A Toast to 2013!
I’m a little late to the party, but 2013 was a year to celebrate. So let’s, shall we?!
It was a good year, ol’ 2013. Full of new adventures, challenges and revelations. It was the year of coming back to good health. Of starting a new job and LOVING every second of it. Of letting go. Of going with the flow.
It was a good one.
Here’s a short look at the many crafting adventures of 2013!
2013 brought employment at what is pretty much a dream job. This February will mark my 1 year Anniversary of working at Personal Threads Boutique, the LYS in Omaha. It’s a joy and a true treat to go to work every day surrounded by beautiful art, gorgeous yarns, incredibly talented coworkers and endlessly inspiring customers. I love every single second of it. The bed socks above were created from a pattern written by my amazing coworker Hayley. Her e-book is full of 4 witty bed sock patterns that knit up quickly and beautifully. I made all three lace patterns and will definitely make more!
Ravelry can be a bit of a black hole sometimes. You go on to check the yarn requirements of one pattern and 30 minutes later you’ve favorited 12 others and queued 3 different sweaters… That’s how this little guy got into being. I saw the Happypotomus while looking for something else and decided it had to be made! I have yet to finish him but it was a wonderful exercise in crochet and a great way to use up some scraps and stash.
2013 brought a new found love of Madelinetosh yarns. We carry several of their different styles at PTB and I’ve grown especially fond of their Tosh Merino Light. I just had to bring this guy home. He’s quite beautiful, don’t you agree?
Working at PTB left me with less time to take commissions, but I was able to knit this baby for my aunt in California. I just love working with this yarn! It’s always a fun surprise to see how it turns out.
My beautiful mother celebrated another fabulous birthday this December. My mother confiscated this skein of yarn the moment it entered the house. She chose the Honey Cowl pattern and so a birthday present was born. She wears it often (which is the best kind of thank you, isn’t it?) and looks just lovely in it! Here’s to another wonderful year, Murray!
Christmas brought plenty of Holiday crafting. I made 6 stockings this year. Four for my brother and his fiance and their two dogs, and two for the same dogs to be hung in our house. They were fun and fast to make! Once again glue basting is the shizznit! (If you sew and you haven’t discovered glue basting yet, do yourself a favor and fall in love with it soon.)
Christmas ALSO brought an explosion of Boxy Pouches. First there was one and then there were a million. They were highly coveted and highly appreciated. Even the Pops got one and loves it! There are many tutorials online for these babies. I mishmashed several together to get the desired result.
This fall I had the great honor to be asked via Instagram to test knit a hat for the beautiful Renee Ellen of the Netherlands. Go With the Flow Hat is a wonderfully easy pattern that knits up quickly and beautifully. I chose a gorgeous skein of Tosh Merino for this project. I adore this hat!
September saw me taking a grand adventure to Seattle for the Wedding of the Century! I made this bag for my trip out, but ended up leaving it at home. It still gives me great pleasure to use it. I learned a huge amount about sewing and bag construction in this project.
Leg warmers were another finished project of 2013. They come in quite handy when it gets chilly at work. I loved working with this yarn and the colorway made it even that much more enjoyable.
This year marked a wonderful first for me! I entered 3 of my quilts in the Nebraska State Fair. My baby quilt even won a ribbon! I was incredibly proud of myself for taking the leap and entering even though I’ve only been quilting for a little over a year. It was thrilling to see my quilts hanging in the exhibition hall. I look forward to entering again next year!
I completed this beauty earlier this year, but have yet to quilt it. Still waiting to find that perfect backing fabric! I know it will come along eventually and will finish it off perfectly. I can’t wait to cuddle up under this quilt!
There were many more finished projects in 2013, but these were some of my favorites. I look forward to expanding my skills and challenging myself in 2014! Stay tuned for more adventures from these hands of mine!