Happy New Year, everyone! For those of you who had a stellar 2015, may the new year bring you even more happiness. And for those who slogged through more challenges than imaginable this past year, here’s hoping 2016 will bring you what you need.
Being in the latter camp myself, I’m hoping for smoother sailing this year. We survived an unexpected move from Alberta to B.C. that included some severe downsizing and we’re still manoevering through the financial changes the move has created. Worse though, was saying goodbye to our bestest boy 3 days before we left Banff. That is something I’m still trying to deal with. My world was forever changed when Skyler died; he was the light of my life.
Though challenges seemed the norm for us in 2015, I did end up with 2 jobs that I love and have added some new members to my ‘squad’ – the friends that support me through all the ups and downs. (Y’all know who you are. Thanks for being there!)
And then there’s the knitting. Too many changes, and more time spent working than I was used to, proved too much for me; months passed before I could pick up sticks and string again. Don’t get me wrong – I tried. I looked at new patterns daily and reorganized my stash but it wasn’t enough to get me motivated until, one day, I picked up the ‘cardigan in progress since November’ and kept knitting until it was finished. It still needs to be blocked, the pockets sewn down and buttons added, but it’s progress, right?
(Roosevelt Cardigan in Cascade 220 SW Aran, ‘Chocolate’)
Finishing that led to a gorgeous scarf/shawl (again, something awaiting blocking) and a hat/mitten/cowl ensemble. Some previously finished projects finally found homes over the past few months. My favourite knitted dress went to a friend’s new grand-daughter in Markham.
(Fiesta Frock in Noro Taiyo)
A lovely alpaca sweater now belongs to a co-worker’s son.
(Top Down Raglan Baby Sweater in Berocco Ultra Alpaca, ‘Tiger’s Eye Mix’)
In new knitting, a request for a pair of fingerless gloves yielded these beauties.
(Woven Fingerless Gloves in Patons Kroy, Cadet Colors)
I’m finally starting to feel like myself again, as more things come off the needles. It feels good to find my way back. Now we’re preparing for a few more changes.