Happy New Year!
(fireworks in surrounding villages - our tradition is to go outside and watch others set fire to their money ;-) )
I'm always excited to start a new year. I love a clean slate. I have to admit though that the last few years I find that transitioning into a new year is a lot like traveling: you can't leave yourself behind.
I woke up on January 1st feeling all excited about the new year, only to realize that I was very tired (since we traditionally start a new year by going to bed real late). We had a slow morning and in the afternoon we picked up two of the girls to go visit my parents (a one hour drive away from us). My brother was at my parent's too and we talked for a while. That's something we usually don't seem to get to, so that was good. But his life isn't easy at the moment, and I found that our conversation resonated through my night.
One day into the new year and here I was, worrying my sleep time away. Got to work on that, I guess. I tell myself that it would be alright to worry if that would really help someone, but since it doesn't, it's a waste of time.
My word for 2018 is "relax" and that's not an easy goal.
Anyway. Knitting. I spent the afternoon of the 31st unpicking and frogging this sweater. It's funny to look at that picture, since I don't look that fat on it, but that sweater was way too big on me now. It looked ridiculous, so I never wore it anymore. And since I got that (very expensive) yarn as a birthday present from my husband, I decided to give it a second chance.
First I wanted to make a smaller sweater, but it's a combination of silk and wool with a lovely drape. I'm not sure that drape will work for a fitted sweater (it was a bit of a problem the first time around). So I'm making a shawl now (also eliminating the size problem if I put on weight again or loose even more).
I finished the second green hat on New Year's eve, but that one will get it's own post. My knitting plans for 2018:
- finish that shawl
- make myself a sweater/cardigan that fits
- or maybe two (one to wear when working in the garden (my shalom is way too big too - even after shrinking it deliberately), one to wear inside if I'm cold)
- hats. It's not a good example of being relaxed to commit to challenges, so maybe I shouldn't, but I'm still contemplating a "52 hats" challenge this year. I bought some yarn to start, so maybe I'll just give it a (relaxed) try.
- gifts. I would love to be able to start giving handmade gifts for birthdays and Christmas again. That's a bit of a challenge too since the first birthday is my father's, this Saturday.
Hmn... See where this is going? Too much commitment, too much stress... You know what? Scratch all that. This year I'm going to knit what I want and when I feel like it. Relax!
So, do you have a word for the year?
Any big knitting plans?
p.s. I deleted my ravelry account last year and regretted that ever since, so I started a new account. You can find me here (username "maggienas").
Linking up with Nicole at Frontier Dreams' Crafting on