the turning of the year

I am writing this in a single pool of light in a darkening, silent house surrounded by cold still trees in a thick chilly fog. The year is about to turn, and all that is old and worn and used-up and bored will miraculously become new and hopeful and welcoming. Allegedly.

Generally my response to New Year's Eve is rather mixed, but on the whole I am not very good at looking back. However, neither am I filled with any specially buoyant optimism for the future. Rather, I am glad to close the door on what has gone and start again, in a kind of cleaning-out-the-freezer sort of a way.

Many of you have done a rather nice mosaic of all this year's work, but I don't have much of a body of work yet, since I've only just restarted creative production after a hiatus of several years. I find myself asking questions about where I want to go and what I want to produce... hopefully 2009 will provide some of the answers.

I love what Gillian wrote recently: "The most important thing for me is that I recognise myself in everything I make, that all my work is a perfect reflection of me and my character and aesthetic". Gillian, I hope you don't mind if I borrow that as my goal for the new year.

Yarn-wise, 2009 is already looking up:

A tantalising assortment of merino, cashmere, lambswool and microfibre just waiting for me and my crochet hook...

... and a very exciting little bundle of soft pink Baby DK...

5 comments:

Gigibird said...

Gillian's comment has made me chuckle.....in many ways I agree but part of me is slightly hysterical at thinking what would be produced if it really reflected me......
It would be definitely unfinished………

Happy New Year Sue.

Love the green ball of tweedy wool.

elizabethm said...

Lovely colours sue. It almost makes me want to start knitting again.

Frances said...

May I echo what elizabethm has written. Even though I do already have so many balls and little end bits of yarns still to be put to use.

Just think of all the lovely projects we will complete during this promising new year!

Cheers! xo

Sue said...

Postscript: I have started crocheting the chocolate brown astrakhan into a scarf. Just a simple rectangle which I will then embellish with a scallop edge. Sounds great doesn't it? However, this doesn't allow for my appalling crocheting - so far I am halfway along the scarf and there is not a straight edge to be seen - instead it looks more like a ravaged Atlantic coastline... I am hoping that the scalloped edges will go some way towards hiding this as it is too late to go back and start again.

Sue said...

PPS! VERY IMPORTANT! I am not a murderer! I have just read this and realised that real astrakhan is poor baby lambs! I had no idea (being, as you all know, slow on the uptake). What I described as astrakhan is in fact just a cosy mix of merino, microfibre, etc, spun into a funky twirly yarn by Debbie Bliss :-)
So, no need to boycott my blog. Phew.