On to a new Year and a recap of 2015

All in all, I think 2015 was a good year. Could I have done a little more? Sure, that's always the case, but I don't fret about it and sure don't waste time thinking about it.

I had planned to buy a new car in 2015. Well as it got later in the year, I decided I would wait until Spring 2016 because I don't want to break in a new car in the winter. Well, I hit a deer in mid-November that made my decision for me. Since I had already decided what car to get I decided to get down to the dealership and order one. Well, it won't be here until early March anyway, so it sort of worked out. Meanwhile, I'm using hubby's car. My car was 9 years old and had 265,000 miles on it and I put a lot of miles on that car daily, so God was telling me to get that car off the road before something more serious happened. It is being donated.

As for reading, I was able to get 82 books either read or listened to this year. I think in past years I had gotten to 75-77 books, so it's an increase. I think part of that is due to eliminating satellite radio. While I'm listening to audio books, I get to thinking about what I was paying for satellite radio and thought I had better listen to that for awhile. :-)

We have eliminated some things from our lives for several reasons.  Monthly costs and time sucking.  So, we eliminated satellite radio. With USB sticks in cars now and auxiliary ports for mp3 players, do we really need satellite radio? Yes, it was wonderful to listen to, but the cost was a little too high.  Then at the end of July, we turned off Directv.  We live too far away to use an antenna, so we have blissful quiet evenings. I still get knitting done, so it's all good. We were only watching about 2-3 channels anyway, but you can't get a package for what you want. If they would ever come up with a package where you can select 5-10 channels for a certain price, that would be right up my alley.

As for 2016, not too many goals this year, except to knit myself more socks. I went through a period there where I didn't knit many because I always had to make too many modifications. So, over the holidays, I decided to design a vanilla sock pattern to accommodate my nuances with the right foot and leg.  After many (4) iterations, I finally have the final pattern (at least for fingering weight). I wanted to make more of them because of the shoes I wear to work. So, I've got 2 pairs on the needle now. I'm excited!

I also want to sew more. I've got some ideas of what I want and need to make for myself clothing wise, so I will get some of that done. I also have a desire to make some fabric bowls and plan to tackle that soon.

My first finished project in 2016 is a project that I started in October 2015. It's the Howlcat. It's a Cowl/Hat combination and I really like it. It was touch and go there for a while because of the 9.5 inches of 1x1 ribbing. I literally had to force myself to pick up the project and work on it. I could manage 2 rounds of it and would have to put it down. ugh.  but once I got past the ribbing, the stockinette knitting was a breeze and I finished it last night.

A recap of a few of the finished items in 2015.


Jackie said…
I have thought about giving up cable but my husband loves his football. We've reduced other monthly expenses as well and trimmed where there was opportunity. Still looking to find more. We ended up buying a new car on NYE as my car was 10 years old and rates were very low. As I *hope* to retire at 60, it will be the car I retire with. Like you, I'm keeping 2016 goals light. It sounds like you have had a great 2015 and I'm looking forward to seeing those socks in 2016!