Hello everybody!! Happy New Year to you all! I’ve been working on some wonderful things to share with you all in the coming days!
The wheel of the year has started. The sun has returned! My family gathered close in the center of our Cozy Cottage, round the kitchen table at the crux of the solstice this year on December 21st. So many beautiful, creative, loving souls, that I have loved for so long—and welcome to the New.
We decorated my Spinning Wheels, wrapping them in pet-friendly silk Ivy that we already had on hand (okay so some were magnolia, monstera, randomness, and our actual summer wreath—but it looks absolutely gorgeous, still!)
The next day, as the sun held on a little longer, we decorated our wheel of the year with scraps of colorful paper sun rays, cut with fancy scrapbook scissors we have treasured since our childhood, from my mom’s former small business via Creative Memories. On Advent Sunday, we watched the BSL advent choral service through the Church of England via YouTube.
For the start of the calendar year, I zoomed south in the Wool Wagon to one of the magical places my family loves, Cumberland Island National Seashore, to share time with my Dad. We walked around 16 miles under the Live Oaks and Southern Magnolias (and Sweetbay Magnolias). We had the best talks and healthy, well-earned snacks. Shelling on the beach, sitting in the sun, running into a flock of seagulls, oohing and aahing at wild horses, smiling at my Dad. I earned two different Junior Ranger collectible free badges (score!) and got in some great knitting time on my Wool of The Week sweater, as well as finish the last pair of socks I did in 2023 (my Earthies).
Back home, I’m adjusting my binoculars. First, you adjust the main adjuster for the sight that doesn’t have one; then, you adjust the sight with its own adjuster.
First, I’m looking at my year as a whole, then I’m focusing in to January.
This year, my focuses are: my community—through Lou Nimble Thimbles, Friendship Spinners, Flamenco Lou, Over the Next Row Knits, my neighborhood, the KY women farmers and homesteaders, and my community garden. My people; my gardens at home and at the community garden; my diet and cooking; my health and wellness and happiness; and this little business of mine. This year I’m hoping to do a few in-person vending events with my Inkle woven goods, but moreso to focus on the blog and vlog. I’m hoping to go to Peru with the Jillian Eve Fiber Arts community in October.
But for now, I’m easing into the year before hitting “go”.
Let Visions of sweaters dance in your heads my friends! Up next I’ll be writing about progress on my hand spun breed study sweater (my project I’ve been highlighting since October)— the Wool of the Week Sweater!
Blessings, dear friends, in all that you do!
And happiest Distaff Day 2024
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A sustainability major at U of L, beginning farmer, crafter, and writer.