General, Knitting

happy new year!

Happy New Year, everyone! Is anyone else having whiplash from the speed at which 2013 disappeared??

And my apologies for being a bit of an AWOL blogger of late. As we all know, the end of the year is always the most hectic, but I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and safe travel!

I’d like to show you what I’ve been up to over the last month or so, but whoops – I haven’t taken many pictures! (See the AWOL blogger bit above.) I can tell you, however, that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed knitting on a few “palate cleansing” projects lately. One project was a hat with a pocket for my sister (a bit of reverse engineering magic, if I do say so myself), while another project was a spur-of-the-moment chunky cowl with glittery yarn that also magically ended up in the hands of my sister. Luckily for both of us, it’s very flattering on her. 🙂 I also knit up another Lakeview Hat for my sweet little niece, and on Xmas Day, I cast on for a very simple triangular scarf/shawl for myself with some domestically produced sportweight cashmere yarn. Note to self: start taking more pictures. Seriously.

In the weeks ahead, I’ll have another project on the needles, but that one will have to stay secret for a while longer. No matter – I’m in the home stretch on a pair of fingerless mitts that I’m eager to show you. There are buttons! 🙂

As with the beginning of all years, we tend to set resolutions or goals for ourselves. I’ll be mindful of that as another year of designing and blogging begins, and I hope to continue to challenge myself with new ideas and new milestones. I wish for each of you the same inspiration!

Let’s do this, 2014!
xoxo Danielle

PS: Say it with me, folks. Three days until Downton Abbey.

PPS: Wait – I do have pictures! Behold the parade of processed sugar that I consumed since Thanksgiving (and this is just the tip of the iceberg)….





6 thoughts on “happy new year!”

  1. Oh my, I was so surprised to see you had also knit the “Lakeview Hat” by Danielle Chalson. She is the daughter of my very dear friend, Corinne, whom I mention often in my blog. She is forever making me wonderful gifts. 🙂 Her quilting skills are amazing. The moment I saw that hat pattern, I had to have it, because I knew my niece Jessica, would love it, and so she does. LOL

    The sugar spree must have been fun. I really liked best, the look of that snow covered tree cake. It’s probably either a white or yellow cake, and done in a mold, I imagine. I’ll have to look for one of those. That is adorable, and I’d much rather a piece of cake than cookies. A cake is done at once, not all that spooning out and cooking batches like with cookies. When you are not fond of baking, cookies are rarely every even considered. LOL

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful holiday season, and I hope 2014 is extremely good to you and yours.

  2. I see I got myself really confused here. Please forgive my crazy mind Danielle, because I thought I was reading “Peacefully Knitting” blog, and when I read about making the “Lakeview Hat” I was just tickled that someone else I knew had your pattern and enjoyed it as much as I did. A huge faux pas on my part. I am so sorry.

    1. Hi Sandie! Happy New Year and no need to apologize! I’m also glad someone is knitting and loving it 🙂 Yes, that sugar-covered tree cake is super easy, and its shape is all down to the special bundt pan that I got from Nordicware. Let me know if you want me to send you a link! 🙂

      1. Danielle,
        Yes, I would very much appreciate the link for that Nordicware bundt pan. I don’t bake often these days, but I really like that it looks like little evergreen trees, so I would be more inclined to haul it out and give it a go. 🙂 Thank you for offering to share the link with me.


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