Its sunny but cold today. We had a good storm last week Thursday and Friday that left about 18 inches of snow on the ground.
The kids had Friday off and Thursday my darling daughter picked up the kids so I wouldn't have to go out in the storm. So I got four uninterrupted days to straighten out the mess that was my sewing/craft room. It always gets trashed over Christmas as that is where all the presents get wrapped and the normal decorative items get stored.
I got rid of a boatload of old knitting magazines and cleared out a shelf on the bookshelf to house all the notions needed for sewing, thus clearing off the sewing table.
Clear table with happy pin cushions waiting for me.
Today I took advantage of hubby going to work and oiled the machine and changed the needle and sat down for some much needed practice. Got to know my machine again and sewed on a simple little Christmas quilt
. Straight lines and turning corners. Perfect practice.
I love the start of something, a new season, a good book, a new knitting project. But the best is the start of a new year. All bright and shiny and full of possibilities.
This year is starting off very quietly for us. A day to kick back and rest a bit. Holiday parties and get-togethers are over. The decorations need to come down but that is a job for after the weekend, I think. I hate putting Christmas away.
Resolutions for this year - stay healthy, live mindfully and lighten up. I want to continue with organizing myself and getting rid of excess. I also what to do more sewing. I have plenty of material to go through.
Again, continue to knit down the stash. I did fairly well last year but there is so much it seems like I barely put a dent in it.
I finished 14 pair of socks in 2014. Wow! That really surprised me. During December I made 4 pair. They were the only projects I worked on in between all the Christmas stuff. I started my first socks for 2015 last night. I think they will go to Chiara for her birthday this month.
I am going to try and get all the afghans done. I have yarn for four. Today I am going to start the Dinosaur Afghan that I got yarn for so many years ago I don't remember. There is enough yarn to make two, which were going to go to Collin and Chiara, if I recall.. They have both outgrown them, but Chiara says she would still like one, so I'll make it and maybe a Diagonal Blanket with the leftover yarn. I hope I still remember how to do Intarsia.
It is very cold and the wind is howling today. We did have some snow overnight but not enough to even need shoveling. I think a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fire is in order.
I love being retired and having the time to pursue all the things I had to put aside while I was raising a family and working full time. I am able to be there for my children and grandchildren, read as much as I can, watch old movies, garden like crazy, knit till my fingers bleed, take walks and bike rides with my DH, and did I mention read, read, read.