I also got the opportunity to spend a couple of days at my parents' towards the end of my stay. Sadly this time is now over, and I had to go back to work and get on with my own life. It's not bad though; I have been truly spoilt for Christmas and my birthday.
January if of course a time to make new resolutions. Last year I wanted to move flat and kicked off A Project A Week. We moved in our flat in February, and whilst it's far from being perfect I am not looking back and still think this was a good decision. As for APAW, well... I am not going to lie: I would have liked to complete 52 projects and feel bad for only missing 7 projects (although the comments left on a precedent posts really touched me- thank you Tors and Noas' Libellule- this is what makes blogging so enjoyable). Looking back on the whole thing, it might have been a bit too ambitious, and in the end a lot of the projects- mostly from the beginning- have ended up tucked away on top of my spare fabric pile!
On the other hand I do have a handful of very nice clothes which I love to wear- and always feel very proud when someone comment on this and I'm able to answer "I made this". Last time it happened was yesterday with my scalloped waistband half circle skirt. . As for the knitting side, I have gone from strength to strength, gone is my fear of purling- I even do ribbing now!
I also started APAW to save money. Naively, I thought I was going to stop shopping for clothes altogether. Well, this obviously didn't happen!! I did buy less- but I still did buy clothes. I have noticed I do think twice though before buying so there is a definite improvement there.
I am determined not to give up on sewing, knitting and making stuff, and maybe focus on making less stuff, but spending more time on the stuff I make. I also really need to stop buying craft supplies- my knitting project list is as long as my arm!!
When this blog was started I was thinking I would just talk about anything, but as time went by it became away of talking about my projects, my numerous frustrations and the occasional success. APAW gently forced me to update the blog regularly, and I hope to carry on posting about what I am up to. Above all it enabled me to talk to wonderful people- and each comment makes me feel happy.
If it ain't broke don't fix it. So in 2012 there won't be the cheap and nasty APAW logo but I'll still be here, documenting what I have been creating. I also hope my photographic skills will improve, as this is a major let down of the blog at the moment. I have been talking about getting a decent camera for some time but might finally take the plunge...