Let's admit it: I stalled on 'X'. I have strenuously avoided 'Xmas' because I hate the Xpression. So I'm stuck with the X-over between the new year and the old, which is, if anything, even lamer.
From last year's first post, I see that I felt over-burdened with yarn and fabric, and rather guilt-ridden about all the stuff I had, but was not really taking advantage of. I made the following resolutions:
- Knit daily – no, but probably close
- Blog three times per week – no; I averaged twice, with 105 posts in the year, not 156.
- Spin weekly – I don't think so, but I spun more last year than the year before
- Learn 1 weaving technique per month – definitely not!
- Sew more. Some. At all. – no…
- Detash some – yes!
- Practise recorders – no…
- Grow food for J and I (the dogs will eat pretty much anything out of the garden; that's not a challenge). – yes!
- Increase my flexibility, strength and cardio fitness – maybe a bit.
- Decrease my weight, hopefully to pre-shingles levels – yes! Though there has been a slight relapse over hte festive season…
- Learn to sing – no…
- Spend more quality time with J and the hounds – yes!
- Follow my inspiration – no…
- Allow time to breathe. – no…
There's a lot of 'no' on that list, but actually, I'm happy with it. This year, I want to:
- Appreciate what I have;
- Release what I don't need;
- Keep up with the obligations I have taken on;
- Be more aware of what I am achieving.
That's a rather looser list than last year, definitely, but I think I will try and set a concrete goal in each area for each month. I'm also going to number my posts again this year, just because it's fun.
This month, I am going to:
- Make a project list for the year. This has worked awesomely for me in the past, even if I don't stick to it, and it would be fun to appreciate the stash I have rather than wishing for more.
- Destash more fabric and yarn. There's always more that I don't need.
- Work hard. There is a big deadline at the end of the month, and I need to concentrate on it to ensure I hit it, rather than allowing it to hit me. I also need to dye/blend more yarn and fibre in preparation for TIF.
- Try and put together a project round-up for last year. Both my Ravelry and Weavolution records are sadly out of date, and I'm not sure even I can remember what I've been doing in recent months.
More on the X-theme…
I had an Xcellent festive season with my Xceptional family. I think this was the first time in almost a decade that both my brothers were able to get to my parents' house on Christmas Eve and stay well past boXing Day. I think it's safe to say that there are few families who will go sledging -twice!- when the youngest member is 30 and the eldest more than twice that:
The best – and fastest – of the family sledges are at least 15 years old, and technically broken. Large cracks have been mended with various kinds of tape, but we've found no replacements to beat them, so they stay.
My Dad had the most spectacular wipe-out. I managed to catch this shot with light visible between the sledge and the ground, and between the sledge and Dad. No light is visible between Dad and the ground, though his feet are *definitely* well above his head:
Andy was specialising in coming down face-first, with a sh – err, snow-eating grin, which you can't really see. Steering was by means of his toes:
Mum was perfecting a no-hands technique:
Whilst Stu was holding on tight and giggling like a loon:
Me? I'm behind the camera. There is no evidence of my waterproof yellow fisherman's waders. Though, I will say, I am happy to wear them with no shame at all. I like winter clothing which pretty much does away with the need for the sledge – wearing these, you keep going, even if you come off…