Another year, another attempt to revive my blog and see how far I get, however I am a little more optimistic about it this time around.
The last year has been extremely busy and stressful, and it was taking a severe toll on my desire to craft or indeed, do anything much at all. Towards the end of the year I finally got the courage (with a nudge from my boss) to go back to a doctor about my increasing anxiety issues. This time around I was better prepared, and the end was result was getting diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder and a prescription for some medication to help, and help it has.
After years of anxiety, stress and hints of minor OCD symptoms (which came as a complete surprise, but explained so much) I am finally feeling “normal” again! With that returned a desire to craft again!
I’ve completed several projects since my headspace has improved, but I thought I might share some of my favourites.
Two hats, the Wonder Wander by Megan Williams which I knit as an “in-between” sort of project, and a Beware of Dragons by Holly Marie. The Dragon hat I knit in honor of my become a DM for my friends Dungeons & Dragons group. We start out first campaign next month and I am very excited to lead them through it!
I also started weaving last year! After buying a loom for Christmas in 2017, I finally got around to actually learning to weave on it about 6 months later! For Christmas last year I wove my coworker and my boss a scarf each. Very happy with them both.
I also completed some sewing. I made two quilts as wedding gifts for friends. One was a raggy and the other was this beautiful Flowers in the Sunshine Quilt from some 5″ precuts. While I am pleased with how both turned out I really love this one and had a bit of a hard time giving it up! I will definitely be making myself one in the future! (Note: I did not sew either quilt on the singer! I used my Janome and my Elna for both, but one of my hopes for this year is to at least try using the Singer for some sewing!)
And finally, 2 new cast ons for the year, a Blooming Lilacs Shawl (BRIOCHE!) and a pair of Lanea Vinea socks, both of which are slow going, but I am enjoying them very much.
In the next few weeks I hope to finish my Christmas Eve cast on socks, and one of my many jumper WIPs that have been languishing for quite a while.