2013 in Review

At the beginning of the year, I gave myself 13 goals for the year 2013. And now, I’m going to write my year-end goal update post.

  1. To knit each of the patterns I receive in the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club-not done; I’ve used all but one of the yarns and that one will get used (with its appropriate pattern) at some point this winter; I just couldn’t get the November pattern in AND meet my holiday knitting goals
  2. To read Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady-Done and loved
  3. To read Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives-Done
  4. To become a better cook-I think so, but that’s just me. 
  5. To knit the Hunter Street Cowl, the Royale pullover, the Water Street Cardigan, and the Chatelaine cardigan-Yes to the first three; no to Chatelaine, that will probably happen next year. 
  6. To take a fun and exciting trip this summer-I went to Washington D.C. over the summer, and it was wonderful. 
  7. To get some sewing done-probably over the summer-I haven’t sewn in months. Maybe next summer? I have fabric and a pattern picked out. 
  8. To get my own place-Done.
  9. To do something truly memorable and delightful to celebrate my quarter-century in July-I went out for drinks with a few friends and I was in D.C. on my birthday. 
  10. To knit socks for myself-I made one pair. but I have plans/aspirations ot make more. 
  11. To go somewhere I’ve never been before-I went to Erie, PA in October. It was amazing, and I really want to go back. 
  12. To develop a more regular exercise regime-I still need to work on this. More on this in my 2014 goals…
  13. To do something that scares me.-I was one of four adults who took ~70 seventh graders to a movie theater to see a movie in IMAX. That was plenty scary for me. 

Pattern Release: Marlow

The character of Andrew Marlow from Elizabeth Kostova’s novel, The Swan Thieves, inspired this cowl. Marlow is a simple but intricately worked pattern designed to reflect the contrast between Andrew’s simple exterior and complicated interior.

IMG_1826 IMG_1827 IMG_1828 IMG_1829 IMG_1834Andrew Marlow, the narrator of The Swan Thieves, is probably one of my favorite characters in the book, and so creating this design was a great joy for me. I can’t wait to see other cowls knit up.

This pattern is truly unique in this collection. I have envisioned each of the other characters through shawls, but I’ve always known that Andrew was not a shawl person. And when this cowl came to me, I knew that it was perfect. Using either aran or bulky weight yarn, it is the heaviest weight project of the collection, which is why a December release is perfectly timed. But I think it is beautiful, and I love it.

You can purchase the pattern here.

ETA: The “feliznavidad” promotion can be applied towards a purchase of Marlow or of the entire Swan Thieves collection.

Holiday Gifts

In honor of the holiday season, I will giving you 25% off the purchase price of any of my patterns on Ravelry. I’ve decided to run this sale from today (Festivus) until January 6 (Epiphany). Therefore, from today until January 6, you will be able to get 25% off the price of any pattern simply by entering the code: feliznavidad.

Have a happy holiday season!