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To everyone who reads, comments and otherwise interacts with the blog and my Instagram account: thank you. It’s been a pretty rough year and knowing that I have this little space of the world where I can express myself and interact with like-minded people has been invaluable. Wishing you the very best for the year to come!
I’m taking a break and don’t know when I’ll be back as this virus has wiped me out to the point where the idea of standing up to take garment photos is laughable. You can always catch up with me on Instagram.
Now, my crafty reflections:
1. I hate summer
Hate, hate, hate, LOATHE it. Just when I think my health possibly couldn’t get any worse, the hot weather hits and my symptoms increase 10 fold, leaving me housebound, hibernating in front of the air con all summer long. I don’t really have the energy to bother with put-together outfits, so I usually just chuck on an op shopped knit tee and elastic waist pants combo (as reflected by the dearth of summer garments in my top 5 hits).
2. Wool is my friend
2017 was the first year I actually sewed with proper wool (as opposed to the acrylic alternatives they sell at Spotlight and well, every shop in town). In the past, I was intimated by its cost and the idea I had that wool was for experts.
I couldn’t have been more wrong! Wool is by far the easiest fibre I have ever sewn with. It is just so well behaved, and light and easy to wear. I’ve sewn a few merino tops and an unlined wool jacket, and would love to sew a proper tailored coat if I ever come across some wool coating in the op shops (i.e., never).
It’s also a blessing to knit with when you have weak or sore hands – wool’s natural elasticity makes it very easy on the muscles, and the way it blocks can smooth out uneven colourwork, stretch to fit, and forgive all manner of sins.
3. Fabric choices matter
It became clear when writing my top 5 misses that fabric choice is imperative to a creation’s success. Most of my failures were due to poor quality fabric/notions, or ones that were inappropriate for the project. I’m aiming to be more selective with my fabric choices next year, and if I can’t find an appropriate or high quality fabric for my pattern, I’ll stick to RTW.
4. Sometimes the best projects are the most basic
Do you know what my most successful, most-used, popular creations are? They don’t even feature on the blog.
Knitted dishcloths! I know this sounds like some homesteading blog, but I genuinely enjoy knitting dishcloths, and they get a lot more use than sponges. I’ve made dozens over the years. There’s something meditative and soothing about knitting squares, and it’s nice to know they can just go in the washing machine when they’re grotty.