2014 was a big year. I had a ton of big life events and changes – mostly positive, but some things (like writing a big professional exam for my real life) took a lot of effort and a lot of stress before I got there. Because work kept me so busy, I also wasn’t the greatest at self-care – I think I caught upwards of a dozen colds – which is something that will be a lot easier to work on now that things are settling on that front.
All of that definitely got reflected in my crafting. I found myself craving really simple things, with miles and miles of knit stitches.
- I knit four sweaters (although I’ve only blogged two) and knit five pairs of socks, as well as a bunch of shawls and accessories. By and large, the theme was tiny needles and stockinette (I think I only knit one sweater on a needle larger than 3.75mm).
- I finished handquilting my first full-size quilt, and sewed the top for a second. (Notably, I did not finish my Pony Club quilt top. It’s still marinating.)
- I sewed a bunch of clothing, but then chickened out when it came to photographing it for the blog.
- I learned how to darn socks, and used this skill to keep some of my older knits going strong.
When I think about where I want to go with making in 2015, I think mostly about more of the same, but trying to focus myself a little better.
I plan to keep spinning. I made spinning a big part of my day-to-day crafting, and finished a huge handspun project, which was incredibly gratifying. I want to make more yarn that I’m proud of, and develop this skill even further. As part of this, I also need to start doing more knitting with my handspun, both to learn about what I can improve in my spinning (I find working with the yarn gives me a much deeper understanding of this than looking at finished yarn or comparing it to commercially-spun products.) To keep myself motivated, I’m planning to participate in the 15 in 2015 challenge on Ravelry. They have a half-challenge this year, which is 7.5 lbs of spinning in 2015. That’s probably most manageable for me – this year I spun close to 5 lbs of fiber without thinking about it too much.
I’m planning to make more sweaters. I managed to accrue a fair number of sweater quantities of yarn, which I’ve never had in my stash before. I’d like to focus overall on filling gaps in my wardrobe, and making sweaters with an eye to how I’ll wear them as well as how much I like the pattern.
I plan to sew more clothes. I’d also like to spend more time talking about sewing this space, as well. I’ve actually sewn a fair bit in 2014 – I made two Hawthorns as well as a bunch of tunics that I wear constantly. This year my goal is to sew more intentionally, to fill gaps that I currently see in my wardrobe. I know that I have nowhere close to enough sewing time in my life to stop buying clothes, but I’d like to see how much I can get away with making myself. I’m also going on a pretty exciting vacation in May (Belgium! Scotland! Trains!), and I’d like to make clothing that I can pack with me for that trip. This means buying fabric with thoughts of what kind of garment it’s going to be, and it also means thinking really critically about what I want to sew and planning so that it’s easy to make them. One thing I’m guilty of is getting distracted by newly-released sewing patterns when I read other people’s blogs, and I think having a plan will make that temptation easier to resist.
The other thing I want to do is make 2015 The Year of the Sweaterdress. This is a largish knitting project – the pattern I have my eye on is Still Light – and I’m planning to get pretty intense about it. I’ve ordered some yarns to make swatch projects, so that I can figure out which will give me the fabric I want, and plan to take my time with a lot of the planning stages so that I end up with a wearable dress that stays in my wardrobe for a good while.