Reading on the other hand, has been more intense. I read 242 new books this year- there were some rereads as well, though I didn't count all of them. And I have finished another book every day in 2019 so far, though I can't possibly maintain that much longer! Not while working, and once I finish off the several remaining half-finished books I have in process.
One thing I have noticed, is that I've missed writing about crafts and keeping up with my online crafting friends- I want to try and do better this year. And speaking of crafting, here are the last projects for 2018. There were of course kid mittens:
I started out to make a hat with this chunky yarn, but ran out with a short cowl.
A last pair of adult mittens:
A Wurm hat- I've wanted to try this pattern for a while, but hadn't gotten around to it...then I happened to glance at it and noticed that it's written for sport weight yarn. Of which I have a great deal...I'm sensing there may be some more of these in my future.
Speaking of sport weight yarn, I made another colowork hat, again with the aim of using up sport weight yarn. The sport weight is too light for a single layer to be really warm - the Wurm pattern uses ribs to trap air for additional insulation. But there are other ways- colorwork adds an extra layer of yarn for a warmer hat. And it's higher resolution- the extra stitches required by the thinner yarn provides a suitable canvas for more intricate designs. (This one came out of my Fair Isle stitch dictionary.)
And last but not least- Christmas socks. Yet another pair of Sagittarius socks, a pattern I've knit before but always enjoy. I didn't have a chance to photograph these in natural light, but the yarn is pale green with a subtle copper sparkle. Very pretty.
Due to some last minute scheduling changes, I knit the second sock in three days flat- good thing it was a long weekend heading into the holiday!
Just before the holidays, I cast on another Mini-Mania scarf for social knitting -also to use up a bag of mini-skeins that wandered into my stash- but that's a story for another day, when I have a photo of the scarf in question to show you.