Monday, January 7, 2019

Year in Review

The start of the new year is the right time to look back at the past year and to make plans for the new year.

At the beginning of last year I thought I would try to blog once a week since I hadn't been blogging much (I find that it is a good place for me to keep track of things that I make.) I thought that I would last  a couple of months, hoped I would last one, and I can't believe that I blogged every week for a whole year! Only one week was a prescheduled post because I was going to be out of town. Once again I hope to keep it up this year.

I made a few big projects last year that I am really proud of, two of them involving wool that I was given from a local farmer (they were destined for the composter). I washed, combed, spun and dyed about 5 raw fleeces (some fleeces yielded more than others).

I crocheted a Granny Stripe blanket with two of the fleeces. This was my first major crochet project, and the first wool blanket I have made.

I wove fabric and made a garment with another raw fleece (handspun tunic). I hope to do it again this year.
I also started sewing garments (with commercial fabric) this year which I hope to keep up (I love sewing and don't really need more quilts).

I pieced a couple of quilt tops and lots of quilt blocks, but only finished one quilt this past year. It has to be one of my favourite quilts (the latest one always seems to be).

The biggest change that we had this year is that we bought a farm. Living in a rural setting is wonderful!

There is about 6 months of snow a year where we live, being out here has made us all really enjoy winter. There is so much more for us to do than just going for a walk around the block. It will be interesting to see what the warm weather brings us too.

A more recent thing that has happened is that we seemed to have been adopted by a cat-

She has always been around since we moved here (shy at first), we just assumed she was one of the neighbours (one 1/2 a mile away and the other about 1 mile away, the previous owners never mentioned a cat). Around Christmas we didn't see her for about a week, she was always very thin but came back even thinner. We watched her stalking birds - unsuccessfully (a black cat isn't very camouflaged when her surroundings are all white), plus it  was very cold, so we decided to let her live in the garage (there was a cat/dog flap in the door already, a couple of us are allergic to her otherwise she would probably be in the house).

Even before we fed her and gave her a warm bed she would follow us on walks - she seems better than a dog at staying close. She is still very leery of us, but is free to come and go.

As for my plans for this year, since we downsized our home it has made me reevaluate what I make, although a life time of being a maker is a hard thing to change.
I would like to experiment more with spinning, especially with raw fleece.

I'll finish with a couple of snow pictures (since it seems to change every day).

the snow was amazingly sparkly 
partridge tracks

All the best!!♥︎


Warm Quilts said...

Kudos for posting a blog every week for a year! And, fantastic that you will be doing it again this year. Enjoy rural living - it is nice having a cat when you live in the country. Looking forward to seeing more of your creative projects!

Острига said...

As I envy silence around. You are happy people! And the cat is near - it is a good sign. The winter the beauty is even pleasant to me more, than is interesting to read your messages. Thanks.

Sue SA said...

If you have managed blogging once a week for a whole year, you have started a new habit, well done! I do like to preload and pre write posts, as my output stops and starts, so this enables me to write a post or multiple posts when I have time and something to say - and then I don't have to stress about the weeks I haven't achieved anything of note. Love seeing your outdoor photos as it is such a contrast to where I live (Australia) which is hot, dry and definitely no snow!

Shasta Matova said...

I just love looking at snow, from the comfort of my home. We had a short bit of rain today, and a rainbow. Managing to post once a week is quite an accomplishment! I tend to be sporadic - sometimes every day, other times there is a lull without any posts.

Chookyblue...... said...

Im impressed with the spinning and did so well... . Goodluck for 2019... Good to hear the farm is going well . . Stay warm

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