WOW Joanna! That’s amazing! You can’t imagine how humbled and happy I am to think that those gloves have traveled so far! Thanks for telling me :)
This holiday season was a good one for me, even if it didn’t all go according to plan. I had hoped to swim every day as part of a knee rehab I’m desperately trying to achieve, to shoot new tutorials for the blog and to test knit my first triangular shawl. Instead, my knees actually managed to get worse, while I was artistically prolific, I wasn’t organized for tutorials, and though I bought the yarn, I haven’t even touched the shawl.
Instead I enjoyed some unexpected gifts. I had dinner with my friend Linda, who I’d been meaning to see for a coffee for a very long time, and who found me again via Ravelry of all places. I met and got to chat with a longtime reader of the blog, the wonderful Lorraine. We had only minutes to spend, but I felt that we could have talked all evening given the chance.
And what a year! I made amazing new friends through my resin work,(Aims! Susan!). I got to meet a true piece of Canadian heritage, Mr. Alvin Ramer. I took up spinning and weaving. My photography was published in Spinoff Magazine. Encouraged by the feedback from my readers, I wrote a book, which also played a part in helping another artist, Amanda from Bloomspoons, launch her own business. Tito and I participated in our first art show as a couple. We helped drive Rayna home, across the country, and got to be the first people in all of North America to watch the sun rise. I got engaged to the love of my life.
Every year I get a chance to reflect on, not the things I make for the blog, and not the patterns I sell through the blog, but the wonderful people and adventures that blogging had brought my way. From traveling to a convent in Boston (which resulted in my meeting 2 of my best friends!) to images of Newfoundland plastered over walls in Istanbul, I have found that if you open your heart to adventure, and are prepared to get our of your comfort zone and follow your ideas, even if they’re crazy, then beautiful things will come to you.
This year will be a good one. Tito and I are deep into planning, of course. Planning for the wedding, planning to take up snow shoeing, planning to visit Rayna in Newfoundland this spring. We will also make sure our hearts are open to the plans we didn’t make, and seize the opportunities that come our way to grow friendships, indulge our art and follow our inspirations wherever they may lead.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of my life this year, in the blog or out of it. You all enrich my life more than you could imagine, and I feel very lucky for the little moments that we share.
I wish you all a happy, healthy and inspired 2015!
Life certainly IS what happens when you’re busy making other plans, and you certainly are an inspiration in your blog. I’m only sorry that when I met you, which I’d looked forward to for a long time, I’d just dropped my wine all over a quarter of the carpet, and we were preparing to travel out of town early the next morning. We must have appeared very rude. I agree, we could have chatted through the night. Next time!
My sister loved her pendant you made with the dragonfly. I think I forgot to mention that the background colour matched exactly the fingerless gloves & cowl I also gave her. It looked like I meant it to be a matching set.
Stay sweet, and Happy New Year to you & Tito!
Happy 2015 Shireen!
Life has been incredibly busy here for me – 7 shows happened that took up the last 4 months of 2014 and I have been catching up with your journeys just lately. I’m so happy for you and Tito! I know you will continue to inspire so many more people – including me in 2015 – because that is just who you are. Looking forward to see what you do next – you know that! :0)
A wonderful healthy, happy new year to you. And thank you for the reminder of that day that you visited in Brookline. Much love to you,Paula
All Blessings to you for the New Year and may it shower you with everything that makes your heart sing. I am always amazed at your talent and your generosity of sharing it so freely . Looking forward to seeing your artistry this year. Namaste
Wow, your 2014 was certainly an excellent one! Best of wishes for 2015 as well!
Thanks for the comments everyone!
You are such an inspiration. If I ever manage to achieve a quarter of what you do, I shall be extraordinarily proud of myself! (Are you absolutely sure you have the regular 24 hour days that the rest of us have?) I’ve so enjoyed getting to know you from a distance and look forward to all your blogs and wonderful photos. You’re also the reason that Los Guantes de Claudia are spreading all over the world. I’ve made 12 pairs so far, for friends in the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Canada and as far away as Australia. Wishing you a fabulous 2015.