2011 was a pretty momentous year round here.
My dad was diagnosed with, had surgery for, and has now fully recovered from, prostate cancer. He dealt with all of this with a steady dignity and equanimity.
I continued the slow and difficult process of my own recovery from my stroke. There were many steps forward.
And some steps back.
Because of the continuing effects of my stroke, I had to give up my job as an academic. This was a drawn-out and emotionally harrowing process that was made even more difficult by my former employer’s department of inhuman resources. I didn’t write about any of this here, but, believe me, it was really pretty unpleasant. In September, I drew a line under the whole thing, and got rid of all of my books.
But being cut off from an institutional context did not mean that I stopped researching and writing. I published a few things I am very proud of.
And I began to support myself doing something I truly enjoy.
I brought out 8 designs in 2011.
I also fell in love with Shetland. . . .
. . . met some amazing knitters
. . . and continued to be astounded by the warmth, generosity, and genuine support of those of you that I know through the internet. (Thankyou, all of you.)
All things considered, 2011 really was a rollercoaster of a year, and I could not have got through it without the support of dear friends . . .
. . .a fun-loving dog . . .
. . .and, most importantly of all, a wonderful man.
Here’s to 2012!