2013 End of the Year Recap...

Those not on Ravelry can see pictures of these items in my Flickr photostream and sets: Knitting, Spinning, Quilting/Sewing, Needlework, and Weaving.

Short Story: It was the year of the pi shawl. I knit two (!) in one year...and vowed never to do that again! It was also the year I learned how to spin art yarn.


Christmas Baking, etc.
  1. 661 biscotti; 815 cookies
  2. 9 pounds of chocolate (fudge and chocolate bark) -- this is an estimate, I think it might be closer to 12 pounds, but I need to do some calculations
  3. 15 lbs of flavored nuts
  4. 30 mini-loaves and 10 medium loaves of fruitcake,  pumpkin bread, and lemon bread 
    1. Have a Mini-Pookie Christmas ornaments [Ravelry]
    2. Lacy in the Sky with Diamonds, a Celestarium shawl  [Ravelry]
    3. Make Mine Charcoal hat [Ravelry]
    4. Sea Foam Cowl [Ravelry]
    5. The Night is Purple and Full of Stars (Southern Skies) shawl (knitting) [Ravelry
      1. Caterwauling quilt for the cats 
      2. What Do You See in the Sea? baby quilt
      3. Bunnies and Duckies and Bears, Oh My! baby quilt (quilting)
      • Read 101 books (list at the end of the post)
      1. Black Peacock; Wild Card Bling batt  from Yarn Wench; 37.2 yds bulky [Ravelry]
      2. Blue Fortune; Mostly Blue Wheel of Fortune batt (1 oz) from Purlescence Yarns; 37.2 yds, 10 WPI [Ravelry]
      3. Bollywood; Red and Blue Wheel of Fortune batt from Purlescense Yarns; 87.5 yds. 11-12 WPI [Ravelry]
      4. Carnaval; Wild Card 4931 batt  from Yarn Wench; 74.4 yds , bulky  [Ravelry]
      5. Crashing Surf; Wild Card Bling batt from Yarn Wench; 31.6 yds bulky [Ravelry]
      6. Crazy Purple from Tanglebella Fibers; 119.1 yds 10 WPI[Ravelry]
      7. Cream V from Faerie Mountain Fibers; 96.7 yds 13 WPI [Ravelry]
      8. Earth; Red and Brown Wheel of Fortune batt from Purlescence Yarns; 46.5 yds 11 WPI) [Ravelry]
      9. Get Back Red-Black  from Faerie Mountain Fibers; 74.4 yds 9 WPI  [Ravelry]
      10. Glimmer 1 - 20.5 yds bulky [Ravelry];  Glimmer 2 - 24.2 yds, bulky [Ravelry]; Glimmer Locks - 9.3 yds bulky;  [Ravelry]: all  from Glimmer Wild Card Bling batt by Yarn Wench;
      11. Monet handspun from Greenwood Fiberworks; 68.9 yds 13 WPI [Ravelry]
      12. Navajo Turquoise from the Yarn Wench; 210.3 yds. chain ply; 14 WPI  [Ravelry]
      13. Pilgrim from A Verb for Keeping Warm; 325.7yds, 17 WPI [Ravelry]
      14. Pretty in Pink; Pink Layered batt from Caliope's Fibre; approx 50 yards, worsted weight  [Ravelry]
      15. Purple Fortune; Purple Wheel of Fortune batt from Purlescence Yarns; 100.5 yds 13 WPI ) [Ravelry]
      16. Red Fortune; Red-Gold Wheel of Fortune batt from Purlescence Yarns; 102.3 yds 13 WPI [Ravelry]
      17. Red-copper; Mostly Red Wheel of Fortune batt  from Purlescense Yarns; 94.9 yds. 12 WPI [Ravelry]
      18. Royale from A Verb For Keeping Warm; 169.4 yds chain-ply, 18 WPI [Ravelry]
      19. Tribe from Greenwood Fiberworks; 238.2 yds chain ply; 15 WPI [Ravelry]
      20. Verdant art yarn; Art rolags from The Yarn Wench; 37.2 yds. Bulky weight [Ravelry]
      21. Wild and Natural; Natural Dyes Wild Card #5018 from Yarn Wench; 93 yds, 11 WPI [Ravelry]
      22. Windsor Denim and Chocolate from Royale Hare; 134 yds chain-plied, 12 WPI [Ravelry]
      23. Witches Tresses from Shooting Yarn; 214.1 yds 10 WPI ) [Ravelry]
      24. Zen 2 from Yarn Wench; 249.4 yds chain-ply 12 WPI [Ravelry]
      1. A Captured Moment, a Daydreams/Dimensions kit (cross stitch)
      2. Bulb by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)
      3. Be a Witch by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)
      4. Happy Pumpkin Fob by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)
      5. Lamb by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)
      6. Oriental Butterfly,  a Daydreams/Dimensions kit (embroidery)
      7. Recipe for Summer, Pine Mountain Designs kit (cross stitch)
      1. Log Cabin Scarf--finishing work for Stitches West class [Ravelry]
      2. A Taste of Honey woven shawl (weaving) [Ravelry]
      Other Crafts
      1. Set of 5 stitch markers (beading)
      2. 10 project bags (sewing)

      IDJ (It's Dead, Jim):
      • Dearie (Julia Child bio), Bob Spitz (tedious amount of detail)
      • Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner, Diana Gabaldon (not into the British spy thing)
      • The Wolf Gift, Anne Rice (Could not get into it; really didn't care about the characters)
      • Violet Needle Roll (cross stitch)
      • Watercolour Cats
      • Watercolour Lighthouses

      Works in Progress:
      1. Anasazi by Susan Portra (needlepoint)
      2. Carbonized Zombie Socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
      3. Cazadero Mist (4 oz) from Royale Hare [Ravelry]
      4. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
      5. Halloween Phat Fiber samples (spinning) [Ravelry
      6. Hive by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)
      7. Jack's Cousteau Hat  [Ravelry]
      8. Love scissor fob by Shepherd's Bush (cross stitch)
      9. Mediterranean Mermaid by Mirabilia, originally started 11/6/11; restarted 9/1/13 (cross stitch)
      1. Going Snow Global quilt (quilting)
      2. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
      3. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
      4. Seaweed Cardigan (knitting) [Ravelry]
      Reading (Too long to put under Finished):
      1. 12th of Never, James Patterson
      2. A Demon's Desire , Lizzy Ford
      3. A Touch of Dead, Charlaine Harris
      4. A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses, Molly Harper
      5. Always Running , Luis J. Rodrigues
      6. And Then You Dye, Monica Ferris
      7. Archangels Legion , Nalini Singh
      8. Autumn Storm, Lizzy Ford
      9. Birthright, Nora Roberts
      10. Biting Bad, Chloe Neill
      11. Blood Trade, Faith Hunter
      12. Bloodfever, Karen Marie Moning
      13. Bound, Elisabeth Naughton
      14. Buried in Buttercream , GA McKevett
      15. Burro Genius, Victor Villasenor
      16. Calculated in Death, JD Robb
      17. Chasing Fire, Nora Roberts
      18. Chimes at Midnight, Seanan McGuire
      19. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, Joanne Fluke
      20. Close Knit Killer , Maggie Sefton
      21. Coveted, Shawntelle Madison
      22. Dance Upon the Air, Nora Roberts
      23. Dark Summer, Lizzy Ford
      24. Dark Witch, Nora Roberts
      25. Darkfever, Karen Marie Moning
      26. Darkness Dawns, Dianne Duvall
      27. Darkness Rises, Dianne Duvall
      28. Darkyn's Mate, Lizzy Ford
      29. Dates From Hell, Kim Harrison
      30. Dead Ever After, Charlaine Harris
      31. Dead Witch Walking, Kim Harrison
      32. Deadly Sting, Jennifer Estep
      33. Deidre's Death, Lizzy Ford
      34. Destiny Kills, Keri Arthur
      35. Devils Food Cake Murder, Joanne Fluke
      36. Dreamfever, Karen Marie Moning
      37. Dumping Billy, Olivia Goldsmith
      38. Enraptured, Elisabeth Naughton
      39. Enslaved, Elisabeth Naughton
      40. Entwined, Elisabeth Naughton
      41. Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues, Diana Rowland
      42. Ever After, Kim Harrison
      43. Face the Fire, Nora Roberts
      44. Faefever, Karen Marie Moning
      45. Forbidden, Jacquelyn Frank
      46. Forever, Jacquelyn Frank
      47. Frost Burned, Patricia Briggs
      48. Gabriel's Angel, Nora Roberts
      49. Gabriel's Hope, Lizzy Ford
      50. Gotcha, Fern Michaels
      51. Gunmetal Magic, Ilona Andrews
      52. Heart of Venom, Jennifer Estep
      53. Heartbreak Ranch, Fern Michaels
      54. Heaven and Earth, Nora Roberts
      55. House Rules, Chloe Neill
      56. In Their Footsteps/Thief of Hearts, Tess Gerritsen
      57. Keeper of the Bride, Tess Gerritsen
      58. Kept, Shawntelle Madison
      59. Kicking It, Faith Hunter
      60. Kiera's Moon , Lizzy Ford
      61. Kiss of Venom, Jennifer Estep
      62. Maddy's Oasis , Lizzy Ford
      63. Magic Bites, Ilona Andrews
      64. Magic Bleeds, Ilona Andrews
      65. Magic Burns, Ilona Andrews
      66. Magic Dreans, Ilona Andrews
      67. Magic Gifts, Ilona Andrews
      68. Magic Mourns, Ilona Andrews
      69. Magic Rises, Ilona Andrews
      70. Magic Slays, Ilona Andrews
      71. Magic Strikes, Ilona Andrews
      72. Marked, Elisabeth Naughton
      73. Mercy Burns, Keri Arthur
      74. Mr and Miss Anonymous, Fern Michaels
      75. Murder Comes Unraveled, Very Ann Grace
      76. My Happy Days in Hollywood, Gary Marshall
      77. My Life as a White Trash Zombie, Diana Rowland
      78. Night Reigns, Dianne Duvall
      79. Personal Demons, Stacia Kane
      80. Phantom Shadows, Dianne Duvall
      81. Presumed Guilty, Tess Gerritsen
      82. Rebel Heart, Lizzy Ford
      83. Second Honeymoon, James Patterson
      84. Shadowfever, Karen Marie Moning
      85. Some Girls Bite, Chloe Neill
      86. Star Kissed, Lizzy Ford
      87. Starting Now, Debbie Macomber
      88. Tempted, Elisabeth Naughton
      89. Thankless in Death , JD Robb
      90. The Ideal Man, Julie Garwood
      91. The Inn at Rose Harbor, Debbie Maccomber
      92. The Next Always , Nora Roberts
      93. The Search, Nora Roberts
      94. The Spider, Jennifer Estep
      95. Touch of the Demon, Diana Rowland
      96. Transition: The Story of How I became a Man, Chaz Bono
      97. Twice Tempted, Jeaniene Frost
      98. Unfinished Business, Nora Roberts
      99. White Trash Zombie Apocalypse, Diana Rowland
      100. Winter Fire, Lizzy Ford
      101. Xander's Curse, Lizzy Ford