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Last year's resolutions
So earlier this year I made a list of 'new year's resolutions', or things I wanted to accomplish this year.  Let's see how well that worked out.

- go walking/hiking (I got hiking boots in October, time to really break them in)
I did! Walked a lot in Ireland. Still want to do more though - hopefully next year. (I got Hiking Plans, in fact.)

- read a book in French
I read several short stories, does that count?

- read at least 50 books (my Goodreads challenge) (related: buy an ereader!)
I *did* buy an eReader and it's been such a great asset. So easy to take with me on holiday, for one thing. I'm liking it much more than I thought I would.
According to Goodreads I read 66 books this year, but I actually read more since I read some books that aren't on Goodreads, too.

- take up yoga classes (unless I'm continuing French lessons, what with finances and all)
Didn't take up yoga since I continued French classes. Plus I got a job so even if it would work out financially, I wouldn't manage it physically - too busy.

- visit Ireland (in the spring) and Florence (autumn)
Check and check! I went to Ireland in the summer, in fact (when I made that list I didn't know I would be working in education later that year so I'd have to stick to school holidays), and I visited Florence in October. Still need to do a post on that, oops.

Sewing & Embroidery
- finish my Eowyn costume
- finish the cotton skirt
- make a quilt
- make a pair of pants (it's been a while)
- embroider a TARDIS bookmark and a Harry Potter bookmark

Erm... I made the TARDIS bookmark... and that's about it... Although I did make several skirts. But not the cotton one. :p

- Galadriel socks (been working on them for three years now...)

Still working on them... :p

- Equatorial Nights (it's a knitted star map of all the constellations 'round the equator!)
Finished this! Looks great and I got loads of compliments on it.

- Celestarium (knitted star map of the northern hemisphere)
- Hooded scarf
- Nennir

Still need to do these three. I did get yarn for Nennir in Ireland, beautiful stormy green yarn.

- Horse hat (in dark blue with white with a silver thread, and snowflakes instead of the curly things)
Started it, haven't finished it yet.

- at least one sweater (Rogue, maybe Tracery too)
Working on Rogue - I only have to do the sleeves! It's looking awesome so far.

- October is for Spinners (been working on this for five years or something...)
- Endpaper mitts

Didn't do either... I started the Endpaper mitts but it didn't work out as well as I hoped, so didn't finish.

- Maeva socks
- Wonderland socks (not my pic) (I've almost finished the first sock, knit it in about a week, and now it's been laying a round since... May or something. Oops.)

Finished both! The Meava socks in particular look great.

- learn how to crochet
Yup! Now to actually follow through and finish a project...

Drawing & other papery arts
- experiment with the trois crayon technique
- experiment with calligraphy
- experiment with plein air sketching/drawing/painting

Did all three, but need to do it more, honestly. I should stop being distracted by other things. :p

- try and make a book (as in, the actual tangible object)
- start art journalling

Didn't do this - not enough time or energy for it. Maybe next year? Who knows!

All in all not too bad, really. :) Did most of what I wanted to do. I actually like this way of doing new year's resolutions. Time to make a list for next year!


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