Thursday, January 8, 2015

It's 2015!

Friends, Me Made 2014 is OVER. And I realize that I did not post photos for oh... 7 or 8 months really. Which is awkward. But I did it (even though I didn't post about it).  I began the challenge wearing Me Made only, with 5 pieces as exceptions (undergoodies not included in challenge). By the end, I was wearing about ten more pieces that were RTW (mostly tights and sweatpants - my apartment was VERY cold until Josh bought me a space heater that looks like a fireplace. It's very fancy.). 

For the most part, 2014 was very light in the sewing area. I spent most of my time knitting, as I found it to be easier to take with me as I traveled around town and the country. Some of the items I did sew never even got worn, as it turned colder so quickly that my summer items went into a drawer and were forgotten immediately. 

While I didn't do much sewing, I have some sewing projects that I am exceptionally proud of:

Catwoman! (Also for C2E2)

The By Hand London Anna dress, which has been on the shelf awhile as the hem needs to be re-examined.

The Amazing Technicolor Capelet, which looks awesome with jeans, btw, but does not hold up well against extreme cold.

And finally, my comic book Macaron for C2E2. C2E2 was the highlight of my sewing year.

I was super lucky to have some great visitors this year, including the wonderful Lisette. We lived together for almost two months and became quite close. I miss our late night chats over tea.

I was also lucky in that I got to travel to visit other friends, specifically in South Korea. I took a 14 hour direct flight and touched down in one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I posted quite a bit on Instagram, so I won't rehash it all here for you, but there is definitely a fabric shopping post coming, as well as some creations from those pieces I bought there.

Overall, from a creativity standpoint, knitting was really where my focus was in 2014. I wanted to knit everything. My queue on Ravelry, while accurate, is daunting. I feel confident that I can handle more projects this year and my realistic goal in 2015 is seven sweaters, but ideally, I want to knit all of them in queue (hahahahaha ridiculous, I know). 

Here are my five sweaters from 2014 (and you may recognize Liz and Michelle here!)

Vitamin D-idn't Turn Out So Bad (this was worn so much in 2014 that it needed to be washed and blocked again mid-year. Note: do not wash your Ultra Alpaca sweater with Oxy Clean. The color will be OK, but your heart will suffer damage)

The Channel Cardigan: I wore this sweater a lot more than I would have anticipated. It has been a wardrobe staple for me so far this Fall and Winter. The only issue is that it just keeps stretching out. Hopefully reblocking will fix that problem.

The Burdock Cardigan: This was part of the Cardis and Cambies Adventure with Liz and Michelle, and I am still quite in love with this cardigan. It adds a great splash of color into my wardrobe, and I wore it constantly when traveling in Korea. 

A Wonder Woman Sweater for Stephy: I didn't post about this, but it is listed in my projects on Ravely. I AM SO PROUD OF THIS. It fits my best friend great, and I managed to eek it out with enough yarn. It was close, you guys. It was really close. 

Finally, finished two days before the New Year, my $5 in Paris sweater (more photos on Ravelry): 

This sweater came about because I wanted stripes and I wanted to use up the extra yarn from my Burdock cardigan. I added some brown, and voila! The colors of my alma mater. The sleeves are super baggy since I didn't decrease at the end, but they fall over the tops of my hands perfectly, so they'll stay as is for now. 

Reflections on 2014:
  • yay Me Made 2014! I did it, I learned a lot, and I am glad to be reunited with my leggings.
  • The Me Made items that did not get worn are gone in 2015. I'm hosting a clothing swap on March 8 to give them away.
  • Some items didn't make it to 2015, specifically my comfy plaid pants. I wore them almost every cold day, and they disintegrated. 
  • Knitting is awesome. 
Goals for 2015:
  • Knit and sew each for 30 minutes a day. So far, I've been exceeding this goal, and projects are getting done. I'm looking forward to having new items in my wardrobe soon!
  • No buying yarn. I've bought all the yarn for all the sweaters I plan on making this year, and that's enough.
  • No more fabric, unless I am on vacation (I like fabric as a souvenir) or if it's for C2E2 (because it's going to be epic Doctor Who themed and I need supplies).
  • No buying sewing patterns. I spent way too much money on Hobbies last year, and I need that money for traveling this year. Knitting patterns can be bought if I already have the yarn for that project.
  • Seven sweaters. Let's make this happen.

Friends! Are you ready for 2015?! Let's do this. High fives all around!!



  1. GIRL I majorly applaud your year's foray into knitting! Everything you made looks gorgeous and is enough to almost make me consider taking up the needles....

    Also I find it really impressive that you made EVERYTHING you wore this year (save ten items).

  2. Guess I need to get on instagram, all my favourite bloggers are there!!

  3. nice too see you back again :) those are some pretty glorious sweaters - I look forward to seeing the next crop. Also, good luck with the fabric / yarn fast. I'm really bad at those - especially since I've started teaching a couple of people to sew and we have to go to the fabric store for their patterns and fabric and tools....

  4. Love your goals! Especially "EPIC DOCTOR WHO THEMED" C2E2 costume! Can't wait to see it :D Happy 2015!

  5. I'm so in awe of your knitting accomplishments this year, and I had a lot of fun looking through your Ravelry queue and adding a few things to my favorites. I can't wait to see what you knit in 2015!

  6. Welcome back Meg! I am very excited about your Doctor Who themed C2E2 costume. Tardis colored? Well, we'll wait for April to see it, I guess. I wish I could attend too, maybe one day. Good luck for 2015 creations and goals :)

  7. I love seeing posts from you in my reader! You did amazingly well on your 2014 challenge and your knitting is amazing! Bring on 2015!

  8. Ooh, looking forward to seeing your Whovian sewing this year! I'm also impressed with the amount of knitting you did, since I'm super-slow at that.

    Also, I have one of those fireplace-looking heaters, too! It also holds our DVD player, and makes our living room soooooo cozy. Love it.

  9. There are so many things I haven't seen in person! Your $5 in Paris looks FABULOUS. And your cape. I hope it gets warm soon so I can get a better look at that fabric! I have no doubt you're going to meet your goals in 2015! You did an incredible job wearing Me-Made year round last year!

  10. Yeehaw!!! You are a me made rockstar, Megtastic!! And your comic con costumes?! So fab!!

  11. I still can't believe you knit that Wonder Woman sweater! You are a knitting/sewing superstar. I can't wait to come back to Chicago (or you come to New York). Skype soon?

  12. You did so much knitting this past year, it's amazing how far you've come. You're a super knitter now. :) That wonder woman sweater was such a feat. Wooot!

    Now, if only I can manage to update my blog now.... lol

  13. Those sweaters are fantastic! I need to catch up, I knit 3 sweaters this year and thought I was a knitting champ (and two of those were baby sweaters).

  14. Wow, five sweaters, I'm seriously impressed. And I love that blue cardi so much! Good luck with your plans for 2015!