This year whizzed by. It’s honestly a bit of a fog. I would like to say thank you to all the knitters out there who have supported me this past year, stopping by this space to read and say hello. Because I’m turning 38 this year (Whoa! Shockingly close to 40!), all patterns released during the last year or so will be 38% off one week only, starting May 1 through the end of the day on May 8.
This includes the newly-released Pansyland Cowl, plus eight other patterns (photos below). Simply use the code Birthday38 when you check out on Ravelry.
It’s truly something to pause and look back on all that I have created this past year. I guess that flurry of clicking needles added up to quite the pattern portfolio!
I’m still trying to work out what the next year will bring…I’m busy making lists and hatching plans, all while trying to be slow and methodical. Strategic.
A year always sounds so long, yet blows by so quickly.
A year ago, I never thought I’d be sitting here. Working in this new space, looking out this new window. An unexpected lens on life.
The generosity and kindness of the global knitting community never ceases to amaze me. Rare are the criticisms. Plentiful are the compliments. As far as a demographic goes, knitters are a kind one. Maybe it’s a side effect of the wool.
Or the silk.
I sometimes ask myself if I knit too much (I know you are scoffing out loud with an exasperated NEVER!!!!). At the expense of other things in life. In essence, have I been knitting away my life? Will I look back at all these projects, decades from now, hands arthritic, and laugh at myself? Or worse, feel regret?
I truly don’t know.
But I do know this: knitting has given me a lot of solace this past year. It’s held me together, as best it could anyway. My knitting has made me laugh (and cry a few times too). I’ve worked hard and missed goals. And I’ve been pleasantly surprised as well.
It’s all part of the Big Adventure.
I think of all the friends and family who have helped me snap photographs and am grateful. I think of my dear Reed, who has sometimes watched me knit (although I am aim to do most of it while he sleeps), and am touched by his interest, already aware of my love for the craft, always reminding me to pack my knitting when we are about to take a trip the way I remind him to pack his favorite stuffie.
When it comes down to it, I am blessed. So thank you for that.
I plan to spend my birthday making cupcakes with Reed before having a playdate with his little BFF. I am going to let Reed pick the flavor, and I have a hunch he’ll pick chocolate.
I’ve taught him well.
And nothing could bring me more joy on my birthday than my sweet child.
I look back on all these projects and remember where I was when I knit them. Some of them feel like ancient history. Others feel like just yesterday.
Like all of us, I am curious where I might find myself a year from now. There’s only one way to find out: one foot in front of the other!