2012 – the Year in Review

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

I learned to double knit. I went to a wool festival in Estes Park and met friends from Ravelry and reconnected with my roomie from college.  We mostly stopped eating meat at home and I cooked quite a bit from our garden. I repainted our bedroom. Wes bought his dream bike, a Harley, and I got to ride with him. I participated in my first local craft show and made 7 sales!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

These were my resolutions for 2012:

* Cherish the time I spend with my friends and family.

* Whip my debt into shape.

* Knit and spin from the stash and stop buying like it’s going out of style.

* Read more.

I saw my family twice this year, and celebrated the bar mitzvah of my cousin Daniel in March. I am not normally touched by religious ceremony, but I felt so close to my family during that time.  I read 87 books this year and my “to read” list is enormous. I enjoyed tracking it all on Goodreads.

Whipping the debt into shape is a work in progress. I still spend more than I should, but we’re getting there and I’m pleased that I continue to increase my savings for retirement each year when my pay is increased.  I knit and spun A LOT this year. Sadly, I bought quite a bit too. I did, however, knit 16,000 more yards than I bought so I’m calling that a partial win. That’s another point to work on in the new year.

My resolutions for 2013:

* Enjoy my time with my husband.

* Get moving. I seriously lacked in the fitness and self care department this year.

* Be more deliberate with my money and my time. Make time for the important things, clear away the junk that isn’t worth the effort.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Just about everyone! My friend E gave birth to baby V in February.  In April my cousin and his wife welcomed their baby girl and my co-worker had a baby boy.  In June a friend had a little boy and Wes’s co-worker had their first boy as well. In August another co-worker had a little girl, Wes’s cousin had her little girl and my sister became an aunt to a beautiful little baby boy.  All of these babies gave me lots to knit for! So far I will have a new cousin in March 2013 and a friend is due then as well. More baby knits!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

I didn’t lose anyone close to me, but we lost Wes’s uncle Al in September.

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?

I said it last year, but a vacation would be nice. Somewhere just the two of us.

7. What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

October 29, the day Hurricane Sandy flooded New York and much of the east coast. This photo at Ground Zero says it all:

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I’m not sure I have any great achievements this year. I’m proud of myself for putting my little craft business out there and selling some items. I took on more responsibility at work and had a great review conversation with my boss about my performance here.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Remember my Word? Yeah. I sort of fell down on that project even after a wonderful friend sent me a necklace with my word. I’m still thinking about whether I will try it again this year. Another project I started with the best of intentions was my “20 minutes” project – to spend 20 minutes a day doing something productive for the house or my health (clean, exercise, yard work) etc., and reward myself with something after 30 days were completed. It worked for about 45 days.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope! Thank goodness we’re all healthy!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I had a BLAST buying Wes’s Harley with him and I love that he’s enjoying it so much. He bought me a new Macbook Pro for Christmas to replace my aging one (from 2006) and I love it to bits.

12. Where did most of your money go?

I think my answer is mostly the same as last year. The mortgage, enjoying each other’s company while dining out and seeing movies and of course yarn and fiber!

13. What did you get really excited about?

Excited and nervous – the election! I was proud to vote and excited when the candidate I supported won.

14. What song will always remind you of 2012?

Gotye’s Somebody that I Used to Know, Maroon 5 One More Night and Gangnam Style

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? About the same.
– richer or poorer? About the same.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I’m stumped here. I still want to knit and spin ALL THE THINGS, spend more time with my honey and explore more places. But this year was pretty darn good to me so I’m not sure I can complain!

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

I probably should have bought less yarn and fiber. My stash room still overfloweth!

18. How did you spend Christmas?

We spent Christmas in our house. We got a fake tree after the hot dry summer killed last year’s live tree and I decorated it with a ton of lights and our special ornaments. My mother-in-law and her boyfriend joined us.  We opened presents early on Christmas Eve which gave us lots of play time with the new toys. I didn’t leave the house for several days and I couldn’t be happier about that.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

As a couple, we’re still diehard fans of the Big Bang Theory. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about Downton Abbey (which starts again next week).  Wes mentioned the other night that I seem to have fallen in love with the Brits this year – Sherlock, Doc Martin, and others. I also tore through Gossip Girl and have queued quite a few other series on Netflix to enjoy on my own time.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

I spent a lot of time on series this year. I loved George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy and Hugh Howey’s Wool Series. I was enthralled with Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and I really enjoyed Candice Millard’s Destiny of the Republic.  I tore through Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84. My favorite sources for recommendations were NPR (Morning Edition and All Things Considered) and, as last year, my knitting group.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

I’ve been wracking my brain and I don’t think I have any favorite music from this year. I do however have a few favorite podcasts. My favorites, in no particular order are: NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, The KnitGirlls, This American Life, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Cast On.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

I really enjoyed The Hobbit, although I didn’t care so much for the 3D/high frame rate filming and can’t wait to see it again in a different format.  We also enjoyed The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises.  If short form counts, then anything by my brother-in-law’s company Awkward Spaceship.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

We went for our annual dinner at Piropos and Wes got us tickets to see Jersey Boys to celebrate my 34th year.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

We were hoping to start a family this year and it just hasn’t worked out that way. Here’s hoping for 2013.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

I’m still in the “what not to wear” category.  We’ll just call my style “knitting influenced.”

26. What kept you sane?

Wes. My fabulous family and group of friends, both online and local. My knitting/book group. My crafting.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.

Life will never turn out like you expect it to. But focus on the positive and you’ll find the unexpected can be a pretty cool place to be.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kippiann
    Dec 31, 2012 @ 21:53:51

    This is a beautiful post. I’m seriously impressed with your reading list as I only managed a fraction of that number. Still love that zig zag blanket. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year. Thanks for being my friend!


  2. Kate
    Jan 02, 2013 @ 23:46:00

    My record high for books read in a year is 100. This was before knitting took over my life, and becoming a parent, and this year I managed to get though a pathetic 8 books. Reading more is one of my main goals for this year. And Destiny of the Republic – fantastic book! I read that one in 2011 and really enjoyed it.


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