Favourite make of this year:
Knitting: My actual favourite knit is something I haven’t blogged about yet, but out of the things that have turned up on my blog it’s the hats! My Norse Hat I finished earlier this month and my There and Back Again Hat. Normally I’m much more of sweater girl than an accessory knitter. In general I wasn’t to happy with most of the sweaters I knitted this year, so let’s change that in 2014!
Sewing: My Reglisse Dress.
Biggest craft accomplishment:After years of only daring to sew cushion covers and skirts I finally took the plunge and made my first dress this summer. Since then I have sewed a variety of dresses and made plans for an army of handmade clothing. I learned to stop worrying and go for it.So far, it has worked our brilliantly and and I am now (mostly) fearless and unstoppable on the sew front.
Craft ambition for 2014:
Check list, make at least one of each of the following:
♥ Shetland cardigan/jumper
♥ Icelandic Cardigan/jumper♥ Fishermen Sweater♥ Vintage Cardigan/jumper♥ A colourwork cardigan
I don’t want to be to bothered by summer knitting this year. It doesn’t really work for the country I live in anyway. It is either to hot for any knit wear or it’s so cold you can wear your fall/winter/spring wear all year round. So instead of doing any summer knits I just want to focus on fall/winter (and spring) knits.
– Sew with difficult fabrics like sheer fabrics, slippery fabrics and knits
– Sew a coat
– Sew tops
-Sew a sturdy backpack to take to campus. (my current backpack is a really sad mess. I have to use sturdy fabric and carefully construct the bag as it will have to endure lots of weight from books, all weather conditions (I go to class on bike) and the dark, miserable place that is the cafeteria of the university 😉
Pattern suggestions for sewing backpacks and/or tips are most welcome!
-Sew dresses (this isn’t much of a goal because I will mostly make and wear dresses anyway…but it are the things I wear most so…)
-Learn to sew button holes
Learn to spin with a navaho-spindle
Spin all my Icelandic fibre
Learn to embroider
I would like to knit and sew more projects next year than I did this year.
What is the best book I read this year:
As an avid reader and English literature student this is actually quite a hard question to answer.
♥ One Flew over the Cuckoo’s nest – Ken Kesey♥ The Complete Maus – Art Spiegelman (Heads up: this is a graphic-novel, but even so it’s one of the best pieces of literature I’ve read so far)♥ Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer♥ Whatever – Michel Houellebecq (I can’t vouch for the English version, but the translator did an amazing job on the Dutch version “De wereld als markt en strijd”)
♥ Oranges are not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
Books I want to read next year:
As not all books have to be college-related:
Best Craft books I bought/was gifted this year:
Dutch Traditional Ganseys (Visserstruien) – Stella Ruhe
The Art of Fair isle knitting – Ann Feitelson
Stranded Knits – Ann Kingstone
Craft Books I’m looking forward to read next year:
Shetland Textiles 800 BC to present by Sarah Laurenson. I was gifted this book for Christmas and so far I have only been able to peek at some of the pages, but it looks amazing and I cannot wait to read it! It’s about a Shetland crafts, and the photographs are so very inspiring. It’s published by the Shetland Museum, and it has contributions by many historians and crafters, amongs whom Kate Davies. According to the ‘further reading’-list at the end of te book, The vintage Shetland Project: Heirloom handknits from the Shetland museum by Susan Crawford will be published in 2014 as well! I’m really looking forward to it.
What is my biggest non-craft accomplishment this year?
This is easy, I got an important diploma at university back in the summer. It was pretty cool, I got to shake hands with important people, was in a room full of old portraits with stern men and women in black robes (it gave me a very hogwarts-y feeling) and my fellow students and I got a lot of applause. Also I celebrated with oreo cookies afterwards. That was a good day.
Non-craft ambition for next year:
– I will start my first minor in February, I choose something literature related, again. This means I will have to read a lot, probably more than I have ever done in my life. Things were already pretty hectic this semester with all the literature courses I was taking combined with all the preparations for my linguistic courses. Next semester will probably be even more busy and hectic, with the minor I’m taking, and some courses in middle English and some syntactic courses. What I want to do is try to balance my university work load, my personal life (hobbies and sanity) and social life better.
-Be fearless and confident in myself and my abilities.
-Write more and let people read what I write.
-Blog more often and comment on other peoples blogs (I read a lot of blogs, and comment on some of them, but this has really been a learning curve for me. I love to hear from readers myself, but for the longest time I didn’t comment on other blogs myself at all simply because I was too shy and thought that whatever I would write could only be dull and bothersome to the blogger. I’m glad I’m learning to be braver and silence that stupid voice in the back of my head).
-Learn to make better photographs and improve photo’s for the blog. Learn to use props in blog photos!
– Start on my epic journey: Learn Gaelic.
Scariest part of the year:At the beginning my boyfriend having a pretty intense surgery. The surgery went well, but he couldn’t really walk for a month or so after and things like cycling were a no-no for another few months. It was not a great time, but it was a lot better than the months before the surgery when he was in a lot of pain (I hate waiting lists at hospitals). It would be great to not have to go though all that again next year…or frankly any other year.
Person who will be missed most:
My grandfather. He was my last grandparent and passed away in August. I miss them.
Best recipe I tried: Pumpkin Pasta
TV-series or film I’m most looking forward to: The new Doctor Who Series & Shetland.
Let me now if you blogged about it! I’m curious to read them!
See you in 2014!