Hello! It’s lovely to see you and thank you so much for all your comments on my New Year post – it was a bit of fun as we take our first steps into 2019, and see what the year has in store for us, and your comments really made me smile. 😀
So far, it’s a quiet start. The girls don’t go back to school and uni until next week and even my husband has a rare few days off work. I’ve been getting up earlier than everybody else to have some quiet minutes with my knitting and a brew (it’s not always so easy to have quiet minutes once everyone’s up, is it?) and I’ve really appreciated these slow mornings. It’s a family tradition that my brother buys me The Broons or Oor Wullie annual every year; they always used to be published biannually although now they are both published every year but we’ve stuck to our tradition. And if you can’t eat chocolate for breakfast over the Christmas and New Year period, then when else?!
As far as planning for 2019 goes, there’s not been a great deal of that going on. I don’t have a word of the year (unless “chocolate” counts?), and whilst there are things that I intend to do this year, I don’t have them written down as five-year, one-year or ten minute goals to be “smashed”, “slayed” or “blasted” as seem to be the popular terms where goals are concerned. I don’t even have any plans to use a planner this year as I have finally come to terms with the fact that they are a wonderful excuse for procrastination for me, so I’m going to stick with my calendar and a to-do list and see how I get on with that. I might write my to-do list in the book that I started bullet journaling in to use up the paper, but I think that’s about as good as it’s going to get. In fact, reading this back, you’d think I was just going to stay in bed all year!
As tempting as that might sound, it’s not part of this year’s plan. Ha! So there is a plan, you say! Well, yes. Sort of. A new loaf of bread to start off the mornings …
I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying baking these sourdough loaves! My starter doesn’t have a name, I couldn’t hold a conversation with you about hydration levels and my attempts at scoring are in no way any competition to loaves like these …
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but it tastes so good, especially when it’s still warm out of the oven and it’s slathered with far too much butter. Even the next day, the toast that it makes is just the best toast and I think learning how to do this to produce a consistently edible loaf is up with with my proud moments of last year.
There’s something about fresh bread that feels very primal to me, something that’s both nurturing and creative at the same time; I can’t quite explain it but you might know how I feel. I got right out of baking last year and the sourdough has reminded me how much I miss it, so that’s something that I want to bring back to our family. There’s likely to be lots of cake involved in that, but that’s OK because I like cake 😀
The seed catalogue has arrived and I do very much intend to get to grips with my garden this year. I’ve not spent enough time in it over recent years and whilst it’s looked OK, I know that it could look better and I want to try to do that this year. Big daughter has been eyeing up the raised vegetable beds and is keen to try her hand at growing veg – at the moment, her ambitions are bigger than the space to grow in but this is how we learn. I bet all of us have planted the whole packet of 200 seeds of something or other, not expecting to get 200 plants but learning very quickly how to cope with them when we did!
Oh, I do need to show you these, though …
These ‘ere sprouts came from our garden! Oh, I can’t tell you how pleased I was to see these little green balls on the stalk! I’ve been saving them to have for dinner on New Year’s Day and they were the best sprouts we’d eaten all year (😉). These were sowed from the last of my Dad’s seeds and I thought I’d lost them last year when it was so hot and everything dried out, but somehow two stalks of sprouts survived and we’re going to be eating them over the next week or so. We had frost this morning which makes them taste even better so it’s definitely something to look forward to. Sadly, too many people have been put off eating sprouts by being given over-cooked, tasteless blobs in school dinners or at other events, but if you can ever grow your own or buy locally-grown ones that aren’t one of the standard commercial varieties (great for productivity, not so great for taste) then I’d urge you to try them again. But don’t over-cook them. They’re not great when they’re over-cooked.
What else? World sock domination is still there on the list; I’d love to see knitters in every waiting room and on every form of public transport in the world, reducing their blood pressure and using their waiting and travelling time in a positive way. I’d love to see politicians, celebrities and sports people picking up their needles during tense moments to help them focus better and remain calm. Heck, I’d even love to see a knitter on the International Space Station – one of the astronauts there recently was a quilter, why not a knitter next? Knitting on circular needles, nothing to drop – you know what I’m saying, NASA! 😉 Socks can be knitted in such fabulous yarns and become such a personal statement of yourself that it seems to me that they should be a staple of everyone’s wardrobe. (Did I ever plan to become such a hand-knitted sock
bore advocate? Nope, it just happened.)
I’ve got some fabulous yarns lined up to knit this year, and I’m really excited about showing them to you as the weeks go by. There are definitely plans afoot with yarn this year but these goals are intended to be squished, smooshed and knitted which sounds far more appealing to me. I might even write some of them down on my to-do list.
And what about you? Do you have goals, resolutions, intentions and plans? If they’re to do with learning to knit socks, I can help you out there, but hopefully without any smashing involved! 😉