I learned when I went to China for Betsy the value of having a project tied to such an adventure. Even though this Citron shawl took me much more than two weeks to knit, I think of it as my heritage-tour knit. I used the spec'd yarn, Malabrigo lace, because I had it from a Mystery Stole I gave up on years ago. Some of this yarn also went into the stripes of the Volt shawl a year earlier.
As soon as I discovered this Little House Shawl pattern -- I think it was via Twitter -- I knew Little B had to have one. I didn't realize that her teacher was reading the books to her first-grade class. And when I started it, Wee C said she must have one, too, and she will, but it may not happen before 2011 ends! Sock yarn from Virginia dyer Spirit Trail Fiber Works in her favorite color.
Here is the Middlefield Pullover from New England Knits, which I quickly finished this fall in about two months, using delicious hand-dyed yarn from Juniper Moon Farm (this is from their sheep, not the new line) that I bought the first time I visited what has become one of our most special places. Perfect buttons, too, which I bought from Jennie the Potter at Maryland Sheep & Wool ~ without the yarn in hand. As the card held five, I had jeweler Louise Ellis convert the remaining pair into earrings. Ravelry was a huge help with this knit, as other knitters' project descriptions guided several modifications I made to the pattern.
The last project I finished this year (although there's one more on the needles for a 12/29 delivery) was this Albers Cowl in seven colors of Koigu. Designer Ann Weaver has two projects based on Josef Albers' “Portrait of a Square” paintings. Last winter Kay Gardiner blogged about her Albers Shawl and suddenly I had to make the Albers Cowl. The best part is that soon after her post I was in NYC and Kay & I went to Purl Soho together. She affirmed my color choices and I cast on in her company. These squares were my carpool knitting all year. I decided to give the cowl to my friend Sarah for Christmas (and make another one for myself thereafter.)