Monthly Review: January 2019

It’s February, which means I’m looking back at what I was able to accomplish in January. I was pretty darn productive and January was a hell of a month for me all around.
January 2019 FOs
Here’s what I was able to finish in the month of January:

  • Susan’s Wonder Woman Hat. I feel like I go to brioche as my in between, it’s like it helps me reset from a project. I’m itching to knit more brioche and am going back and forth on the color palette I want for a Plumpy shawl. Who knew I’d love a good shawl but they come in handy.
  • A Matching Set for Steven and Sophie. I love this dog sweater and matching hat combo so much. And so do the recipients. That makes it all totally worth it.
  • 3 Sweaters in one month! Not bad if I do say so myself and a great way to kick off 2019. This month I finished:
    • Party Top sweater. I’ve stepped into the land of mohair and I love it.
    • Boxed Pullover. I’ve fallen hard for cropped sweaters, you will see more in the future.
    • Winston Pullover. I made this one for a friend but the yarn was on sale last week and for $28 I was able to pick up a sweater quantity to make one for myself in a fun blue with a rainbow of color through it. And I think Jane Richmond is going to do a knitalong on this one and it’s such a quick knit.

In addition to all the projects, I was featured on the Ravelry blog as the first Human of Ravelry. And I shared my formula for how I knit dog sweaters with colorwork on the Mason-Dixon Knitting blog. It has been fun to get all of the emails, comments, and messages from everyone and all the new readers to the blog! A pretty great start to January and I have more to come in February! Not a bad way to start off my year. How has your January been so far?


2018 Year in Review

At the beginning of the year I like to do a year in review of what I was able to accomplish for the year. Some years have been huge in terms of what I produced (hello, 27 sweaters) and some were big for me in terms of what I was able to learn. This year I was proud of how I just kind of jumped into colorwork and two color brioche. I also grew this blog audience a lot, I think because of Mason Dixon knitting featuring me and being interviewed on the Pom Pom podcast this summer. All because of a tiny Durumi sweater for Jellybean. We also did a Tecumseh knitalong in a Ravelry group this year.

2018 was also a year of changes for me. I cut off all of my hair, left a job that became toxic, started teaching full time and turned 40. I will say the last half of my year was definitely way better. And in between all of this I knit a lot.

This year I knit 56 items! That included:

  • 18 sweaters, 13 full length sleeves, 5 short sleeves
  • 1 vest
  • 8 dog sweaters (not all for my pups)
  • 1 pair of slippers
  • 12 hats
  • 9 shawls and cowls
  • 1 toy
  • 5 baby sweaters/dresses
  • 1 tie

Not too shabby if I do say so myself. If you’re interested in what I made each month just scroll down and click on the month to get to that month’s wrap-up. Thanks for joining me on this journey. What were you able to accomplish this year?

January’s FO’s
January’s FO’s

February’s FO’s
February FOs

March’s FO’s
March FO’s

April’s FO’s
April’s FO’s

May’s FO’s
May’s FO’s

June’s FO’s
June FO’s

July’s FO’s
July’s FO’s

August’s FO’s

September’s FO’s
September FO’s

October’s FO’s
October Finished Objects

November’s FO’s
November FO

December’s FO’s
December FO

December 2018 Finished Objects

December FO
I still feel weird saying that it’s 2019 but a new year is here! And that means I get to do my last month recap of what I knit. December was a highly productive month of finished objects.


I think I was so productive because this month was light on teaching so I had more time. Now I’m prepping for the new semester and getting myself ready to go back to the classroom but this has been a refreshing and much needed break to reset. Now to figure out what I want to make this year.