2014 – A Year of Big Change

2014 was a huge year of change in the Knit Run, Purl Run household. The number one cause of the blogging break was me taking on near full time credit hours at university as I work towards finishing the degree I started we-won’t-discuss-how-long-ago. Ten credit hours each term in 2014 left me with no time for things like blogging, reading and knitting. Something had to go and my deepest apologies to my few blog readers, but knitting definitely wasn’t going to be it! Since the vast majority of you are knitters, I am hopeful you will understand & forgive me. :)

Another huge change last year – we lost our beloved Leonardo. I can’t believe it, but it has been nearly a year now. I came home one day to the usual exuberant welcome from him – doing his half “I-know-I’m-not-supposed-to-jump-on-you” jump and graceful run through the house. Five minutes later, he was retching. Our sweet boy bloated, just like that. We made the conscious decision to not put him through the agony of hours long surgery in the tiniest hope that he would survive. Everyone got to say goodbye and he passed away with his head in my lap and his boys on either side of him. Our home will never be the same.

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We ended the year with a massive remodel of the kitchen after the geek & I consolidated households. Huge undertaking that had us without stove or sink for weeks, but SO worth it in the end! We are in love with our new kitchen, it is awesome.

Running

I’ve been running on again/off again. Seems to go through cycles sometimes – my fellow runners can probably relate. :)  I am, however, still running the local half-a-thon challenges, albeit virtually. I don’t even really care about the medals so much, I just love the challenge of getting in the miles.

Reading

Ha. I’d set an aggressive goal in 2014 based on my reading for 2013. Silly fool, me. I didn’t have time to read outside of necessary school reading. However, I ended the year with vacation, so I did manage to end the year reading!

Half Way Home by Hugh Howey – I enjoyed this story! Some have labeled it as YA, but I didn’t get the usual YA vibe from it. Yes, the characters are teens in physical years – but they have been raised in a Matrix-like vat, plugged in to an AI that has been training their brains since infancy – very few 15 year olds today could spout military strategies or psychological theories at the drop of a hat.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – WOW! I’ve seen this book compared to The Hunger Games and Ender’s Game – to be fair, I can see why if you focus on the first quarter of the book. The rest of the book? No, not at all – it is So.Much.Better than both of those books. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and go get it!! Only $1.99 for Kindle right now.  ;)

Knitting

As I mentioned, I have been able to get some knitting done the past year. Not too much, mostly small projects like socks and beanies. Here’s a sample of 2014 projects!

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Today’s Ravelry Search

My knitting goal for 2015 is to master double knitting. Sure, I’ve taken on a project or two with this technique, but I want to do a really fun project this year. So many choices, though!

* A friend of mine posted a link to this pattern on Facebook, which is what spawned my desire to make double knitting my goal for 2015. Thanks, MiniPurlz! :)

* Gorgeous baby blanket with several great tips in the description on Ravelry.

* Super cute & thick socks, love them!

So many times I wish I could get knitting magazines from the U.K., but this scarf REALLY makes me want to find a copy of Knit Now!! <3

I know someone that would LOVE this one. I might need to get this pattern (ONLY $2.95!)…

* Stunning! One amazing thing about double knitting patterns is that so many are FREE!

There and Back Again – another pattern my girl would love! :)

* Home is Where the Chaapa’ai Is! Could be that another reason I want to master this technique is because of the plethora of geeky patterns available!! ;)

STUNNING.

I love this pattern. It also includes a tutorial on double knitting!

* One can never go wrong with The Princess Bride! Plus, this square is part of one of the most awesome things from 2014 – the Geek Along 2014!!

* Free pattern!

How about you – what is your knitting goal for this year?

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Runner. Knitter. Geek. Vegetarian. Dog Lover.
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One Response to 2014 – A Year of Big Change

  1. Lita says:

    Glad to see you back on your blog. My sympathies on the loss of your beloved four legged family member. So glad to see your knitting pattern search, I have always liked to follow where search took you. Glad to hear you got in some reading time and shared your reviews. My own year has been a great adventure too. My knitting goals are always very loose. I do a lot of charity knitting that is generally for local people. Our knit group had visitors before Christmas, three women from two churchs that all worked with the same food bank and a gentleman and lady that work with foster children. The big surprise for me was the woman working with foster children is one of my neighbors. Working on blankets now. I have two in progress, one crochet and one knitting. Just finished a large crocheted granny square in pastels with lots of bright pink. I can crocht much faster than I can knit and can alternate the projests to save my hands.

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