2009 was a great year!
I made some new friends. Met Upstatelisa and her wonderful daughter C at the Vermont Quilt Festival, and we got together one more time here in Ottawa where I met her other two kids (J & B)! I also got to meet the lovely LauraJay and her son A! What a wonderful year of friendship.
Lots of Quilting was accomplished this year.
I also started knitting again in September. My sewing productivity went down, but that's ok. Knitting has been wonderful. I go to a weekly knitting group and I'm becoming more confident with every project. I've also got a long list if things I want to make.
Looking forward to 2010 I'd like to simplify. But I also want to have fun.
I will continue knitting and have signed up for NaKniMitMo10 (National Knit Mittens Month 2010) on Ravelry. Basically you knit a pair of mittens in January and post a photo by the 31st. I will be tackling the Swedish Fish Mittens. Hoping to start them tomorrow.
In February the Olympics are coming to Canada and although I live nowhere near Vancouver, I will celebrate by participating in the Ravelympics 2010. You cast on a knitting project during the opening ceremonies and try to finish by the closing ceremonies. You are supposed to pick something that is a challenge for you. I'm thinking a vest but still not 100% sure. I am on the Stash and Burn groupies team.
I will also be sewing but part of my goal to simplify will be my reduced involvement in swaps. My walls are full of small quilts for now. I will focus on functional quilts and placemats. I am going to participate in row10 with my lovely online quilting friends. We will make one row of a quilt for each person per month. It will be so lovely to have a quilt made by all my new friends. I will probably also do placemat quilt swap, as we could use some more placemats.
Scrap and stash reduction will hopefully be a side-effect of all this quilting. :)
Oh and Dear Jane I will be back! I've missed working on this project.
As far as resolutions go, I'm generally not good at keeping them. But I will try very hard to be more active and be happy with small accomplishments. I always get down on myself if I don't start the gym 7 days a week and then promptly quit. I will start slowly and be happy with any progress. I am also going to make more healthy meals from simple fresh ingredients and try new recipes.
2010 will also be a year of self-acceptance, love, discovery. I've never liked being in photos, or seeing photos of myself. Part of my growth this year will be in participating in 52 Fridays. We will post one self-portrait per week on Friday.
I thank all of my wonderful readers and friends. I try to answer all comments individually, but it does get hard sometimes. Please don't think that they are not appreciated. Thank you so much for all you have given this year.