2008 – The Year That Was

It’s time for that bloggy tradition — the year in review. Last year I set some lofty crafty goals. Let’s see how I did….

I said, Knitting wise I’d like to make more socks using a variety of techniques.

Socksgiving Sock Finished Yoga Socks

and maybe you can count these:

Baby Bobby Moc-a-Soc

A pretty pathetic showing, I must admit. It seems that 2008 was instead the year of the mitt:

First FO of 2008 Purple Fetching Mitts
Hot Cocoa More Mitts The Original Pair For the Rad-est Teacher in Portland

I said, I’d like to conquer a lace projectand I did just that, not once but twice!

Flower Basket Shawl - Close Up

Pear and Trellis

I also said, I am going to knit a sweater for Papa. and it didn’t happen. I’m not even sure why it didn’t happen but I did finish the sweater for my brother which I hope will be the largest sweater I ever make:

Big Seamless Hybrid

I wanted to continue to improve my garment-making skills and I think the proof is in this picture:

Happy Halloween

Those were some serious garments made with some seriously annoying fabrics. I really feel like I’m starting to understand basic garment construction.

And I was hoping to conquer my fear of knits which didn’t really happen. Maybe 2009 will be the year.

I said I also want to make a bed-sized quilt top — I’ll probably send it out to be quilted. And that is exactly what I did:

Grammy's 75th Birthday Quilt

At 68″x68″ it isn’t the size of any bed but is comparable in square inches to a double bed quilt. There are so many reasons I love that quilt.

I wanted to tell you more about some of the great food we’re eating and I think I did, if not here than on flickr.

amuse bouche

and I said I really want to try to compost less of our CSA share each week which I’m pleased to say happened. Preserving was the key. I canned more than I have in many years but very little of that was from our CSA share. Instead I started freezing portions of green beans, chard, celery, roasted tomatoes, herbs, and ratatouille.



In fact 2008 was the year I started thinking of our farmer’s market as our grocery store. We’re lucky to have excellent local sources for beef, cheese, chicken, butter, eggs, and vegetables and in 2008 we really started taking advantage of that.

So not too bad 2008, but I have a feeling 2009 is going to be even better. If you are interested in seeing all that I finished in 2008, take a look at my flickr set.


9 Responses to “2008 – The Year That Was”

  1. 1 Alicia A. January 2, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    You are a ROCK STAR.
    A crafty, cookin’ mama rock star.

  2. 2 anina January 2, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    A wonderful year!
    And this one is definitely going to be even better!

  3. 3 Butzeballchen January 3, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Wow, 2 pages of Flickr craft accomplishments! Impressive. Very inspiring. Can’t wait to see what you create this year.

    Lace project. Definitely on my list of accomplishing this year.

  4. 4 amandajean January 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    you’ve done well with your crafting goals! nicely done, jennifer.

  5. 5 melissa January 3, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    yeah,mama,I think you did quite a lot. And I was so happy to meet you this summer!

  6. 6 Julie January 3, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Wow – what a year! Good for you! I really enjoy being inspired by all you make and share here on your blog – thanks!!

  7. 7 Kirsten January 4, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Hi – great job on all the creations! Nice to revisit your goals for the year, you have accomplished a lot. I wanted to thank you for sharing the great kids fingerless gloves pattern, I knit up a pair for my son and we both love them. You can see them over on my site if you like http://sewinsight.typepad.com/

  8. 8 Sonya January 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I cannot wait to see what you do in 2009, because 2008 was an awesome year! I need to take a page from your book with the CSA and farmer’s market. Truly inspiring!

  9. 9 martha January 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    wow -way to go. I’m especially impressed with the frozen and canned food. I would like to do this…

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