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2008: What A Year
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2008: What A Year

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Looking back, I don’t think that there was anyway that I could fully anticipate the changes that 2008 would bring.  The things that were easier to anticipate were the tangibles:  I traveled to some wonderful spots – the Shenandoah mountains of Virginia, south-central Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York CityNova Scotia, the beach, San FranciscoAtlanta, and most recently to Pittsburgh – and saw so many amazing sights.  I read a lot of books.  I saw my family grow as my baby sister got married on a beautiful autumn day.

It was the intangibles that were so unanticipated;  this year was full of many emotional and physical highs and lows.  I learned more about human nature – how some people can let you down and how others can boost you right up.  I spent a lot of time outdoors to nurture my spirit and my mind.  I dealt with one of the scariest and most uncertain times in my life when I got sick in August, but it was the love and care of my family and true friends, as well as the treatment plan of my doctor, that helped me get through the struggle.  And while I am still in treatment for the Lyme disease that I contracted in the summertime, I have gained a new perspective.  If it were not for that “wake up call”, I would have continued on my (mostly) unhealthy path.  I would have continued feeling depressed and lethargic.  I would have continued to eat foods that contributed to the problem rather than provide a solution.  And for this realization, I am grateful.  Not enough to thank the dozen ticks for biting me, mind you, but grateful that I woke up to what was actually happening to me.

…and this is why I can look back with a genuine smile… 2008 has been a year for the books.  I feel stronger, both mentally and physically, and ready to face the challenges ahead.  I have made new commitments for 2009 – first in my mind is my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) certification that starts next month.  (In fact, there are several of us on the Namaste Knitter Ravelry group who are making yoga resolutions for 2009 – check it out if you are interested!)  I hope to continue along my path of health – and I see my yoga training as an integral part of that wellness plan.  Yoga just makes your mind and your body feel good.  This is so much of the reason why I want to share this with others.

Of course, 2008 has been a year chocked full of crafty endeavors – well-documented here on my blog (4.5 years of LollyKnitting Around and counting!).  I have knit my heart out, purchased way too much yarn, and even learned to weave.  I think 2008 has been the year that I was able to learn new techniques and really apply them to my knitting.  It was in November 2003 that I picked up the needles, and this fifth/sixth year of knitting has been the best yet.  I put together a small mosaic of the sweaters that I completed this year:

2008 Knits:  Sweaters

Knit and Handwoven Scarves + Cowls Mosaic

Knit Accessories + Socks Mosaic

(details about all of my projects in My Gallery)

It is hard to choose a favorite among all of the knits, but I do remember the challenge and absolute thrill and satisfaction of finishing my sister’s cardigan back in April.  I felt a similar thrill when I finished my first Fair Isle pullover in October.  Of my weaving projects, I think that I am most fond of my Minou Wrap.

For 2009, I have set some pretty lofty goals.  We’ll see how I fare.  I signed up for the National Knit a Sweater a Month Dodecathon on Ravelry.  Essentially this means that I am hoping to knit at least 12 adult-sized garments in 2009.  I think it is possible, considering that vests and tank tops (no sleeves!) can count towards the total.  I am thinking ahead to all of the garments that I want to make, as well as the yarns that I want to use from my stash.  Should be a fun year!  As for the annual projects, I am still deciding on what the 2009 theme of Project Spectum 4 will be.  If you have some ideas or any feedback, please feel free to comment here or in the PS page…  I am tentatively planning for March 2009, but that is subject to change.

I thank you so much for continuing to read my blog and to send encouragement, love, and support in the form of comments and emails.  I am so very grateful for you and this whole community.

Happy New Year to you, my friends!!

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64 Responses

  1. Trine

    Happy New Year, Lolly!

    I too have the feeling that 2009 is going to be a joyous, healthy year – I also have to start shaping up my body if I want to be able to stand upright when I grow older. I’m going to start working out, fitness/cardiac training and dancing – the latter with my boyfriend. He is also a very active, athletic guy, so if I get in better shape it means we can go on some nice trips together that challenges the both of us physically.

    I can’t wait to get started, and I’m very excited for you too! :) Thank you for sharing so much of yourself, and for being an inspiration to so many of us.

  2. gleek

    what an amazing year for you! i wish you all the best in 2009!

  3. felinemagnet

    Happy New Year, Lolly! I’m glad you have found some silver linings in the dark clouds. May you enjoy good hockey and good knitting in 2009!

  4. Ingrid

    Happy New Year, Lolly! I’m so glad I got to meet you in 2008. I hope our paths will cross again soon!

  5. brooke

    You knit some lovely sweaters this year! Best wishes to you in the New Year!

  6. orinda5

    Thanks for all of your positive energy and inspiring projects!
    Happy New Year!

  7. mel

    Happy New Year!! Funny how big challenges can make for such big (positive) changes! I’m glad for your health and thanks for sharing. Best of luck with your teacher training and the dodecathon, I look forward to reading about both!

  8. Theresa

    Lolly, thanks for another year of beautiful, inspiring, thoughtful, educational and fun blog posts. Happy 2009!

    -Theresa

  9. Jessica

    OMG, that’s a serious project to take on! If you knit 12 sweaters this year, you will officially be my knitting hero. :)
    Beautiful knits of 2008, Lolly!

  10. Elemmaciltur

    Wow, 2008 seemed to have been quite a year for you. I can’t believe that I didn’t catch up on with your having been sick (blame my diploma exams for that)…but it seems that you’re on the best way to recovery to a full health. Here’s to 2009 and to you!

  11. Astrid

    Happy New Year!

  12. maryse

    i’m behind in wishing you a happy new year. i’m very behind in blog reading. anyway, as you know, i’m a big fan of project spectrum so i’m looking forward to number 4.

  13. Mome-rath

    Happy New Year to you! It’s belated, I know, but I’ve been out of the loop for some time. Anyway, I wish you the best of health and happiness in 2009—and happy anniversary to you and Kris!

  14. tiennie

    What a year indeed! I have a feeling that you enjoy every year like this. :) Happy New Year!!

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