ll just see where the spirit leads me. XO
Congratulations on your 2018 reading goal and cheers to your 2019 goal!
The red yarn is divine. I bet your Math is excellent and the sweater will work out well. And that wrap is going to be gorgeous. What do I want to make in the New Year? After I toss the stash I may have specific ideas. Now my thought is to knit only the yarn I love into beautiful objects. I am going to give serious thought to finding some yarns a new home. No more knitting with yarn just because it is nice yarn. If it doesn’t make my heart sing – on it goes to someone else.
Your wrap is looking so lovely already — it’s going to be stunning when it’s done!
I think I’d marked the Alice Network as something I wanted to read, so I’m sorry to hear it wasn’t good. Sounds like a library book for me if I still want to read it.
That wrap really is beautiful! As to what I’d like to make…I’m planning on two shawls…same pattern…different yarn. One will be a gift to my life long friend I’m heading on a cruise with in October. 🙂 Just need to finalize which design!
I have the alice book (boo). My new year was a full house of family and me trying to knit! Happy New Year and yay for knitting!!
I’m floundering on the reading and knitting front right now. Maybe by Sunday as by then I’ll have the house projects finished. My NYE ended up lasting until 3 am on NYD-I’m too old for that!