Sunday, 3 January 2010

HELLO 2010............ with a little retrospective.......


Hello 2010! Hello to a new colour scheme too. Hope you like it. I hadn't planned on a change, but just started playing this afternoon (anything to avoid school preparation :)) and before I knew it I'd clicked 'save' and got a whole new funky pink blog! I'm not normally a particularly 'pink' kind of person, so we'll just let it settle in for a while and see what we think.

I'm not quite sure where 2009 went. It seemed to rush by very quickly. December passed in a flash and I am still plodding on with my December socks. Here's the first one finished in the photo above. I can't show you the final collection from the '2009 Sock Challenge' until this pair is finished, so you must wait until next week.

I have banned myself from beginning any new 2010 projects until ALL previous items are completed. Hmmm! It could be a little while before there's anything new to excite me! How strong is my willpower, I wonder. I think I know the answer to that one, but I'm going to give it a go and see how many of my WIPs I can complete before the lovely new challenges can begin. So, 2010 projects 'in the pipeline' are very firmly under wraps for now. The yarn is bought, the patterns chosen. You're just gonna have to wait and see, because first.........

I have another pair of socks to complete....



My Cora scarf....



A mitten to match this one......



Oh, there's also the beret that I began with Woolly Wormhead at 'I-Knit' back in September. I suspect this one may be frogged as I was supposed to be designing it myself and I've somehow lost the plot a little. I will use the yarn, but to knit a different hat, I think!!!! I have a pair of Fetchings set to go too that I will attempt to get done, but the 'Very Special Teddy' will come under new 2010 projects.

Whilst the 'gang' were all at home for Christmas, my son clambered up into the loft looking for the black binbags of baby clothes that are decidedly retro.....he's 29 and his sisters 27 and 24! Our little grand-daughter is due to be born in May and he and his wife were keen to see if they could put any of the carefully washed and packed away garments and bedding, to good use. They have taken home a good sized bundle of blankets, babygros and little dresses. Oh, the memories that came flooding back and the 'oohs!' and 'aahs!'. Priceless!

Amongst the bits and pieces were two very special items that I wanted to share with you before carefully tissue papering and packing back into their boxes. The first is the Christening gown that I knitted way back when my son was a couple of months old. It was trimmed with lace and silk lined. The second is a large white shawl that I made around the same time.


It seems no time at all since I was making them, back in 1980 and now here we are in 2010 and my eldest child and his wife are expecting a first child of their own. My, how time flies!

So, best make the most of 2010 and get on with that knitting and crocheting! There'a clue there somewhere about Snoopydog's 2010...... the clue is crochet. I'm going to be attempting a lot more of it; inspired of course by Lucy over at Attic 24. Thanks Lucy, you're inspirational!

A HAPPY WOOLLY YEAR TO YOU ALL! Make the most of all those moments when you could knit just one more row!

Have a good week everyone.

19 comments:

josiekitten said...

Wow! The christening gown and shawl are just beautiful. The yarn looks so fine they must have taken ages to knit! I like your December socks too. Looking forward to seeing the whole year of socks on show. I've tried to finish projects too, but couldn't stop myself from knitting the Cora scarf this weekend! Have a good week. xx

Sarah said...

Good luck with finishing all those projects! It is a shame that work has to come back along and interfere! I only did the work I did because I was so far behind at the end of term. I am going to spend as much of the inset morning as possible writing a to do list for this week which is in my head but needs to be written, done, then ticked off!
Your Christening gown and shawl are lovely. Congratulations on your forthcoming grandchild. How exciting!
Have a good week!

melissa said...

wow - that christening gown is beautiful - how special to be handing it down to your son now for his child.

good luck with finishing up all your projects! they're all so pretty - hopefully that will work as motivation as well.

i'm totally loving that scarf! the browns with the pink - beautiful!!

The Garden Bell said...

Ok, so now I feel sillie. That gown, those socks, that scarf. wow.wonderful.wild... lovely.wowoowowowoowowowo

Jenny said...

Those baby items are so beautiful, its hard to think they have been packed away all that time. Real family heirlooms and I'm sure you are planning to make lots more lovely things for your grandchild. Have a good week with lots of knitting time.

Mrs Twins said...

Absolutely beautiful. I'm just the same I've kept everything from my twin daughters. I often have a little look at them and wonder where on earth has time gone too. They are 23 now. Makes you sad looking back.
I just love your yarn. Beautiful colours.
Hugs and Love Suex

knitting said...

oh my gosh- that gown is absolutely stunning! what an absolutely touching and precious heirloom!
i'm not usually a pink person either, but i like it-- it matches all of your most recent projects so well. they are all stunning, by the way, love the color palate- those mittens are wonderful!
cmv

Tilly Rose said...

I love the christening gown....what a lovely heirloom....all that work!
i also love your cora scarf can I be cheeky and ask where you got the pattern from and how much wool it takes? I have alovely skein of handdyed wool waiting to be used for something special....
Good luck with your projects....I crochet loads and it is fab for finishing projects much quicker than knitting I find.....
P.S I love the pink background!
Hugs Karen x x x

Maggie and Mitch said...

The Christening gown and shawl are just exquisite!
What fun to have so many projects going at once!
Happy New Year!

Shropshire Suz said...

Hi thanks for popping by and glad you like the musings hehe
Glad someone else is admitting to lots of unfinished projects lol....exactly what l said finish before l start more...oooops too many new ideas need 100 pairs of hands to keep up with the head lol
have a wonderful day
Hugs Suz xx

Tracy said...

Hi, Happy New Year! Great to be back from our trip and catch up with you here. :o) The christening gown is splendid--really a knitting masterpiece. And the brown & pink scarf I just love--love how the shades melt together. Your knitting always inspires me, and I know to have the needles going more this year. Wishing you all the very best in 2010! :o)

Shropshire Suz said...

Thanks snow stopped play hehe not as much as many but enough to stop the house hunt today
Plenty to look at next week
Never tried socks but l will give them a go one day...love the random coloured pair
Hugs Suz x

Sarah said...

I just spotted your snowy sheep and dog below-very cute! Yes, I am hoping for a snow day too-as I did last night, but I don't hold out any real hope!

Lyn said...

Hello!
thankyou for your kind comment on my blog!
I have to say I knit-a tiny bit but just taken up crochet which I love. I will pop by often to see how you are getting on.
Love
Lyn
xxx

Carrie said...

Those baby things are amazing, they're so detailed, they must have taken forever! How lovely to make them yourself and keep them safe forever.
Good luck with the willpower to finish your WIPs, that's commitment! I have so many UFOs lying around I can't even remember what half of them are!

Sarah said...

No we didn't! At half seven the phone rang and I had a moment of excitement-the message said 'school is...open, take care on icy roads and pavements'! THe buses are all ok at the moment though and a lot of people are still driving-not me-I am on the bus but I live quite close so could walk if the bus broke down or something! Oh well, maybe tomorrow!

Rainy Daisy said...

Happy new yarn! Thanks for stopping by my blog - always love to hear from people. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed New England - sometimes I think I'm a little crazy to want to move back to this place with three feet of snow, but it just feels like home, you know? I went to Europe a couple of summers ago, but haven't made it out to the UK quite yet. It's definitely on my list, though.

Your mittens are beautiful! Good luck with your woolly ambitions and FO endeavors!
Cheers,
Daisy

skippinginthemeadow said...

Hi! I just found Your nice comment on my blog (which is veery slooowly being set up) and came over to see yours. I must say it looks absolutely Gorgeous! quite heavenly infact. I know what I'm going to be reading this weekend :o)

Dunappy said...

Your knitting is beautiful. I'm barely learning how to knot and I'm horrible at it. I can crochet fairly well, but I really can't knit well at all.