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Happy New Year!

Hello January! Can you believe it’s 2015 already? Whenever time really seems to fly by, it’s important to remember that life is short: this year again, I’m going to do my best to make the most of every moment. It was only one year ago that I not only suffered a stroke that paralyzed my right side but incredibly have also recovered. I take no single day or circumstance for granted.

The pre-Christmas season was incredibly busy and Christmas was calm, peaceful, and full of light. Now that January is here, I no longer feel the need to make resolutions. Actually I quit making resolutions decades ago, but I used to make quite firm goals. As I’ve entered into this wonderfully rich chapter of my life (busy retirement), there is no more compulsion to strive to attain ‘targets’. The days are rich so I feel quite content. I do have a special wish for each of you. It’s actually the wishes of author Neil Gaiman, but I had to borrow them because I wish I had thought to say what he has so eloquently shared:

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, sometime in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

The knitters among you are likely wondering when on earth I’ll finally show a few of the items I was so busily knitting for Christmas gifts for my family. It all began in October. First was a simple Watchman’s cap for my son to wear at work and for dressier times plus a luscious cashmere/silk herringbone scarf for him to wear.

men

I also made a pretty little shawlette for the lady in his life. She loves colour and orange is one of her favourite colours.

lazy daisy shawlette

And, using magic loop for the first time (which I really really like), I made two pairs of fingerless gloves. I also made three hats, again using magic loop.

4 knits

I’m also a tad pleased with myself since I made a darling cable and lace hat. So now I’ve learned to use magic loop, do lace, and make cables. Not bad for a newbie (excuse the blatant pat on my own back).

Hermione Cable & Eyelet Hat

I also made a pair of mittens but not just any mittens. I made them two-at-a-time on magic loop. Yesirree. That’s the way to do it!

two-at-a-time mittens on magic loop

Oh and one of my darling neighbours, who is  also a knitter (she knits beautiful socks! you should see how beautiful she knits) gifted me a lovely skein of yarn that is very locally grown/spun/dyed. It’s a beauty and I can hardly wait to get it on the needles. But first, I need to finish the sweater (something for me) I started the day before Christmas. So far so good. It’s my first sweater. 2014 has been chock full of firsts, so I plan to carry that over into 2015.

cropped raglan sweater

One of our dogs, Pearl, has started to show her age this past year. We’ve had her in for several tests but haven’t been able to determine the definitive cause of some of her symptoms. Bloodwork shows she is healthy as a horse, yet she’s losing hair like mad (much more than mere shedding) and the choking they feel is likely laryngeal paralysis which only surgery will correct. At her age, we have opted not to put her through the surgery. She’s still very pretty though, don’t you think?

©Diane M Schuller, Australian Shepherd

Oh, one more thing. You know how some things really impact us, whether it’s something we read, or see, or experience? Well, this was something I heard on CBC Radio and can’t get it out of my mind so I’m sharing it with you. A beautiful moment heard December 15th on CBC’s “The Next Chapter”, author Rudy Wiebe was answering the Proust questionnaire. When asked, What’s your greatest fear? he responded, “Hurting someone I love … my greatest fear would be damaging someone I love spiritually.”
What a beautiful soul that man has to respond in that way.

Now that January is here, what are your thoughts / plans / goals for the coming year? What do you look forward to doing/seeing/accomplishing?

 

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lisa - January 1, 2015 - 4:36 pm

My goodness, you have been busy knitting, Diane, and everything you’ve done is so very beautiful.

I am so glad that you had a wonderful Christmas. We did too, but it’s always such a whirlwind of activity here, that I need a couple of weeks after it has passed, just to recover! 🙂 It’s definitely all good though.

Pearl is indeed so beautiful. She has such a precious face.

I wish you a most beautiful New Year, my friend. xo.

Gabriele - January 1, 2015 - 6:46 pm

I adore your quote-
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, sometime in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
I have had some magic and madness in December. All that art I did over this year had itself a little show. Some nice people invited me to show at their center.
You always share such nice things. Thanks for lifting my spirits.

Celia - January 1, 2015 - 11:47 pm

Happy New Year Diane!
Well you’ve taken to knitting like a duck to water! All those beautiful creations from gorgeous yarns – I hope each stitch has helped you move forward and feel stronger.
My resolution for my work this year is ‘Sticking to the Knitting’ (not quite sure which business leader coined that one but I like it) – not meaning knitting all day but focussing on what I do and do it as well as I can without getting side-tracked.
Celia xx

katie - January 3, 2015 - 3:37 pm

beautiful knitting diane! the pup is indeed a beauty 🙂 i have a few goals for the year, all attainable i believe~ when school resumes, i will begin volunteering for our grade school reading program. helping little ones that struggle & giving extra reading time for others. the goal being that they all become better readers~ on the knitting homefront my goal is to keep better notes!
always good to see a post from you~

happy new year~

katie

Jessie - January 5, 2015 - 9:13 pm

What a beautiful start to the new year.
Beautiful quotes, beautiful knitting, and a beautiful dog!
Happy New Year!

Alina - January 6, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Happy New Year, Diane! Beautiful collection of handknits. My New Year resolution is very similar to yours – stop making plans and live in the future, but enjoy every single present moment to the fullest!