Journaling 2015: The Journey So Far …

Prompt: In 3 sentences, describe the impact of a momentous decision or event in your life and your current feelings about it.

Disclaimer: 3 sentences don’t seem to be enough to describe my moving to the US without my immediate family and how I feel about my life 15 years post move.  It was tough to go through, difficult in some ways to process (that’s why it took me so long to write) but here it goes:

  1. I left home with so many plans, goals, and dreams; life hasn’t turned out to be what I thought it would be here …. so far …
  2. 15 years later, on my move anniversary (2/27) I didn’t expect to be dealing with health issues, unemployment, some feelings of failure and displeasure at particular aspects of my current living situation; makes me question why am I here.
  3. But since one is never too old for dreams or goals, with every day being a chance for new beginnings, with God’s mercies being renewed daily … each day that I live, I’ll get up and continue to work towards some of the old dreams and a few new ones.

Here’s to the next 15 … better beyond all I can ask for or think of.

Of Plans, Old & New …

If you’ve been reading this blog, even from time to time, you’ll know already that this year has been an immense year of change for me.  Some of it good, a lot of it negative.  But even with the negative there’s some lesson to be learned, light shed on habits needing to be changed, the revelation of unexpected blessings and support from corners previously unknown.

Before I say goodbye to the old, I like to take a look back at the life goals I’d set and see where there was success and failure.  As I looked through my word for the year post (2014), I realised that despite the year’s challenges, I did pretty well with moderating my life.   The two things I have to continue to work on are: eating better and moderating my online time.   But other than those, all the other goals were successful.

Since my blog’s tagline is “Intertwined: Craft & Life”, it would be remiss of me to not say something about my craft journey this year.  Craft-wise, this year has been beyond my expectation.  I did cabling, fair isle colour-work, slip stitch colour-work, weaving, folk-art weaving, my mood blanket (with the millions of ends to weave in it’s not ready to be shown but it’s done!!!), drop spindling and natural dyeing. I learned 3 ways to steek a knit project and even my crochet game went beyond a granny square.  😀

If I had to name it, I would name this crafting year — The Year Of Technique.   As my British cousins would say, I’m pretty “chuffed” at the level of learning and crafting this year brought.  As the new year approaches, I’ve already started setting some goals one of which is to make 2015 my year of colour-work.  There’s something about it that draws me and my goal is to really work hard at it for the new year.   Projects like

pattern and image: Ramona by Julie Mueller

pattern and image: Winter Flowers Hat by Phazelia

pattern and image: Michaelas Pot Holders by Mors Lilla Ylle

keep calling me like a siren so I’m answering.  Another goal is to work on my finishing techniques and a cute but “concentration required” project like

pattern and image: Bunny Girl by Julie Williams

should help me with that in addition to giving me a ridiculously adorable end product.  Did you know that all these pieces are knit flat then seamed?  It’s hard to tell right?!!! Julie’s finishing technique is fantastic and my goal is to become as proficient.  Re-acquainting myself with my spinning wheel, some cross-stitching, embroidery, sewing, crochet and stash-diving are all on the agenda.  And about stash-diving … I’m back at it!  I have a decent yarn stash and I need to use it.  By Friday, I’ll be 30 days into shopping my yarn stash only and 75 days shopping my fiber stash only.

The events of the year have cemented some life and craft ideals for me and although some of those events I wish I’d never have to deal with, now or ever,  I’m grateful for the lessons learned and am beyond hopeful (albeit a little weary) moving into 2015.