Monday, January 01, 2007

And So It Begins

Another year. Already. How does this happen? Where have I been during the last 12 months? sigh.

Truth be told, I'm happy to see the arse-end of 2006. It couldn't have ended soon enough. See ya later, 2006! Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

Here's to 2007 being a much better year. Mr. Happy and I are hoping that, in the words of the Zombies, "This will be our year, took a long time to come."

I've been off all week, but I've been in a blogging rut. I feel like I have a lot to say, but my creative energy has been zapped. I think it was the last minute Christmas knitting. Or the chocolate. There was a lot of chocolate.

Henry has been under the weather, having contracted the Noro-virus that was going around. He hasn't been able to even think about blogging since the day Cheryl put the Noro Yarn on sale. He's been monopolizing the bathroom and demanding Gatorade. When he isn't in there, he's hanging out with the four balls of Noro Kureyon that followed me home. He's no longer wearing his hat and is threatening to peel off the Noro lables so that the five of them can start a "naturalist" society. I don't even want to think about what kind of implications this has for his child.

I've been in a knitting rut too, not knowing what to start. Or what to finish. I did finish my Christmas gifts, but due to weather circumstances we haven't delivered over half of them. I think it was the anxiety of finishing up all the gifts and then the disappointment of not getting home to see my family that led to this moment:

My Knit Nap

Kidding. I'm not really having a breakdown in the photo. This is how Mr. Happy found me this afternoon. He had gone out to get a movie and I fell sound asleep on the couch. I had been knitting up until my eyes got droopy, so I just dropped the needles and cocooned myself under the covers. He thought it was all quite funny, especially the strand of yarn leading under the blankets.

Since I can't yet show you what projects I finished for Christmas gifts, instead, I'll show you what I've started or plan to start:

1. Euroflax Linen handtowel from Mason Dixon Knitting:


I started this on metal needles, b/c they were the only long needles I had in the right size, but they proved too slippery, which explains why the project is jammed onto tiny DPNS.

2. Socks for Mr. Happy

Socks for Andrew

This is leftover Opal 6-ply I've had for a while now. I want him to have handknit socks, but the other ones I started for him are taking too long. These are fast. I'm already at the heel of the first sock now.

3. Posh Sock Yarn from a very nice employer

My Christmas Gift - from Cheryl

Isn't it pretty? I want to make the cabled rib socks, because I know that cables keep me interested.

2007 Goals
In the spirit of the season, I'm going to include some goals for 2007. No resolutions, they are usually broken before breakfast on the 2nd... Just goals:

1. Sweater: Knit a sweater for myself - I've got the yarn for it. I just need to do it.

2. Knit at least 2 pairs of socks: I've got lots of sock yarn, I just need to "get ta' steppin' " as my dear friend Becca would say.

3. Go through 2007 without a visit to the Physiotherapist: I need to take care of my wrist. I've noticed that the tendons are inflamed again. Time for the PT prescribed exercises.


I hope everyone had a great holiday with their friends and families. We spent New Year's Eve with Mr. Happy's sister and some friends, playing The 1980s version of Trivial Pursuit. For someone who was a "young'un" in the group, I managed to get the most "pie-winning" correct answers for my team, with answers like "Go-go music" and "Cam Neely" (Thanks Alison, I'm sure Neiley was a typo - but perhaps one day little Cam will be a Trivial Pursuit answer for his sportmanship!). I'm pretty sure that I owe my success to my big brother, who inundated our house with music and pop culture in the 80s. So thanks, Big Bro, for all that metal music that shook my bedroom wall. I couldn't have done it without you.


  1. Meh - I feel similarily. I NEED to have a more productive 2007 (not referring to knitting).

    Very funny - the photo, and the comment about Henry trying to covince the Kureyon to go au natural.

  2. Happy New Year! I hope 2007 treats you kindly. Take care of that wrist!

  3. Hey Steph. I think you mean Cam Neely, of NHL fame. Cam Neily is only seven years old, I'm pretty sure he hasn't made it into Trivial Pursuit yet, especially the 80s edition.

  4. Cam Neily will most likely make it to the Trivial Pursuit board...because I am certain his dramatic nature will lead him to Oscar Glory ;)
    I was starting to miss you Steph, glad to have you back!

  5. Happy new year, Steph! I hope it's a good one at the Happy household.