Well, hi. I guess I effectively took December off. It was good - Lindsay was here for over 2 weeks, and we had a lovely time. There was lots of family time, talking, visiting, sight seeing, and Christmasing.
Lindsay totally hit it out of the park on the Christmas gifting. Check out what she gave me.
It doesn't get much better than that. Her boyfriend was also here for part of the trip, which we all enjoyed. Especially Kit. She and Brian were pretty tight by the time he left. Also, having a child who can go to the liquor store for you is pretty sweet.
Okay, onward to 2012. I took a look back at my January 1 2011 post to see how I did this year. I think I hit about 50%. My resolutions did not take into account the epic move from Scottsdale to Portland and all of the upheaval/stress/chaos that ensued. Nor was I realistic about what I was going to get done with a toddler. So, there's going to be some carryover from last year. I learned to crochet and have nearly finished an afghan. I did make 4 quilts. I finished most things I started, or I am close to doing so. The photography business is slowly taking root. Still on the list are throwing pots, screenprinting, weaving and project365 (366 this year). I'm also making good progress most days on that pesky computer time (see lack of blog posts).
I'm taking a different approach this year. I've chosen 3 words to live by.
I'll talk about the other two later, but continuing to improve at that pesky finishing thing is super important to me this year. If I have too many undone things, I get lost. I have fewer undone things than last year, but still too many. And on that note, I started the new year by finishing something.
Start (and finish) small, I say. Santa put a lovely skein of Shelter in my stocking which was the perfect hat to knit for my brother. I cast on yesterday and finished today. The pattern is Fortnight without the short rows. As soon as I wove in the ends, the little one said "it's my hat!", crammed it on her head, and ran off. I guess she needs one too. The hat is now washed and blocking - we'll give it a proper treatment soon. Short version is that I enjoyed both the yarn and the pattern. I'd recommend them.
Happy new year, friends. I'm glad you're still plugging along with me into 2012. I plan for it to be a pretty stellar year. Full of finishing.