This is my favourite photo of 2008. I shot it in early August when we went to Sweden for a day. The weather was incredibly hot (although not particularly sunny) and all these tanned, long-limbed Swedish teenagers were hurling themselves into the Øresund from various cliffs and balconies. I don't know who this boy was, but I am very happy that I decided to take an impromptu photo of him.
I have frequently said that 2008 was an annus horribilis. Looking back, there were some good bits.
The Obama win.
Our trip to Denmark and Sweden was a great success.
I rediscovered my creative side and did so many strange, wonderful things that my head is slightly reeling.
I met some fantastic people: Ellie, Kathleen, Kippen, Anna (who has the best blog title evah), Paula, Angela, SoCherry, Lilith and Kirsty (and the rest do not have easily accessible online profiles) to name but a few.
My Alasdair Gray fangirl-ness reached a new height.
And I managed to remain alive with all my bits and pieces intact which is a bit of a triumph all things considered.
I don't really do New Year's resolutions because I know I will fail horribly if I set myself goals like "I need to lose ten kilos" or "I will watch Kieslowski's Dekalog without falling asleep." However, knitterly resolutions feel different.
I have signed up for a "Twelve Projects in Twelve Months" challenge and I would like to get back to doing stranded knitting (which I did when I was a teenager). I want to use more local wool instead of tricking myself into thinking that US brands are way superior. I want to knit down some of my laceweight stash. And I want to knit a Faroese-ish shawl with my Faroese laceweight to celebrate that I’m partly Faroese on an obscure side of my family.
Happy new year to you all. As we say in Scotland - Happy Hogmanay! - and in Denmark - Godt nytår!