Reading other blog posts this week on the “highlights of 2015” got me thinking of my own year in review. After a pretty bad year in 2014, I’m happy to say I have some wonderful memories of last year. Here are some of MY highlights.
January: Most years begin for me with a trip to TNNA. Away from the bitter cold that’s about to set in here in Kansas and off to California where even in a cold snap- it’s got to bring warmth. Last year’s trip was good; as usual, I enjoyed meeting up with old friends and making new ones!
But most of my thoughts were on the new hobby Steve and I were about to take up. I now add gardening to my varied other hobbies (learning Italian, Adobe, and reading everything I can). So you can imagine that January was busy. Pouring over seed catalogs and making plans and decisions. Drawing out sketches of spacing. Visions of heirlooms danced in my head.
In terms of knitting, I was playing around a lot with garter stitch. I’m always amazed at how much can be done with simple knit stitches. I was also putting the finishing touches on my Coastal Knits Collection and getting the patterns ready for sale. All of that along with Woolfest kept me plenty busy.
In February we started planting the seeds to get started indoors. We were very particular that everything needed to be organic from the beginning. We were mostly musing and pondering at this point. Got the seeds started- but little did we know- (and we did know little) – we started them too early.
I had a lot of fun in March. I taught a design workshop and painting on knits (my two favorite topics to teach) at Thread and Beds Retreat with Martha Crossen’s lovely people in Indiana. When I got home, I began to do some Spring Cleaning in the studio, going through boxes of old knitting magazines and organizing. I’m still not done, but it’s a favorite down time activity for me now.
April– wow. I did a fair amount of traveling. I had a booth at YarnFest in Colorado and then at Stitches South in Nashville. I was excited to be in both places because my daughter had just been accepted into grad school at CSU and I was hoping to see my photography professor from my college days on the way to Nashville (didn’t happen, oh well).
May– more traveling- this time to France with the Knitting in Provence trip. Preceded by a trip to Nice with my daughter and followed by the return home to discover – sadly- our 16 year old (deaf and blind) blue heeler’s decline.
In June I got started on a project that’s been rolling round in my head for a couple years now. The Tuscan Cowl, which later became the project for the Knitting in Tuscany trip (October) and the Knitting Monthly project for November. Oh- and my big summer knitting project Endless Garter Stitch! And a little late, but we finally got our garden planted.
July – Began working on the fall Comfort Collection– and – another sad pause, we lost our little female cat.
August – I was absorbed in trends and colors, back to school knits, spending time with both kids before they moved miles away. Made progress on Ray’s blanket.
I spent half of October in Italy. I am totally taken by the country, the people and the language. I taught for two weeks, with a week off in between. I found a lovely apartment, at the Casa Moricciani in Castemuzio- and had a truly magical time. Sounds wonderful, but there was sadness, too. Our old dog didn’t make it for my return.
November– visited my son in his first semester at RIT and started planning for a puppy.
December – knitting like crazy again. Enjoyed the holidays with family and friends.
Looking forward to another great year!