Saturday, January 1, 2011

past and new year

What can I say about the past year? I think this photo is very appropriate: it's mostly been about watching my goofy, cute baby growing into a person (Mr. Mitten and I both think it's fitting that the photo is a little blurry, just like the pace of life with a toddler). Every day I get to know a little more about who he is and will be, which is both tremendously fun and frustrating (I can't wait until he can really talk to us, even if it means he will never be quiet).

The latter half of the year has also been spent expecting our next child. While I'm excited to meet the little fellow, to have a baby around again, and for Lev to become a big brother, the past few months have been really hard. I'm not used to being sick, and to be sick for nearly 4 months is not an experience I wish to ever repeat (if you were wondering why it's been so quiet around here lately). However, I know many women have it much worse, so I try not to complain, and get on with life. I'm hoping this new year will bring better things for me, as well as for us as a family.

Of course, the past year has also seen a few new things for Fuzzy Mitten. I tried a couple new directions for my toy designs, as well as one in my usual style. I also tried my hand at a couple of hat designs, as a tentative foray into something other than toys. I think overall it's been a moderately successful year, despite being so busy with family life. I know this new year will be even busier, so it's difficult to know how much knitting and designing I will be able to accomplish.

However, you can be assured that we will stop by from time to time, to share our work and family life with you, our ever-patient and loyal readers! I hope this new year bring will bring you much joy and good fortune, in whatever ways you need them most.


Lyn said...

Happy New Year to you and your family

K said...

What a great shot of Lev. I can hear his laughter. And you're right - with a face like that, all alight with life, he will never be quiet. Or you hope he won't - because it would be a sign of some spiritual extinguishment. Your designs have given me a bunch of joy. I'll post my pup (poor pup) soon so you can see the - ummm - mess I made of the sweater. I learned tons from doing it, and came up with a little guy I really like. Thank you so much for teaching me.

I hope that your next year, though exhausting (I can guarantee that), will be a joy to you. Remember to fasten your heart on the bright parts - those are your boats - strong little boats to carry you through shimmering seas, full of bumpy fish.

Again, thank you for the association.

Little Ol' Liz said...

I only recently found you (and love your site!), but can you stand a little knowledge from someone's who's been there?

No one empathizes like someone who's already gone through pregnancy discomfort. If you feel like grousing, grouse. But also remember that pregnancy and delievery aren't occasions for "one upmanship." It kills me when women do this to themselves and other women! The means justify a happy, healthy baby, and that's what it's all about (Well, that and the Hokey Pokey). I hope you find things that are enjoyable during this pregnancy, and I look forward to hearing all about life with 2 under 5. Best Wishes.

Jette Marie Andersen said...

Happy new year little family. Love your patterns and site. Enjoy life as it is.

K said...

B - I finished my Pupster - and I'm getting it! He's flawed, of course. And his sweater is too big. But if you wanna see him:


Lee said...

Thank you for sending me my patterns so quickly and giving me a link to your blog! I am excited to get started knitting!