2009: That was the year that was.


Well, there was this (bad).

And there was this (good) (from left, Wendy, me, Chris, and Susan).
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On the knitting front:
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Good intentions.


Snow and cold.



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Winter melted away.


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Spring arrived in earnest.


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End of tax season.

Taste of St. Croix.

Knitting resumed after tax season.
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I scored big at Macy's sale racks, I helped Norm go away, I celebrated Mother's Day in an eco-friendly way, the bears and the ticks came out of hibernation, I picked up trash, I enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend, I bid farewell to our local librarian, and Hannibal discovered the joys of catnip.

Knitting was primarily of a stealth nature, but did include scientific swatching and the F'ing of a couple of O's that had been OTN for nearly, and over a year, respectively. (I am rather proud of that sentence — and its punctuation — awkward though it may be.)

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June was for knitting and vacation and celebrating that brief magical time that is summer in the north woods.



Lots of knitting.

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July was for more vacation — the rest of the one in Wyoming and another on the North Shore.
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And summer.

And injuries.
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And knitting.
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It was a very good month. I turned 60, had a contest, and laughed. We went to a concert.

I learned the difference between eagles and turkey vultures, and I had surgery to remove some extra/unneeded bits and pieces and repair that torn cartilage in my knee.
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Summer chevron big 


In September I had lots of cats on the blog, it was my turn to give the prayer at the beginning of the monthly county board meeting, the county budget process blew up, and the most gloriously gorgeous month of the year was here.

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The knitting, she continued.
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I became a biker by proxy,


more new-to-me music found its way into my iTunes, and we celebrated 35 years together

by not-camping on Lake Superior.

The kneedles continued to fly.
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The van that took us on some wonderful vacations met up with an unfortunate bear on the road and was replaced by an older but bigger and more customized van.

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Cold weather arrived, and once more I cooked and baked.

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Mostly, though, I knitted.
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I continued to be thankful (there is a lot to be thankful for).


With the help of Matthew and Maggie, I decorated for Christmas. This decorating thing is never a given.

I showed you my ornaments, y'all showed me yours.
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We ate well.
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A bit more knitting* for others.
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I pretty much finished my Christmas knitting. (Shhh, the Calorimetry is a surprise.)
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The medical mittens are still OTN — stay tuned.

*For someone who doesn't like pink, I sure knit a lot of it lately…

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12 Responses to 2009: That was the year that was.

  1. Heather says:

    It was a good year for you (despite injuries and surgery!). But I just have one question…did you get any knitting done?

  2. Jocelyn says:

    What a tremendous “Year in Review”–I read most of it as it happened, but having it all put together like this emphasizes how bright and fresh and lively your life is. And the knitting! Holy crap, but you’re amazing.

  3. Anna says:

    Seeing the pictures of your leg bruises reminded me, how are you doing now? Any residual issues with the leg?
    Nice wrap up to the year – maybe I’ll have to dig through and do something similar, though I’m not as prolific on the knitting front as you. But then again, doing three Irish Knit sweaters in one year is a record for me, so I’m not complaining!
    Blessings to you in 2010!

  4. gayle says:

    Love your year-in-review! And what a mighty whack of knitting you did!
    I need to improve my documentation skills. I actually *do* finish things, but seldom remember to post them on the blog.

  5. Diane says:

    Wow, I hadn’t realized how many hats you knit last year. I know some were gifts but what happened to the rest? Excellent wrap up.

  6. sparrowgrass says:

    If you put an 8 inch scar up and down that lovely purple knee, it would look just like my mine. My bruises are beginning to fade–I really didn’t realize that baseball bats are a tool in knee replacement surgery.
    I sure wish I lived close enough for knitting lessons–your stuff is beautiful. (No, let me rephrase that–I wish you lived close enough to me for knitting lessons. It is 14 degrees here this morning, and that is way WAY too cold for wimpy me.)
    Even as a non-knitter, I love your blog!!

  7. Kym says:

    What a wonderful review! One of the great things about having a blog. . . is having perspective over time. Happy New Year! (And, wow! That bruise is im-pres-sive!)

  8. Cookie says:

    You really were busy! Excellent year in review.

  9. Cathy-Cate says:

    That is QUITE the wrap-up!
    I missed some of it, being off-line at times. So I appreciate the opus! Nicely done.
    Off to check on details, working backwards (the story of my life).

  10. lv2knit says:

    That was quite a trip down memory lane. AND lots of hats! It must have been the year of the hat because I made a zillion of them this year, too!
    Happy New Year!

  11. Chris says:

    Wow. What a busy year!!
    And why are my eyes ALWAYS CLOSED IN PICTURES? (That was rhetorical. Thank you.)

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