Here we are, five days into the new year and I'm still shocked that it's 2017. Wow, 2016 went fast. Or I think more that the last few months of the year seemed to move by so quickly that it then made it seem like the whole year did. I don't even want the Christmas holiday to be over yet- I still have my decorations up and there are still unwrapped toys and gifts under the tree with no sign of a change.
Now's the time of year when many are typically mid-week into a resolution. Did you make one this year? I've started eating healthier again, but I think this is more about the rush of the busy season being over and actually having a half hour to cook. I'm not really caring so much about calories or fat, but more eating real, whole foods instead of stuffing my face with cheesy poofs and krispie treats before I rush out the door for work or kids' swim lessons. I do need more fruit. While I eat plenty of veggies, I find that I can easily go days without eating fruit and I know that's not ideal. The boys have really become good eaters over the past year- eating nearly everything that's on their plates instead of complaining about meat and sauces, and so it's put pleasure back into cooking again when they show appreciation for what I make. I'm finding so many great recipes on Pinterest. I made this Sausage and Shrimp Skillet with some cheddar grits two days ago and am making this taco & quinoa bake tonight.
As far as knitting goes, again, I am making no resolutions. Knitting is one of the few places in my life where I find respite and I don't like to put limits or conditions on it. I need that time and space in my world where I just get to do what I want and enjoy however I like and knitting is that thing for me. Do I want to stash several skeins of yarn this week that I might not use for a year or ten? Good. Am I starting another project that might sit on the needles? OK. I've realized that I'm the type of crafter who tends to start several projects one season, and then finished them all in one lump a few seasons later. And if I don't? Hey, that's fine too. Because I'm getting what I want out of knitting which is feeling like I'm supporting a community of artists and friends (and their families) who create something unique and then I get to make a three dimensional piece of cushy warmth. I'm not going to take on needless guilt about what I am or am not doing with my creative outlet.
I have nearly finished my first pair of socks for 2017 and that does give me a sense of accomplishment. But I also just love the feel of cashmere slipping through my fingers!
What are you into in this new year? Or you taking on a new hobby, renovating a space or opening up your life to new friends? What about a new sport or activity? I'd love to know what 2017 brings for you.