2014 was a small year, in that, nothing big happened but after moving from Ireland to South Carolina the year before I was pretty ok with 2014 being more a "settle in and enjoy life" kind of year – and that’s exactly what I did. If I could sum 2014 up in a few words they would be exploring, hobbies, sunshine, happiness and home. There are quite a few little things that came together that make 2014 a year to remember and I thought it would be fun to collect a few of my favourite moments, trips and projects that I’ve shared this year into this one post.
Favourite: Knitted Project
When I first started thinking about this I thought that I’d say my first sweater – because it was the first thing I made that I could actually wear and it seemed to make knitting cooler, it was also around the same time I discovered ravelry and the world of patterns that exist. But my favourite knitted item of 2014 has to be the brown cable knit blanket. It took the longest time of any project so far to knit (about 4 months of monogamous knitting!). It had a whopping 22 page long pattern and was knit in 5-6 different states as I travelled over Christmas 2013. It is in constant rotation on the couch, and even though I said at the end of that original post that it was going to be mine and mine alone I actually never get to use it. That’s right even though I made it purely for myself, Kathy stole it!
Favourite: Sewing Project
I didn’t get anywhere near as much sewing done in 2014 as I would have hoped. I did however make two quilts one for my Mam and one for Kathy (even though she stole my blanket). They were both a basic half-square triangle pattern but each one was a steep learning curve and a labour of love. Especially the rainbow quilt which I hand quilted slowly for months. In 2015 I plan to sew a lot more, at least one more quilt but a lot of other smaller project so that I can improve my techniques and start making clothes.
Regular readers will already be able to guess this one – it has to be the recipe for white bread. I’ve made this at least once a week (sometimes twice) every week since I found it. I used the recipe to make baguette rolls, small bread rolls and big bloomers. What else can I say it’s delicious and it was a game-changer; I rarely buy bread anymore.
Favourite: Trip taken
Mhhhh….I think this has to be Boone NC last May. I sure you’ve probably never heard of Boone NC but this weekend road trip adventure had just the right amount of everything mixed into it to make it a stand-out weekend – there was rustic campsite, the cold temperatures, a visit to blowing rock, reading by the campfire, water falls, homemade ice cream and yarn shops….does it get much better?
I have to admit that I can’t choose one favourite photograph. These two photographs couldn’t be more different if they tried – the first is from a trip along the BlueRidge Parkway when the light was great and every angle you looked at was a postcard. The second is of my brother and my dog Charlie both which I took when I went home to Ireland last March. I miss them all the time. This photo makes me smile every single time I look at it….so how could I choose between them?
Favourite: Post written
This is a toughie but I think I'll go with my first half-marathon race experience. I love that I have this documented so I can look back and remember how tough but rewarding it was.
Favourite: Boomer Story
I share a ton of pictures of Boomer but I don’t have as many stories to tell about him now as I did when he was a tiny puppy – thankfully because he’s stopped doing stupid puppy things like chewing laptop wires and couches! 2014 will however always be remembered as the summer of “Boomer and the Chickens”…… it’s not the nicest story about Boomer, and thankfully we no longer have to do a chick check when before we let Boomer out!
So farewell 2014 – you’ve been pretty good, but I have a feeling that 2015 has got a lot in store and I can’t wait!