2013 - The Year of Knitting


2013 was the year I learnt to knit properly.

Two years earlier I had to abandon an attempt to knit a scarf for my dad. I crocheted it instead. I just couldn't get along with knitting. It was slow and awkward, me and the sticks did not like each other.

Then at the beginning of March 2013 I spent a fabulous day with some fabulous blogladies. Many of them were knitting, Ali was knitting socks, Monica was knitting socks, Tracy was knitting an Icelandic vest, Julie was knitting something gorgeous too, bunnies I think, Alice had something white on the go on a long circular needle, and Kristina had knitted everybody socks -11 pairs (plus some spares). 

'Could I knit a sock?' I asked 'Of course you could knit a sock' the blogladies said. And they were right; I could knit a sock.

Since March I have knitted: 2 and half pairs of socks, 2 scarves, 2 shawls and 3 hats. I have another shawl and another scarf on the needles and 1 and half pairs of socks waiting to be cast on.

Thanks to those wonderful ladies I am now a knitter.

I am also a blogger and although I know I don't post quite as much as I used to I still enjoy it and do not intend to stop. There is no particular reason for my less frequent posts other than a feeling that I don't want to be too repetitive. Such is the cyclical nature of life, and as such here is this year's December sampler.


My very best wishes for
2014
Thank you for reading
Sue
xx

2013



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  1. I don't mind how often you repeat yourself

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  2. happy knitting. and repeating x

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  3. So glad you've conquered knitting and with such gusto! Beautiful, beautiful samplers, as always.

    S x

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  4. Beautiful samplers, and beautiful knitting too. I think I am now where you were two years ago with knitting. While I can knit, it hasn't really clicked for me yet. You give me hope! Happy New Year Sue, it's been a genuine pleasure visiting your blog throughout 2013. x

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  5. Brilliant knitting Sue....I need to try and master this skill.
    Happy new year to you, your posts are always brilliant and we like repetitive :0)
    Jacquie x

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  6. Gorgeous photos, as ever. Keep on blogging - love your photos and your recipes! Happy New Year. Abby x

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  7. I don't mind how often you repeat yourself either Sue, I love your posts and your beautiful photographs. I've learnt to knit this year too, though I still love crochet the best and I've not been as productive as you by a long way. Happy New Year for tomorrow!

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  8. I think this is a wonderful collection of photos. I have really enjoyed reading your posts this year Sue, frequent or not your posts are always greatly appreciated. Happy New Year!
    Shauna. x

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  9. I love that you knit. And blog. Repeat as often as you like!

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  10. I am glad that you have fathomed knitting Sue, it gives me hope that perhaps one day I will manage it! In the meantime I will keep trying to improve my newly learned crochet! Happy New Year to you, I hope that 2014 is a good year for you and I look foward to reading whatever you have to say, repetetive or not - I have only been here a little while, so you won't be repeating to me!! xx

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  11. Beautiful photography Sue. I do enjoy your blog and am pleased you are intending to continue blogging! I learnt to knit before I learnt to crochet and I feel that your knitting is fantastic and you would not know you had only learnt this year as your tension is so even - well done indeed! I have not knitted socks before, so you have inspired me to try to achieve this during 2014, I love to read your funny comments - my family all laughed when I told them your opinion of the Mariah Carey christmas song!! Still good news we shouldn't have to listen to it again for at least 11 months! :)
    Best wishes to you for 2014 x

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  12. Great photos and such a wonderful year of knitting, I love all the colours of yarn you have knitted with and I hope that 2014 brings on more knitting inspiration for you...happy and wonder ours new year to you and your family Sue x Penny

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  13. I started reading your Blog for your crochet, as I love your sense of colour! And your recipes, I have tried out quite afew! I always enjoy your posts, particularly your photos and on my bucket list for 2014 is learning how to knit socks!!!! Happy New Year to you and your family! X

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  14. Oh, please repeat yourself as much as you like! I love your recipes and the fact that you have conquered knitting - I hate crochet, as I just can't get the hang of it and it makes my thumbs ache. I had several years of not doing any 'crafting' but since retirement have re-discovered cooking, sewing & knitting & am enjoying them all over again. I made a big batch of your Christmas granola & it was pronounced wonderfully Christmassy by everybody. x

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  15. Always a pleasure and for those with short memories, never repetitive. Have a happy new year Sue.

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  16. It has been a real pleasure being bitten with the knitting bug at the same time as you were. I'm looking forward to what the new year brings for both of us. One new thing for me will be a sock knitting class. Haven't tried that yet. You're much more courageous than I. Happy New Year, Sue!

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  17. Sue, it seems to me that you were a natural born knitter, just waiting to really get going with the casting on and going with your own flow to an even gauge.

    You've reminded me, with this post, of my own not quite finished sock project. I could possibly get those last rows of sock II finished by New Year's Day...or even during NYD. No pressure.

    May I thank you again for all your cooking inspiration over the weeks and months. I continue to give you full credit for getting me back on the kale trail.

    I wish you and yours a wonderful 2014. Hoping that one of these days, one of these years, I might actually have the joy of meeting you in person.

    xo

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    1. Oh that would be so nice Frances. Happy new year to you x

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  18. Have a wonderful 2014, filled with many other knitting projects, or other. It's always a pleasure to read your blog, and I never found it repetitive.

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  19. I was amazed to discover earlier in the year that you weren't, at that time, really a knitter ... I just had you pegged for one ... but look at you go girl ... you're a natural!

    Here's wishing you only good things in 2014 Sue (and lots more knitting time ;) )

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  20. Gorgeous knitting, I hope you find plenty of knitting time in 2014

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  21. Beautiful photos, lovely knitting and delicious food! I have loved reading your blog over the past months and I look forward to reading lots more. Happy New Year!

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  22. May you never ever stop writing about life at The Quince Tree. This year also I've moved on from crochet to knitting, just love it, socks too though haven't quite reached your standard yet. Here is such an inspirational place to be - from everyday tales to much enjoyed recipes. Huge thanks.
    Beautiful mosaics. You make us laugh too.
    Wishing you all the very best for the coming new year, Niki

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  23. Happy New Year to a marvellous, long-distance-never-met friend. May all your 2014 socks be hand-knitted!
    Ax

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  24. Happy 2014 to you and your family Sue. Thank you for continuing to write, always enjoyable.

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  25. I don't post as often now either for the same reason. Happy New Year Sue.

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  26. I wanted to add my assurances to all the others,Sue, that nothing is nicer than popping into The Quince Tree and reading about your life. Cyclical events give comfort and reading about yours is always interesting. Happy New Year and congrats on conquering the knitting.

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  27. Happy New Year, I first found this blog via Attic24, and have yet to conquer knitting, (I crochet) Perhaps this will be my year for that! I hope you continue to enjoy blogging, and taking lovely photographs. I think it is probably more difficult to comment now, as many people use phones or tablets with fiddly little keyboards, but I'm sure you have lots of lurking readers.

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  28. I always enjoy your posts. Happy new year and happy knitting.

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  29. The cyclical, "repetitive" nature of blogging is one of the things I love most. I find it comforting to know that each month and each season has it's own pattern. And your blog always illustrates this so beautifully - I hope you never stop blogging!
    Wishing you a wonderful 2014,
    Jo x

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  30. Wow! That's quite an achievement for one year of knitting!

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  31. I think I need to meet your lovely knitting ladies! Well done you for taking it on so successfully. And Happy New Year!

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  32. Happy New Year, Sue! Looking at your knitting, you'd think that you've been a knitter all your life. You've really taken to it.

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  33. If that doesn't inspire me to keep knitting, nothing will! Beautiful knits, beautiful images - and I'm so glad to know you intend to keep on blogging.
    Thank you for supporting my blog too - it means a lot.
    Have a wonderful 2014.
    Sarah x

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  34. Love your knitting, your yarn (wondering what the yarns in pics 2,3, and 7 are?) and your lovely photos! I've knitted for years, but this is the year I WILL learn to crochet! Happy new Year, Jen

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    1. Thank you.
      If you click on my Ravelry link (on my sidebar under the picture of the quinces) it will take you to details of all the projects in that photo including the yarns used.

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