(Cool picture huh? This is my dad’s Christmas wreath, shot with a long exposure and a zoom lens, zooming in while taking the shot. It’s easy and great to experiment with, and it almost always yields awesome results!)
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas this year! I was ill the entire week before Christmas, and I’m still not 100% well. I took a much needed break from everything, hence the lack of posting here. My autistic brain always has a hard time around the holidays, so I decided to take it easy for a while. My energy levels are almost back to normal now, and I’m ready to start 2014 with a bang! :)
Back to business! Do you remember this post from January this year? In it I listed all the things I wanted to do this year. Some I made, some beyond expectation, and some never happened! ;)
1. Continue the weekly mandalas
I continued making weekly mandalas until April. The mandalas really put me on the radar so to speak, so after April I hardly had time to make my own mandalas, since I was super busy designing them for Simply Crochet magazine! :) The mandalas are still what I’m known for best, and I intend to keep releasing new mandala patterns next year (more on that soon!).
2. Create more (free) patterns
Check, check and check! I started writing for Tuts+ on a regular basis, and I’ve released 24 patterns for them this year! That’s two a month, and pretty darn impressive if you ask me :) I also released my own free patterns on the blog, around 6 I believe. I also created two paid patterns: one mandala pattern and the shrug I designed for Design Wars! Pattern-design-wise, I think this has been a great year for me!
3. Make printables
Did that too! I made these cute project bag printables, which I still use every time I start a new project or design.
4. Finish ALL the WIPS!
Well, I did complete this one, sort of. I finished the things that I had been working on for aaages, and frogged the ones that I was never going to finish anyway. My WIP baskets are already filled up again though, mostly with assignments for magazines and Tuts+! The good thing about working for them is the deadlines; they force me to actually finish a project ;)
5. Learn continental knitting
Not only did I not complete this goal, I hardly knit at all this year. I struggled a lot trying to finish my Colour Affection Shawl, which took way longer than I had intended. I still love to knit, I love the fabric it creates, and I love oogling all the great knitting patterns on Ravelry. But right now I knit with the speed of a slug, hence my goal of learning continental knitting! I guess I got too busy to complete this goal.
6. Make a quilt
Yeah, this one didn’t happen either. I’m still pinning away on my Quilt Quilt Quilt Pinterest board, so I’ve got lots of inspiration! The real problem here is time. I think I’ll put this goal on the back burner, for a rainy day!
All in all, I think I did really well this year! I set out some goals, and met most of them. I got to write for Simply Crochet magazine! My work was featured in Chrochet! Magazine, Homespun Australia, Mollie Makes, and Dutch magazine Simply Haken. I wrote tutorials for Tuts+ for an entire year, with more cool tutorials to come! My blog stats broke all previous records, and my Facebook page hit 12,000 likes. When I look back, 2013 has definitely been an awesome year for me. I feel very grateful that so many of you have found my little blog this year, and have been so supportive of my work. Thank you!!!
I’ll be back later this week with an update on the vintage fan ripple blanket, and with my new goals for 2014! :)
Have a great New Year’s eve everybody!