Monday, 2 January 2012

2011 Roundup featuring 'It's Alive!'

Yes indeed - It's alive!! Not Frankenstein's monster, my basil ;-) For a few days I've just been looking at this:



Excuse my 70s TV sitcom humour... ahem. I noticed this morning that things were starting to happen in one of the pots:



Can you see? Can you see it?!? The basil is starting to grow!!! Either that, or its a weed (probably the latter knowing my luck). This is very exciting for me, as I have a habit of killing any and all plants that cross my path. Be warned people - if you give me a house plant, expect it to leave the realm of the living within the month.

For now though, the seeds appear to be surviving despite the odds - I may actually have herbs on my windowsill soon! Oh, happy day.

Anyway, I thought I'd do a bit of a round-up of what I achieved in the year of 2011. Being a lowly housewife, I do not achieve greatness on a daily basis, but what I do accomplish is something I am proud of - my little personal challenges that keep me on my toes. First up, the book list:

How to Kill Your Husband - Kathy Lette
Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver
Hot Six - Janet Evanovich
Love Bites - Lynsay Sands
Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr
Seven Up - Janet Evanovich
Single White Vampire - Lynsay Sands
At Knit's End - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Hard Eight - Janet Evanovich
Fragile Eternity - Melissa Marr
A Touch of Dead - Charlaine Harris
Tall, Dark & Hungry - Lynsay Sands
The White Queen - Philippa Gregory
Grave Sight - Charlaine Harris
The Girl Who Played With Fire - Stieg Larsson
Tome of the Undergates - Sam Sykes
Moab is My Washpot - Stephen Fry
Lord John and the Custom of the Army - Diana Gabaldon
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest - Stieg Larsson
The Fry Chronicles - Stephen Fry
A Tiny Bit Marvellous - Dawn French
Magpie Hall - Rachael King
The Secret Life of a Knitter - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Fallen - Lauren Kate
Free Range Knitter - Stephanie Pearl McPhee
Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks
How to Knit a Love Song - Rachael Herron
Dead Reckoning - Charlaine Harris
The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket
Torment - Lauren Kate
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M Valente
Lucy's Kiss - Rachael Herron
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
Room - Emma Donoghue
A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows - Diana Gabaldon
Heat Wave - Richard Castle
The World House - Guy Adams
Quite Ugly One Morning - Christopher Brookmyre
Snuff - Terry Pratchett
Honeymooning - Rachael Herron
The Vampyre; A Tale - John William Polidori
Naked Heat - Richard Castle
War Brides - Helen Bryan
Loose Screw - Rae Davies
Ethereal - Addison Moore
The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening - L J Smith
Lord John and the Plague of Zombies - Diana Gabaldon
A Bite to Remember - Lynsay Sands
Passion - Lauren Kate
Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account - Dr. Miklos Nyiszli
Pretties - Scott Westerfeld
Grave Secret - Charlaine Harris
Radiant Shadows - Melissa Marr
The Family Tree - Barbara Delinsky
All I Want for Christmas - Ros Clarke
Clan of the Cave Bear - Jean M Auel
The Tycoon's Convenient Wife - Ros Clarke

59 books. Wow, is that right? Let me count again... yep, 59. Dude, that's a lot of books. Guess you could say I like reading ;-) And people think I'm hard to buy presents for. Pfft.

There's a bit of variation in there, although I notice there's quite a few romances (oh dear). One author I got to meet in person (Lauren Kate), a few more I'd like to meet in the future (Diana Gabaldon, Charlaine Harris, Terry Pratchett, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and (ahaha) Richard Castle). One, I have knit in a competition with (Ros Clarke - Sock Madness). So many good books!! So many more to read!! Hooray for a new year!!

And on to the knitting. I decided to make up a wee collage of all the projects I completed (and got a picture of) during 2011:



Unfortunately, in order for the blog to not have a hernia and be able to actually upload the collage, I had to make it kinda small, so now you probably can't see much.

Let's break it down a bit...


19 pairs of socks, and a mini sock.


Seven garments.


Plus 27 other miscellaneous items (and an extra Deane head). Hats, mitts, shawls, toys, a freaking huge afghan... I do love me some variety.

That's a total of 54 different projects, not including the three I didn't get pictures of - a Milo vest, a vanilla soaker, and some blanket squares for the Christchurch earthquake appeal. Phew! That's a lot of knitting.

And oh, so many ideas for 2012!! Already this month I've managed to finish the shawl I didn't quite get done in time for Christmas:



This is a shawl for my mum - the pattern is Yvaine, knit in Knitsch sock yarn from the last yarn club, 'Terry's Treat'.

I'm also over halfway through a wee baby cricket vest for a friend's baby, born ten weeks ago (the recipient of the Milo vest and vanilla soakers). I was planning on getting this done before Christmas too, but the afghan took over all my knitting time, so this will be for his first birthday instead, as I am knitting it in the 1-2 years size. Pics to come soon!! It's super cute :-)

Also in 2011, I completed a quarter marathon (officially, plus a few more unofficially), ran a 15km, saw my boys turn seven and nine, got to read two of the best end of year school reports a mum could ever hope for, moved into a house with room to stretch out a bit (something we haven't had for quite a while, let me tell you!), and celebrated 11 years of marriage to the most infuriating, hilarious, caring, dorky, reliable, unreliable (yes, I know, very confusing), thoughtful man, who has come a long way since his teenage boy-racer days. It's been a wild and crazy ride watching him grow and change over the years.

This year will see my oldest son turn ten (oh my!), and who knows what else? I can't wait to find out. Onwards, 2012!!!

1 comment:

  1. OMG! Look at all those socks! I am in awe. I reckon you've knitted as much as me, if not more! Awesome.

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