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:
- 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]
- Upcycled door box table. Greg and I designed this together, and it helps to make our living room my favourite room in the house.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: