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 City, Nova Scotia, the beach, San Francisco, Atlanta, 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:
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!!