Each year I like to reflect a bit on your favorite projects from the blog, what I’d like to see in the new year, and hopes for my personal life. Today, I wanted to share some of this with you, including the top patterns of the year! Then I’ll get down to thoughts on my personal life for 2021 as well as my blogging highlights for 2020 (scroll down!)
Winter Cuddler Throw Knitting Pattern – this blanket has been a favorite throughout 2020!
Modern Mountain Throw Knitting Pattern – the kit I designed for Lion Brand with this pattern was their top seller for the 2nd half of 2020!
Telluride Knit Kimono – an oldie but still a fave!
Blogging Highlights of 2020:
Some of my fave blogging highlights included being a judge for the Crafties for Love Crafts, designing each month for Lion Brand Yarn, working with WeCrochet, having a feature in Mollie Makes Magazine, and simply being inspired by you! It was also a thrill to have my stocking featured on The Pioneer Woman at Christmas time. Lastly, I was super humbled to learn my Modern Mountain Throw was the top selling kit for Lion Brand Yarn over the last half of the year. Several kits of mine were in the top 10, and I thank you for your support!
Personal Thoughts on My Life in 2020/2021: Oh wow. This year. I really go back and forth about it because there were indeed great things, and so much to be grateful for. At the same time, it was a real struggle for me in many ways. With my daughter doing school from home since March, we had to navigate a new way of life just as many of you did. The funny thing is that she had asked to be homeschooled for a long time. I always laughed it off and was like, “No honey, ha ha ha, you should be in regular school with your friends.” THEN came 2020. Her wish came true! Never, and I mean never in my wildest dreams did I think of home schooling. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, it just wasn’t an option in my mind. She misses her friends on a level that I’m not sure anyone truly understands.
At the same time, what a gift to have so much time with my little girl. She is, and always will be my priority. It’s really her fault that my blog even began! I wanted to stay home with her and decided to blog about my knit and crochet projects when I stopped teaching. That decision, to make my child my priority, caused me to land in a dream situation where I can be with her as much as needed while supporting my family as well. This does not come without a ton of work though. I really used to hesitate to call my blogging “work” because I feel so lucky to do it. But just because I love it, doesn’t mean it ain’t work!
Each year when I write these little summaries, I’ve hoped to find “balance” for the upcoming year. I think I’ve done better with it the last year or two, but 2020 taught me is that there is never 100% true balance in life. For 2021, I want to roll with things. Some days I need to help my daughter with school, and can’t post that project. That’s okay. Some days, I might work at night rather than during the day, and that’s okay. Not only is it okay, it’s such a privilege to be able to do that! Some days a pandemic might come along, and all seems a mess, but I’ll roll. I’ll just roll and be grateful. I read a quote, but I don’t know where it came from, so I apologize. But it said something like, “This is life – beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” While it seems oversimplified, it also is true. Roll, just keep rolling. (And knitting and crocheting of course…hehe!)
Finally, let’s remember the bond we share as humanity. We are humanity made up of many cultures, religions and beliefs, but we have the same blood in our veins and beating hearts. I’m going to set aside being “right” all the time. Instead, I hope to continue to remember and help those less fortunate, neighbors that need a hand, and those who are judged or treated unfairly. My hope and prayer is that we find our humility and recognize the fleeting time we have together. One of the greatest thrills of blogging is hearing from you – literally from all over the world, each in our own bubbles, yet connected through yarn and life.
I hope you each have a better year than last, and we all get to knit and crochet the things our hearts desire.
Much of my livelihood, joy and purpose wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you my friends and family!