The year started with the celebration of my beloved grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary. Sixty years. It was an amazing milestone, and I consider myself so very, very lucky to have grandparents who a) have reached this milestone to celebrate, and b) are in good health, and c) love each other every day. My grandparents are genuinely two of my favourite people in this entire world. Celebrating this milestone was amazing.
Later on in January, I did something, well, adventurous… I thought I would try my hand at roller derby. Side note to this story – I’m klutzy. Very klutzy. Long story short, my first night, I fell and spent over 3 hours in emerg and had a pink cast for over 3 weeks. My illustrious roller derby career was over before it began. The worst part of this was that cast was set in a way that made holding knitting needles near impossible. Desperate to hold yarn, I took up crochet. Hats off to those who crochet because I cannot stand it. I was happy to get the cast off and get needles back in my hands!
This was apparently the year that I met famous people! As I posted about last week, I met members of the Barenaked Ladies after their show in December in Toronto and they signed an album of mine in April. I had my picture taken with Nathan Fillion at Fan Expo (he liked the Cunning Cap I made – squee!!), and through a series at the Toronto Library, I met author Diana Gabaldon, politician Justin Trudeau, and singer Alan Doyle! My boss told me a story, and the gist of which is if you want to meet someone, you need to make it happen, and that’s what I did this year. I made it happen.
I have amazing friends in my life. I have known my best friend since high school. It’s not that we’ve ever fallen out, but this year, it’s as if we’ve rediscovered our silly side, and we’ve been closer this year than ever, and for that I’m so grateful.
I travelled to Quebec City in the Fall, and it was such a fantastic trip. The history, the museums, the architecture, the food. I fell in love with the oldest city in our country and with la belle province.
It has also been a busy year knitting wise. I’m always trying new patterns and techniques, and this year I’ve made a few larger projects. A new yarn shop opened up in my city, and I’ve met new, wonderful people by going to the knitting circle hosted there. It has become my Wednesday night staple, and easily it is the highlight of my week.
Here is a sampling of some of my finished projects from the year.