Over the last year or so on this blog I feel like I haven’t achieved much. This is because all the things that I like to write about have been on the back burner – in terms of finding the time to write about them, and completing them in the first place. Reading books, for instance. Howsoever I thought I would still put some time into summarising my year of books and knitting, because despite it all I did still make 20(ish?) items and read a few books.
I challenged myself to make 20 projects via Ravelry, however two of them went into the frog pond so the actual total is 18.
Here are a few stats:
I knit 9,176 metres of yarn (not including a couple of projects that I didn’t allocate yarn totals for as they were minimal).
This totals approximately 5.7 miles.
13 were gifted to other people, including various baby items.
5 were for me.
2 were frogged.
In with these totals I had 4 crochet projects, which is just one more than last year.
My favourite projects… is harder to decide this year than last year. Quite possibly a couple of the things that I made for myself – my Heliopath vest that I made in a pretty red yarn from John Lewis, or the remake of The Eldertree Shawl in bright rainbow colours against a black sparkly background.
My challenge for the new year is to also make 20 projects. I believe that this is achievable.
The book side of things was far more disappointing. I only tackled 7 books last year, and 2 of them were of the same series. Until I checked the reading challenge page on Goodreads I would have told you that this was far greater. 7 seems very small, and very embarrassing. That being said, I think my favourite book of the year was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – who quickly became one of my favourite authors with the ‘Daughter of Smoke and Bone’ series from a few years back.
I completed the Themis Files series by Sylvain Neuvel which was such a good read but each book took me so long to complete that… I just didn’t get much else read.
This year I aim to read 12 books. One per month would be a good aim, right? I already have my first two lined up… one an ARC from NetGalley that I didn’t expect to win, and the other the second book in the ‘Strange the Dreamer’ series. Hopefully these won’t take long.
So that was my brief look at 2018 in hobbies. 2018 also bought other challenges with it that I totally didn’t see coming. My brother coming to live with me in September was just one of them. We only have a one bedroom flat, so he’s been sleeping on the sofa ever since. For me this is the biggest thing that has impacted my hobbies as I love spending time on my own – and am completely, totally comfortable in my own company so having someone else around all the time is why my hobbies have been on the down low. Especially the reading! It is only now, almost 4 months later that I am beginning to return to my routine, including keeping the flat tidy.
I also had a big flare up of sciatica that whilst it didn’t floor me as I’ve known it to do people, it has pretty much impacted my last half of the year. As a result of this every day has had some sort of pain involved. It affects my legs more than my back (I subsequently went back to the doctors today to get the next stage of investigation on it…. slightly longer than the 6 weeks they initially told me!)
Lastly I rejoined the gym. Now, considering I officially have a bad back you have to wonder why I did this, but it was simple: exercise is supposed to help with sciatica – according to the doctor anyway – and also, that whole loosing weight thing too. So I am back at the gym, and can go swimming whenever I like with it as well. Next up will be to tackle some classes and go and find a yoga class or a pilates class or something alongside my physio.
Well, I think that’s me for now! Happy new year, and let it be a good one!