Well hello, 2018. Are you going to play nice?
I’ve been really enjoying reading people’s new year posts, so I thought I’d add my own to the mix. But first, HAPPY NEW YEAR to your good self. May 2018 bring you laughter, health, and startlingly beautiful yarn. May you never drop a stitch and may you always achieve gauge on the very first attempt.
2017 was quite good to us, here at Twisted Towers. (We’ve certainly had tougher years.) There’s been a new – and much more rewarding – job for me, which has helped remind me why I became a clinical psychologist in the first place. The twinnage are growing in imagination and confidence. The Stoic Spouse remains stoic (and a spouse).
It was a year in which YOU wonderful people helped raise £566 for Cancer Research UK, when I ran the Oxford Half Marathon. YOU’RE AWESOME, D’YOU KNOW THAT?! I ran 510 miles (821 km) in 2017, which is apparently the equivalent of running a straight line from Oxford, UK, to Geneva, Switzerland. I might even have managed to run right out of Europe, had I not been plagued by viruses this year.
This was the year I took The Chair down to London so that we could both appear on TV. And there were two fun weekends in Yorkshire with the other Stylecraft Blogstars (e.g. here and here). I continued writing my quarterly column for Simply Knitting magazine, and also appeared in Crochet Now.
And one fine day in April, it suddenly seemed like a good idea to buy some vintage bricks and build a patio. (The rest of the garden remains a work-in-progress.)
I’ve done a fair bit of knitting and crochet, and designed a few things:-
And I’ve made things from other people’s patterns:-
But enough about 2017. As of yesterday, we’re all about 2018. I have big plans… which is a sure-fire sign that this’ll be the year I fall flat on my face and achieve absolutely zilch. But if I share those plans here, then you can all laugh at me come the end of this year when the only thing I’ve achieved is remembering to write the date as 2018 rather than 2017. Here we go, (with the assistance of some collages of my favourite images from 2017):
- Take the twinnage whale-watching, somehow, somewhere. Right now, that would make their little seven-year-old hearts happier than anything else in the world.
- Run a marathon. Half-marathons are great, but I’m in the mood for a heftier challenge.
- Begin a professional knitwear design course. I think I might just have figured out which one, and they’ve indicated that they’d accept me…
- Spend more time with friends. Too much time slips by without dates being fixed.
- Finish re-designing the garden.
- Send my novel off to agents, (and paper the walls with the rejection slips that come back).
- Persuade the Stoic Spouse that we need a pet. (This will probably be the trickiest item on the list, by far.)
So there you have it: seven reasons for you to laugh at me on 31st December 2018. May your own ambitions for the new year all come to fruition, and may you knit or crochet your best work ever. Happy new year!