The house is de-Christmas’d, given the impending dawn of the 6th. Well, everything except the cards folks sent us because we just got another one today — I can’t not let it have its chance to hang with the others, can I? That just seems heartless. So the cards will stay until Twelfth Night, at which point we’ll be well and truly ready for the next big thing: garden planning.
Until then, however, it seems I’ve been knitting again — and not only that, but I even gave some of my yarn away! Full disclosure: Not voluntarily. While my parents were in town my mom was exclaiming over the amount of yarn I had stashed away, chipmunk-like, and while rummaging through it, decided that some of my sock yarn (ironically, the yarn I made her socks out of last year) would be perfect for a scarf. For her. So she kidnapped my yarn (and magazine with the pattern in it, and needles), but after some initial indignance, I have to admit it’s probably for the best.
I’m excited about the year’s knitting, and not just because on New Year’s Day I finally finished up a baby project (modeled somewhat baggily above by Lulu) that had been languishing — auspicious omen, neh? — but also because I’m actually coming up with viable ideas for what to do with the problematic yarns in my stash which hitherto I couldn’t bear to throw/give away, but I couldn’t think of projects for either.
The very first of these? Mitts for me, and not just mittens, but thrummed mittens! I’ve been wanting to make these since I saw the pattern once. Seeing as I lost one of my (gorgeous, beloved, sniff) Newfie mitts while visiting with The Boy’s family up north, it seemed like a good time. Not only that, but it would allow me to finally use up two rogue balls of alpaca (since the mitts can’t be machine-washed anyway, why not?!), some roving I’d found in a garage sale (I’ve since bought nicer stuff) and likely some other miscellaneous alpaca too. W00t!
Top that with the number of started and half-way-done projects from last year (uh, or earlier) and 2011 is looking very promising indeed on the knitting front.
So what else for the new year? Well, I’d decided back in November on the theme, and this year I’ve decided to add 3 goals as well. Not sure yet how I feel about the goals (and they are goals, of the SMART variety, not resolutions), so as per usual, everything is on probation for a month or so until Chinese New Year. I’ll know by then.
Lastly, I took advantage of our warm spell to refill the bird feeders (and re-squirrel-proof them) and I’m glad I did. We spent a goodly amount of time over the weekend (mostly over tea and snacks) watching the different birds flitting out from the trees.
This new year was rung in a lot more quietly than the past couple have been, but I think it was a nice balance out to the year as a whole. Even though I’m really not, I feel well-rested and ready for January. Let’s see how long that lasts!