How do you measure

How Do You Measure, Measure A Year?

For fans of the show Rent, I find this question to be one of the most important at many levels. How do you measure a year?

How Do I Measure?

When it comes to evaluating a year, there are many factors that come into play. Financial success, relationships, social interactions, deaths, marriages, births. And as a queer fiber-artist-blogger, I also include projects, political wins and losses and connections.

By most measures, 2023 was a very successful year for me.

Projects…I didn’t take the time to count them up this year, but I finished a LOT of fiber-projects. Based on just the number in the short montage below, I completed over 50 projects. More than one per week seems like a good amount.

Blogging and blog-readers have been amazingly supportive. There were 146 posts in 2023 for a total of over 55,000 words. But more importantly, you all commented 523 times (over 10 times a week). Thank you for your kindness, love and suppport.

From a political perspective, I found 2023 was a mixed bag. President Biden has done an overall amazing job…the economy, standing up for our civil rights, and most of all his integrity. Yes, as a Democrat, there are many things I’d like to have him change. But given the alternative, I’m quite thrilled with the man.

But really how I measure a year is through the lives I’ve touched. Or that have touched mine.

The folks I have met through fiber-pursuits goes far beyond any photo galleries I could include here. I am amazingly blessed.

Finally, I am fully blessed by a most amazing family.

A Time For Family 07-24-23

So, as the song states:

How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measuring love
Seasons of love
Seasons of love

Current Knitting

If you didn’t catch it in the speedy video montage, I was able to finish the Spiraling West Coast Watch Cap and also finish a second one.

I have also started off 2024 well with a new project.

Half Hitch Shawl - 01-01-24 01

This is the Double Hitch shawl design by Martina Behm using Uneek Fingering yarn. The design is a follow up to her enormously successful Hitchiker’s Shawl.

7 comments on “How Do You Measure, Measure A Year?

  1. I have found my community through you in 2023 and I cannot wait to be with you and the bunch again. Thank you.

  2. Happy New Years to you, I measure the year by the love of my family and friends. I too think Biden is doing a good job.

  3. Happy New Year to you and Thaddeus, Joe! You have been one of the few positive and inspiring voices in this otherwise global mess of a year. Thank you for new-to-me patterns mojo, so contagious, and for being such a mensch.

  4. Over 50 projects! And everything you do on top of those. Congratulations on your 2023 and best wishes for 2024. Thanks for your posts too.

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