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December 31, 2008


We've had a great Christmas week, complete with lovely gifts, great company, too much food and alcohol and general relaxation and reflection.

My lovely friend Jill lives on the other side of the world, yet she knows me so well. She sent me awesome Christmas gifts.

Love it all! The bamboo knitting gauge and sock gauge are so cute with the little polar bears! I'd been seeing them and admiring them on other people's blogs, and now I have them!

Santa brought Twinkie a treat, too.

It's still going, although much reduced now. She had her annual vet visit today, and was pronounced in excellent health! Now of course, she's mad and sulking that we dared take her to the vet.

So 2008 has been a pretty great year all round. Our trip in the USA, meeting lots of wonderful people who I'd love to see more often and getting married in Hawaii was just the start. Highlights of the year knit and internet wise include Knitting Camp, the Exhibition, placing the Shetland at the Easter Show and Bendigo Wool Show, meeting lots more internet buddies.

It'll be pretty hard to top that. I'm not making any New Years Resolutions, because for me, it's meaningless. I tossed around the idea of only knitting from stash, but that's a rule that begs to be broken. I thought about swearing to knit a minimum of 1500 yards a month from my stash, but that's a pretty big ask. And even if I did, and I didn't buy any more yarn, it'd take me 5 years to knit the stash on Ravelry. (And not all of my stash is on Ravelry!)

In 2008 I pledged to knit a pair of socks a month in an effort to work on the sock stash. I didn't finish my December socks, but I was ahead by a pair anyway, so I succeeded in that goal. However, I added more than 12 skeins of sock yarn to my stash this year, so I guess I didn't really succeed in that goal, did I?

So after mulling it over, I'm not going to make any firm goals, I'd just put too much pressure on myself.

Instead, my goals in general are:

Appreciate more. Acquire less. Aspire higher.

Not just in relation to my knitting, but they work there too. I need to learn to appreciate what I have. In terms of knitting, I have a pretty impressive stash of gorgeous yarns. Why do I feel the need to keep buying more? I need to appreciate what we do have instead of focussing on what we don't. We're healthy, we're well fed, we're clothed and housed. We're loved, and we have some pretty awesome friends and family.

And aspire higher - for me this is on a personal level, rather than a material one. Achieve more, aim higher.

Of course, David and I were discussing all this on our way out to dinner tonight.

Before some idiot in the car park at the club wasn't watching where he was going, and hit us while we were parking our car. No-one was hurt, and the car was only scraped a little. But it's just the car, right? It's fixable.

Bring on 2009!

Posted by Donna at December 31, 2008 08:52 PM


I really like your "general goals" for 2009 - nicely put! Happy New Year!

Posted by: Becca at December 31, 2008 11:13 PM

'Appreciate more. Acquire less. Aspire higher.'

Well said, I couldn't sum it up neater than that. Happy New Year!

Posted by: Michelle at January 1, 2009 12:56 AM

Happy new year!!

Posted by: CraftyGryphon at January 1, 2009 01:00 AM

I think you need to paint your car a different color. This one seems to be a "Hit me" color. Unless this was a different car than the one that, uh, had the post jump out at it.

You know, if you don't enter your new purchases in the Rav database, they don't count. Just sayin' :)

Posted by: Restless Knitter at January 1, 2009 01:35 AM

happy new year donna! i love your goodies, and twinkie looks pretty happy there too! about the only thing i'm hoping for this year is a more balanced life, ie, getting back to more knitting and blogging and reading - and more exercise! take care from a pretty rainy and overcast hawaii these days....

Posted by: debbie at January 1, 2009 03:13 AM

Great goals - ones we could all aspire to; especially, for me, acquire less - there's enough stuff around here as it is! LOL

Happy New Year.

Posted by: Lynne at January 1, 2009 07:57 AM

I like your goals. Happy New Year!

Posted by: Suzanne at January 1, 2009 10:29 AM

Happy New Year to you all. I don't do NY's Resolutions, I always break them straight away!!

Posted by: 2paw at January 1, 2009 12:50 PM

Happy New Year Donna!!! I hope 2009 is the happiest year of your life!

Posted by: Sheridan at January 1, 2009 02:59 PM

Happy New Year Donna! Your goals are great, very well put. I might adopt them too :)

Posted by: claudine at January 1, 2009 05:43 PM

HAppy new year Donna! All the best for 2009! hugs, nat xx

Posted by: nat at January 1, 2009 07:09 PM

I like this post from you, this introspection is a bit different for you too.

As for the aspirations, like Shakespeare said "I am more, much more than this". Which sounds kind of simple but it's very true, isn't it?

Have a good one, roll on 2009...

Posted by: Ailsa at January 1, 2009 08:48 PM

Love your gifts, and love your general goals for 2009 - I might have to copy them directly!! It's something I've been thinking about as well, particularly re buying more and more yarn - I'm really trying to buy less stuff, so I should extend that to yarn as well!
Happy new year!

Posted by: Rose Red at January 1, 2009 08:59 PM

Hi Donna!!

Happy New Year to you and your family :)

Posted by: Michelle at January 2, 2009 09:30 AM

Those are great goals! Happy New Year Donna!

Posted by: Karen at January 3, 2009 07:34 AM

Happy New Year Donna! May 2009 be as fabulous 2008! Wishing you all the best.


PS. Knitting a pair of socks per months is an amazing achievement. I think you deserved that new yarn!

Posted by: Charmaine at January 3, 2009 05:04 PM

Love your goals - best wishes for working towards them over 2009! And what lovely pressies - plus a healthy bunny. Doesn't get much better!

Posted by: Jejune at January 4, 2009 01:59 PM

I think I am going to steal your goals for my New Years Resolution. Wonderfully put thoughts!

Posted by: Suz at January 6, 2009 10:33 AM