Okay, so this is completely late for the end of the year stuff – but in my defence I’ve been busy! I’m going to write one blog this year that covers both the knitting and the book side of things. I’ll mention a few highlights from this year as well. It sounds like a lot to be fair, but it isn’t, not really. So rather than beat around the bush, I’ll dive straight in!
Total projects: 19
Number gifted: 11
Number of these that were crochet: 3
Total distance knit: 9783 metres. It was actually more than this, but there were a couple of projects that didn’t get their measurements taken in terms of weight/used.
Stand out project of the year: To be honest this isn’t just one project. I have two for this – the baby blanket I made my sister – which is what I consider my masterpiece. Everything about this I loved, except for the repetitive strain injury I got from doing it. I still have yet to recover, and I am definitely in hope that I will recover.
The second is the crochet hippo I made – it was something that intimidated when I started, but then it’s simplicity shone through and it just an amazing pattern to make. I also made an elephant in the same style, but it’s the hippo that stands out.
Book challenge: 20
Books read: 11
The first question I have to ask myself when I look at this stat is – am I happy with it? On the surface, the answer is no, I’m not. 20 books? I used to be able to do that in a heartbeat. There was a time when I was read 12 books every three months. So just 11? But then I consider my life now to when I used to be able to read them. Life is different – I’m an adult now, I have adult responsibilities, I have my job – which requires some very early starts – I have other hobbies, like the knitting which I never used to do. So actually, is it that bad? Probably not. I have to consider that it’s still 11 books more than others will have read. The real question should be…. were they good books? Did I enjoy the books that I did read?
Best book of the year: With out a doubt ‘Waking Gods’ by Sylvain Neuvel, closely followed by ‘Children of Time’ by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Both these books are science fiction, and both of them gripped my in a way I hadn’t felt in a very long time. Children of Time was at the beginning of the year, and Waking Gods at the end – I still need to blog about that one though – I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Worst book: ‘Sinful Cinderella’ by Anita Valle, closely followed by ‘Enclave’ by Ann Aguirre. Both these were bad for very different reasons, and I won’t go into them here. Apparently I didn’t want to go into them before either I cannot find the blog links to refer to for this section.
Next year: I would like to read 15 books. It’s not a lot, but it’s what I think I can actually achieve without being disappointed with the end result as per previous years.
The other stuff:
– I got re-addicted to Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS. This was my favourite Playstation 2 game and got completely immersed in the world once more.
– I got promoted at work, and joined a new store in this role. I’ve worked in three separate stores this year, and learnt a lot in all of them. I do miss my work mum though! (We all have one of those, right? It’s super weird that one of my employees/colleagues calls me ‘Mummy’ though. Like, what?
– I did NaNoWriMo again, and won it! [I don’t think I blogged about this either!]. This wasn’t my best novel, but I did it and that certainly made me happy.
– Artie turned a year old, and is as crazy as the day we got him. I love this cat. Have a photo!
I hope that you have had a good year, and that the year to come is just as good. As always, I’ll be here blogging periodically throughout the year as per usual!