Whew

It has been a crazy holiday season. My boyfriend and I spent Christmas with my family in Arizona across the country from where we both live.

We took a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon

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I purchased moccasins in Tombstone, just down the street from the O.K. Corral

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And above all we spent time with friends and family. I hope your Christmas was amazing as well.

In Review

Now that Christmas is over, I can show you a few more of the presents I made.

Sparkly bracelets worked up quickly as presents for friends

Pattern: Beaded Waves Cuff by Laura Nelkin

Yarn: Valley Yarns Superwash DK in Natural and Cascade Yarns El Cielo in Bordeaux

Size 6 seed beads

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Stripey Wristwarmers for my sister

Pattern: made up as I went: the gloves are knit in 2×2 ribbing with garter stitch rows on both ends

Yarn: I Love this Cotton in White and Orangeade (I tea-dyed the gloves so the colours wouldn’t be quite so glaring)

For my youngest sister I decided not to knit anything. A few years ago I taught her to knit, so for Christmas I gave her some knitting supplies and a binder of patterns I had picked out and thought she would enjoy. She was very pleased and immediately picked out a pattern to start knitting with her Christmas yarn.

New

Happy 2016, everyone! I know I keep saying this, but time is just flying by! I hope you all had a lovely evening last night (especially if you stayed up late) and that you were all safe going home (if you went out).

I guess this is the part where I boldly share my New Year’s Resolutions. I only have one this year, but I prefer to call it a goal rather than a resolution. A resolution sounds so pretentious, and once you fail (and you probably will) it is very hard to start back. A goal, on the other hand, can start (or restart) anytime, and seems so much more doable.

So my goal for 2016 is yoga. I want to spend at least 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week doing yoga. My main reason for choosing yoga is that I am tired of being stressed out all the time, and yoga is supposed to be good at calming you down. And gaining strength and flexibility are good things to work on as well. Right now my plan is to use YouTube to guide my sessions.

Do you do yoga? How do you like it? What suggestions would you give a beginner yogi?