2011 has been a rough year. I can't say I am sad to see it go. The ups and downs have been crazy. Some things I have shared with all of you and a lot I have not. But thinking back on it, it is a year I have survived and hopefully grown stronger, more compassionate and hopeful. This year I have made hexagon bags, Japanese flower shawls and scarves, baby blankets, and a knitted dress. I have crocheted little purses, many scarves and cowls and completed several scarves and shawls on my loom. I have been productive through all the ups and downs with yarn being my constant companion. I have said it a million times that I think working with yarn in some form actually saves my life. It centers me and calms me down when I feel like I am going crazy. It challenges me in many different ways and makes me totally exasperated when a project doesn't work. And the brilliant thing is when my project is not working out, or just back talking me too much I can put it in time out, or just plain throw it away. Yes the dress made from corn fiber yarn is still in time out and remember my circle vest disaster...it went in the trash bin long ago. If only life were that easy.
I like to start the New Year on a fresh note. Today I took down every Christmas item in my home and packed it away. The tree came down and is at the curb with all the ornaments nestled back in their boxes. The beds have been changed and the bathrooms cleaned. After I make a batch of agave sweetened cookies the kitchen will be cleaned. When I go to bed on New Year's Eve I like everything to be in its place so we start the New Year with a fresh clean slate. I am getting ready for the change from the old year to the next. Last year bloggers were very big into picking a word to represent their upcoming year. I did not do it last year but I know I have no choice this year. My word is CHANGE whether I like it or not. My Mother will not make it through the year, she is hanging on by a thread and seems to rally here and there, but I know her time is very limited. My Dad will not ever adjust to her loss. My son will graduate and head off to college in the late summer. My youngest will hopefully transition out of puberty which has been extremely hard on him. And while it is all happening I will have yarn in my hands and blog friends to see me through.
My wish for you my dear friends is a New Year that brings you and your loved ones health, peace and happiness. I know many of you have suffered a tough year for medical, financial, or personal reasons. I wish for you to meet the challenges of the New Year with grace, patience and love. We are all so blessed to have each other in this wonderful blog universe. I am thankful for all of you everyday. Tonight I will be home waiting up for my oldest to return. At the stroke of midnight I will say a prayer for a better 2012 and I will include all of you.
Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve and a blessed 2012.