Happy New Year my fellow knitters, bloggers, friends, family, kids, cats, dogs, etc. This year has flown by with out me even realizing it. So I have seen this on a few other blogs so I shall follow suit and try and remember all that I did this past year. A recap, updates, and possibly even a few resolutions. This may be a bit on the long side, so I have prepared a lovely 'Stollen' in honor of the weather and time of year we are having here in Boston.
January: I worked my last few days on the line in Aujourd'hui. Began my training as the relief overnight baker.
February: Flew home to Oregon for my birthday to visit my family who I hadn't seen in over a year. It was great to be home with out the stress of a holiday being the reason.
March: Thanks to Michele whom I followed suit and added my name to the knitting blogging world. We also started our family blogging - on a daily basis (a bit boring if you ask me). LOL
April: I gave my friend Jenn her first knitting lesson. Joined my first knitter swap - Anne you are one special lady. I do believe this is the month that I helped a fellow friend/knitter (Chan) turn the heal of her sock via gmail chat. What a fun way to cement a friendship. A month of sadness for those who lost loved ones in the Virgina Tech violence.
May: Did a lot of planning for our Austria/Germany trip. Kept very busy at work with all the graduations here in Boston. Got a broken blood vessel in my eye right before we left on our 2 week trip.
June: A total blur! Finished the first sock for Sockapalooza.
July: Our 6th anniversary. Met a fellow blogger/knitter/friend when she stopped off in Boston. Michelle it was a pleasure meeting you and I do hope we get to meet up again. Got my invite to Ravelry - LOVE THIS! Finished my sockapalooza socks.
August: Met another blogger/knitter/friend when she and her husband came to look at preschools here in Boston. Jenn it was so wonderful to meet you - I do hope we get the chance again. If only we weren't moving.... Sign ups started for Knit 1 Tea 2 swap that I hosted with Mary and Chan. Received my virtual vacation swap package from Jessi. How fun was that swap. My sockapalooza socks arrived - nice and toasty. Got my 5th tattoo - cupcakes got to love them.
September: Finally finished Isabella.
October: Finished Jason's socks (or second pair that is). This made 3 pairs for the year. Tea party swap arrives and with a wonderful new friend - Nancy.
November: Finished a few XMAS gifts, baby shower gifts, and worked a lot.
December: Took a knitting finishing class - wonderful, awesome, eye opener. Blogged only once and worked over 60 hours in over time.
For the year 2007 I read 40 books and to name a few of my favorites and recommendations (in order of the way I read them) - The Fool's Tale, Tipping the Velvet, Tender at the Bone, The Wal-Mart Effect, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Skipping Towards Gomorrah, The Commitment, Nickel and Dimed, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Lucky, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, Julie and Julia, Run, Lovely Bones, Friends and Mothers, The Starter Wife, T is for Trespass. I recommend all those I have written, but those in bold I strongly recommend. In 2006 I read 76 books (and yes I have spread sheets for both years and will continue to practice this each year).
So for my resolutions this year, I will finish appliqueing my quilt by the end of January, I will try and read more, knit more, bike more, be a better packer, get rid of stuff we don't need, etc. I have never been good with resolutions, but we will see how this year pans out.
To all of you out in blog land and the 'real' land I wish you a very Happy New Year filled with lots of new adventures, wonderful memories, and lots of extra knitting time or 'fill in the blank' you time.
Thank you for a wonderful year and a great community to be a part of.
Cheers and Happy Knits!!!