2015 Review and 2016 Goals

Knits Completed in 2015:
2015 Collage | knittedbliss.com

Project listed in their columns, from top to bottom.

Column 1: Sleep Sack for Baby James, Lisette the Lion, Lavender Firefly, Hyperballad (single skein version). Column 2: Xanadu Snowflake Cowl, Fergus Mitts, Rainy Day Turtle. Column 3: Grey Leaves, First Baby Booties, Chromatic Rainbow Cowl, Zippy Zebra. Column 4:  Trailblazer scarf, Seaward Hat, Hyperballad XL  (2 Skeins). Column 5: Grey Mist, Pacific  Sweater, Josie Mitts, Berkshires Headband.

2015’s knitting projects! I actually knit a couple of other things that I haven’t taken photos of yet… which is a tad embarrassing. I just grabbed a quick snap of the Berkshires Headband yesterday so that I could include it in the round up. I also knit another toddler honey cowl for Lila in a different yarn that has long since lost the ball band, but am woefully behind on getting a photo of it. The other is a holiday gift that has yet to be gifted, so there are no photos yet.

2015 was a pretty good year, and saw us expand froma family of 3 to a family of 4 with the arrival of baby James! Blogwise, there were a lot of firsts- first time doing a reader survey, first time doing an instagram challenge, first time doing pattern collection reviews, first time trying Periscope, and my first time writing a longer essay on a book review/ thoughts on crafting lifestyle.

Goals for 2016

Some of 2016 is already structured for me, in that I’ll be on maternity leave giving little James full time care most of the year, and I’ll be putting the finishing edits on my second book of poetry, and we will be travelling to the UK at some point to introduce baby James to Guy’s family. But I do have a few goals I’d like to achieve around those important things!

Book Challenge: I haven’t talked much of my love of books  here on the blog, but will be looking to do that a bit more in 2016. I’m also participating in the Mrs. Darcy 2016 Book Challenge, and will actually be tracking the books I read this year, something I never normally do.

Newsletter: Some people have asked me if I have a newsletter, and currently I do not. As soon as I figure out how to get it started, I’ll get that out there. I’m thinking it will give some sneak peeks, discounts, bonus entries for giveaways, requests for recommendations/advice, and general bloggy goodness on an occasional basis.

Knitted Sock Advent calendar: I have loved these mini christmas stockings for so long, and recently got a great mini sock yarn skeins from Tanis Fiber Arts that is going to be perfect for them. I want to knit 24, as an advent calendar for Lila and James. I imagine putting in little chocolates or lego or something, and I’m excited to start a new tradition for my little family. My plan is to knit two of these mini stockings each month- then I’ll have all 24 by Christmas this year.

 What about you guys? Any plans (large or small) that you would like to work on this year?

25 comments

  1. miss agnes   •  

    What a lovely round-up ! I see a pattern here: baby, toys and accessories, but no surprise as you were waiting for your baby boy. 😉 I’ll be looking at this book challenge, I think it’s a great idea to track what you’re reading. I read a lot of books too but tend to forget which ones after a while, except for the masterpieces. I have great plans too, will share at some point on the blog. Have fun in 2016 and enjoy your little boy.

  2. Tanis   •  

    2015 was a huge year! Both personally and professionally (and by professionally I mean your knit-blogger profession obviously). You tried lots of new things and as a loyal follower I’ve really enjoyed the direction you’ve taken the blog in. I love that you’ll be knitting the advent calendar this year, 2 a month is totally do-able. And I’m stoked to sign up for your newsletter! Here’s to an awesome 2016!

  3. Viki   •  

    I hope you’ll do another Instagram challenge. That was fun and creative.

  4. Kelly J. R.   •  

    I use Goodreads to keep track of what I’m reading/have read/and want to read. It’s also a nice site for looking at reviews and getting suggestions based on other books I’ve enjoyed. I’m “Kelly JR” if you decide to join and want to be “friends”.

  5. Ali   •  

    What a great year youve just had….I really like the sleep sack. Best wishes for 2016.

  6. Susan   •  

    Personally, I don’t have big goals other than to keep putting forth my best effort in all that I do. I always have new things to try, and get to them when I can (steeking! natural dyes! playing guitar!) but we’re in the middle of a big remodel so house is in upheaval and it’s just all I can do to get to the end of each week.

  7. Pat   •  

    The Wips,the Wips! That is what I will try to accomplish this year, whether is rip or finish.

  8. Alina   •  

    What a great year it was! I’ve been expressing my admiration for your productivity before, but let me say it again – I am in awe, I really am. I actually feel ashamed of myself 🙂 But in all seriousness, you are a real role model – you manage to have a family, a career, an amazing (and regular updated!!) blog, writing knitting patterns, always being supportive of the knitting community and now a book!!!! I didn’t even know that you already had one book released! My deepest admiration to you! Looking forward to visiting you in 2016!

  9. Melissa   •  

    The photo montage is great! What a fine way to commemorate all of your hard work!! Happy New Year–may your needles be ever full 🙂

  10. Stefanie   •  

    You got many a project completed while pregnant and working. How did you do that? What’s your secret :O)?

  11. AngelaH   •  

    What a fantastic year you had! And clearly 2016 is going to be awesome as well!

    But, let me just say (as someone who thought knitting one ornament a month was going to be totally doable and then ended up with 5 instead of 12), frontload those mini stockings. Haha. You’ll probably want all 24 done by the beginning of December anyway, so you’ll need to do a few months of 3 or 4 anyway. But yeah, knit a bunch while you’re in the mood or it’s easy to let them languish…

    I can’t wait to hear more about your next book!

  12. Val   •  

    That’s an impressive and inspiring list of accomplishments! And I’ve really enjoyed all of the additions you’ve brought to your blog. Congrats on an amazing year!

  13. Dee   •  

    I made a “bootie” advent calendar a few years ago – I used the pattern from Last Minute Knitted gifts as it used worsted yarn (a quicker knit), it’s a lovely tradition to start.

    I’m doing the Miss Darcy challenge too – not that I need an excuse to read more.

  14. Jessica [Havok]   •  

    I would sign up for a newsletter! 😀 I’ve seen some people do it just as a “this is today’s post, come read” and some people do it as it’s own entity with it’s own content (which is the more fun version!) but whatever you decide to do, I will enroll! Love the space you have created and am wishing you all the best both here, in your knitting goals, and for your family life! 😀

  15. Loulou   •  

    I am so impressed by how many (beautiful) knitted pieces you completed this year!

    You and I are on the same train of thought where reading comes in, as I just finally joined Goodreads in order to track what I’m reading. I’m right into The Goldfinch at the moment, with a tantalizing list of books on the horizon!

    I’m looking forward to the release of your second book. I love your first one and am certain I’ll love this one too. You’re a whirlwind of talent, my friend.

  16. Jeannie Gray   •  

    Thank you so much for posting about the book challenge. I’ve been stuck in a horrid rut of reading $2.99 or less Kindle books. I think the Mrs. Darcy challenge will be the perfect motivation to get me out of that rut while providing me with enough flexibility to make my own book choices.

    • Jennifer C.   •  

      I’m doing the challenge also! I liked this particular book challenge because of the flexibility and that it’s a short enough list that it seems attainable.

  17. Carla   •  

    Why yes there is. I am hoping to open my own yarn shop, but I have no idea if that will ever happen
    I love your knitting projects and your photos are always lovely

  18. Tien   •  

    Your 2015 knits are beautiful! I love that you have a bit of everything in there, from small accessories to garments to adorable softies. Definitely inspires me to add more variety to this year’s knits.
    2016 looks to be equally exciting for you and I’m looking forward to following along!

  19. Jennifer C.   •  

    Very nice roundup of 2015 for you! I’m always a little “soft” on goals for the new year. They are in my mind but don’t always turn into something concrete. So this year I do have some that I’ll try to put to paper. I’m also doing the Mrs. Darcy 2016 book challenge, so I’ll look forward to your posts on what you read! And I’m hoping to turn out one finished knit per month, with a loose goal of 2 sweaters for myself, and the rest as Christmas gifts. Excited to follow along with you!

  20. kingshearte   •  

    I am a huge proponent of the self-stuff advent calendar. I made ours a few years ago out of small tins that I painted and put magnets on so they can live on the fridge during December, but I might replace them with tiny knitted stockings eventually…

  21. Anna   •  

    Our library keeps track of all the materials I’ve checked out, which helps some with tracking what I’ve been reading. However, The Plaidman checks out a lot of books, and I usually read several of his as well — and forget to make note of it. I should just get his card # and pin #, and get the info that way.
    I’ve started learning a technique new to me: double knitting! No classes, just You Tube & other published materials. I think my big goal, knitting-wise, would be to finish one small sweater and then get busy with a bigger one, either DH’s or DD’s. My small goal will be to make one giftable item each month, so when the holidays roll around I’ll be able to give handmade gifts.

  22. Brenda   •  

    You accomplished a lot this year Julie! You must feel very proud if your beautiful finished projects. The advent calendar is so cute, might add it to my long list of things I want to knit !

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