Yes, this is the fourth post in four days from me 🙂 with one last look back at 2020 … today, for books and knitting.
First, the books.
My 2020 reading totals were about the same as last year. I had a few more books and a few less average pages because I counted three short ones that I read with Charlie (The Dragons of Blueland trilogy) and Sally Rooney’s Mr. Salary (a brief 33 pages). The quality of what I read, based on my star ratings, was way up, though.
I was a lot better about choosing books I’d love and quickly abandoning those that weren’t quite right for me. My average rating was 4.2, and less than 10% of the books scored less than 4 stars. Of course that kind of reading year makes choosing favorites especially difficult #goodproblemstohave
I started with a whomping 25 titles and finally decided on these 13 (shelved here on Goodreads). I’m especially pleased that five of those are from bookclubs. Lovely War and This Tender Land from Modern Mrs Darcy; On Beauty and Inheritors from Fiction Matters’ Patreon; and Me from my neighborhood group. In the past couple of years, bookclub selections have been really hit or miss for me. Maybe I’ve finally found the right clubs … for me!
Also, Olive, Again was my first finish of 2020 (New Year’s Day) and I can only hope today’s current reads (Hamnet, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and Evvie Drake Starts Over) will give me the same strong beginning for 2021. As for the rest of 2021, I’m going to spend some time with Modern Mrs Darcy’s 2021 Reading Life Challenge to sketch out a plan.
And now, the knitting. I had a banner year for making things with yarn and sticks (and even a few with hooks).
31 projects, including seven pairs of socks (all gifts), five baby gifts, four crocheted afghans, one shawl and 17 sweaters (all for me!) Apparently I didn’t read a lot more during quarantine because I was busy with my hands. Here are some highlights:
I reworked my warm weather wardrobe to include (nine!) short sleeve knit tops, shorts, and skirts (I sewed three Cleo skirts).
I tried and loved several different KnitPicks yarns including Comfy Worsted (two afghans and a baby dress) and Fingering (a baby bib), Cotlin (Ankers Shirt), Lindy Chain (Navy Notice and Topolino), and Gloss Fingering (Stonecrop Pullover). I’m a fan! I also used Holst Coast again (Pink Notice and Notice Again). All of these yarns are great for our climate and the price point can’t be beat.
On the more luxurious end of things, I used La Bien Aimee (yarn bought last August in Bath) for Love Note and Plucky Knitter Solo for Joy.
For 2021, I do still have some lovely yarn in stash and hope to use it. Also, I really want to get back to knitting socks … the fingering weight ones that I can wear with shoes. My sock drawer is virtually empty! and I have an afghan quantity of navy yarn that would look great in our family room. maybe another Umaro (Ravelry link – gosh, I can’t believe I knit that first one nine years ago!!)
And that’s a wrap for looking back at 2020 (well, except for my monthly review which will come next week). I am looking forward to turning over a new calendar page tomorrow!
Here’s to a new year, full of good books and lots of pretty yarn!