Having a quiet day here, as Cory and his wife are trying to work out a new Christmas Day schedule between the two parental families. We expect them over about 5:00. Then we will open presents and have a dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggies, and Boston cream pie.
This morning, I was thinking of the knitting tools I have used most over the last year, and which have made my life a little easier.
First up, my Addi Lace Clicks interchangeables. I LOVE these needles. I have the ones with the short needle, perfect for the way I hold my hands to knit. My only wish would be for smaller than size 4 in the set.
Next, my IPad. Of course, any tablet would do, but I'm a Mac girl. I use the Evernote app and can't remember the last time I worked off a paper pattern. Not only convenient, but green! Evernote lets me annotate my patterns with notes and/or drawings, and has a feature that creates a little box that can be moved from line to line or section to section, never losing my place. It's also loaded with all my patterns, although I'm in the process of changing that, having discovered Google Drive. With Drive, my patterns are available on every one of my devices (laptop, iPhone, and iPad) without having to load them individually on each. This is incredibly time saving and convenient.
Of course, Ravelry is a huge part of my knitting favorities. And just a few days ago, I discovered another app, Wooly. It connects to your Ravelry notebook, conveniently placing projects, queue, stash, needles, and friends easily to hand. I'd love it more if you could sort projects manually, but I bet that's in the works. It is $3.99, but definitely worth it.
Last, but absolutely not least, is my group of knitting friends. Being able to sit, knit, chat, and exchange words of wisdom is invaluable. I cherish all my friends, both face-to-face and virtual. You never, ever fail me!
There's still a week to go before the new year, but since I'm just hanging out watching tv and waiting for Santa, I compiled a list of completed items for 2013.
Baby Hats - 2
Baby Sweaters - 2
Bath Mitts - 2
Cowls - 14 - 2 of which were lace, 1 is waiting for more yarn to be found to match close enough for a finish (I am about four rows short), and 1 is a WIP which should be done before the end of the year. I'm clearly on a cowl kick, and I don't see it waning soon.
Hats - 4
Lace Scarves - 4
Pairs of Mittens -3
Scarves - 4
Shawls - 4
Pairs of Socks - 5
Sweaters for me - 2, plus 1 in progress
Toys - 1, Oink the Flying Pig
Lace Shawls - 0 - which is a shocker to me. Will have to work on that in 2014.
You can see photos of most of these in my Ravelry projects. Sadly, I still have some lace projects to block not only from this year, but from 2012, too, so there are no pictures of those yet. I've been super busy with barn stuff, and that's kept me from doing a lot of things, but I think it's going to calm down a lot in the new year, as we don't have any big projects planned for 2014, unlike 2013 when we put in a $45,000 outdoor arena! I'm looking forward to having more time to work on things close to home.
However, that plan may be derailed as there is hopefully going to be a new addition to our family. No, not a grandchild (as much as I would like that!) but a horse. Yes, I know I said never, but several things have converged to make it a more interesting prospect, so I'm horse shopping. Since I have to pay to hold a stall, this needs to happen soon. Fingers crossed that I quickly find just the right one!
On the animal front, the boys, Socks and Mittens, are doing fine. Still ruling the house and being their cute selves.
We all wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.