Time flies when you're having fun, I guess. I certainly had a busy year in 2015, and I'm happy to say that it was one of the most satisfyingly creative years I've ever had. It didn't always feel that way when I was *in* it, but looking back, I'm actually super satisfied with what I accomplished – I learned some new skills, further developed some old skills, and started some long-term projects with good results:
- Tried weaving, on both a rigid heddle loom and a floor loom (liked the former more than the latter; need to order a 12-dent heddle to make my scarf dreams come true)
- Took a rug-hooking class
- Took part in the Block of the Month classes at Patch (thank goodness for Patch, which has become a real creative touchstone for me over the past twelve months), with the happy result that my sampler quilt is almost ready to put together
- Thought hard about my handmade wardrobe, and started sewing clothes in earnest (three tank tops, two woven tees, three long-sleeved knit tees, two skirts; thank you, Grainline Studio!)
- Started a long-term granny square afghan project
- Knitted four pairs of Christmas socks for my family, six pairs of baby booties and several baby hats
- Knitted a hap shawl, plus various other accessories for myself
- Established a small (but lovely) knit night with some new friends from my sewing classes
There were a few things that I missed: I didn't do much travel this year, and couldn't make it to the spring session of Squam, which I was so looking forward to. Missing that took the wind out of my sails in a few ways – suddenly, I didn't feel like blogging, for one thing – but it's back on the calendar for this year, and I'll be there come hell or high water.
I also really missed having a local yarn store with a strong community, but I did get a chance to explore some of the not-so-local shops and they've got a lot to offer (and the fact that they're an hour away in four different directions means I don't do quite as much impulse shopping!).
In 2016, I'm planning to focus on making things for myself, following the William Morris philosophy that things should be beautiful or useful (ideally, both). The goal: to have at least three completely "me-made" outfits – outfits that represent the clothes I want and like to wear, from inner- to outerwear – in my closet by the end of the year.
- Sewing-wise, I'm planning to tackle slightly more challenging projects: blue jeans, for one, and lingerie, for another. I've also got my eye on this coat.
- I'd like to add a few sweaters to my wardrobe; I've got two in the works, and the yarn for another already set aside.
- Socks! I need to replenish my sock stash a little bit, as my old favourites are starting to show their age.
- A new quilt. I still have the first quilt I ever made on my bed. I'm still proud of it, but I'm ready for something new – bigger, bolder and more modern. Maybe this one. Or this.
I've also got a few writing projects in mind – a return to blogging regularly and a silly-but-fun creative writing project that should keep me busy. I'm looking forward to seeing you here more often.
(I keep encountering the phrase "If not now, when?" and that might be my word(s) for the year. A call to action! I like it.)