What a year it was! Personally, 2015 had a lot of big moments: L and I got engaged and moved cities, and I took on quite a lot more responsibility at work. All good things, certainly, but all things that kept me very busy.
Last year I knit 35 items (!!!) and I had similarly high hopes for this year. But, well, reality crept in. I had so much less time this year, for all kinds of reasons, and although I didn’t manage to knit as many things as I had hoped, I am really happy with what I did make. I spent a lot of the spring thinking seriously about my handmade wardrobe and how to build it out. Between that, and the growing realization that I was producing handmade items faster than I was wearing through them gave me pause.
So, anyway, this year I completed 19 knit items (and I’m pretty close on no. 20). Nearly half of those things were gifts, which is something I’m quite proud of, and several were sweaters, another positive! You can see all my knits here (most of my sewing wasn’t blogged) but here are my favourites from the year.
Socks and sweaters and t-shirts. Haha. That’s definitely my uniform. These are all garments I wore a lot throughout the year (and will continue to wear in the year(s) to come) and they are a good template for me to follow this coming year, I think. I have yarn for two lightweight sweaters — one neutral cardigan, one brightly coloured pullover — and no shortage of sock yarn. I would like this to be the year I add a couple of shawls to my wardrobe as well, since I really do wear the ones I have quite regularly. Sewing wise, there are certainly more Scouts in my future, and I hope a dress or two as well.
And the gift knitting will continue as well. L has become a full hand-knit-sock convert (he wore the pair I have him for Christmas for four days straight) and I can hardly ignore that kind of enthusiasm. And there are lots of babies to knit for these days as well — including our soon-to-arrive nephew!
I do have some specific plans in mind for the New Year, but I’ll save those for another post.
How do you feel about your year, now that you can look back on it as a whole? Did you accomplish what you wanted to?
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! You did good last year.
You make such beautiful knits, Angela! I always enjoy seeing what you’re making up. Like you, I realized that I was producing items faster than I was wearing them (I’m talking about sewing now, in my case) and I feel my biggest achievement in 2015 was that I finally learned to slow down and take my time with my projects.
Your projects are always so beautifully knit and well chosen. With all the other time commitments you had in 2015, I think you did amazingly!
Thank you! I am really happy with what I accomplished last year, in part because I let myself change tack part way through. I’m not always good at that.
You published some gorgeous patterns in 2015. I can’t wait to see what the new year brings for you!
This year looks like a win to me! I think your Bedford looks especially lovely.
And I hadn’t thought much about if I was knitting faster than I was wearing. I usually knit socks and they don’t take up much room. But perhaps it is time to reassess.