Looking Back

So 2009 is out the window and I am so glad. It was just a crummy year in the urchin household and from what I gather, a lot of other households too. So, rather than dwell on the yuck, let’s take a look at the good stuff I got accomplished while in the mire. First up, the knitting:

2010 :: In Knitting

To be honest, I’m not too pleased about the knitting. I intended to knit through EZ’s Knitter’s Almanac and did not get very far. In fact the February Baby Sweater is the only completed project from the book. I’m hoping to change that in 2010. I think there was a lot of starting in 2009, not so much finishing, I’m hoping to improve in 2010. Dare I say that going into 2011 I’d like to have no WIPs in my knitting basket?

2010 :: In Sewing Part 1

The sewing however, required two mosaics so that’s something. Katie alone got about a dozen new outfits made by her mama. That is something that makes me exceedingly happy. I also finished four quilts in 2009. I have a whole bunch of quilt tops ready too so just like the knitting, I need to finish what I start. This may be a theme. I made a lot more of the gifts the urchins give their friends so I would like to continue that trend in 2010. In fact, I’d like to try to get a stash together so I’m not always sewing at the last minute.

2010 :: In Sewing Part 2

And then there’s the food. We ate mostly locally at almost every meal this summer and at many of our meals in the other seasons too. I canned so much — so so much — and looking at those jars makes me so happy. I remember one week in August where I canned something every day. We found a dehydrator on craigslist and expanded our repetoire to include dried food as well as canned and frozen. I canned jam and salsa, whole fruits and sauces, sweet and savory. We had to figure out a new system for storing it all. We’ll be eating well all winter I’m sure. In fact, on one of those stressful days before Christmas I realized I had gumbo in the freezer that I made back in the summer and it was so good.

2010 :: In Jars

But 2010, I have big plans for you. Plans that include expanding the garden and the pantry. Plans that include covering all the members of my house in their own quilt. But more on that later, for now I think I’ll just look at what was good in 2009.


12 Responses to “Looking Back”

  1. 1 Emilee January 3, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    What beautiful crafting!

  2. 2 Liz January 3, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    What a great year! I especially love all the outfits made by Mama.

  3. 3 Sarah January 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, your creations are amazing and BEAUTIFUL!!

  4. 4 melissa bridgman January 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I’ve just started to dip into my tomatoes. Your jam is gone but I’ve horded the lemon marmalade. It’s only for me!

  5. 5 annie January 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    My goodness you managed to get a lot of really lovely things made! I love the idea of picking a crafting book and just knitting (or in my case, probably sewing) all the way through each project. That could be a great way to learn some new skills!

  6. 6 martha January 3, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    wow -I’m so impressed! especially with the food. wish I had the time for a garden….

  7. 7 erin January 4, 2010 at 9:27 am

    wow! you really did a lot last year. i wish i had your canning mojo….

  8. 8 blair January 5, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Look at all you did!! That’s really an accomplishment. Happy New Year Jen! xo

  9. 9 Gina January 6, 2010 at 12:10 am

    At least last year in your crafting department was wonderful. I’m with you on bye-bey 2009.
    Beautiful work!

  10. 10 melissa f. January 6, 2010 at 12:41 am

    i’m going to get serious about the canning this year. i’m going to come bakc to your pictures at the end of august when i want to bail on the whole thing.

  11. 11 molly January 29, 2010 at 4:53 am

    oh my, uh oh. just getting started on knitting, still squarely in scarf territory. but my oh my, that tomato sweater is WON-derful!

  12. 12 Yarn Bazaar September 5, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Great stuffs you have! This is all gorgeous & I am not surprised that you will knit another one. Beautiful!

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