Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Welcome to 2020

This year went by so quickly, but I kept making throughout the whirlwind:

  • 9 hand-stitched flower blocks for The Hexagon Project
  • 1 top
  • 1 throw pillow

  • 5 tops
  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 1 shawlette
  • 1 purse, knit and fulled
  • 12 sets of four chair socks

  • 8 amigurumi
  • 5 doilies
  • 3 wash cloths
  • 1 bath mat

  • 638 yards of two-ply alpaca/wool yarn

A grid of the nine most-liked photos from my Instagram feed in 2019.
My Instagram 2019 Top Nine features way too much pollen, followed by a mix of fiber projects.

I read eight art-related books, and knit more blocks onto my scrap blankets. I made-then-remade far too many knit tops, although I kept learning along the way and managed to come out ahead.

I gave myself permission to post less frequently than weekly if I didn’t have a worthwhile topic at the ready; play-by-plays of slow progress don’t make the most riveting reading.

And I started a new job, which is kicking my butt. I’m so mentally drained when I get home that slow progress is becoming downright snail-paced. I’ve been enjoying my shift toward knitting more complicated wearables — despite the frustration of the associated learning curve — but need to choose the moments when I tackle them.

The silver lining to my new routine is that I’m working on my English paper piecing blocks more regularly during my lunch breaks.

While I know I’ll be posting less frequently with fewer finished projects, my goal for 2020 is to focus on how I write about those projects. I want to better highlight the creative process, and share more technical tips.

I’m also considering writing some posts featuring projects from the past. Everything I make is built upon what I’ve made before. Why not include more of that journey?

The trick will be whether I’m able to wrangle enough brain cells to pull off that kind of writing change. I hope to keep you interested while I figure this out.

Best wishes to you and yours in 2020!

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