2015: The year of the goat

Over the past few weeks as time began to pass at an alarming rate, I could not help but feel the pressure and promise of the new year.

How, I wondered, would I get everything done?

The answer was simple: I wouldn’t.

The things I did get done, however, were the things that most needed doing, and with the holidays now finally past, I have a moment (however brief) to catch my breath and set my intentions for the new year, and it turns out, that (as with previous years) I have a lot of intentions.

Unlike previous years, I decided to crochet myself an assistant — someone to watch over my efforts and to serve as a visual reminder of where I want to go, and what I need to do to get there — enter my New Years’s goat.

When I got up this morning, I only knew that before the day ended I needed to crochet a goat. I had no idea what color (or colors) I would use. I suspected that it would be complicated in some way, but that way had not yet revealed itself to me, and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it would take more time than I expected.

Then, while I was emptying the dishwasher, my goat came to me, and after walking the dog, working in three loads of laundry, and myriad other tasks, I finally realized my goatly vision.

Here is my New Year’s goat on the dining table that serves as headquarters for my crochet office just moments after I finished the last stitch:

crochet goat with flowers
A freshly minted New Year’s goat

And here she is a little bit later at Goodberry’s while we waited in line for a celebratory “I finished my New Year’s goat” frozen custard:

crochet goat out for frozen custard
My goat looking at me with doleful eyes in an attempt to get her own frozen custard

and this final pose while she was basking in the glow of the holiday lights:

new year's amigurumi goat
My New Year’s goat enjoying the holiday lights

I am hoping that with this crochet talisman will remind me of all the crochet goals I want to accomplish and help me stay focused on what really matters: conquering the world, one stitch at a time.

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