Monday, January 7, 2019

In With The New?

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.' - Alfred Lord TennysonA New Year's resolution is a promise a person makes for the new year. Regardless of the resolution you commit to, the goal is to improve your life in the coming year. 

Resolutions come in many forms. Some people make a promise to change a bad habit, such as quitting smoking, eating less junk food or reducing the clutter. Other people make a promise to develop a positive habit, such as starting an exercise program, volunteering or recycling more. 

The tradition of New Year's resolutions dates back to 153 B.C.. January is named after Janus, a mythical god of early Rome. Janus had two faces - one looking forward, on looking back. This allowed him to look back on the past, and then look forwards toward the future. 

On December 31, the Romans' imagined Janus looking backward to the old year and forward into the new year. This became a symbolic time for Romans to make resolutions for the new year and forgive enemies for troubles in the past. 

The Romans also believed Janus could forgive them for their wrongdoings in the previous year. The Romans would give gifts and make promises, believing Janus would see this and bless them in the year ahead. 

Thus the New Year's resolution was born!   according to

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. - Helen Keller

Okay, I hear you, enough of the Rah! Rah!! 

But Honestly - how many times would you really like a "Do over"? Life would be so much better if we did not put our foot in our mouth, react in fear, or "zone out" and knit too many rows. How many times do you see some one at a stop sign look both ways, look again, then look again as if they do not believe the road is clear for them to proceed? 

I for one, do appreciate a New Year as a new book to try and be a better person, to have faith - in God, Buddha, Higher Power and in others. Do they disappoint me? Of Course. This is an opportunity to try again. 

New Year's is also a time for us to take stock - clear out the stash, throw out or pass along that project you have been dreading for 20 years, complete one that you really want to finish . . .  The list is endless.This time of year is a fresh page and each day is a day to say "Thank You" and promise yourself to be happy, learn one new thing, complete one task. 

In a strange way, is this not the task we often assign to a baby? A new life, a new start and a 2nd chance for us to do better than . . .  name your ghost. 

We have new yarns arriving almost every week, so please come and explore old and new favourites. 

This week's 75% off special is 

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Baby Pure

300 m. / 100 g
70% acrylic, 30% polymide

Reg. $10
75% OFF

Come in to feel this really great baby yarn, machine washable - it can even go into the dryer on delicate or cool settings. We had a customer in last week, who said she really loved King Cole yarns as they knit up so beautifully and wear well. This is a King Cole yarn with a soft tonal effect which helps to create really unique and wearable items. 

On a different tangent, The Crafty Lady is celebrating 25 years in business next month, please plan on coming in sometime. As Margaret and I understand the preliminary plans, there will be ongoing sales all month long with the best on February 14, as this was the day the first store opened. 

Written by Anne, happy crafter who feels very privileged to be allowed to help celebrate 25 years along with The Crafty Lady as I first shopped in The Crafty Lady in the first summer in she was in business. She helped me convince my daughter knitting a valuable skill. Thank you 

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