I suspect most of you are lolling about and trying to recover from the madness and calorific intensity of Christmas. I know I am, although I am currently preparing what is hopefully the last Turkey dinner of 2015. Although I'd love to share with you the wonderful festive food I've been enjoying, I can't face that right now – particularly as my temper is fraying from peeling and preparing yet more vegetables - so it will have to wait for another day!
Instead, I'm sharing my Best Nine Projects of 2015, which currently trending amongst the crafters I follow on Instagram as #2015BestNine. As you can see, I'm not exaggerating when I say that I love bright colours…
1. Rainbow Socks - Yarn: Rainbow Self-Striping from Hand Dyed by Kate | 2. Mum's Christmas Mittens – Yarn: Colinette Skye in Jamboree | 3. Cath Kidston Granny Square Blanket – Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK (assorted) | 4. Fluoro Socks - Yarn: Regia Fluormania in shade 7189 'Neon Ocean' | 5. My epic Sock Yarn Blanket | 6. Alec's Cunning Jayne Cobb Hat - Yarn: Cascade 220 (assorted) | 7. Ron Socks – Yarn: Opal Harry Potter in 'Ron' (no longer available). | 8. Marshmallow Ripple Blanket - Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK (assorted) | 9. Hollyday Socks - Yarn: Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Hollyday
I'll confess: the blankets are still ongoing, but I'm including them as I've spent a great deal of time working on them this year. All told, it looks like my crafting time in 2015 has largely been dedicated to making blankets and socks – I can't say I'm surprised by this.
2015 has not been a particularly productive year for me craft wise. Ravelry tells me that I've only started/completed 24 projects in total, but I believe this is fairly good going considering that I spent most of this year working towards a postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. Now I'm (finally) out in the world of work and a bit more relaxed in my spare time, I hope I'll be more industrious next year.
In 2016, I would like to finish at least one of the blankets (ideally the Cath Kidston Granny Square one). The Sock Yarn Blanket is something I anticipate will take years to complete: it was started back in 2013 and depends on my knitting many pairs of socks for the leftovers to be added into the sock blanket basket. I'm therefore in no rush to complete it, as it's true labour of love. It'll be finished when it is finished, and as with this year, I'll dip in and out of working on it.
What were your favourite projects in 2016?