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.
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.
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.
Oh, and socks. This year, I finally conquered socks, and knit 3 pairs.
I dyed my own line of yarn for WORK+SHELTER using tea, and knit a few cowls with it.
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.
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!
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.