2013 seemed to go by in a blur of ups and downs. I am hoping to keep a better handle on 2014 and make it a year full of more intentions. While my professional life is keeping me very busy, I am determined to set aside time for knitting and spinning and continue to find ways to include my daughter in on the fun.
Last year, I purchased my first fleece, and M was there to help sort and wash it with me. She also helped pick out my only purchases at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck) and guided (or dragged) me around the barns to visit with every sheep at least three times before we left. She has a definite interest and still likes to treadle at the wheel, but I think her interests fall much more toward the fiber and spinning side of the spectrum and she has no interest in knitting or crocheting at this point. I believe her words were: “But Mommy, you can just make it for me”.
However, because of her guidance, I had a wonderful time at Rhinebeck and was able to keep my spending down.
During the Ravelry and Podcaster meet-up she entertained herself, as well as a few unsuspecting passersby, with an enormous leaf pile of fun:
As Fall came to a close, I began seriously buckling down and trying to crank out my Christmas hand knits. I didn’t attempt to complete nearly as many items as last year. Instead, I focused on a couple special pieces that were themed according to their recipients.
I ended the year off by knitting and crocheting blankets in rapid succession. Unfortunately, this has continued into the new year and I cannot seem to see the light at the end of the enormous-project tunnel. One more blanket to finish and three sweaters to complete and I will be able to move on to less (self-imposed) “obligation” knitting.