2021 has been a strange year in so many ways. I had so much hope when the year dawned because there was a vaccine available and a fair and equitable distribution plan was being enacted. Americans had just elected a new President and it seemed as if we would have a new normal come Summer.
Now as December speeds towards the end of the year, people's choices not to vaccinate or get a booster has meant that we're on to the next variant, another surge which will claim more lives and in some countries more restrictions or another lockdown. Here in the US, since lockdowns are so reviled, we're learning to live with Covid, people are still dying of Covid and other treatable health issues because hospitals are maxxed out.
Everything about our lives pre-Covid has changed. If you deny it, then you're either oblivious, unwilling to accept the change or delusional. Yes, I did say that because we're entering Year Three of dealing with Covid.
Covid has caused change in my life too. After almost two years of primarily working from home ~ I go into the office two days a week from April to November. Now that it's dark at 4:30pm, I'm mostly working from home. Which of course has changed what and how I much I sew.
Not only sew but buy, too. I go through stages where I buy no fabric or patterns for months and then I lose my mind and buy all the things. All this to say that 2021 has continued to be all about change for me.
In January, I changed my sewing room again.
I changed what I'm comfortable wearing at home especially during the winter months.
I changed how I view my hobby. Solidifying it as a hobby and having a limited role as a social media influencer role. Realizing that route is not for me and better left to the sewists who want to take that on. However, I will rep Janome 'til the day I die!
I've changed what types of fabrics I'm buying and storing. My life has changed and while I love beautiful woolens and silks they're not practical for my life now. That's not to say that an amazing fabric might not make it into my wardrobe but they won't be the basis of my wardrobe the way they were before. Also, while I'm making fabric purchases, it could be weeks, months or years before it actually becomes a garment.
Mostly though, I've changed my attitude. For years I used sewing and creativity as a refuge from bad job situations, messy relationships issues and as a safe haven from anything I didn't want to deal with. 2021 brought an end to all of that and now I sew as the spirit moves since I have peace in so many areas of my life. THAT in itself has been a learning experience.
My sewjo has come and gone several times this year and sometimes for extended periods which is a new thing for me. It's also reflected here on the blog since this is the first year that I've posted so lightly. However, as the year comes to an end and Christmas approaches, I will have vacation days to sew and wallow in my craft. I'm so looking forward to the wallowing!
While I don't believe this will be the last post of the year, I do hope you will continue to follow my sewing journeys into 2022.
...as always more later!