This year has been such a train wreck in so many ways that it is difficult to put a happy spin on my traditional end-of-year post. On the personal front, many great things happened this year: I graduated from business school with an EMBA, I settled into a new and exciting career, I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary, and I traveled a lot, including a fantastic holiday with Doug and the girls and dear friends to Sicily, a visit to my mom in Phoenix, and some lovely trips with Doug to Beirut, Verona, South Africa and Vancouver. The double whammy of Brexit and Trump threw me for a loop, however, and all of this good stuff seems to pale into insignificance when compared to the state of the world. I admit to feeling depressed and still in a state of shock.
On the knitting front, it has been my least productive year since I began this blog. My new job took a lot of my attention and energy, and knitting took a back seat. This year I finished only 9 projects: a hat, a pair of mitts, a shawl, a baby sweater, three cowls and a sweater each for Leah and Emma. In the photos below, I am modelling Leah’s sweater and I have included a teaser photo of Emma’s on the bottom right. (I have finished her cardigan but haven’t had time to blog about it yet. I will get photos before I leave Vancouver and will blog about it soon.)
In an interesting twist, I didn’t knit any sweaters for myself this year. Last year, I knit five sweaters, all of them for myself. Most of my knitting time this year was taken up with the gold cabled shawl in Kidsilk Haze Eclipse, which I love to pieces so it was worth the effort. The general trend for the year has been a bit of a loss in knitting mojo, due to lots of other things keeping me occupied and feeling in a bit of a funk. However, I am happy with the projects I have finished, and they are all getting lots of use, which makes me feel good.
As for the year to come, I am optimistic (as far as knitting is concerned). I have just two knitting goals for the year. The first is to organise my knitting tools and supplies, including stash, in such a way that knitting is easy. Right now it seems like I can never find what I need when I need it, and this often leads me to just give up and read a book instead. My second goal is to have fun knitting. I want to knit what pleases me and enjoy the process. I think I may have forgotten a bit of the fun this year.
This New Year has begun with absolute gorgeous, crystal clear skies here in Vancouver – the kind of days that make you catch your breath at the beauty of it all. We have been walking in the mountains and enjoying the freezing cold but spectacular outdoors. My mind is bubbling away with plans for the knitting year to come. I am looking forward to another year of knitting and blogging.