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!


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.


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!



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

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  • Reply Tina December 30, 2015 at 5:33 am

    Happy New Year Andrea and may 2016 prove to be even brighter !

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life December 30, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Thanks Tina. I hope you have an awesome new year as well.

      • Reply Tina December 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

        You are welcome and I’m planning too 🙂

  • Reply caffeinegirl December 30, 2015 at 7:11 am

    A whole year isn’t enough when you have a small child! There is just so much to discover and treasure.

  • Reply Sarah December 30, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Happy New Year Andrea – you have had a full year! I didn’t know you lived way out – I hope you are able to celebrate tomorrow night in spite of the lack of champagne (or that you find a way to get some! haha!)

  • Reply IamDWJ December 30, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Happy New Year! Your list of accomplishments sounds pretty darn great 🙂

  • Reply Jeanette Bruffett December 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Happy New Year! Looking forward to what the next year brings 🙂

  • Reply Carie December 30, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    And a happy new year to you too – hopefully with champagne 🙂

  • Reply chrisknits December 30, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Looks like you had a very full year! My intentions are to be more intent this coming year. How’s that for a ridiculous statement. I guess I plan to do what I intend to do, and not worry about what I think I must do. And that means selfish knitting!!! All for me!!! Except for those babies and charity. Now, to see if I can keep at it. LOL

  • Reply Lucy Bowen December 31, 2015 at 3:01 am

    A year is never enough – I have two small boys! You seem to have made the most of what you had though – here’s to next year!

  • Reply purepurly December 31, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Love your posts! Happy new year!!!

  • Reply Alina December 31, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Happy New Year, dear Andrea! It was a joy to come here in 2015. Looking forward to your new posts, new designs and beautiful knits!

  • Reply Tina December 31, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Happy New Year!

  • Reply Stefanie December 31, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Glad you had a solid year. Hau’oli makahiki hou to you and your ohana. Wishing you an even betta year in 2016.

  • Reply Elizabeth January 2, 2016 at 6:56 am

    So often we feel bad because we feel we haven’t achieved, but if you have been present for your child and nourished their development you have achieved a lot, and anything else is remarkable!

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