2010 was the year I ventured far from my yarn-crafting comfort zone, which is not to imply I was uncomfortable doing it.

Inspired by my cousin’s jewelry making, I learned how to make earrings. Armed with a bag of implements I bought off Craigslist and knowledge gained from a workshop at the Summit of Awesome, I started screen printing. And I finally, finally, progressed from thinking about sewing to actually learning how to do it. In fact, as I write this there are four newly completed zipper pouches in front of me. They aren’t perfect, but I know what I want to do differently next time.

There’s a slideshow of my finished projects from the year at the end of the post for posterity and/or your entertainment, but here are my five favourites:

  1. Ned Ryerson, Groundhog. This guy came out of ridiculous Twitter fun. If you missed the crochet-along last year, perhaps you should consider making one for Groundhog Day 2011. It’s only around five weeks away. Just sayin’. [On Ravelry]
  2. Upcycled door box table. Greg and I designed this together, and it helps to make our living room my favourite room in the house.
  3. Earrings made from clock parts. There are things I’d do differently now, but I love these. Mostly, I love using stuff that would otherwise be thrown away as material for making new things. I see a lot more of that in my future.
  4. Screen-printed bags for my brother-in-law’s wedding. I need to set aside some time to do more screen printing. It’s stupid fun.
  5. Star Crossed Slouchy Beret (Ravelry link). I knitted this in two days and though I resisted advice I was given – and my own intuition – and didn’t work the brim on smaller needles, I love it and I wear it all the time.

I have a feeling the shawl I just finished might have edged its way into this list, but it’s still blocking so I won’t know for sure for a few more hours.

What about you? What are your favourite projects from 2010?

And here are all the things I made:

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