The gap between Christmas and the new year is always an interesting time. It is the lull after all the frantic holiday preparations—despite attempts at serenity—and before things return to “normal” with a whole new calendar.I like it……mainly because school is still out, but the stress of the holidays is subsiding. But also, as I imagine most people do, I find it a time of both reflection and looking forward.Looking back on 2017, it is hard for me to put a finger on any one thing, any one feeling or event that defined it. I started out bitter and angry, and from that, this blog was born. Then in the spring, I found renewal and energy. I reacquainted myself with dyeing fiber and opened the Etsy shop. I introduced myself to embroidery. I worked almost maniacally churning out fiber goods, and then, the school year started.Being a teacher this year has been a whirlwind. During the first half of this calendar year—the second half of last school year—I became detached from the workday, which had become an existential drain on my psyche. That was a positive move. But when the new school year came around, I allowed it to require so much more of me. Yes, it was by choice. I began the year not detached, but invested. I went all in. And once you go all in with anything, backing off isn’t easy. And once you go all in with teaching, there is very little time for anything else.So the creativity and making—that which defined my springtime recovery—all but ceased.I did read a few books. These three very different ones come to mind: Stephen King’s IT, John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down, and Lindy West’s Shrill.Also, I did a little making in the form of these hats and mittens to donate.
(I know the hats are mostly not identifiable as such. I barely took progress pictures, much less ones of the final product.)And then, when Christmas break snuck up on me, I threw myself into handmade Christmas presents.Felted coasters for my sister.Handwarmers for several.Woven scarf for my littlest niece.Crocheted hats for my dad and brother-in-law.Coffee cozies for my mom.Jumbo knitted blanket for my husband.Then I found a new fun thing to do: LEGOS!And lastly, I’m going to try keeping a bullet journal in the new year. I’ve enjoyed setting it up over the past few days.See you in the new year!