A Year of Making – 2020

Happy New Year’s Eve! One thing that most of us can agree on is that 2020 was a year for making do. I embraced that by simply making as much as I could! My making this year has been varied and so much fun – I’ve knitted, sewed, handsewed, cross stitched, and quilted. I still have lots of other projects on the go that you might have caught glimpses of this year, but I’m only including finished ones here (and I decided to count quilt tops as finished projects because that’s my prerogative!).

I spent most of this year knitting. I finished 1 sweater for Bryce, 3 sweaters for myself, and hats for Bronwyn and Colton. I dusted off my sewing machine early in the year to make masks, but that was about it. Towards the last quarter, for whatever reason, I shifted back to quilting and handsewing and it was a welcome change.

My Spark cardigan gets worn nearly every day, especially in the early mornings when I’m writing my morning pages and working on my blog. The main yarn is Cascade and it’s pilling like crazy, but I don’t care. It’s bright, crazy cozy, and I loved making it (except for the belt, which I haven’t used since taking that initial picture that’s shown in the collage. I’ve even snipped off the belt loops that I sewed on!). I’m still very tempted to make a second one.

I haven’t worn the skirt since I took the picture earlier this year. I’d like to try sewing more garments for 2021, but I’m very bad at it and struggle with fit. And yet – I dream about a handmade wardrobe that perfectly fits my aesthetics and style. I have enough garment fabric to at least try a few things and since the money is already spent and the fabric is just sitting there… why not? There’s nothing to lose at this point, except for time.

Lately I’ve been trying to embrace the British phrase use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. I’d like to kick it up a notch in 2021. I have a big pile of mending that I need to figure out. I’ve never been a good mender nor do I enjoy it, but it’s the responsible thing to do. I’d like to work through my fabric stash by making scrappy quilts and tackling garment projects (as discussed in the previous paragraph). I have quite a bit of stashed yarn that I’d like to work through, as well. So there’s plenty to make do with around here!

I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of motivation from this little blogging community, so thank you! I don’t think I would have been able to do so much this year without the gentle accountability and encouragement that I got from writing about my progress each week. I am so looking forward to embracing 2021 and all it has to offer!

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  1. Wow, you are a maker of many talents! …and gosh, with the kiddos and school, I’m impressed with how much you get done. Spark (or Spice?) is still on my to-knit list and I have the yarn ready to go. (have you tried gleaning yours? https://www.amazon.com/Gleener-Ultimate-Remover-Adjustable-clothes/dp/B00KIUX30G/ this tool works magic on my handknits … and a few of Marc’s storeboughts as well) …so … if you want to do a casual knit-along, I’m game!

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    1. Thanks for the link to the gleener! I haven’t tried it and it’s good to know that it works πŸ™‚

      I don’t think I’m ready to start knitting again right now (totally into sewing), but will probably pick my knitting needles back up during the hottest months of the year, ha! So please don’t wait to start Spark or Spice on account of me πŸ™‚ and thank you for the knit along offer!

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  2. The sweaters you’ve knitted are all lovely. You have so many gifts and talents. Have a lovely New Years weekend with your family and a wonderful start to the 2nd half of your school year. Happy stitching!

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  3. You really have had an excellent year of making, and I’ve loved watching it! I’m so glad I discovered your blog and that we’ve gotten to know each other this year. It’s been such a terrible year in so many ways, but I’m also thankful for the good it’s brought, like a larger community of online friends who inspire me with their reading and making. Here’s to more making, more creativity, and more good times in the year ahead!

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  4. Wow! The clothing you made is amazing! I actually did some crocheting this year too when the weather started turning cooler. But only basic crocheting. I made some potholders and coasters for my adult kids for Christmas. I do enjoy crocheting but I only do very basic stuff. One year, I did tackle making blankets for all my kids. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I’ve tried crocheting a few times and I find it to be very hard – so it’s amazing that you have made so many projects. And I know how much work knitting blankets are and would have to imagine that crocheting takes a similar commitment – nice work!!

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  5. You are an inspiration, so much talent and energy. Just keep on keeping on- another British expression for you. For mending you could look at the Snail of Happiness – incredible mends often found on Scrap Happy posts, via Kate- 15th of every month.

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