Knit In the New Year

Knit in the Near Year!

It has been such a crazy, busy, fantastic year! I am equal parts saddened that the year is (nearly) over and giddy, brimming with dreams for the New Year, now just days away.

Here’s the kicker: I totally forgot to grab champagne at the grocery store this afternoon!

Mercy!

This wouldn’t be a big deal for most people, but I live in the middle of nowhere. The grocery store is an hour away! It is a catastrophe of epic proportions, not unlike running out of yarn in the final rows of a sweater that took eight months to knit.

Sigh.

I tried so hard to squeeze the life out of each day this year. Some days I did better than others. I tried to knit as much as I possibly could, and I learned a lot in the process (about both knitting and blogging). So many great projects came off my needles, from baby hats to sweaters, some of which didn’t exactly fit.

Of course so much of my year had little to do with knitting and much more to do with parenting, gardening, working, and plain ol’ housework and grocery shopping. Aw, the toils of the modern woman.

The end of the year is always a bittersweet time, when I am able to reflect on the past year and take stock. Acknowledging all that I achieved. Treasuring adventures. Accomplishments. My growing (talking, thinking, willful) child. But I also can’t help but feel a twinge of sorrow at all I had hoped for myself but didn’t quite manage. I was distracted. Or tired. Maybe there just simply wasn’t enough time.

How can a whole year not be enough time?

I will put those things on the top of the list for next year. At least as best as I possibly can.

I did manage to release four designs this year, all of which I really love. I have to admit the Twist Shawl is my favorite. I had hoped to finish many, many more designs, but gift knitting and selfish knitting (Can knitting really ever be considered selfish? I don’t think so…) got in the way. Not to mention all the socks.

And the need to sleep.

2015 was a beautiful year. So many stitches (but of course never enough). A few tears. Lots of laughter. In the end, I am blessed. I am healthy. My family is healthy. And I have a reasonable stockpile of yarn, in case of emergency. There’s not much more I could ask for.

Wishing you the happiest of New Year’s!

Andrea

 

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams. Reading a little Yarn Harlot on the side.

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