I woke up this morning very early, and did a little knitting on Ariann. Everyone else was sleeping, and the house was so quiet and peaceful that I was able to sit and think about it being the last day of 2006, and review this last year. Its been a big year for changes – new job for Dan and me, college for Andrew, and high school for Cieara. All in all, 2006 was a very good year, and I think we’ve been extremely fortunate.
I also thought, during my morning alone time, about my knitting. This has been such a growth year for me. In January I learned how to spin, and bought my first wheel. I also started my knitting group, which has led to truly wonderful friendships. I went to three fiber festivals, bought more yarn that I care to think about, and made (or started) wonderful projects. I even pushed myself and went to a spinning retreat. I also started this blog – which introduced me into the whole blogging community. I had been reading blogs for a while, but writing one has given me an outlet I really enjoy – and I truly appreciate all of the comments I’ve received, and the friendships I’ve made through it. Knitting has given my life a dimension that I just didn’t have a few years ago, and I’m very happy that I’ve taken up this wonderful hobby.
I worked on my Finished Projects page this morning, and had to laugh how many socks I’ve made. I wish I could have finished a few projects to list on my 2006 list, but then again – I’m ok with finishing what I finish when I finish it. This list represents just a small part of what I think I accomplished this year – I think the biggest thing I’ve accomplished are the friends I’ve made, and the confidence I’ve gained.
I hate to do the whole New Year’s resolution thing, but I have two that I think are pretty important….the first is losing weight. I’ve been off Jenny Craig for the last few weeks, and gained a couple of pounds. Now its time to go back and just finish. The second, and most important, is that I’m going to quit smoking starting Tuesday (easier to do it on a work day). Larry is too, so cranky times are ahead (Dan has already mentioned that he’s going to be moving out)! But we both want to, and its time, so if I sound whiny and cranky in the next few weeks, you’ll know why.
Finally, I thought I’d finish the year as I probably started….with a new project that I really shouldn’t have cast on since I already have too many…but I just couldn’t resist!
A scarf for Cieara using the yarn I spun up yesterday – I’m really enjoying knitting this – so soft, and the colors are just fantastic. The pattern is the Slipped-Stitch Mesh from the Barbara Walker Treasury of Knitting Patterns.
I wish you all a very happy and joyful New Year, and hope that 2007 is a good year for you, your family, and your knitting.