Resolutions. Day 125.
January 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
Already it is January Second and I find it difficult to believe that both Christmas and New Years are behind us.
I don’t think I took the time to enjoy both events enough, and I am sad to see that neighbors are already taking down their Christmas lights. I think I elected to do way to much, and in the end I got almost all of it done, but didn’t take the time for other activities I wanted to do, like sending out Christmas cards. Some of our good friends send out a “New Years” card in January, after the holiday craziness has died down. They always include a very funny year in review, and I am thinking that, perhaps, this year I would like to do the same.
So, the projects that I completed in time for Christmas were:
Jenny’s Pink Hermione Hat (No picture yet)
My Mom’s Malabrigo Aquarella Sweater Coat—not a jacket, this thing is serious (also, no picture yet … got the project done, but had no time to photograph it)
My Mom’s New England Stole
1/2 finished with a sweater I have designed for ramon, picture and pattern coming soon
Purse pattern for my mom
Skirt for Jenny, that was too big
Sheath dress for Jenny, also to big
I have since almost finished knitting another hat, picture and pattern also coming soon.
Also very exciting, in addition to the brand new Hornshaw Swift—OMG, I love this thing—that my mother gifted me for Christmas, she also gifted a knitting book that I love both the tone and sensibility, as well as the projects. I spent a week agonizing over yarn selections for five of the projects that I want to do, and finally ordered on December 31st at 11:00pm, with the 3g (NO g) on the iPad from the cabin we were staying at for a week in Tahoe. Educational and exciting, the book Modern Top-Down Knitting, by Kristina McGowan has, I think, the best collection of patterns and techniques I have seen in a knitting pattern book, yet. Some of my recent knitting projects have been top down, but the techniques demonstrated in this book will take the execution to a whole new level. Still approachable, and still challenging, I cannot wait to get my yarn.
The swift, photo via of Hornshaw WoodWorks
Spending a few days up at my Mom’s was great, and relaxing. Spending a week practically snowed in in Tahoe was equally as great. I wore my grey Hermione hat the entire time, and was shocked when, even after getting snowed on in less than 20° weather all day yesterday at Squaw Valley, my head stayed dry, and, more importantly, warm. Ramon had some trouble all week with the “mud and snow” tired on the X5, which I have now renamed the Snow Bunny, but in the end the X5 pulled through, pulling our friends Saab story out of the snowdrifted it had, well, drifted into, in the driveway of the cabin we were lucky enough to stay in. So, after 20 bottles of wine, 4 days of snow, a few days of sun, the best Tahoe skiing I’ve ever had, great conversations on with friends on many a chair lift (Thanks CZ, JC, and Ramon!) I had a fabulous, relaxing, and amazing time celebrating new year, even though I was in bed 20 minutes after the ball dropped.
In the Gondola at Squaw:
The Snow Bunny, in all of it’s all-wheel-drive diesel glory, stuck, with chains on
The Snow Bunny finally having Snow Success, pulling the Saab out of the snowdrift
Deciding to leave shadows in the past and not bring them into 2011, I have, of course, made some new years resolutions. In order,
- Actually finish Project Hallway, like I have set-out to do.
- Continue to appreciate Ramon for all he does, and all he is, and not take him for granted
- Spend more time with friends and loved ones
- I have a big idea for a knitting project, and well, yes, I want to do that, too. I apologize for the ambiguity here.
- Read at least 1 book every two weeks.
- Get on the baby bandwagon … we’ll see how I do with that last one, as there is still a lot of convincing to do on the other end.
Additionally the kitties are very happy we are home. They broke into the cabinet with the cat food, and tore open the catnip, so they spent New Years lit, and stuffed to the gills. Not exactly what we had planned, but, really, when is it ever?
Some of the photos in the post are from my good friend Jeff—thanks for everything—and also from Ramon.