Monday, 31 December 2012


What is a friend? Is it someone you see everyday , smile to and say "Good Morning"? Is it someone you see once in a blue moon and yet it's like you've never been apart? Is it someone you've never met, never spoken to directly, but with whom you share something dear?

Over the last year I've come to the conclusion that all of the above are true and more! Friends come in all shapes and forms and some have no physical form in our lives at all! The World Wide Web has given me the opportunity to get to know many people who have enriched my life.

I'm not the world's best communicator as my family will attest! All those late or non-existent birthday cards tell all. While my family are important to me, I find life gets in the way of timely communications!

This weekend I received a postcard from a woman I'd hope to class as a friend. I've never met her, never spoken directly to her and geography makes both of these actions highly unlikely. The fact that she took time out of her day to write to me made me smile. She takes time to regularly communicate her passion for life via her video podcast and her blog.

In the last 6 months of "knowing" her I've taken stock. Her passion, zest and delight for life is infectious and I want to take this moment to thank her for that. Here I am blathering to myself (!?) with a renewed vigour for my crafting, my job and life in general.

Today is New Year's Eve. I have a 9 year old with no respect for a hang-over or the need for a lie-in, so I'll probably be in bed by 11pm! BUT I'd like to commit my goals for 2013 to virtual paper. I want to spin, to design, to publish, to blog. I want to support, to encourage, to nurture. I strive to do these things with good grace - most of the time!

To my friends virtual and physical I wish the best for 2013. My you all enjoy the year and each other.

Knitty things also progressed this week

I continued to work on my log cabin blanket. It's starting to take a while to get through a row and it's no longer easily portable; so it's become my default "veg on the sofa" project

I've finished one of my socks. I've called them Zig-Zag Vine socks. I've also started to write up the pattern. I'm excited to get it finished and up on Ravelry

Tomorrow is the Great Cast-on for my Evenstar KAL. I'm so excited. This week saw Santa bring me a swift, so the risk of yarn barf while caking is now greatly reduced! I tested it out with my Scrumptious Lace for the shawl. Preparations for the KAL also saw me knit a swatch and practice cast-ons. I've decided to go with Emily Ocker's Circular Cast-on with a crochet hook. I produced a clean cast on and it worked for me. All hail YouTube I say! My project bag is armed and ready. It contains 2 sets of DPN's of different lengths, a circular needle, a crochet hook, beads and dental floss (wishful thinking there!) and tons of stitch markers.