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Year 2020 in my Rearview Mirror

My usual practice on New Year’s Day is to clean out my clothes closet, eliminating all those items I no longer wear and taking stock of any needs for replacements. But this year? Staying at home 90% of the time? Who needs new clothes! I fell into a consistent pattern of wearing jeans or stretch pants and cotton knit shirts.

So today, I will ignore my closet and instead look back at the work emerging from my studio. In glancing at my 2020 posts, I realize how much my work has changed since I started this blog in 2019. What comes to the front are the forays into making art quilts and painting with watercolors. But I’ll start with my first love –

KNITTING

While this year was not a high point in creative design, my output was strong. I completed 3 hats, 4 pair of socks, a toddler sweater, a dress, a top down cardigan, a serape and a water bottle holder. My most complex object was the Weaver’s Square vest made for my daughter.

Technically, I did design this garment. But the fair isle pattern on the vest’s back was adapted from one I saw on Knit/Lab’s website. I don’t take credit for that part. The vest turned out pretty great and she loved it. Here are a few photos of some other knits I made this year:

I finished the year with two UFO’s – a pair of men’s socks and a pair of gloves.

PAINTING

Last year I was focused on learning to sketch. But this year, I was determined to start painting. To that end, I joined the local art association and signed up for some on-line classes. Anyone who has tried to paint with watercolor will freely admit that the medium has its own set of challenges. I spent the year more disheartened than encouraged. In July I followed the daily challenge on World Watercolor Month, organized by Charlie O-Shields of Doodlewash. That’s when I started to see some improvement. I began by painting copies of other people’s photographs. Eventually I was able to paint from my own photographs, from life, and from my imagination. Here are a few favorites.

QUILTING

Confession: I learned how to quilt only for the purpose of realizing my fiber ideas. So there are a lot of technical areas of quilting that I choose not to pursue. While my favorite thing to do with fabric is to paint on it, I am willing to piece fabric into a quilt top when my inspiration seems to require it. I use commercially printed fabric as well as hand painted fabric for these pieces. During the past year I learned how to mount small art quilts onto stretched canvas. This allows me to present them as works of art suitable for hanging.

At the beginning of 2021, I find myself with a number of unfinished objects. I also have more ideas than I have energy to pursue.

So perhaps my goal for the new year needs to be a narrowing of ambition. The hardest part is deciding what to leave behind. I love it all.

Author:

One of six children, I was raised by a busy mom, who instilled in me a love of fabric. Though I learned to sew and knit at a young age, it was the arrival of my first grandchild that pushed me into action. A long-time knitter, I am now ready to explore all things fiber.

14 thoughts on “Year 2020 in my Rearview Mirror

  1. I feel your pain. I hope you don’t have to leave anything behind, but it is hard to pursue just one medium, isn’t it? Maybe you can focus on what you are most interested in and pick the others back up later. That being said, you’ve posted some beautiful makes!

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  2. I used to do watercolour painting (there are some old examples on my blog under Art category). I appreciate how hard it can be to keep fibre crafts and art going at the same time. Hopefully the plan you have in your latest post will make it easier. I especially like your pear, yoga pose and wooden building. I keep avoiding going down the quilting rabbit hole but I know one day I will fall down it as I love seeing everyone’s beautiful quilts. You have a lovely collection of 2020 FOs.

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    1. Thank you for your compliments. I never uploaded the pattern, because it hasn’t been test knitted or technically editted. If you really are interested, I will consider uploading it to my blog as a pdf file.

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      1. So your own pattern then. I’ve never written a pattern up though I’ve “winged” plenty of projects. No problem, I could adapt something off ravelry…but it sure is a pretty little thing!!

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      2. Oh, now I see that you are asking about the green toddler sweater in my Year 2020 review blog. That pattern is called Petit Panache. I don’t know if it’s on Ravelry. I got the pattern from a free newsletter.

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