Hi, everyone, and happy 2016! Do you guys like doing end-of-year roundups? Because I tend to be pretty active, I’m not the most introspective person, but it’s nice to force myself to stop for a minute and think a bit about the year that’s closing. So I’m pausing a moment to think through my year in crafting!
I’ve knitted for a while now, but this year was one in which I really saw a lot of growth in both my interest and skills. I really enjoyed knitting this sweater and love the final product.
I never thought I would enjoy quilting, but I loved making this! It was for one of my oldest friends in New York, so I got a huge kick out of picking out sweet prints for it. Seeing a photo of the baby smiling on his quilt seriously pumped me up!
I didn’t think it was possible to feel pretty when you’re sweating until I made this dress. It’s magical- a swishy maxi dress that just makes you feel put-together, even on the stickiest of days.
When I wasn’t wearing this, I wished that I was! It’s so bright and cheerful, and it just makes me smile! I love this dress so much it should be illegal!
I’d wished for a coat like this for YEARS before I finally made one. It’s silly and over-the-top and romantic and warm and really, really fun to wear. Plus, this was a really happy sewing experience– I got to use new skills from my day job to make this, so it was a really satisfying project.
Ughhhh… I love the color and style of this, but the fabric is just too disgusting to wear. Neoprene is just too clammy and gross for me… or maybe I’m too clammy and gross for it? 😮
These look baggy and frumpy, so I never wear them. Unfortunately, I made two pairs at once, so both pairs fit poorly! D’oh!
Let’s not talk about this. JUST AVERT YOUR EYES AND SCROLL DOWN!
After years of feeling panicked and paralyzed every time I thought about a career change, I’m really grateful to have a new goal to move towards!
It’s been strange and scary and weird, but having to stretch myself this year has been really good for me. Going to class and having to re-learn how to write papers and take tests, forcing myself to pull the trigger on my online shop, starting a new job where I really didn’t know how to do anything… it’s been tough, but in the way where you can feel yourself growing, if you know what I mean.
3.) Time in the Great Outdoors!
This city kid doesn’t get much time in nature, but I treasure every opportunity I get to play outside. I’m also a huge nerd about the National Parks system, so our trip to Acadia National Park this summer was a huge highlight of the year. We hiked and kayaked and even saw dozens of seals snoozing on rocks! Amazing!
This was a fun year walking alongside friends through different life events. A massive highlight was planning a fun girls’ weekend in upstate New York to celebrate a dear friend’s upcoming marriage. Autumn in New York + dear friends = a time you’ll remember always. 🙂
Love these dudes so much! Here are my three amigos in Quebec City this summer. 🙂
I didn’t do as much garment sewing this year as I wanted to, but I don’t think it was just because I was busy. I am in a bit of a strange lifestyle now, working in a dusty workshop or at home, and going to fashion school in the evening. It’s sort of hard to know how to dress for that! So I think I was unsure what to sew after I started my upholstery job in May!
Sock knitting is super fun! But collecting sock yarn is even more fun. Don’t believe me? Check out Spun Right Round! I *dare* you not to buy anything! 🙂
I never thought I’d get any joy from quilting, but it’s oddly soothing. Take big pieces of fabric, cut them into small pieces, sew small pieces into increasingly-larger pieces… it shouldn’t be fun, but it is!
I didn’t have as much time to sew this year, so one strategy that worked was to sew patterns multiple times, or even multiple garments at the same time. I was able to make more homemade gifts this Christmas than I ever have using this strategy, which was nice.
You may have already noticed, but I found a lot of joy this year doing things that I never thought I’d do, or had even said I’d never do- quilting, knitting socks, even starting a business! So, friends, never say never! You might be surprised by what you enjoy!
I don’t want to make things too structured in 2016, but one thing that I would like to do is revamp my bedroom a bit. Towards that purpose, I’d like to make some curtains and a new quilt. I also think it would be fun to put my new upholstery skills to use in my apartment. I’d love to jazz up a piece for my home. But that’s about it!
Well, friends, I’m wishing you all a happy and healthy 2016! Thanks for reading and for always inspiring me! Can’t wait to hear about your adventures in the new year!