I am so close to finishing my pullover that it would be silly to post progress shots now.  I’ve got 1.5 sleeves to go (they’re going to be 3/4-length so they’re not too burdensome to knit), the neck band to pick up and some minor seaming to finish.   Soon I’ll post the photos of it all done.  I am hopeful, though not entirely confident, that it will be more successful than — as it’s coming to be known — the wretched Empire Waist Cardigan.  The fit seems good.  I’m just not sure if the chunky yarn is going to be flattering or make me look, er, chunky.  We’ll see.

In the meantime, here are two little hats:

That’s the Baby Squash Hat from 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders.  I’ve had the book forever but it’s the first project I’ve made from it.  It’s for a special pregnant podcaster.  I’ll be sending it off shortly.

You’ve actually seen that hat before in an earlier post.  It was just plain tweed and didn’t sell at the craft fair so I decided to add some whimsical embroidery and put it on Etsy.  If it sells, I am going to treat myself to Susan B. Anderson’s new book

I’ve also been doing some thinking about my creative goals for next year.  Over the last 5.5 years, knitting has become a huge, huge part of my life.  Part of me thinks I need to tone it down — focus less on knitting, become more well-rounded.  But another, bigger part of me thinks that I should noodle on ways to advance my knitting life.  Maybe I should start doing some teaching.  And I really, really want to try my hand at designing.  We’ll see how it goes.  I do also plan to keep up my photography and practice my sewing.  I’m thinking a flannel quilt would look great on our family room sofa.

Thank you for spending part of your 2009 visiting my blog.  I wish you and your loved ones health and happiness in 2010.  See you in the new year!  🙂