Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Year, New Hat

red hat 1
So, I walked into a tree.

In my defense, it wasn't the trunk of the tree I walked into, just a bit of a branch. Also, it was snowing quite hard, and I had my eyes on the ground, checking for ice so I didn't slip.

It was on Clapham Common a bit before Christmas, and the point of this story is that I was so dazed from the cold branch hitting me in the face, not to mention checking my glasses weren't scratched, that I didn't realise my hat had fallen off. When I went back to look, it had gone.

I needed a new hat. I picked up a ball of kid classic and a 3.5mm circular needle. I cast on 4 stitches and started working in the round. I increased four stitches every other round until it was roughly wide enough, then worked a 4x4 rib until I'd nearly run out of yarn, and cast off.

Result: one pixie-point red hat, perfect for the Christmas holidays. Final finished piece of knitting for 2010. Ravelry project page.

Conclusion: New Year's Resolution number one is to stop walking into trees.

My New Year's Resolution number two is the more serious one: do less. I've been rushed off my feet all year. I've had so much work, I haven't left much time for many of my friends, time for myself, or even simple things like tidying my room, exercise, cooking properly or sleep. I've hardly had time for a weekend, let alone a holiday. I've gone from being one of the most organised people I know, to turning up late to meetings. I've also been late with a couple of projects, and rushed a few more. I hate that. "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing properly", and all that.

2010 was a lot of fun. I've made new friends and achieved things I've never thought possible, but I finished it absolutely exhausted. Next year: do less, but do it better and be happier. That said, looking at my diary for 2011 I have some really exciting things planned. I'm going to be writing and speaking about some amazing things, and visiting some fantastic places. I just need to keep it all under control.

Having finally taken some time off over the holiday season, I've taken time to knit a few Christmas presents and pieces for friends who have recently turned 30 (urgh, 2011 is the year I do too). Will post them all soon.

... and yes, my eyes are different colours.

red hat 2

9 comments:

Siga said...

Great resolutions. Sorry about that lost hat, but now you have a cute new one. :) Happy New Year!

yaga said...

i love the color of your new hat, it really matches your hair. sometimes the simple things are the best ones! happy new year!

Julie said...

ost hats (mitts, etc) totally suck, but your new purple one is awesome!! Looks great.

Lara said...

I love your pixie hats - they really suit you and I think to do less is a great resolution. I also have similar ones - to do less stuff better. I've missed too much in the past year and fallen out of touch with people etc...

Kara said...

That hat suits you very well. It is super cute, just like you.

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I love your pixie hats - they really suit you and I think to do less is a great resolution. I also have similar ones - to do less stuff better. I've missed too much in the past year and fallen out of touch with people etc...