It’s funny how Facebook pops up those reminders about what you were doing “on this day” a year, or two or five or even a decade ago. As I was reflecting on the past year the book of faces handily reminded me that this time last year I was in New York City for an amazing whirlwind visit to Vogue Knitting Live and a meet up with my Toronto stitchy gals.
It was a very special way to kick off 2018 and what I think set the tone for a year of Yarn Adventures that Rachel and I chose as our theme for the year with Yarn in the City. For whatever reason, the moment didn’t make the cut on my Instagram, but looking at my Best Nine of 2018, there were definitely yarn adventures aplenty.
Travel-wise, I had to make a list of everywhere I’d been - helpful for my UK citizenship application that would like to know every time I’ve left the country in the last five years - and I was a bit gobsmacked by all the yarn-y related travel:
Liverpool - picked up my passport and saw fellow former Torontonian and yarn lover Maylin
New York City - Vogue Knitting Live and OG Toronto Stitchy Gals meet up
Edinburgh - podcast lounge guest and working at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Cologne, Germany - manning the SweetGeorgia Yarns book at H+H and meeting new clients
Dublin - flying in for the day to check out new yarn show Woollinn
Cleveland, USA - industry travel to TNNA (plus inadvertent stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland!)
Calgary, Vernon and Vancouver - summer holidays in western Canada sprinkled with shop visits
Barcelona - a quick in and out to see the brand new Barcelona Knits festival, and great architecture too!
And that doesn’t even include places like Farnham, Birmingham, Great Malvern, Builth Wells in Wales, or Skipton in Yorkshire for UK based yarn shows like Unravel, Stitches, Wonderwool or Yarndale.
Looking back at all of it, and getting lost down the rabbit hole of my Photos application on the computer, I’m a filled not with regret about any of these visits, but that I’ve got away from posting about my adventures here when we first moved over. I was a much more diligent blogger in our early days in the UK and it’s something I’ve missed as the past few years have seen me do more writing for clients than myself. Writing in other people’s voices it’s going to take a while to rediscover my own.
But back to the year that just was! Last year Ravelry introduced a “challenge” tab that you could access through your projects and use to set a goal for yourself. I didn’t even remember doing this but apparently I wanted to complete 10 projects and I ended up finishing 16. Woot! Perhaps even more fascinating to me was that only 3 of the 16 projects were WIPs from before 2018. Looking at the broken dreams that is my Ravelry project page, it looks like another 3 WIPs started in 2018 are still on the needles.
2018 was also the year that my yarn adventures extended into dipping a toe in the knitwear design waters. My first pattern to be accepted (and last to be published publicly) was the Folie Douce Toque for SweetGeorgia Yarns. Apparently hats were a theme as I also designed a hat for Walcot Yarns and a hat and cowl set for a new book from Yarn in the City. While small projects they were all great opportunities to learn more about knitting, designing, explaining things, and interpreting ideas. I’m hoping I can continue to explore this in 2019.
And of course I can’t forget things like finally getting to grips with my knitting machine, the 6th edition of the Great London Yarn Crawl or our second Yarnporium and working with and meeting amazing people in the knitting community! It’s fun to look back on the year that was and while I’ve enjoyed it and the touchstone that the end of year provides, I’m already looking forward to 2019 and what exciting new adventures - yarn-y or otherwise - that this new year will bring. Onward!