Well, its that time of year for me to have my annual blog review of 2016's makes, finds and general doings, and I don't know about you, but for me this year has flown past at a ridiculously fast rate.
2016 saw me hardly doing much knitting as I was pooling all my efforts into getting the business up-and-running, working on the house and spending a lot of time outdoors in the orchard trying to tame its overgrown and long-forlorn corners, and rejuvenate the neglected fruit trees.
I started a few knitting projects, but they fell by the wayside (as usual). Those that I did complete were my teacosies, Fair Isle beret and a last minute Christmas present for Monkeychild: a mermaid blanket. She'd seen these on the 'net and suggested that one would make a welcome present. There was no way I was going to buy one when I could knit something far better (and we all know that homemade presents are the best!), so I found a free pattern on the Black Sheep Wools website (Link), brought the yarn and on the 24th November cast on for the blanket. I didn't finish it until the 23rd December which was very close to the wire and was the most concentrated amount of knitting that I've done in a long time; but it was so worthwhile to see the look of happiness on Monkeychild's face when she unwrapped it on Christmas morning!
Sewing fared similarly, with my 1970s maxi dress that turned out to be 'meh', Monkeychild's Alice in Wonderland dress also based on a '70s pattern (these were my #VintagePledge2016 projects) and her summer romper suit.
To be honest, I haven't been visiting the charity shops as often as in previous years so my finds have been rather sparse in comparision. Though I have had some great buys in those that I visited and other places; here's some of my favourites...
|From Top left: 1970s Jeff Banks blouse, 1940s evening dress, 1970s Indian print dress, Pied a Terre boots & 1930s enamel sign|
However, being outside in the orchard either working, playing or relaxing has been one of the year's greatest satisfactions that we've all enjoyed as a family.
From digging up the brambles at the start of the year, evolving the greenhouse border from an overgrown rubblepile to a colourful flowerpatch, watching the wildlife appear and just sitting outside with a tea first thing in the morning (or a beer in the evening) - simple pleasures that are truly the best and what I'm looking forward to the most in 2017.
So on this final note, the VK household wish you and yours all health and happiness for 2017...