This year's total projects was 58. I may have missed a pair of earrings or something, but still that is quite low compared to past years. Broken down by type it looks like this.
Blocks/ tops: 8 (this includes the hours and hours spent on the raffle quilt!)
Apparel: 5 (very low!)
Home dec: 5
Knitting: 20 (due to a number of very small items and kitty blankets)
One thing that I didn't count was the 27 foster kittens I cared for this year. If you add those in, I'm about where I should be.
So- here are the highlights- otherwise known as my favorite projects from 2013.
My favorite quilt was my Wild Things quilt. I had such a blast making that, and tried several new processes which I will use again.
My second favorite was my mandala, which I didn't like until I added the zentangle quilting.
My favorite in the block/ top category is these comfort quilt tops. My online quilt "guild" has done these for members suffering illness or loss for years. The simple blocks make a lovely quilt and we can tailor them to the person.
It's a small thing to do to show our love and support in difficult times.
My favorite "accessory" project are these hats I made for a friend battling cancer. (pictured here on the mannequins in the sleep lab at work)
I don't know how much use she got out of them, but it made me feel like I was doing something. Feeling powerless to help a friend is an awful thing.
My favorite knitted item was this wingspan shawl. Noro yarn makes any project a favorite, though!
And my favorite foster experience was the littler of feral kittens. When I first brought them home, I couldn't reach into the crate without them hissing, growling, hiding and trying to shred my hands. But suddenly, they were coming out for food, then for affection. The first time I held one of them and he purred was one of the most awesome things I have experienced.
I was so happy to save these babies from a life of fighting and eating garbage. I know for a fact that most of them are very spoiled pets now. I did that. So it was a very good year. I can only hope to do as well in this new year!
I am pressed for time at the moment, so I will cut the nagging about saving the planet. Just a reminder that every small thing might make a difference!
I am grateful for:
A good year
Friends far and near
Being able to give of myself
Being very spoiled
The possibilities the first day of the new year offers each of us!