happy new year!

2008 in photos

It’s been an eventful year.

I turned 40 in January and had the most fabulous birthday party imaginable. Steve collected everyone’s photographs from the weekend – you can see them here if you are interested.

March saw my entry into the blogosphere, and I am thrilled to have taken the plunge! It has been so rewarding becoming part of an online community of knitters – something I just do not (yet) have in ‘real life’. Making some wonderful new friends through my blog has been an unexpected joy this year. It has been great to meet a couple of you in real life, and it is lovely to think that I could travel all over the world and meet people who I already ‘know’. Thank you for reading my blog and for your supportive, funny, kind and wise comments and emails. They have meant so much to me this year.

There was a precious new addition to our family in February – my nephew Max was born after a difficult pregnancy for my sister-in-law.  His coming into the world at all seemed like a little miracle, and his recovery from a recent illness was truly a blessing. I am looking forward to watching him and all my nieces and nephews grow and flourish this year.

We spent time staying with family members, and had others come to stay with us. My beautiful niece caught the knitting bug, and is my only family member (so far) to join me on Ravelry. I am looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

We were lucky to get tickets for the astonishing History Cycle at Stratford upon Avon. This was a production of all eight of Shakespeare’s History plays, performed by the same cast over a three day marathon. It was a theatrical experience unlike any we have had before, and I am so glad that we were able to take our boys to share in it. Theatre and film are two art forms for which we share a passion in our family; it is so rewarding to see our boys internalise this love as they step on stage themselves and start to make their own films. I am looking forward to seeing and experiencing more of their and others’ productions this year.

I was the most ill that I have ever been when I contracted pneumonia in July. But if it were not for that illness, I would not have jumped in to begin training as a yoga teacher, or started running with the help of a personal trainer. I am excited about running in my first 5k event with a friend in the next couple of months, and I am looking forward to the first stage of my yoga training, which starts in a few weeks with a 6-month foundation course.

We went to some wonderful places this year – Steve and I visited Copenhagen, and we took our boys to Rome. Other trips had to be cancelled, but we are already making new plans to compensate… I am looking forward to seeing more of the world this year.

I have had so much fun knitting this year! You can see the projects I completed here. My resolution last year was not to make anything that didn’t fit me again, and with one exception (which by the way I have plans to remedy), I have managed to stick to it! I went to Woolfest, saw the Yarn Harlot speak at the I Knit Day in London, and I had my first ever knitting pattern published in Popknits. This year I am looking forward to being part of the Sock(topus) Club, and maybe even meeting some local knitters as a result!

Happy New Year – I hope you have a wonderful 2009, and that whatever you are looking forward to comes to pass!

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