As 2008 drew to a close, I couldn't help reflecting on the year past. Every January people make resolutions that they feel will make them a better person in the coming new year. I was no exception to that rule. I had vowed to keep on the path of losing weight and to be a better mother and wife. I promised that I would knit more, and buy less (yarn that is) and to challenge myself to try the patterns that I had only dreamed of knitting "one day". I swore that THIS was the year that I would get the house organized! I would no longer make excuses and "get it together". Oh the promises and resolutions that I made! So easy to do when the year is brand new!
So...What happened? I gained back 15lbs of the 40 I lost. I am no super mom or wife, but the kids are still alive and my husband seems to still love me. Still, I could do better. I didn't accomplish much with knitting...lots of false starts and half finished projects are stashed in various places in the house. The stash has grown...and grown, but it brings me happiness so I can live with that. The house is better but still no place that I want my friends to come over and hang out at.
If the year wasn't a total loss, what do I have to show for it? Well, still 25lbs lighter, that's something. I finally got on ravelry in January and am slowly getting all my info/projects/stash up and running. This summer I met a great new friend Colleenwho opened up a whole new world for me...spinning!! YUP, finally succumbed to the siren's call. From spindle to wheel in less then four months. I love it! And it has opened up a whole new side to the stash...FIBER!! LOL, oh boy, more to stash, how can you beat that? I now happily spend my Sunday afternoons (and any other time I can get away with it) at her house, knitting and spinning and hanging out with her, her great kid and my other newest friend Laura. I HAVE FOUND MY PEOPLE!!
The house is better, the kids are finally realizing that if they put it away there is less chance of it getting broken or eaten! OH yeah..eaten.
The biggest news of the year is our new addition! No....not that kind...The four legged furry kind! Finally the childhood dream of having a dog that no one could give away and would be mine no matter what has happened. Miss Ruby "Sparkle" came to live with us on 10-30-08. She was a three month old Cocker Spaniel rescue from the SPCA. Our friend Dave who does animal control for them gave us a call about her and somehow it was meant to be and she became ours! She is bad! She pees (and worse) on the floor (thank goodness for hardwood), barks at everyone (can anyone see puppy boot-camp in her future?), trolls for whatever she can get away with eating, is moody, and sleeps in my bed. Ahhh...she is wonderful! She is always glad to see me, or the kids, or daddy, thinks everything we do is wonderful, loves the car, snuggles, and generally makes us all feel loved! Happiness is furry!
Which brings me to 2009. What promises do I want to make to myself this year? Get back on the weight loss wagon? Yes, that is definite! Better mother...wife...clean house...blah...blah...blah! It's all just words anymore. Promises spoken into a vacuum.
What do I want?
As I was looking through the stash, one thing was obvious...I have a lot of sock yarn! Why do I keep acquiring it? I think it is because there so much potential in sock yarn. So many colors, fibers, patterns... it is all so beautiful. And so easy to buy. It doesn't take a lot for a project, you can stash it in all kinds of small places, and you can carry it around an admire it everywhere you go.
So here is my challenge to myself this year. Get the sock yarn out of the stash and onto the needles. Finish what I start with it! Challenge myself to try patterns and techniques that I have never tried before.
12 Months...12 pairs of socks
Every month for the next 12 months I am challenging myself to make something from my sock yarn. Whether it be socks (or in January's case, leg warmers) a BSJ, or any other project calling for sock yarn, there will be one a month for 2009. I am also promising to finish the two sock projects I started (one last year and one THREE years ago!) and get them off the needles. Or in the one case..get the second sock ON the needles. Yup...believe it or not...my first pair of socks is a single! I finished one and never started the second one. I think it's time.....I promise!
(pictures to be inserted when I have the time...darn dial up!)