31 December 2012

Reflecting on 2012

Since today is the last day of 2012 (whew, what a year!), I decided to sit down and reflect on my fiber accomplishments for this year.  That is one of my favorite things about writing a blog, it allows me to go back in time in a sense.  I definitely learned a lot of new things and knitted a lot of fun and challenging projects!

Upcycling thrift store sweaters:
- Acrylic/Wool upcycling disaster
- Upcycling cashmere
- Upcycling soft wool

- Dyeing with tea
- QR code yarn labeling system
- Organizing stash with recycled materials

Knitting without a pattern:
- Textured cowl
- Scrap blanket

New experiences:
- Spin to knit sock
- Steeking
- Granny squares

- Dyeing for a project
- Dyeing with Wiltons food dyes
- Dyeing with egg dyes

- Lagoon merino
- Brown alpaca
- Lilac
- Silk hankie
- Pretty pink alpaca
- Targhee jewel
- Cotton candy
- Romney

In addition to having over a hundred posts here this year, I have been so incredibly fortunate to meet so many knitters, crocheters, and spinners from all over the world.  You all are so talented and creative, and inspire me every day.

Looking forward to another wonderful year!



  1. One of my most favorite places to visit this past year! Every post an inspiration- I'm still in awe of the QR code labeling idea. Thank you Pumpkin for all you share with us and a very Happy New Year to you!

  2. What a full year you have had in the fiber department! You still inspire me to try dyeing something--maybe this summer will be the year. I enjoyed your upcycle adventures and what treasures you ended up with. Your blog is always a joy to read and you comments on my little old blog are always so sweet, encouraging and lovely--thank you!
    Happy New Year cheer sent to you-see you in 2013!

  3. All of these accomplishments in addition to moving half-way across the country.

    Congrats on such a full year!


  4. You spin such beautiful yarns, and I'm still so amazed you do it all on a spindle!

    Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve :-)

  5. Such a productive year! Wishing you a very yarny 2013.

  6. Wow, you really have done so many exciting things this year!

  7. Wow, you've done a lot this year! Happy New Year!

  8. Wow! busy year! Hope 2013 is full of exciting activities as well! Happy New Year! :)

  9. I discovered your blog not that long ago, so I haven't seen most of these original posts. I agree with the first commenter, the QR code thing is brilliant. I also really liked the posts about dyeing.

    I'm really looking forward to what you have to share in this next year! Happy New Year!

  10. Your list is quite impressive. Keep up the good work.

    I would like to dye some upcycled wool and have bookmarked your posts for when I have time and motivation.

  11. You really have had such a productive and creative year! Much love to you for 2013 and to our friendship.

  12. And to think you were in school pretty much the whole time you did this! Steeking scares me a bit. I"m not too sure about taking scissors to my hand knits.
    Hope you have a happy and healthy and productive 2013!

  13. I love your photos! They always make me happy. I can't wait to see what this year brings us. I agree that this year will be awesome. And I'll teach you how to chain ply if you teach me different drafting techniques! Happy New Year my friend, see you tomorrow!

  14. You have accomplished so much this year. I have been pleased to get to know you, blogging certainly has made the world smaller.

    Wishing you a very happy and productive 2013.

  15. Wow, what a long list of accomplishments! Congrats, Ivy! I wish you all the best for 2013

  16. I love your blog and am so glad I found it all those months ago. It is crazy to look back and see how much you have learned and done this year. I can't wait to see all of the amazing things you do in 2013!!!

  17. You've done so much this year. I didn't see a post from you for a while and was wondering if you were okay. Glad to see that you are. Have a Happy New Year!

  18. You are so accomplished. It's amazing to see so many lovely finished projects.

    And it looks like we both managed to spin and knit up socks this year!

  19. Reading through your post today was like a trip through time: so many wonderful memories of all the great things you've done in 2012! I'm so happy that you commented on my blog, all those months ago, so that I could find YOUR blog and get to see all the amazing things you do. I can't wait to see what awesomeness you get up to in 2013! :)

  20. What a lovely post! And I had missed your QR code post, what a good idea! I've just been writing fiber content on little post it notes but a more clear tagging system would be a good idea if I start spinning a bunch.

  21. No YOU are talented, creative, and inspiring! I'm looking forward to reading for another year! :)

  22. Pumpkin! You have done so much fabulous work this year! Thank you for commenting on my blog and I have so enjoyed our comment exchanges :) I look forward to seeing what you do in 2013!

    -Jenny (http://wiseknits.com)

    (your 'comment as' no longer has a website url option ! 0: )

  23. You have had a fun and fantastic year! I think I need to reflect upon my 2012 fiber year.

  24. That's really cool - I hadn't thought to reflect back, but it's so nice to see a year of things you've tried/learned :) Here's to a productive 2013!

  25. What a busy knitting year you have had. Looking to seeing more of your projects this year!

  26. Wow, you have accomplished a lot last year! Happy new year :)

  27. So impressed you achieved so much! Congrats!


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