Monday, 31 December 2012

Happy New Year - A time for reflection

So, the dawning of a new year is almost upon us.  Only a few hours left.  How are you spending it?? 

Me?  Well, we've headed west and as I type this, I'm snuggled down in Cornwall enjoying a much needed rest, accompanied by a rather large box of chocolates!  As to ringing in the new year, I don't much care for big celebrations and will instead let January 1st creep in while I sleep soundly in my bed :o)

Although I’m not one for parties or a great explosion of noise at the stroke of twelve, there is something rather wonderful about the new year.  
The coming of the midnight hour acts as a seal to the 365 days that have gone before it.  All those things, both good and bad, which cannot be changed and now belong to history, like a chapter in the life of our little family of four.

In the last few hours left to us in 2012, it’s a time for reflection, I feel.  A "recap", so to speak, on those things that the year 2012 brought us.

2012 could very well be called the year of the jumper!  When sifting through the photographs for this post, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the woollies that ended up on the "made it list" but didn't realise quite how many had been done - no wonder my fingers are tired!  In the 366 days of this wonderful year, more than 20 woollies have bid me farewell and headed to pastures new - just take a look :o)





There are some things that happened in 2012 that I'm rather proud of and it wouldn't be right if I didn't include them in this little round up of the year. 

My corsages being sold in the Snibston Discovery Centre alongside their
CC41 clothing exhibition.  

Photographs of my brooches making it into Bead Magazine and one of
our jumpers making a "blink and you'll miss it" appearance on the Turn Back Time
On the vintage front, well, where do I start?!  2012 has certainly been a boom year from a finds point of view.  With vintage very much being "en trend" there has never been a better time to seek out those special pieces.  From knitting patterns to vintage clothing, the market has been a busy one and there are some that I'm especially fond of.


From a family point of view, it's been a good year.  We've had mostly ups, occasional downs, but we've come through it unscathed and very much for the better.  With the girls so small, we're acutely aware that every passing year, every passing day in fact, is one that we shall never get back and try, as best we can, to make the most of each and every day :-)  2012 saw Caitlin turn 6 and Molly turn 5 - our girls are growing so fast.


As to the tradition of resolutions?  I don't go in for all that.  I know that if I made them I'd only break them and so don't set myself up to fail.  Instead, I write myself a list of "hopes" for the coming year. 

1.  To write more.  Both on here and on a personal level.  My brother bought me a beautiful raspberry pink leather journal.  I like the emptiness of the page, a blank canvas for the year ahead just waiting to be filled.  I've kept a journal, ad hock, for the past 5 years but this year I hope to make the filling in of it an almost daily occurrence thus creating a wonderful keepsake for the girls to treasure in years to come.

2.  Learn to crochet - properly!!  I really want to master this art to make use of all the lovely vintage patterns that are out there!  This should be attainable thanks to the kindness of Julie over KC’s Court who sent me the book that she used to teach herself how to crochet.

3.  To sew more and make use of some of my lovely original patterns and fabric that I've had for years.

4.  To use up some of the wool moutain and stop buying more!  (as if!!)

I hope you've enjoyed my little round up of the year :o) 

I wish you all a happy, healthy 2013 - lets see what it has in store for us all!! :o) xx

15 comments:

  1. It is great to review the year that has been, but even better to look forward to the year ahead! Best wishes for 2013!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Thank you :o) Belated best wishes to you for a Happy 2013!

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  2. I LOVED your post! I wish you an amazing and continued blessed New Year!!! xox

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    1. Thank you. Happy New Year to you too and good luck with the knitting - I look forward to seeing the results xx

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  3. Lovely blog post. I wish you lived nearer then I could teach you how to crochet. Have a lovely break in Cornwall and good new year.
    Julie xxxxxx

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    1. Thank you Julie - so do I!! Am looking forward to getting some time to myself so I can sit down and give crochet a go :o) I'll let you know how I get on xx

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  4. What a lovely round up of 2012 all those jumpers! Well done. Xxx

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    1. Thank you :o) Happy New Year x

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  5. Happy new year! Love all your jumpers. I'm still thinking of my hopes for 2013 :) xx

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  6. Oh my word I can't believe the number of jumpers you knitted in a year! Each is stunningly beautiful too, wow! A very Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

    Ruby xx

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    1. Thank you! I just love knitting :o) Belated Happy New Year to you too.

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  7. Happy New Year !!
    I have to say I am stunned by ALL those beautiful jumpers you managed to knit, I struggle to knit one a year! Awwah the pictures of your daughters are so cute! They are truly adorable!
    I hope 2013 brings you and your family everything you wish for, I am sure its going to be a good one! xxx

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    1. Happy New Year Wendy. I'm pleased you like the pictures! I hope 2013 is everything you wish it to be :o) xx

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  8. Were do you sell your knitted jumpers?

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