Happy New Year everyone. I thought we could all use a photo of Little Buddy to start the New Year off the right way. Although he woke up on the wrong side of the toddler bed today, I did get him to smile a wee bit. Maybe he was up in the middle of the night having a party in his bed, Lord knows the rest of my neighborhood was out shooting off fireworks and making all sorts of noise.
As for me I was in bed hoping to start the New Year rested. My goal every year is to have Christmas firmly put away up in my attic before the New Year starts. I want to start off fresh, that means a massive cleaning of my house, sheets washed, garbage out and two trips to the Goodwill with trunk loads of things to donate. I want a clean fresh start to the year.
Even my office/studio got a good cleaning and some rearranging. It feels good to get things in place.
This is where I visit all of you. Sitting in this chair and drinking tea. It is lovely to share time with you.
I also dropped off more donated yarn. Over 4,000 yards, I am trying to be ruthless with my space and my house. I feel like I have so much stuff I don't need. My goal is to donate two to three bags of things a month. Now that does not sound like much but it will end up making a difference. I have been doing that all last year and hope to continue my progress. How did all of this get here in the first place?
Last night I surprised myself with a finish. Right before the year ended. This is my version of the Cancun Lace Boxy Top. I used 648 yards of Cotton Classic yarn, with a size 8 needle. This yarn was some of the oldest in my stash, maybe 18 years old. I am hoping to wear this with a white tank top underneath with jeans. It looks very boxy on my dress form Caroline, remember she is much smaller than me and well frankly does not have arms or hips so it looks better on a real body. Don't mention the arm thing to her she gets upset about that.
Yarn total used in 2016, 15,892 yards, up about 1,000 from 2015. That is just over 9 miles of yarn! I completed 36 projects using yarn, with no real favorite this year, well maybe my Lovey Lambs. While I added a ton to my stash, I used a lot and gave a lot away. I am hoping to use even more up this year. Well as of today I haven't bought any yarn this year!
Today I am starting my new baby ripple. I decided the blue/gray combo was not bright enough so stopped by the yarn store this past week to exchange gray for this green. It seems brighter for a baby boy.
As for 2016, I am not sorry to see you go but am very fearful for the year ahead. I read article after article about the changes that will be attempted to be made to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. While there are many who will fight for Social Security and Medicare, those who receive Medicaid generally are those who cannot fight for themselves. Little Buddy receives Medicaid to meet all of his complex medical needs. Without this very basic insurance he will not receive the therapy he needs nor be able to see his current specialists. He is one of many, many thousands of children that will be affected. If you live in Texas these changes with children are already in the works with Occupational Therapy (that is me) and Speech Therapy being the first to be targeted. There are already changes in the way we treat women's health issues, women's rights, those of a different sexual orientation, color, religious belief, and frankly anyone who is not white and male. I am not excited at how this year, and those ahead of us will turn back the rights for so many. So while 2016 was a tough year for me both mentally and emotionally, 2017 rings in whole new fears. And those fears are personal to me with my work, and for my son.
So 2017 you are here, even if I am not ready for you. All I can do is hope and pray you will not be as devastating as I feel you might be, for me, for my son, and for so many others. I feel this is the year we will look back on and wonder how we got to this point in our lives. How we let our country become a place where we are not evolving, not accepting and welcoming and of course not taking care of those who really need it. Little Buddy being high on that list.
I am wishing you all a Happy New Year with a heavy heart. Not a great way to start the New Year is it? I hope and pray I am proven wrong.