2015 crafty wrap-up.
Today I’m doing something in my blog I haven’t ever done – writing up a recap of my 2015 crafty endeavors! I definitely knit and spin way more now than I did even a couple years ago.
In 2015, I knit 18 projects – 2 hats, 1 cowl, 5 shawls, and 10 pairs of socks! 10 is definitely the most pairs of socks I’ve ever knit in a year, and I’m so happy I finished so many. I initially planned on knitting a pair of socks a month in 2015, but that fell by the wayside after I got back from my Massachusetts trip in July (which I never wrote about here, sad). I’m still happy with my final count, however.
My favorite project of the year was my Rose City Yarn Crawl shawl. I love the colors I used – everyone knows I’m all about hot pink – and I love wearing it too! I wear it all the time these days because it’s been pretty cold in Portland. I do love everything I made this year, especially the socks. I love hand knit socks.
I spun a lot this year, more than any other year! A lot of it had to do with me buying a new wheel in April – a Schacht Ladybug. I love my Ashford Traditional, but I really wanted to buy a double treadle wheel. I’m so happy with my purchase.
This year, I spun 10 different projects, half of them from 4oz or more of fiber. The other five were little 1-2oz of fiber that I’d been sitting on for a couple years, and I used them as kind of practice runs before spinning some of my nicer stuff.
I joined two fiber clubs in 2015 – Moonrover in the middle of the year, and Hedgehog Fibres at the end. I’m happy with all the fiber I received from both clubs, as it’s really adding to my really small fiber stash. I received a different type of fiber each month from the Hedgehog Fibres club, too, so I’ll get to experiment with different types, finally, when I spin the others! This year I’ve joined the Spun Right Round fiber club, which will also send me different fiber types, and I look forward to receiving my first bit of fiber later this month. I’m so happy to be spinning again.
My favorite spin of 2015 was this Sushi yarn from Fat Cat Knits. I love the colors and I love that I chain plied it to preserve the color progressions. I don’t know what I’ll make out of it yet, but I can just stare at it for ages. It’s not perfectly chain plied, but I’m getting better with it.
Besides my 35 in 35 goals, I don’t have any other specific goals for my crafting. I tend to not want to set rigid goals for my knitting, as knitting is fun to me and I don’t want it to become a chore to hit goals I make for myself. If I knit more than 10 pairs of socks this year, great! If I don’t end up spinning all the fiber in my stash this year, that’s okay! Knitting and spinning are my fun activities, and I never want them to feel like a chore. I’m happy with what I completed in 2015.