I am not a party girl. Never have been much of one. My ideal New Year's Eve is a few good friends, good food and a handful of DVDs. That's exactly what I'll have tonight when Kevin and I hang with Robin and Cyd to ring in the New Year. I've got my knitting bag all packed and I expect that Islender's sleeve will be growing as the clock strikes 12.
All in all, 2004 was a good year. There were rough spots in the road. The election didn't go the way I'd hoped it would and a heart or two got broken. There were fits of frustration and bouts of self pity. And yet, I'm here, standing on my own two feet, deeply in love and learning more every day about what it means to be a human being on this planet. I've made some incredible new friends through the knit blogging world and knit and finished more projects than I ever thought possible. My skills and creativity are constantly being stretched. Oh, the possibilities!
My knitting/quilting goals for 2005:
1. Organize the stash closet. It's getting a little crazy in there!
2. Knit the items that are currently on my sidebar by the end of February.
3. Finish at least 2 other sweaters that have gravitated to the UFO pile.
4. Sweaters for my daughters in Koigu Kersti.
5. A sweater for Kevin.
6. Really learn how to knit socks.
7. A black lace shawl for me.
8. Start Christmas gifts in May.
9. Finish the quilt for my bed.
10. Throw quilt for the living room.
2005 will be a busy year. I hope that I don't get swept away in the maddening rush, that I remember that it's ok to ask for help and that I continue to learn daily. I make no grand resolutions. I only set in my mind that the kind of person I want to be is a possibility every day through patience, compassion and generosity. I need to remind myself that these things apply to the way I deal with everyone I meet, including my own self.
May your New Year be full of joy, your heart be full of love and laughter and may your needles be swift. Blessings to you and yours.