Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First Footing

I celebrated the New Year by wearing a new pair of socks. I'm not exactly sure what that means for the year ahead. Warm feet? More knitting? I'm rather odd? Possibly all of those things, but in this instance it also had another meaning. This First Footing pattern is by Kate Davies, and is meant to celebrate Hogmanay. They seemed the perfect way to start 2015, a year I hope to be able to return to Scotland.

Ravelry details here

Saturday I drove into Vancouver to visit Kellen and Anita. We walked a section of the Seawall I had never been on before. The more popular section is the part that goes around the edge of Stanley Park. The section we were on started in the downtown area and was directly across from Granville Island. The colourful building across the water is the cement plant located next to the Granville Island Market.


We saw these people paddling by at high speed. I'm not sure if they were going fast so they would get a good workout, or if it was so they would stay warm. As you can see from the pictures it wasn't the nicest of days. They were brave to be out on the water.


Then we went out for Burmese food at a restaurant not far from their home. It was a little "hole in the wall" kind of place, and had many good reviews online, which turned out to be very accurate. It was delicious!


Now it's back to routine and reality. I always find the first week of January to be an odd mix of fresh and flat. The flat part is that feeling of letdown that comes after the holidays are over. So much time and energy is spent planning for Christmas, then whoosh, before you know it the tree is coming down, decorations are being packed away for another year, and the house feels oddly quiet and empty.

The fresh part is how clear my mind is now that all my thoughts and energy are no longer focused on holiday planning. It feels like there's room to think about something else again, to plan beyond the immediate, and make room for some new things in the New Year. Happy 2015!

29 comments:

  1. Hey Kristie,
    Happy New Year to you and yours! I am loving those socks, I must say. I wear a pair that Christina knitted and I won over at her blog, A Colourful Life. I love them too, and am amazed by the work and talent in every stitch. As you know I do not possess any crafty talents.
    I have never been to Scotland (to my shame). Every year I say to Marc that we must go. It's bizarre given that ideally I'd love to live on a croft in Shetland. Just me and my un-crafty hands.... ;))
    Leanne xx

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  2. Happy New Year, Kristie! The new socks look wonderful! No knitter would think you odd to be wearing new socks for the new year -- it seems completely appropiate to me. Oh, and if you do go to Scotland this year, may I send a shopping list along with you? (Ha!) -- Ruth

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  3. Those socks are gorgeous; I love them. I tried and failed to knit a pair of socks last year, so it's still on my 'to do' list! Happy New Year to you and your family. x

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  4. I love the idea that you had new socks to wear for the new year! I think that is great. Hopefully they will mean that you return to Scotland and if you do, I hope you have a wonderful time! xx

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  5. I think starting the year with new socks is a great way to start off on the right foot. :-D They look lovely and warm!

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  6. Stunning socks and room for a well wrapped lump of coal in one and a bottle of whisky in the other to make it a real First Foot.
    How good to hear that you will be going back to Scotland...

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  7. I feel excited about the things I have planned for the year. I hope you go to Scotland so you can tell us all about it! Great socks!

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  8. First footing! I love that idea (off to find yarn to make new year socks for herself....)

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  9. I love those socks, so pretty and cozy-looking. Your visit to Kellen and Anita's sounds really nice. I've never eaten Burmese food before, your meal looks delicious.

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  10. Oh wow you're socks are awesome!! I think starting New Years off with a new pair of socks is a super idea! Sounds like 2015 is going to be a great year for you.

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  11. What gorgeous socks you have, Kristie - such a knitting talent! January is an unusual month, I always find, and we also went a bit flat after Christmas. Such a long build up for the Christmas fancier/homemaker, then suddenly all is done, and relief is followed by lack of energy. Now, a few more days in, and I am on the upper again, and enjoy my annual January re-decoration and re-arrangement of everything after the Christmas stuff disappears, and while some of my usual commitments are in recess. Good time for creative action. Happy New Year!

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  12. I don't think I have ever seen more stunning socks. Ever! Burmese food sounds very tempting, I like the look of your dish (it is 40 min after breakfast and I am craving lunch). Have a lovely remainder of the week. x

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  13. It was lovely to wear new socks which were a real delight by the way, for the new year. Hopefully your wish to return to Scotland will come true. Best wishes for 2015.

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  14. Happy 2015! I love your new socks, they are utterly gorgeous!

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  15. Happy New Year! I too have knitted new socks for the a new year. Yours look lovely!

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  16. Burmese food? I haven't tried that yet but since I have yet to meet an Asian cuisine I don't love, I'm pretty sure I'd love it too. The rowers reminded me of a book I've recently finished. Have you read "The Boys in the Boat?" Possibly my favorite read of 2014.

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  17. Happy New Year. What a fab idea to have new socks. One day I hope to be able to make my own. We honeymooned in Vancouver and fell in love with the city, then went back 10 years later and didn't like it quite so much (I think too much building work for the Olympics). I remember Granville Market with a lot of affection and remember getting s slice of pizza and sitting on the waterfront watching a man on a unicycle juggling - oh the things we remember!

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  18. I understand the flat and fresh part of January. I feel the same, back to work, my kids back to school. I am not ready for the routine but am ready to be over the Holiday's.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  19. Happy New Year Kristie. I love your socks and although not an experienced knitter I'd love to make some (plain ones to begin with methinks). If you can recommend a pattern I'd be ever so grateful. Thanks. :))

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  20. Your socks look so warm,cosy and colourful, I love those sock holders! it was nice to see Vancover my great grandmother ended up living there. It is one of the places I would like to visit one day! it must have been so different in the early part of the 20th century. Sarah x

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  21. Beautiful socks! I'm afraid I am still sticking with plain socks, I don't think I will ever manage socks as complicated as yours! I loved walking around Stanley Park when we visited Vancouver a few years ago.

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  22. Happy New Year, Kristie. Wearing new socks makes perfect sense to me :) The first full week of January is the opposite for us - back to schedules and school and evening courses and meetings....

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  23. Lovely socks. I hope you get to visit Scotland this year.

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  24. I think that wearing brand-new colorwork socks on the first of the year is the perfect start. Especially a Kate Davies design! :) I agree with you on the first week of the year. I spent it in the field but now that I'm back, I have those mixed feeling as well. The calm is nice although maybe a bit disorienting but that feeling of possibility that comes with a new year...as much as I try not to get into the hype of it, I still feel the excitement creeping in a bit. Hope 2015 treats you well and I will enjoy continuing to read of your many adventures! (which will hopefully include Scotland!).

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  25. I love the clear mind and the clean house of January! Glad you had a fun visit and some delicious food. Also those socks are wonderful :)

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  26. Beautiful socks! Very good way to start the New Year.
    LisaRR

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  27. I'm loving the socks, lamenting how long it's taken me to catch up with my blogging chums this new year, and thinking that you have a point about how getting past Christmas frees up some head space. As I read that I suffered a moment of horror when I realised what a merry-go-round we're on, and then a moment of feeling liberated as I'm resolved to get off it.

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  28. Belated New Year greetings, Kristie. I love the socks!

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  29. The hole-in-the wall places with good food are my favorites. I much prefer them to "fine dining". Maybe I'm a reverse snob. :)

    I was in the process of writing a comment on this post in early January and my iPod ran out of power. My blogging energy seemed to run out with it. But now that the early days of January are past, I'm feeling more energetic.

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