What a year. Without wanting to crack out the New Years cliches too much, it’s been a roller coaster.
I can’t believe it’s actually been a year. When I started looking back over 2014, things seemed like they happened a lifetime ago, not 12 months!
I thought I’d walk you through my year (don’t worry, there’s pictures) just to share with you what’s happened to me, and I hope you’ll be as surprised as I was!
This time last year, things were just starting to go slightly crazy with the ‘Blood Doesn’t Grown on Trees’ campaign that some of you might remember my involvement with.
For those of you who are unaware, I was involved with a campaign organised by the NHS Blood Transfusion Department, which involved me designing and creating 9 knitting patterns for knitted blood drops, which were then sent out nationally, and knitted by different groups across the country (and the world, it turned out!)
Once we had collected all of the blood drops in, local councils and the NHS did an amazing job of ‘yarn bombing’ them on to trees country-wide, in order to raise awareness about the fact that ‘Blood Doesn’t Grown on Trees’.
In March, I had the privilege of being shortlisted as part of The National Fashion Textiles Competition, which resulted in one of my AS pieces, ‘Oceanography,’ going on display at the Spring Knitting and Stitching show which was held at Olympia.
This was an amazing experience, and although my piece didn’t win anything, having it displayed where so many people could see it was really great.
April was a busy month for me, because it was the lead-up to my coursework deadlines for my A level Textiles.
It seems like an age ago that I was tearing my hair out in my studio in the loft at 2am trying to get everything finished, but looking back at my work, it was all worth it. I was really pleased with how everything turned out 🙂
May saw the end of an era when I had my last day at my secondary school.
It was really strange, everything coming to an end, but at the same time it was really exciting, because all of us were jumping feet first in to the unknown, with everything hinging on what results day in August would bring.
Granny Willis’ ego got a little bit of a boost in June, when I was mentioned in a ‘Simply Knitting’ Article, that was dedicated to the work that I’d down with the NHSBT.
Chuffed is an understatement.
July was the beginning of my summer jet-setting.
I went to Malta for a week, which involved very little more than lying in the sun for 7 days in the Mellieha Bay.
But I soon came back to reality with a bump when August came around.
I’d managed to put results day out of my mind in July, but I’ve never been as happy as I was on the 14th, when I managed to log onto UCAS and check whether I’d got into University.
As many of you may know, I’m now studying Fashion and Textiles Design at Southampton University – Winchester School of Art.
Straight after collecting our results, me and Tegan headed to Gatwick airport to fly to Amsterdam.
Where we spent a couple of days wandering around the gorgeous European city, which was a great way to celebrate us both getting into University.
The time quickly came around for me to actually move to Winchester in September.
This big thing called ‘University’ that I’d been so desperate to get into, suddenly became very real.
However, in October my life was turned upside down and back to front well and truly, when I lost my Grandad.
I won’t dwell on it here, as I think I’ve explained enough in one of my previous posts, but he was an amazing man, who worked hard all of his life, and I have every intention of making him proud in 2015, and beyond.
November was the month when I was catapulted in to my last teenage year.
What with everything that had happened, it all felt rather surreal, but thank you to my family and friends, both at home and at uni, who made sure that I had a birthday that I won’t be forgetting for awhile!
Now it’s sunk in, I’m definitely going to use 2015 to do everything I can still blame on ‘being a teenager’.
Life’s too short to be boring!
On to this month…what’s happened so far?
I’ve spent quite a lot of time eating, drinking and being merry…
as well as attempting to be festive, although on a somewhat smaller scale than usual.
So there we go. That’s my year in a nutshell…I can’t believe that SO much has happened, it’s bonkers!
I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everybody that has helped/aided/supported and just been there for me throughout 2014.
It’s been a wild year, and I hope that in 2015, it will only get better.
Happy New Year
x x x