Sunday, December 27, 2015

Nearing year's end...

I can't believe Christmas has come and gone already!  If you celebrate, I hope it was a good one for you.  
 
In all honesty, the last few months I've fought off not feeling well, discouragement about not feeling well, anxiety about insurance, frustration over miscommunications with some of the staff in my doctor's office, and sometimes just downright poor communication.  To say I wasn't in the mood for Christmas is an understatement.  I had days where I just wanted to skip Christmas and the year to be over already.

In the end, Christmas was pretty simple, but when all was said and done I think I enjoyed it more this year than I have in a long time.  We played lots of games, ate simple foods, and I pretty much had the philosophy that if it didn't really need doing, it didn't get done.  And that was okay!  I think I learned some things about keeping what's truly important a priority when spending time with family and friends.  At the end of the day what makes me happy is to know I enjoyed and loved these people.   And that they loved me.

And, as if that isn't enough, I'm happy to say I managed to crochet some small gifts with the new yarn I got in last weekend, and that makes me feel so good.  :^)

Adeline Fingerless Mitts:

 


and a Double Shell Headband:


The yarn used in both projects is Willow Wash Heather.  It's a soft non-pilling acrylic that just grows softer with washing.  While the color is lovely, I confess these pictures show it a little brighter than it truly is.  This color is called Mulberry Heather and it has purple flecks spun into the deep red yarn  It is a beautiful color and I wish I had ordered more. 

And now... it may be a lofty goal with only 4 days left, but I'm going to strive to finish the Arrowhead Blanket before the end of the year.  I'd love to start the new year with a clean slate.  So many new crochet ideas and projects have been inspiring me.  Nothing like starting some fresh new projects at the beginning of a new year.  :^)

To see what other Yoppers are up to this week, visit our thread on Ravelry by clicking on the graphic below:


http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/a-year-of-projects/3342685/1-25


 
 
 
Happy New Year!

10 comments:

  1. Wow...very nice...love the color and I'll have to look up those mitts....

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  2. I'm glad you had a good Christmas in the end and the mitts are gorgeous.

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  3. I think your philosophy on if it really didn't need doing then don't worry about having to get it done is the right one. So many this time of year get so stressed out over it all and it comes and goes just the same. It's about time spent with family and friends and those whom we love, that simple. There is just something about starting the new year off with fresh new ideas and clean slate, like a fresh blanket of snow that hasn't been walked in yet! Looking forward to seeing what the new year holds for you.

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    1. What I find odd is how when life forces us to not stress about unimportant things, it's such a lightbulb moment. That so many things we (I) tend to stress over often just don't deserve the emotional expenditure. Something to ponder in the new year...

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  4. I am happy for you that you enjoyed your Christmas! And those mitts are just stunning!!! I was so surprised to see just 2 crochet FOs this year in my projects! Looking forward to 2016 and getting back to my favorite crochet hooks! Thank you for inspiration!

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    1. Beuatiful knitter that you are, it tickles me to think I could be even a small inspiration to getting you to pick up your crochet hooks. Happy New Year, Alina!

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  5. I have to say, I had exactly the same feeling about Christmas this year - and it was probably our best Christmas in ages! Simple and sweet, and in the end everyone was so relaxed!

    Love your projects, too, and hope that 2016 will be a better year for all of us!

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    1. Funny how that works. I say I want a simpler Christmas, but until I'm forced to actually do it (because I'm not up to anything else) it doesn't manage to happen. Oy vey

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