(Yep, I know, this is not what I usually do. But I loved My Little Pony when I was a kid!)
Yep, this is the end of the year and as many of us have done, it’s time to recap. I could honestly sort my projects in a very detailed way, like a post for every sewing/knitting/failed projects but I don’t feel like. As much as sewing and knitting have an important place in my life and sanity, this would not reflect this year.
I ended 2012 with a very nasty food poisoning, stuck all evening between the bathroom and the bedroom. As I wake up the next day, very weak, litterally empty, I had that amazing feeling that 2013 would be my year. And that I will finally get a job. Don’t ask me why or how, I just felt that way for a few days, I have no idea where this certainty comes from, but that was a great feeling. And fact is, 2013 has been quite a good year. Lots of things happened.
In 2013, thanks to a wonderful organization, I gained back my confidence and kept believing there is a workplace that will fit me and my unusual professional background. I met a handful of people who believed in me and pushed me in that direction.
I made a few friends. I finally took some American accent pronunciation class and I no longer need to repeat myself when I ask for half (20 years to learn the ‘l’ is silent. I can’t believe it!) a yard of fabric.
One of my close friends moved to the Bay Area and now lives 2 miles away from my place while we’ve always been living in very different places and countries. I spent the morning with her at the DMV, I am her lucky star, she finally got her driving license (after several attempts).
A couple of friends got married, it was a very beautiful wedding, the kind that makes you think how lucky they are to have such great friends and family. My cousin is expecting a baby for next April, the very first baby in my family, and I want to spoil that kid very badly!
Bad things happened too, unfortunately. My neighbour was murdered, it still upsets me. And one of my friends had her cancer returned. These unfortunate events made me realize how everyday moment is so important and helped me to put things into perspective.
I finally got back to work and though this is not my dreamjob and it’s temporary, I am thankful for that major change and feel really lucky. For the first time in my life, I work for a woman, a contractor (just like me), and I like it. It feels great to have a boss who knows what it is to be in my shoes!
In 2013, I also survived the Death Valley. I found out I like eating Brussels sprouts. I went back to the gym and became a gym junkie. I discovered Bloglovin (I guess it’s never too late to discover the magic of Internet!) and started using Kollabora. I got my Green Card. I watched all the new seasons of Doctor Who. And I still want a cat badly.
How can you resist this cutie?
That’s for my very personal 2013 recap. Now let’s have a look at my crafts.
I am very proud to say I made lots of progress and now my clothes don’t look like there are handmade. I mean they don’t have these unequal finitions, fit issues, weird choice of colour/fabric. My recent projects look like they could have come from a store. But it still takes me a long time to create them. I am definitely a slow sewist (sewing French seams takes much longer than finishing with a serger, and I still need to alter to fit my body…)
My knitting skills have increased too. I completed a lace project without any major issue! Yay for me! I feel like I could learn so much more, I want to go more technical, more challenging. I just bought a book to create your own pattern, let’s see if I can creat anything out of it.
I sewed 17 projects, including 1 jacket, 1 skirt, 5 dresses but 4 have fitting issues :S (the one I am wearing tonight hasn’t been photographed yet), 4 t-shirt (Renfrews!), 4 tops, 0 pants/shorts and 1 vest for Mr Hubby. I also finished 1 handbag project started a long time ago.
I knitted 1 pair of socks (for Mr Hubby, sigh), 3 cardigans (including 1 for Mr Hubby), 2 vests/tanks, 1 beret, 1 stole, 1 cowl and 1 baby cardigan (no pictures taken yet for the last two).
My favorite projects were:
- my asymmetric jacket! Of course, this is one of my last project, so it comes first in the list! I wear it all the times, it’s perfect!
- The Ginny’s cardigan (another very recent project!). Same as the jacket, I am wearing it a lot (anyway, it’s so cold at my workplace that it’s either the Parcel sweater or this cardigan!). I am just a bit disappointed by the quality of the wool (Cascade 220 sport).
- even though I didn’t wear it much this year (that’s what happen when you are always 6 months behind any trend), I look forward to warmer days to wear my Datura blouse. - another project I didn’t wear much (too late in the season) but I look forward to wear it again is the cable back shell vest. Sure, I hated knitting it but it’s very nice to wear.- in 2013, I also sew and knit for Mr Hubby! I am very proud of the vest he wore for the wedding of his friend. I have some fabric remaining and I am thinking about sewing a vest for me too :)
Now, on my not-so-great list…
I am very frustrated with my versions of the Cambie dress and Belladone dress. Major fitting issues. Huge lesson learnt. Now I need to find time to correct my mistakes and re-do it correctly.
I made several bad choices for my knitting projects. I picked the wrong wool for the Saturn cardigan (grr), the Chicane cardigan and for the Seashell tank (and my modifications were a bit funky for this last one). But hey, you live and learn!
Overall, 2013 has been a good year, and I look forward to see what 2014 will bring. More awesome projects, more people, more challenges, more adventures!
Wishing you all the best for this Happy New Year! :)