Whew this has been a busy time of year. Definitely in a good way, but I’m almost looking forward to getting back to work! And I’m going to be thrown in the deep end then, but hey ho, it’s all good.
So, what has 2014 been like for me? Ignoring the number of plans I had (yeah…not gonna try that again this year), I think it was pretty successful all around. I knitted two tops (Susan and my NaKniSweMo jumper), a shawl, 10 pairs of socks (I wonder if I can beat that score next year…), and finished (nearly) all of my presents on time. The only ones which were late were the Cthulhu mittens and Susie the hybrid kangaroo/elephant and her daughter Nellie.
I also stitched the entirety of the OUAT sampler (photos of that to come some point next year (feels very strange saying that…)), a number of cards, and started several other pieces I’d like to finish next year. And the absolutely adorable coasters. Actually, all the Christmas presents this year were very well received, which is definitely a good thing 🙂
As well as knitting and cross stitching, I also started EPP, and made a pincushion (which will be part of my mum’s birthday present this year), and have recently started dress-making (do I have enough time to finish my first skirt this year?)
So, that’s all for crafting (that I remember. Please remind me of anything I’ve missed out here!). On top of all that, I feel that I’ve gotten the hang of this blogging lark- I won my first give-away (thanks Wisher!), and held my own (winners announced later on!), as well as being nominated for two blogging awards (very inspiring and lovely- thanks to those wonderful bloggers who nominated me for them 🙂 )
So, my giveaway. Over the course of the last few months, I was giving hints about the particular fairy tale showcased in the particular block I was stitching, and some of you were kind enough to support my insanity but guessing which fairy tale it was. Some of them were easier than others (the last one is Hansel and Gretel, and I’ll post a photo of that next year when it’s been finished finished), and some of them had some rather amusing guesses 🙂
So, I (fairly randomly) picked two people to win a small collection of goodies from me, and they are:
So well done to those lovely people. While I did this giveaway largely because I won one, and I wanted to pay it forward, naturally these winners aren’t expected to carry on.
And finally, for next year, rather than give myself deadlines and targets to achieve, I have decided to do what I saw some people doing this year(or the end of last year, ready for this year…), and just pick a buzzword for 2015. This year, I have decided that it will be ‘organised’. I hope that by being more organised, I can craft even more things. Additionally, this year I was organised enough to finished all my Christmas presents by the end of October, if not earlier, and I’d quite like a repeat of that( and maybe schedule some Christmas crafty posts so I don’t feel like I’ve just abandoned this blog when it all gets busy?)!
So, on that note, it’s time for me to wish your all a very happy end of 2014 (if you celebrate that), a wonderful beginning to 2015 (if you aren’t too hung-over from the night before!) and I’ll see you all again in the New Year, with a finished skirt!