I was tagged by Denise to post a list of “firsts”. Here goes.

What is the first thing you did in the new year?

Cleaned up the kitchen from the NY Eve party. There were no wine bottles on the lawn this time, thankfully.

What is the first thing you ate in the new year?

I don’t remember. I think I had a banana and peanut butter for breakfast. The first “real” meal was those BEPs from the last post.

What is the first thing you knit in the new year?

See below.

What is your first ‘blessing’ of the new year?

Waking up next to my sweetiepie, the lovely man I’m married to.

What is the first thing you will do to make the world a better place in the new year?

Not tag anyone for this meme.*


Just kidding, I’m not really anti-meme. I just liked the whiskey part.

Post the first photo you took in the new year!


Those peas turned out just lovely, by the way. A little overdone, but I had an excuse. Kris came over yesterday afternoon to knit, and before we knew it, the peas were done and it was time to eat. So I shared our good-luck peas with her, and she took the leftovers home for her family. And yes, BEPs do bring good luck; I got to knit half the afternoon with a friend!

Here’s what I worked on. This is the Jo Sharp sweater that’s been in the timeout pile for a long while. I have the front finished, and started on the back yesterday.



The pattern directed me to bind off the shoulder stitches, then later sew the shoulders together. As these have no shaping, but are just straight across, that made no sense to me. Ever one to look for shortcuts, the shoulders are on string holders, to bind off together later.


Last but not least, my New Year’s  Resolutions. They’re simple. Knit more, read more. And knit more from the stash, read more from the stacks. I have enough books and yarn around here to last more than one lifetime. I’m not outlawing purchases of either books or yarn, just resolving to at least look at the current stash before I buy more. There you go.

I’m off to Arizona to visit my sisters. One of them lives in Phoenix, the other is going there on a holiday. I’ve mentioned our rule previously, if any two of us get together, the third one has to show up, too. Otherwise the other two might talk about her. So we’re going for a few days, will get caught up on a lot of celebrations we’ve missed, and party a bit. Diane does have internet access, so if there’s a moment when we’re not either shopping or partying (or getting tattooed-remember the last trip?), I might get a post in.

Enough of this! Now let’s go have some whiskey!

*If you want to be tagged for this one, have at it. Leave me a comment so I can go gawk at your answers.


Firsts — 11 Comments

  1. I’m in for the whiskey part! 🙂
    Thanks for the tip on winding the ginormous hank, I was planning to do exactly what you wrote but honestly I don’t mind a russian join or a spit splice if I have to!
    And since you asked, the yarn is custom dyed from Mysical Creations Yarns (she has a blog, an Etsy Shop and an EBay show now so a quick google should get you all 3!) I wanted the yarn to look like a rose garden to fit in with the stole’s theme and she did a great job….and it was about $30 for 3000 yrds. of custom dyed merino! YAY!
    I hope you might consider joining us Lorette, Kris is too!

  2. The sweater is beautiful, I really like that yarn.
    Count me in on the whiskey part, by the way! 🙂
    Have a good trip, and lots of fun!

  3. Excellent firsts! I have to say this is the first year I’ve ever heard of BEPs bringing luck if eaten on New Year’s Day, and now I’m seeing it all over the blogs! I missed my chance this year, but perhaps I will incorporate it next year.
    Good luck with your resolutions! Frankly, more knitting and more reading sound awfully enjoyable to me!

  4. What a fun post. And you have a frog tattoo! That is so cool. I have two, both frogs.
    Sounds like the sister trip will be loads of fun.

  5. Hmmm 2 parties mentioned here. Not that I’m counting. I love your sweater and the idea to bind them off together! I also love your sister rule! That happens in my family all the time (except when the 3 of us are, in fact, together). Have a ball! Or a party knowing you;)

  6. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. It is my favorite. I check every day to see if you have added something new. Keep up the good posting and knitting. Hope you enjoy your trip.
    By the way I knit also and just love it.

  7. all that I missed…from yummy soups to yummy new project! That toast breaking the glass brought back a memory of a past accident you had-yikes! You have updated some sidebars (gee, where have I been? under a snow drift? duh) need to check out your new items! Happy New Year! Thanks for you comments on mine lately!

  8. Have fun in Arizona!!
    That never makes sense to me, binding off shoulders and sewing them together. Even if they’re sloped, short rows can give you a great line for a 3-needle bind off – which is sturdier than a seam anyway, right?!