Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Year Comes to an End

I've posted some reflections...but I am not going to post plans.

I have ideas of things I want to knit—and some of them will get knit—and some won't.
But I have learned--Life interferes with plans!

Still I have some ideas of what I want to accomplish in the coming year--

This past year has been a good one--(and it's good its over, too!)

It's held some firsts—I made my first PDF's of a pattern (and offer it for sale on Ravelry)
So far—I have just sold 1 copy of one pattern--but several of my free patterns have become popular, and have been knit by many! So slowly, I am building my reputation.

I am still learning—this year I learned yet another cast on--the Knotted (Russian) cast on—and a new bind off—Jeny's Surprisingly stretchy bind off.

I stumbled upon a new stitch as well – I can hardly say I created it—it's more a case of making an error, and seeing value in it!

Yesterday, I finished the double knit head band I was knitting—and immediately started another!
(Some one has to knit the 20 additional hats—and I can't ask others to help me with this project if I am not willing to go the distance myself!)

I have to sort about and find some of the odd balls and left over bits of yarn and work out some designs—I know I could just take a plain skein, and knit a simple watch cap—but whats the fun in doing that?

So much more fun to add some stripes or chevrons, or cables, or some other design element. It does take a bit more time—but it also make the time spent more pleasurable!

I taught more this year --and I hope I teach more still in the coming year.

I've tried (and failed, but that's OK) some new challenging things.. and I hope by the end of next year, these challenges will be listed as accomplishments.

There is less of me, too. I haven't tried to lose weight--but I have thought about, and tried to eat healthier--more fruits, more vegetables, less meat, less junk food. Losing weight has been a side effect--(and it pleases me.)

My plans this evening are low key (TV? Perhaps a movie) I have seen enough New Years to recognize that the event is only as important as I want to make it.

Here's hoping that next year is a happy productive one.. that brings exciting new experiences, and joyful beginnings.


Anonymous said...

Feliz Año Nuevo Helen, I have enjoyed your blog since finding it. You have taught me how to knit in the round, do Latvian Braids, try some different cast-ons. Here's to a New Year filled with peace, hope, and life. Judy

gayle said...

Happy New year!
I'm looking forward to 2010. 2009 was flat-out awful. Too many losses.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good, productive, healthy year. I hope 2010 brings more of the joy :)