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Happy New Year…a day late

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

I’m starting 2013 today…a day late I know, but yesterday turned out to be a write-off and I’d prefer to start afresh today. I think I probably managed to jinx yesterday by deciding on New Year’s Eve that my main resolution for 2013 was to be fit and healthy. I had no sooner formulated the thought in my mind before I felt like someone had hit me on the head with a block of concrete and I spent New Year’s Eve in bed dosed with flu remedy feeling like I’d been got by the lurgy to end all lurgies. Flu twice in a month, or twice in three weeks if we’re nit-picking seems a little unfair. And to think I could have been skiing down a mountain at midnight holding a flaming torch to show me the way! (Well OK, I probably wouldn’t have even if I could have, but it would have been more fun than my evening was!)

So enough moaning – not a good way to start the year.

2013 is going to be a good year. I’m going to get myself fit again, run some races, not buy more fabric, learn how not to micromanage my children and stop worrying about them and just enjoy the fact that they are all healthy……

It’s a bit like last year and the year before really….simplify my life, don’t sweat the little stuff, take time to smell the roses (once the snow has gone!). I suppose that just shows that this is all a path I’m walking along and slowly but surely I will get there. There are no radical changes in my life, just more of the same and hopefully living a mindful life, a full life, a life lived to it’s potential.

There may be a new job on the horizon in 2013. This is a slightly scary thought, but I shall investigate, see what’s what and step a little outside my comfort zone. That usually turns out to be a good thing to do.

At some point I’m also hoping to finish the Austin Hoodie that should have been in my daughter’s Christmas stocking. It’s getting there – and it WILL be lovely when it’s done! This is a great pattern, full of neat little details – I like the cuffs and the woven stitch around the chest. I like the fact that the sleeves are picked up at the shoulder and knitted down to the cuff. I like that there is no sewing together. When this is done, its really done and ready to wear.

So to all of you put there who take the time to stop by – I wish you a peaceful and happy year, a year of living life to the full and enjoying the good things even when life throws hard things your way too. I hope those of you who don’t usually comment will say hi sometime – I’d love to get to know you a little better.

Happy New Year!


17 Responses to “Happy New Year…a day late”

  1. Susan Says:

    I hope you get these germs conquered, Helen. And your plans for 2013 are perfect. As you said the path is already started, you just have to continue to your goal. I know you can do it.

  2. Lush Says:

    Wow!! that is looking great!! Sticks & string & bucket loads of talent is all that is required.
    Hope you are feeling better soon, we can’t get beyond breakfast, some phone calls, walk along the seafront or to the village, then a big nap is required. I am blaming the weather LOL

  3. Katy Says:

    Happy new year! Hope you’re feeling better today, an loving the look of the hoody!

  4. CarlaHR Says:

    You are down the home stretch with the Hoodie – looking good – interesting way of doing the sleeves. I’m starting to get into the knitting spirit now that I’ve got 9 pairs of socks behind me (1 pair to go – for hubby he says he is like the shoemaker’s son – everyone else in the family but he now sports a pair of hand knitted socks) I feel like tackling something bigger.
    Your goals are good and achievable and the “new job” sounds intriguing.

  5. Catherine Says:

    The hoodie looks amazing. And a job that takes you out of your comfort zone is a good thing: certainly the best thing I ever did

  6. diane stanley Says:

    I wish you a healthy New Year. I can’t believe how beautifully you knit. The hoodie will be worth the wait.

  7. Kathryn Says:

    Happy New Year! I love the hoodie, and I’m very impressed at how quickly you have knitted it despite the flu (which I hope has now gone away for good!)

  8. Ainslie Says:

    Happy new year.

    I am wondering how you deal with the weight of the hoodie while you knit that last arm? And do you find it gets twisted as you go round and round the sleeve? These are difficulties that I experience, so any advice would be appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Gillian Says:

    I thought I’d say hi – I’ve been following your blog for about 4 months and I really look forward to your posts. That jumper is gorgeous – a great colour. I’ve learnt to crochet this year and am furiously churning out blankets (that sounds a lot faster than it is). Make that one blanket (I’m on my second) and a few scarves! Happy, healthy 2013.

  10. MelD Says:

    Get well soon!
    I like your philosophy – and after all, if we got all we wanted each year, what we do then?!
    Gorgeous hoodie – love the details, too, though not certain that woven band is in a good place geographically?! Love to see it on the model when it’s done…
    Take care, take it gently, and all will be well ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. MelD Says:

    That should be “what would we do then?”, of course!

  12. paige Says:

    the hoodie is fabulous; your girl is one lucky cookie! And I think being taken out of your comfort zone adds years to your life–it’s all good.

  13. Leanne Says:

    It is a good attitude and I hope it works! I love your knitting, it is always so lovely and you are almost done. I too love picked up sleeves, or at least sleeves knit in the round, they are also more comfortable to wear.

  14. Elisabeth Says:

    Happy New Year to you too. I hope this year will be a healthy one for you!
    Really looking forward to seeing you again at the FQR and then in Switzerland.

    That hoodie is absolutely gorgeous. Tour daughter is a very lucky girl indeed.

  15. Gertie Says:

    I am loving the hoodie! Your tension is just perfect. I am surprised at how different the colours look in the 2 photos. Very very lovely!

    Also I am intrigued by your possible new job on the horizon … do tell!

  16. Elaine Says:

    Happy new year Helen! And I hope you’re feeling better. I love the hoodie and the heathered yarn. Very effective. The possibility of a new job sounds exciting – good luck with it and keep us posted ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Kate Says:

    Hi, from Oregon, US!!
    love your blog. Love the way you write and love your projects. God’s richest blessings on you and your family in this new year!