I'm no good at those end-of-the-year wrap-up posts. I feel like I should say something meaningful, a grand summary of what goals I've accomplished, highlights of the year, resolutions kept. But, truthfully, all that makes me a little sad. I like New Year's Eve for the promise it brings, the fresh feeling, the endless possibilities. I can swear a little less, be much more patient, create anything in the coming year.
I had grandiose plans of making my relatives go green this year, and I was going to sew up reusable grocery bags for everyone at our Christmas gathering. But after I finished up the gifts for Becca's class, I'd run out of time. I haven't completely given up on the bags, just couldn't make them for Christmas 2007. The tutorial
was incredibly well written and the end product something I was really
proud of, so I'll be making more. Probably even one for myself
(gasp!). I may even make a
zippered drawstring pouch
to hold it, with a strap that I can attach to the inside of my purse or backpack so
I'll always have it with me. My problem is that although I have
reusable bags, I leave them in the car and forget all about them until the
bagger is bagging up my stuff... doh! Anyway, considering it took me all day to make the two I did manage to complete, I gave up and turned to tissue and coffee cup cozies instead.
I had made a matching set for Becca's teacher, and thought it made a nice presentation, stuffed with a holiday-patterned tissue pack. My computer ate that photo, but it turned out well so I made more. The coffee cup cozy was made with insulated batting, so it should work very well. That's good for saving at least a few cardboard sleeves a year, so I guess that's a tiny little score for the environment.
And my other finished handmade gift was a scarf, knitted using this pattern as a guideline, for a very special 6 year old who lives in a cold, snowy part of the country. Hope she likes it!
I'm still not done with all the Christmas knitting, but the crucial one is almost picture-ready (it's coming, Peter!), and the other can now be for someone's birthday present in November, instead. And so it begins already. Maybe since I started the day after Christmas, I'll do a better job finishing up my handmade presents in 2008.
Thanks, 2007. I can't believe you're saying goodbye so soon.