Here are my knitting/crochet/spinning aims from the beginning of 2016:
Continue with the aim of one finished object per month
Considering I had almost three months off knitting, I’m fairly pleased with managing to complete 11 projects. 3 of the completed items were started in 2015, the others are all from 2016.
Knit a usable item from my handspun
Still not quite managed this, but I’m including my mittens from unspun mawata in this category.
Watch more of the Craftsy classes I have bought (so tempting when they are on sale to buy them all)
I have watched a few more of them, but still could do better. At least I haven’t bought many this year!
Learn a new skill (perhaps Brioche stitch)
Still not learned Brioche.
I did spend a week learning inkle weaving, so I’m ticking this category
I also learnt to knit backwards
Had a go at spindle-spinning silk tops
I’m pretty bad at keeping records of spinning. I have done some more spinning.
Here’s the gallery of finished items: 6 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of mittens, a shawl, a blanket and a toy.
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Mittens from Knitworthy 2, project finished on New Year’s Day
Sweet Coriolis socks. Using yarn from a Knitting Goddess club from years ago – one sock is mostly yellow with some grey, the other is mostly grey with some yellow. I don’t have a picture of the finished pair, but they fit very well.
Towards the end of the year, I stopped checking the challenge list for things to read, so I wasn’t sure how many of these I would have managed. I’ve relaxed my rule on not including re-reads and I’m allowing books to appear in more than one category.
a book published this year.
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch
Poison or Protect, by Gail Carriger
Angel of Storms, by Trudi Canavan (paperback published this year)
Imprudence, by Gail Carriger
Virgins: An Outlander short story, by Diana Gabaldon
a book you can finish in a day.
According to Yes by Dawn French
a book you’ve been meaning to read.
The Hunger Games Trilogy
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
a book recommended by your local librarian or bookseller.
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. Recommended by White Rose Books in Thirsk.
a book you should have read in school.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
a book chosen for you by your spouse, partner, sibling, child, or BFF.
Recommended by my son:
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
a book published before you were born.
I’ve had to go to the re-reads for this category.
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers
a book that was banned at some point.
Third entry for To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
a book you previously abandoned.
I don’t think I ever managed this category. I did try Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell again, but stalled at about the same place as before.
a book you own but have never read.
having wandered round the house looking at bookshelves, I’m not sure I finished any books in this category. I’ve picked up various work books that I have for reference and read the odd chapter.
a book that intimidates you.
I really don’t think any book intimidates me, but these are the closest I can come to this category
Girl Up, by Laura Bates. More stridently feminist than I am comfortable with, but I found this a really interesting read. Given that I’m going to be the mother of teenagers before too long, this is a good thing to read and understand the world they are growing up in.
Jerusalem: The Biography, by Simon Sebag Montefiore. I don’t always manage to get to the end of historical books, but I enjoyed this one.
a book you’ve already read at least once.
See here for quite a long list. Towards the end of the year, I’ve also re-read
The Island, by Victoria Hislop
The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas
New books read that don’t quite fit any of these categories.
The Pact, by Jodi Picoult
The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin
Happier at Home, by Gretchen Rubin
Better than before, by Gretchen Rubin I really enjoyed these three books. Gretchen has spent a lot of time figuring out what makes her happier and trying different methods of improving her life and her habits. While we are quite different personality types, there was plenty of food for thought there.
Fast Exercise, by Michael Mosley
Vulcan 607, by Rowland White
Prudence, by Gail Carriger
The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
The Road to Little Dribbling, by Bill Bryson
Over-all, the reading challenge did make me read some books I would never have picked up. The recommendation from your local bookshop category was particularly good. I’ve got into the habit of popping in there and picking up something every two to three months or so.