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Sunday, 31 December 2017

A look back at 2017

So 2017 is coming to an end and we begin a new year. 2017 has been a bit of a roller coaster year for me. In particular the last 6 months were full of ups and downs, mostly downs, but I'm looking forward and hoping that 2018 proves to be much better.
I know I haven't been very active here in the last year but Ginny is starting up the Yarn Along again this year in a new monthly format and I'm going to try participate in that which will mean more regular posts.

So on to some lists!

Knitting:
In 2017 I completed 32 knitting projects. A little down on 2016 but I did loose my knitting mojo for quite a while. These projects included:

1 soaker
14 hats of various sizes
3 headbands 
1 sock key chain 
1 cowl
1 toddler sweater
1 flower in a pot
3 toys
4 shawls
2 pairs of booties
1 pair of socks

Sewing
I did a bit more sewing this year than previous years including -

1 superhero cape
1 superhero belt
3 superhero masks
1 snow white bow
1 rapunzel wig
1 quilt for Mr A.
3 sets of bunting
8 magic wands
5 lavender heat pads
4 Christmas stockings 
6 sets of reusable makeup wipes
About 100 Christmas tree decorations
20 lavender sachets

I also up cycled single duvet and duvet cover into a toddler bed duvet and duvet cover and a toddler bed comforter. 
These are just the projects I remember but I think there are a few more. 


I've been reading a good bit in the second half of this year and as I'll be joining in on the yarn along in 2018 I thought I'd add a list of some of the books I've read this year. There are ones I've missed, (maybe they just were that interesting?) but thanks to my library account I can see what I've checked out this year and added a few more that I've bought or borrowed.

1. The handmaids tale - Margaret Atwood
3. Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng (a new author for me this year and I've really enjoyed her books).
6. My Grandmother sends her regards and apologies - Fredrik  Backman (another new author for me this year and a new favourite one!)
9. When I'm gone - Emily Bleeker (wow this one made me cry so much!)
20. Everything I never told you - Celeste Ng

My to be read pile is quite long at the moment but I'm looking forward to some good reads in 2018. Did you have any stand outs reads in 2017 that you'd like to recommend?

So here's to 2018, may it be filled with all the best things that life can bring 😊.

1 comment:

  1. I went to buy Celeste Ng's book today, but it is un-available in New Zealand, so I'll order it in from England sometime. I've read a lot of young adult fiction in the past month.

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