2015 in Review

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Okay, so maybe I borrowed that, but it is so true of 2015. (This is going to be a long post, so if you want to skip sections and just look at the pictures I promise not to judge)

January started out amazing. My sister in law took my daughter to NYC for her 13th birthday. They let me tag along and we had a blast. We went ice skating @ Rockefeller Center, saw Les Miserable, had Tea @ the Lowell hotel, and of course went shopping.

By February I was feeling a little under the weather, but wasn't too concerned. For whatever reason I always end up sick in the spring:(

As some of you already know I have been battling Lupus for almost 9 years and in March it took a big turn for the worse. I lost feeling on my left side, had trouble swallowing, my digestive tract stopped working, and my moisture producing glands just kind of gave up too. I was hospitalized for about 4 days while they ruled out Stroke. After that I was able to go home and do more out patient testing.

I have to say these couple of months were THE WORST of my life. I really didn't know what the future would hold or how long of a future I had. God really carried my through this time and showed me the important things. There was a preciousness about each moment; time spent with family and friends is worth way more than any to do list.

In the end I received a diagnoses of another autoimmune disorder, Sjogren's Disease(which now makes #3) and was on a super strict Autoimmune Paleo diet until my insides started working again. (Truthfully I feel so much better when on the diet, but it's hard being off all grains, eggs, legumes, milk products and sugar. So I have been trying to see if I can cheat and how often with out getting my immune system all worked up.)

I made it to my 40th birthday in May, still in recovery mode I spent the day quietly with my family.

In July things started looking up. It was Tour de Fleece time and I "rode" for team PLY and team Clan Kromski. I spun 5489 yds, and part of that spinning was a class I took on Craftsy Spinning Worsted to Woolen. It was a lot of fun. I like that you can spin for more than one team. Maybe we can have a GVHG team in 2016?

In July I also began dyeing. I tried lots of colour combinations and wrotethe formulas on the samples so I can repeat them in the future. I love using Greener Shades dyes. Since they are non-toxic and eco friendly I don't have to worry about them around my family.

After I made my plans I pulled out the top and started dyeing. It was a little scary at first, I was afraid of ruining it. But it turned out and I had a lot of fun seeing how the colours turned out.

August was lovely, we celebrated my in laws 50th Anniversary and they took us all to a resort in Pennsylvania. The Euro Bungi was so much fun, I did 3 back flips- and the kids didn't even think I could do one. Score for us middleagers! The best part was just spending time with the family. It was great seeing my niece M who had just turned 1. She is such a sweetie! We don't get to see her as much as we would like because they live out of town, so this was a good bonding experience and the kids just adore their cousin. This is a beret and mittens I made for her out of some yarn that I dyed and spun.

September of course is Fiber Fest Time. The Finger Lakes Fiber Festival is just a Great place to be. Lots of good vendors, fun classes and demonstrations, competitions and it's busy but not so crowded that you feel suffocated.  Here's my haul and items I entered in the skein and garment competition.

This year September also meant the 1st day of non-homeschool for my daughter. After 9 years of being homeschooled my daughter really wanted to go to and Independent School (AKA private school) for highschool. It was a big change for us, but she really seems to be enjoying it and I'm happy for her!

It was also a new beginning for me. With only one to teach I decided to use my extra time to begin my own fiber business Bad Wolf Yarn.

In the beginning of October was Spinzilla. It was my first year and I spun as a Rogue instead of with a team. It was really intense but I did a lot more than I thought I could and ended up taking 4th place with 11,298 yds spun. Afterward I needed a break. I knit my first pair of socks and made some stitch markers for my shop.

November was time for more dyeing! I had all those skeins from Spinzilla right?

November and December are a bit of a blur. But I did some knitting, got some fun prizes at the GVHG Gift exchange, made stitch markers and felted some slippers for my Hubby and son. I have to say all in all 2015 was a good year and I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store!

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