For me, the year more properly begins with the winter solstice. While I don't live nearly as close to the pole as some, the daylight hours get very short at this time of year and with the grey dreary days we have been having, I am longing for more sun.
This time of year seems suited to taking time to withdraw from society, reflect on the year gone by, gather energy for the coming spring. And all those deadlines lined up on my calendar!
I know this is supposed to be a really social time of year, but I 'spent' my social energies doing the shows and, quite frankly, I've had about enough of people for a while. So no, we don't go to a lot of parties, nor do we have a lot of family gatherings, either. I am content to spend time in the studio working with brilliant colours, dreaming fibre dreams and looking forward to all the wonderful opportunities I have awaiting me in 2014.
And because I am trying very hard to not buy more yarn, this red warp will have a design feature - half of it will be a deeper true red, the other half more scarlet. C'est la vie. Nothing is perfect. Make lemonade. It's how the light gets in. Etc.