We are approaching a Chinese new year and this one will be the year of the monkey. In Edinburgh I worked for several years in an office beside a collection of Chinese greengrocer shops, quite famous for their wonderful selection of exotic fruit and veg at rock bottom prices. At Chinese new year there was always some celebration involving a dragon dance, which is supposed to scare away evil spirits, and a beating drum. We used we leave our work and go out into the street to watch the festivities.
Apparently 2016 is the year of the fire monkey and heralds a decisive and confident year, one of adventure, resolve and innovation, a year to expand and nurture relationships. So an adventurous path and clear goals are this year's mantra.
Call it serendipity, it certainly wasn't planned. I have just finished these socks that I can wear on 8 February the first day of the Chinese new year, they are Monkey by Cookie A. I downloaded the pattern in 2007 and have finally got round to tackling it. I enjoyed the knit, an interesting but not too complicated design that I'd certainly use again. Perhaps I should be making plans to come out of semi hibernation and grasp the new year opportunities, but not just yet I'm far too lazy and comfortable in the penthouse unless mass producing socks qualifies as a clear goal.