Friday, January 1, 2021

Welcome to 2021

I don’t think I need to point out to anyone that 2020 has been a challenging year. The pandemic’s effects have been felt through every aspect of our lives — job insecurity, a lockdown, inability to visit family, grocery scarcity, trying to manage our own anxieties while supporting our children through theirs ...

Grid of nine most-liked photos from Instagram: 3 pairs of socks, 2 tops, a knit headband, EPP templates, 3 EPP flower blocks, and a stack of sixteen-patch quilt blocks.
The top nine 2020 photos from my Instagram feed.

The change is evident in the projects I worked on this year. The list appears to be much shorter than in past years, but the effort was perhaps greater.

Sewing

  • 8 hand-stitched flower blocks for The Hexagon Project
  • 1 quilted table runner
  • 100 sixteen-patch blocks, each 4.5 inches (about 11.4 cm) unfinished
  • 16 masks


Knitting

  • 2 tops
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 1 headband
  • 1 table runner


Making those masks took a lot out of me emotionally. I couldn’t disconnect from the reason they needed to be made. I have supplies waiting to make more and have been putting it off for weeks.

Sewing the sixteen-patch blocks offered a soothing mindless repetition. I was able to lose myself in color and contrast and short straight seams for a while each time I pulled out the pre-cut scraps. I’ve been testing layouts, creating larger blocks from four like-colored blocks, but have yet to settle on a plan.

Knitting the socks was similarly a relaxing escape, with three of the five pairs made from scraps that again allowed me to focus on the interplay of color and contrast.

I don’t have any set goals for 2021. With the pandemic still a major consideration, I don’t even want to attempt to guess how this year might progress. My hope is that we’re on the upswing, and I wish you all the best in this new year.