2009 was a knitting-lite, event-heavy year for me.
First, the knitting. I made mostly small projects this year: socks, scarves and small shawls, quite a few of which were gifts. It was fun looking over them, and thinking about what I’d like to make more of next year.
This is what they are (links go to Ravelry project pages): 1. Dark Ice Cowl, 2. Vintage Floral Tea Cosy, 3. Druidess Beret, 4. Laminaria, 5. Om Shanti Bed Socks, 6. Hemlock Ring Blanket, 7. Anemoi Mittens, 8. Over the Garden Wall Socks, 9. Hedera Socks, 10. Kate’s Ishbel, 11. Cath’s Ishbel, 12. Another Laminaria, 13. Wedding Shrug, 14. Tess, 15. Ruby’s Layette, 16. Haven
And the events?
Well, on the family and friend front, we visited relatives in Germany, and had family and friends come and stay with us. Our dear friends Kersti and James got married, and baby Ruby was born in November.
I ran my first 5k in May, and Alice and I ran our first 10k in September.
My year was punctuated by the month-long intensive yoga training course into which I immersed myself in August. It was the first time I have been away from my family since, well, since I have had a family. The yoga training has changed me. I am now calmer, more detached in stressful situations, and quicker to bounce back from things that might have affected me more deeply in the past. All of which is another way of saying that I am more happy, more often. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to make this change, especially to Steve and my boys for so happily sending me off and fending for themselves in those weeks!
The second half of the year marked changes for several members of my family. In September, my boys both started new schools and I started a new job, as well as starting to teach a yoga class. Life felt very hectic for a while as we all adjusted to our new environments. My new job has taken up much of my time and energy over the last few months. Next year, I hope to regain a better balance: to have more time to spend with friends and family, and more time and energy for myself.
Whatever you are hoping for in 2010, I wish you all the best, and hope that it comes to pass. Happy New Year!
1. Our holiday in Amalfi, 2. Running my first Race for Life, 3. Visiting family in Germany, 4. Cousins sharing afternoon tea, 5. My boys performing together for the last time at their old school, 6. A wonderful week with Anthea and her daughters, 7. Training as a yoga teacher, 8. Alice and me running our first 10k race, 9. Kersti and James’s wedding, 10. Baby Ruby is born