How good it feels to be sitting down at my computer, blogging again.
I’ve had such a busy December and then I started the new year by being sick. Ugh! I posted my favorites from 2012 and I wanted to recap what I achieved last year and set some goals for the upcoming one.
Looking back over things, it’s quite apparent that I was much more productive (sewing & knitting – wise) in the first half of the year. And wrapping up loose ends was the name of the game in 2013. There were several projects I’ve had in the works for quite a while and in 2013 I nearly finished them all up… nearly.
My first wonderful, sewing feat was completing my Macaron Redux dress:
This dress is my first delve into couture, as the entirety of it is nearly all hand stitched and it has underlinings, linings, etc. galore. To date, this is the most challenging and rewarding dress in my closet that I’ve made.
While I don’t wear this jumper often, this green bobble jumper is one of my favorite knits of 2013:
I’m a sucker for this wonderful grassy green color, but every time I wear this knit it makes me happy. I’m happy with the fit, the wonderful 30’s design of it and who knew I would cease to hate bobble after knitting this up?! heh
One of the most simple to sew tops is tops in my wardrobe: (heh did you see what I did there?? )
My birdy blouse is a top I have to keep myself from reaching to week after week – I love it that much. Perhaps it’s the embroidered blue bird or perhaps it’s because I used a 3-ply silk crepe, but I really had to hold myself back from making this top in every color of the rainbow.
Another long-time coming project is my Aqua Waves jumper:
This was another WIP that I finally got completed in 2013. The third time was the charm for the sleeves and doing them so many times taught me the correct way (and ratio) to pick up stitches.
Last but not least is my (crazy button) Navy Hawthorn dress:
I think my fabric was cheaper than purchasing all of these buttons, but I love this dress. I had an image of what I wanted to create and I was able to pull it off which is the best feeling ever. After sewing for a couple of years now, I feel much more equipped and knowledgeable to be able to make my ideas take shape. I’m rather looking forward to what I’m going to cook up next for my closet in 2014. :)
On a more personal note, these are two major highlights that happened last year.
It still doesn’t really feel real yet. Perhaps it’s because I have yet to move into it… heh But that’s for another post. We’re working on the house weekly (if not daily) and it feels good to be making some progress on it, bit by bit.
After a very sad loss of Baxter in the early summer, we welcomed the addition of Phineas who has already filled me with more hours of joy than I can count.
This little bun is so fun and he’s the best new addition to the house that I could have hoped for. While I’ll always miss my sweet & sassy Baxter… Phineas is quickly turning into my Phineas.
On the agenda for 2014:
Well… for starters, I’m hoping to actually get some sewing done. I haven’t been able to sew a stitch since umm… October. I’ve been knitting away, but I’m really starting to miss not being able to sew something.
I’m looking forward to moving into our house and continuing that adventure. So beyond this, I sadly don’t have any firm plans. You’ll just have to wait and see what I come up with. :D
Cheers & hope you all had a lovely Holiday and New Years. Here’s to 2014!