Years ago when the holidays came around, I would thrill to all the celebration and gaiety it would bring. School would be out followed with two lovely weeks of sleeping in, reading to my hearts delight, and putting together jigsaw puzzles in the sanctuary of my room. Christmas eve and day were spent doing those things, so a bit of that holiday magic was relived for a while.
Unfortunately with adulthood came responsibility so the routines related to taking care of the everyday things have become the comfort. Things that break those routines feel like interruptions that trigger stress. The holidays have gradually become more of a stress than a joy. So when New Year's Day passed, I breathed a sigh of relief. The days will be ordinary again and I can get back to my routines. But I can assure you that within that structure will be adventures.
I got a pleasant surprise last week when my boss came to me with a proposal for a few commissions. I was considering taking on a part time job to help pay off my indulgences from the previous year. Instead I'm knitting up a couple of dickeys and recreating a Christmas stocking. The money will be very welcome to help clear up the furnace repair bill. So yesterday I went shopping for yarn for the commissions and wrote up the pattern (the recipient is fortunately a very tiny woman) and the needles are now flying.
The spinning wheel hasn't been idle. Friday I decided to start up on some stash spinning and did up some singles out of Dicentra BFL top in the colorway Gulf. I'm planning on plying it with some white Romney to create a barberpoled bright yarn. It'll make for a good hat or scarf.
Happy New Year everyone!