Making another go at Crafting 365 in 2021! It’s an idea based on an old Flickr group where you share a pic of your daily creativity adventures (remember Flickr ~ an awesome photo-sharing community before Instagram?! Such good times!) The idea is just to do SOMETHING crafty a day and build creativity ~ whether it’s a couple of rows of knitting, a whole dang blanket, s batch of cookies, or rainbowfying something or another.
I’ve attempted this a few times, but usually don’t chronicle my adventures very well. In fact, I actually started this blog to start sharing my daily craft adventures. Hoping this year I will get a LITTLE bit better at sharing! But unlike other years, I’m not putting any pressure on myself this year like I’ve done before. I spent weeks once making an outlined list of all the things I wanted to accomplish back in 2019, and that’s just… NOT happening! I’m here for a good time, not a tedious tear-filled time.
So here’s week ONE of 2021! I’d be happy to never knit a blanket or hat ever again, and little projects are much more my thing. I was feeling adding some excitement to my life, so I went with Pokemon-themed knitted softies, which I love them because they are so colourful. And I could continue them for a million years and never be done knitting Pokemon (there are over NINE-HUNDRED Pokemon now…!)
I also started journaling (another long-time goal!), finished almost two rows of last years’ Mood Blanket, and even baked some bagels. So, pretty good start hey 2021?!
I have heard a lot of wonderful things about Moleskine and have always wanted one! They are very pricey but exceptional quality, and this years’ special edition includes some darling Maneki-neko (Japanese lucky cats!) so thought I’d treat myself! I made sure that the covers are made of synthetic material – not “mole skin” or leather.
Like everybody, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years of my life. We have had so much time to think, think some more, worry, feel, and learn about ourselves. I will admit that I have struggled a lot this year, but also experienced many great moments of joy and triumph. I thought I’d share some of the little happy bits from this year!
January: Knitted a lot, went thrifting a lot, and spent a lot of time outside of the house (a huge thing for me considering how anxious about leaving the house I usually am). It was a great, super refreshing new month to a new year.
February: Celebrated Sugar’s 2nd birthday, baked a cat cake, and threw a wild party with my family~ which would be the last get-together because of COVID to come…!
I also did my first big order of sugar cookies ~ a big batch of valentine’s conversation hearts.
March: Painted a striped wall in my living room
Then well, you know what happened! COVID hit and everything changed. Started working from home and Sugar became my suPURRvisor.
Wasn’t all that bad because it saved me a couple of hours on the bus each day and I got to catch up on a lot of tv at the same time. 😉
Animal Crossing New Horizons also came out in March which was the perfect distraction.
April: Learned to bake bread. And meringues. And cheesecake. And banana bread. And buns. There was a lot of baking going on!!
May: Things were a bit rough for me mentally because of work, so I started heading outside a lot more which was a lovely distraction!
June: Saw my parents and their dog Heidi for the first time since March! Heidi and Sugar admitted that they really missed each other as well (shh)!
July: Took some online classes which were a ton of fun, but a TON of work on top of working (way more than) full time. I met a ton of great people and learned a lot. But I was completely mentally and physically drained.
August: I took a math class (which was surprisingly… FUN) and then spent most of the time outside! There were a ton of deer around that I befriended.
September: Redecorated and finished painting and decorating my bedroom!
Got back into knitting and crafting again after a pretty draining summer!
And Autumn arrived!
October: Got ready for Thanksgiving, Halloween, did lots of relaxing, gaming, and knitting!
November: Spent a lot of time catching up on movies and tv (and avoiding the news…eek)!
December: Spent most of the month knitting gifts for Christmas, putting up the tree and decorations and of course more baking!!
And turned 31!!
And that was 2020 for me!! It was the craziest, somehow both the longest and shortest feeling year, with a lot of accomplishments.
I didn’t get up to quite as much Christmas baking as I did last year – which I think people are thankful for (my mom still had stuff in the freezer until like April)!! Instead, I turned to a much healthier option: yarntastic treats!
My big goodie this year was the gingerbread house I knit-baked for my Oma. I really enjoyed creating a real one last year and ended up giving it to her to enjoy so I thought creating a permanent one would be fun.Let’s take a look!
The pattern was based on this one by Frankie Brown – which I tweaked a bit, because I’ll admit, I’m not a great pattern follower (what’s life without whimsy?!) :D.
The house is covered from top to bottom in sugary treats, friendly Christmas friends (a snowman and gingerbread man), and gifties and goodies galore.
I started this project back in November and thought it was only going to take a couple of days… hahaha! Then I ran out of yarn and had to order some more – which turned into a weeks-long journey of tracking my package heading back and forth aimlessly across the country. Of course, the one thing that I needed got LOST! Eventually the yarn got to me and I finished it up late into the evening before it was to get delivered.
I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Oma absolutely loves it, and can’t wait to visit it in a few months for post-COVID late Christmas celebrations!
It is minus 14 celsius with windchill right now, and snow is in the forecast for this afternoon! Winter is on definitely on its way~ but I’m not sour about it. In fact… I’m excited because I can top my outfits office with cute warm accessories!! To celebrate (I might be the only one!), I knitted myself a cute new toque. Cupcake themed, because what else could make you smile in the middle of a blizzard!?
This was a super quick knit that I worked on during my downtime at work yesterday. I opted for Super Bulky yarn which makes it really thick and toasty for Canadian winters. The toque is in three parts, which I did freestyle, or without a pattern: the liner, the frosting, and the strawberry, and then sewn up at the end.
The yellow cupcake liner is ribbed in Lion Brands’ Hometown Glory (Super Bulky) in Pittsburgh Yellow. I ended up knitting it short side down – so it ended up looking like a long skinny scarf just so I could get the exact length for my head.
The pink is Lion Brands’ Neon Pink. I think the colours are so delicious together! It’s then topped off with a bright red strawberry.
It may be chilly outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from dressing super sweet!