Here is where I thought I was headed at the beginning of 2013, along with updates:
- I hope to get a book published this year. Getting Ting Ting published was a dream come true. It has been an amazing experience from start to finish. I still can't believe it actually happened!
- I would like to go to Shetland, and also possibly Wales and Scotland. Not only did I make it to Shetland and Wales, I also managed to see some of the Cotswolds. I have so many great memories from my travels with Kath, Melissa, John, Gill and Jean, not to mention a bit more souvenir yarn that has been added to my stash!
- I would love to move to a small cabin on a few acres somewhere, anywhere where there are trees. It is starting to feel like time to leave Kamloops. We might not be on a few acres, but I'm okay with that. I love our cottage, and we are definitely surrounded by those trees I was longing for. Back in January this move didn't seem remotely possible, yet here we are!
- 2013 seems like a good year to become a grandparent. It was definitely a good year to become a grandparent! In a year filled with so many wonderful things, Lucy tops the list.
- I hope to knit several of the patterns out of the Colours of Shetland book by Kate Davies. I would like this to be the year I knit my souvenir yarn - the cashmere from my trip to China and the yarn from Scotland. After all, if I make it to Shetland I will need that room in my stash for all the Jamieson & Smith yarn I intend to come home with! I hope to knit at least a few of the fun things out of the Arne and Carlos books. And last but not least, I know several people having babies, so there will definitely be some baby knitting in 2013. This was a hit and miss category. I have yet to knit a single project out of Kate's book, although I am partway through her Northmavine hap. And does it count that I bought the yarn at J&S for her Scatness Tunic? As far as getting some of my souvenir yarn knit up, that was a complete miss. Which is probably why the Jamieson & Smith yarn I bought in Shetland is still in the bag I brought it home in - there's no room for it in my yarn bins. I did manage to knit Hannah from the Arne and Carlos Knitted Doll book, and I got loads of baby knitting done.
I closed last year's list of the directions I would like to be heading in 2013 with these two sentences, having no idea at the time how true they would prove to be:
I think I should dub 2013 as The Year of Thinking Big! It will be interesting to see how it unfolds.
Our new home...
And best of all, Lucy...
Now it's time to look forward. Here are my New Year Directions for 2014.
- I hope, with the help of some friends, to get a couple of garden boxes set up this spring. I really miss my garden, and am itching to be able to play in the dirt again.
- I would like for this to be the "year of the memoir." I have wanted to get our family's adoption/homeschooling story written for some time. I have finished a first draft, but it needs to be completely reworked. It's a big undertaking, and not one I am confident I can succeed at, but I would like to at least make the effort. You may be seeing bits and pieces of the story on this blog if all goes as planned.
- I would like to get another book published this year. It's such a short sentence for such a big thing!
- On the knitting front I am doing something odd and not setting any goals. I'm going to see where my needles take me this year. I'm still firmly entrenched in my Fair Isle phase, and don't see that ending any time soon. There will be more knitting for Lucy, and maybe another Arne and Carlos Knitted Doll. Ellen and I have established another Self-Imposed Sock Club, but this time have decided to skip June, July, and August as that was when we fell apart with our last Self-Imposed Club.
- On the travel front, if all goes as planned there is going to be something a little different happening this year. My mom has stated that she would like to have her 80th birthday dinner in Las Vegas. She randomly told me this last time I was visiting her. I was driving down the road and almost drove in the ditch as she said it. Her birthday is in mid-February, so we need to get moving on this. Ellen and I have also been talking about going to Peru this spring, but given we are both a little short of funds, this seems like a long shot.
- This year, for the first time ever, I am picking a word for the year. The word I have picked perfectly captures the direction I want to head in 2014, and I am quite excited about it. However, it deserves its own blog post, so more on it next time!
Thank you for journeying with me this past year. Happy New Year to each one of you!
"You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream." C.S. Lewis