For starters, I knit a pair of shorts. I set out at the end of last year to knit more projects thoughtfully and garments with a little bit of an edge. These fit the bill perfectly. I was especially pleased to learn that I really could customize such an involved project to achieve the perfect fit.
My favorite project of the year came in the spring when I knit the Havasu Hoodie. I allowed myself to follow impulse when I cast it on and am thrilled I did. This was one of those "concept" projects I allowed myself. The model in the photo seemed like she could dash about the world with this cozy vest as a chic layering piece and I wanted to be just like her. Maybe I cannot pull off the fresh off another continent look, but it was great on the airplane this summer.
I got more involved in the knitting community this year (I know, how much more involved could I get), joining in on Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup and Camp Loopy. These were my first Camp Loopy project and an absolute blast to knit.
One of the most challenging things I took on was not actually a knitting project. I started taking my own pictures. Rather than dragging my husband around begging for his help I put our tripod to good use and took some risks. This photo of my Woodland Grave Beret worked out but right before it I was hanging upside down in a tree trying to secure the camera and find my angles as a confused business man walked by.
And then there were the crowd favorites
Moggies Mitts (this one doesn't even have a project page yet)
But probably one of my proudest achievements was my Amelia Pond Hat, which I maguivered out of another hat pattern along with some free-hand charting. It was the crucial part for my cosplay for the Doctor Who 50th. Fish Fingers and Custard!
Looking at it this way, 2013 actually looks pretty good. I am excited to see what 2014 has in store (I may have a few ideas).