2016 – Where Did You Go?

Another year gone, with some significant changes in my crafting life — quite different from my usual ‘here’s what I made’ posts.

In the first few days of 2016, I blocked and posted my Cusp and was delighted when it was featured on the  first page of Ravelry! What a happy beginning to the year!

A couple of months later, I did a thorough cull of all my handknits, looking at them as garments  and not things I had made. I sorted through heavyweights, lightweights and accessories. To my amazement, I felt no pang in giving them away — I had such a strong need for a clutter-free life, where everything was useful or beautiful, that anything that couldn’t stand up to that scrutiny had to go, and it was a pleasure to see them go.

(ETA: I realised that readers like feedly are turning this picture heavy post into a horrible patchwork of images! Please click through to the actual website for a better reading experience — I’m trying to find ways to solve this problem)

This process (along with notes made while travelling) also helped me identify severe gaps in my wardrobe, and with a new sense of purpose I started filling them quickly. And I’m so glad I did! I’ve written a couple of more detailed posts showing my newly made lightweights and socks; so here I’ll stick to pretty pictures:

There was also time for a couple of gifts (Baable sleep sack and Annis silk scarf):

And a pretty stash-buster just for me (Selbu Modern):

 

In other significant events, I started writing patterns! The Chevron socks pattern was a quick one, just to see how the testing process works. The Trika pullover is being tested as we speak; expect a release early next year!

Finally, WIPs and Ideas!

I really must finish these: a lace pullover with a hybrid raglan neck; an abandoned colourwork tunic; and perhaps make a few more hexagons of the never-ending (because forever abandoned!) skirt.

And then I’m thinking of Fennec in black cotton, converted into a simple cap-sleeved top.

fennec-pic

Mustn’t forget sewing in the cabling orgy.

I made a moulage, and used it to try out various styles. So very happy with these Craftsy lessons!

And I made another Muse Natalie and a Wren. Decently pleased with both.

And finally, I started logging outfits where I’ve used me-made garments. I’ve only got a couple of trips up now, but as I log usage over time, I hope to have a more comprehensive data set on how each is being used, and was it worth making or not!

Thank you for reading my blog, and wishing you a lovely new year, where your dreams come true!

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4 thoughts on “2016 – Where Did You Go?

  1. I’ve enjoyed following your crafty adventures in 2016 (and I wish you a wonderful 2017!) and I wish I could read this retrospective… but I’m afraid it’s not just feed readers that are mixing things up. Reading on my tablet (on the site itself), I’m also seeing the wild patchwork of images and text. I can send you a screenshot if it’s helpful in diagnosing the problem.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! Hmm, when I’m looking at the tablet preview on wordpress, it looks fine. Wonder if it’s a wordpress problem? If you could email me the screenshot that would be great! Thanks!

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