Last Christmas, my dad gave me a cute starter knitting kit as a gift. (Okay, so I picked it out and he just paid for it and wrapped it. Close enough.) Prior to that, I knew garter stitch. That’s it. I couldn’t even cast on or off. Since then, in conjunction with the purchase of a Netflix subscription, I’ve knit quite a lot! But I still have a long way to go.

Here’s a review of some of my projects from the last 12 months.

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When I get a chance, I’ll upload an image of the one project I’m the most proud of: a wine bottle sweater for the mulberry muscato my boyfriend made over the summer, which we gave to my parents for Christmas. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it to them!

I’ve got a week left to ponder what my “Knitting Resolutions” will be for 2016, now that I have my interchangeable circular needle set. And the next decision will be: What show should I binge watch next on Netflix while I knit?

I’m new to this whole blogging thing, so I thought it would be nice to give a bit of context for what I’ll be posting in the future. Without further ado, here are some questions about me! (From this blog, who got it from this blog.)

1. Are you named after anyone? Indeed. I’m named after Sir Edmund Hillary. I don’t know if there’s any deep meaning behind it, other than that climbing Mount Everest is cool.

2. When was the last time you cried? Joe made me watch Up for the first time last weekend.

3. Do you have kids? Just the furry one.

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? Depends on what the other me is like… maybe?

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Quite a bit. Sometimes it’s not obvious to other people, which gets a little awkward.

6. Will you ever bungee-jump? Doubtful.

7. What’s your favorite cereal? Special K Red Berry.

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Whether or not they seem sincere.

9. What is your eye colour? Blue-green-grey.

10. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings, for sure. I can only handle scary movies if I know there’s a happy ending.

11. Favorite smells? Vanilla, and cooking pasta.

12. Summer or winter? Winter. I like the indoors and being able to cuddle up under blankets with tea. You can always add more layers, but there are only so many layers you can take off.

13. Computer or television? Computer. Hands down. At this point I don’t know how I would live without it.

14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? I went to France for a mini-exchange for ten days in the 10th grade.

15. Do you have any special talents? I would say editing. (Don’t mind the sentence fragments scattered throughout this blog – they’re intentional, I swear!)

16. Where were you born? Brampton.

17. What are your hobbies? Reading, writing, knitting, TV, Pinterest (hah), video games (mainly the Sims, but also other things), singing when I can

18. Do you have any pets? Yes – my darling Lorelai!

19. Favorite movie? Legally Blonde or Contact. That answer always cracks me up, but it’s true.

20. Do you have any siblings? Yes, one seventeen-year-old sister.

21. What do you want to be when you grow up? Happy. Maybe not the moment-by-moment kind, but the general satisfaction kind. I haven’t figured out the practical parts of that yet.

I tag whoever else wants to answer these!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

There were a lot of changes in my life this year, and they all came together to make this Christmas very different from all my other Christmases before it. For starters, I moved in with my boyfriend this past May, so this was my first Christmas morning away from home. It was low-key, and we finished gift exchanging in, like, ten minutes. That worked out, though, because it gave us lots of time to play Super Mario Maker (my gift to Joe), eat breakfast, and show Lorelai her new toys. That’s another change, actually – this was kitty’s first Christmas! (And there’s an ornament to mark the occasion on the tree, if you look really closely.)

Raspberry Turnovers Lor's New Toy

The tough thing about being moved out over Christmas is having to juggle all of the family commitments without making anyone think we’re playing favourites. This was our first year of having to figure all of that out. I think we did an okay job, and now we’re in a yearly alternating routine going forward so there’s no turning back. It’s funny to think that every couple I know must have gone through the how-to-spend-the-holidays process, because from my perspective, everyone has always had it sorted out.

My favourite gift this year was a set of interchangeable circular knitting needles. Joe’s favourite was the LEGO Force Awakens Millennium Falcon. I’d say that pretty much sums up where we are in our lives right now, haha.

Merry belated Christmas, everyone!

Hey there. My name’s Hillary. Looks like you’ve stumbled across my blog!

What’s this blog about? That’s a question we’ll be exploring together over the next few posts at least. Right now, I plan on writing about things I love, things I know, things I want to know, and opinions I have – things like:

cats, coffee, video games, organization, knitting, positivity, science, writing…

Now the question is: if I don’t know what the blog is about, why am I writing it? Two reasons come to mind.

  1. I need to be writing, if I’m going to call myself a writer. (More on that later.)
  2. Maybe this is a longshot, but I’m led to believe that in getting my thoughts out into the world, I might actually figure out what it is I’m passionate about so that I can pursue it wholeheartedly.

In the meantime, I’m going to try a little bit of everything. Opinions are appreciated!

Thanks for reading, and welcome!