Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 – a year in crafting

2015 was a very busy year for me personally as I finished off an OU degree and challenged myself to run at least 5km every day (which I managed), also training for an completing my first marathon. I still made time for my crafting though, and here is a review of my year.

Spinning

Spinning took up a good chunk of my crafting time in 2015 and I enthusiastically took part in the Tour de Fleece again, this time with my new Ashford Joy 2 spinning wheel.

I spun a total of 4,976g of fibre into 21,460 yards of yarn (mostly around fingering weight, some a little heavier, some a little lighter).

You can see all of this yarn in my 2015 spinning gallery (click on the image below):

Spinning 2015

Spinning 2015

Knitting

If you looked only at the numbers, then I only finished 12 knitting projects in 2015, but this included my beekeeper blanket which used up all of the odds and ends of fingering weight yarn that I had accumulated over the years. I started that project in 2014 and finally finished it in January this year. My other knitting projects mostly used my handspun yarn and included an adult sweater, three adult cardigans, an adult vest, a child’s jacket and a good smattering of accessories (including an enigmatic viagante). These projects used up 12,257 yards of yarn. I’m still waiting for it to stop raining in order to photograph the cardigan I finished on 4th December, but when I do it will be added to my 2015 knitting gallery (click on the photo below):

Knitting 2015

Knitting 2015

Designing

I only released two new patterns in 2015, a coordinated set of hat and fingerless mitts which I custom spun the yarn for, having had the idea at the tail end of December 2014. They were Strobilus Hat

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strobilus-hat

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strobilus-hat

and Strobilus Mitts

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strobilus-mitts

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strobilus-mitts

I already have some ideas for 2016 and hope to be more prolific on the design front, so keep your eyes out for test knitting opportunities. Here’s to more crafting in the new year and I hope everyone has a good one.