At this time of year, I like to reflect on the preceding year and plan the year to come. It’s mostly thinking with some reading and writing. Also, today, knitting.

#2 daughter went home yesterday after a wild rampage with kids and dogs and the local siblings. I caught up on work and spent the evening relaxing, reading, and cleaning up. Today I’m camped on the sofa with Elementary on Hulu and the Lady Gansey.


This sweater is knitted mostly in one piece. Here it is with the fronts and backs nearly complete. I’ll pick up stitches for the sleeves next.

I started this before I took the class on how to fit sweaters, and I made it from sport yarn rather than the worsted called for. KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Sport in Mai Tai Heather to be precise, on size 6 needles.

The result is, for one thing, a much more dainty pattern of cables than the original design. For another, it’s smaller. The pattern is almost like a smock in the photos in the book Wanderlust. Mine is a close-fitting cardigan with a pretty patterned yoke. I tried it on once the shoulder seams were joined, and I like it, fortunately.

As the sweater takes shape, my plans for the year are also taking shape.

2016 was a stressful year, what with the presidential campaign and my husband’s being out of work. Or perhaps I should say, what with my attitude toward those things.

But it was also a year full of good things. I had better work/life balance than I’ve had in years and spent lots of time with my family and more time with friends. I visited 10 states, spoke at several conferences, and did plenty of interesting work. I completed two quilts, a sweater, a couple of smaller knitting projects, and quite a few sewing projects. I learned a lot in Craftsy classes. I did a good bit of gardening, baking, reading, and singing. I was more involved at my church and took part in some good projects there.

I lost just four pounds, but slimmed down by several inches. I established good habits and let go of some bad ones.

In 2017, I’ll continue my health journey. I’m going to eat better, move more, and sleep sounder. I’ll take proper care of myself and of my business. I’ll be less self-centered, I hope. I may move, but wherever my home is, I will polish it up along with my self-presentation. I’ll continue to learn new things and make nice things, and I’ll do my best at the new role I have in church this year.

I’ll set aside time for study every day and be more faithful with prayer, planning, housekeeping, budgeting, and personal blogging. I won’t entirely give up lolling about reading and knitting, but I’ll add at least one hour of outdoor activity each week.

That’s the plan.