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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year!

2012 was a hell of a roller coaster for me - how about you? I wanted to try to do a wrap-up of this year, but honestly, it feels a bit overwhelming, so how about I just do "selected highlights from 2012", sound good?


Most importantly, I moved from Chicago to LA this year! My sister and I drove across the country at the end of January, and now I get to look at this kitschy apartment building every day.

apartment complex

I honestly couldn't be happier in LA - it was a life change that has brought so many interesting challenges, new friends and so much fun. 


I wrote and published knitting patterns for the first time this year. Holla Knits was huge for me. Thanks to Allyson's urging, I had the courage to put my designs (and myself) out in the world. I was equally lauded and criticized, and it's been amazing seeing finished knits from my designs. 

Honors Geometry Cowl - Shawl-like

Meg's Sweater - BackHolla Back Tank BackBack of Lace Stripes

I knit a lot this year. I'm talking 5 sweaters, 2 baby blankets, 10 cowls, 10 misc. accessories, 4 pairs of gloves, 1 hat, 1 pair of shorts, and 72 mini mittens.

72 mittens

Oh, and socks. This year, I finally conquered socks, and knit 3 pairs. 

socks, two at a time

I dyed my own line of yarn for WORK+SHELTER using tea, and knit a few cowls with it.

Yarn hanging to dry

The yarn looks beautiful, and it was so inspiring to get involved with this wonderful organization, but overall the yarn line was a failure. It's kinda weird to type that, but it's the truth. I learned a lot from this experience, and I'm so happy that I went through it. Would I do it again? Probably not like I did the first time, but we'll see what 2013 holds for the ladies of W+S.

chevron scarf

iphone case Louise's Bridesmaids' Hair Pieces

I sewed very little. Much less than I did in 2011. In fact, these pictures are pretty much all the sewing I did in 2012, plus one wedding dress (still waiting on pictures!), and 5 sets of fabric napkins. I really miss embroidery, so that's one thing I'll be doing more of in 2013.


But I did make this sweet Instagram Wall. It is, hands down, the thing people ask about most when they come to visit my home, and I love it. I'll probably trade out a few of the pictures soon!

my instagram wall DIY

And lastly, this year I traveled a lot. Beside my cross-country trip, living in California has opened me up to a ton of weekend adventures, and I've loved seeing this side of the country. From Disneyland to Portland, Chris and I have seen a lot of awesome sights this year. 

us on the beach


  1. You are so awesome and I'm so proud of you, lady! I have loved reading about your adventures in 2012, and I look forward to seeing what you're up to in 2013.


    1. Thanks, Christine! Hopefully 2013 will bring another trip to Portland to visit!

  2. That's an impressive amount of new challenges to tackle in one year, especially in a new city, far from home! You make it look easy. I gotta say there is so much variety in your designs. I've already made a sailor top and a clutch and will soon start on the shorts. I was just thinking, I don't believe I've ever knit so much from one designer, except maybe Jane Richmond. Hope your New Year is as rewarding as your last!

    1. I'm blushing! Thank you, you are so kind, and I'm relishing you comparing me to Jane. It's pretty much the ultimate compliment!

  3. Happy New Year! Can't wait to see what you do this year.

  4. Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is just as productive and happy as 2012 has been :)

  5. Wow! What a crazy year you've had! It really seems like 2012 was bananas for a lot of people! Here's to a good year in 2013 (and hopefully a more restful one for you)!

    1. Thanks, Sonja! Thus far it's been relaxing, so let's hope that trend continues!

  6. i am in absolute AWE of your creations!! THOSE MITTENS! what are they for? a garland? your knitting makes me want to learn how to knit and i haven't really had that urge to learn. Your projects are so pretty!

    1. Thank you! And yes, those mittens are a little garland I put up at Christmastime!


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