Saturday, 17 January 2015

Galloping through January

Wow - is it really halfway through January? New Year seems like yesterday in some ways, but a distant memory in others. We celebrated the start of 2015 in Amsterdam on a lovely Cruise break. It was a wonderful time, especially as we were all together as a family - Hubby, son, 2 daughters and little old me. We watched our daughter perform in the amazing shows (She's a dancer on the ship) and we enjoyed Bruges and Amsterdam before we said goodbye to Izzy as she headed off to the Caribbean.


Once home, my aim was to ease myself gently into the new year and take stock of my progress so far and think about where I wanted my little business to go. I have a lot more time on my hands now that my children are growing up and for the most part it's just myself, hubby and youngest son at home. Ollie is 13 now and is growing into a lovely young man. But he spends most of his time at home either at his friends or in his room. We eat together at meal times, always and have a good chat and often I'll pop into his room to make sure he's OK or to make sure he's done his homework, but mostly he's connected online to his friends, and they're usually having a good old laugh at something they're doing together together. My girls are doing their own things now, but still need a lot of support, in one way or another, so sometimes things can get a bit hectic before they calm down and I'm back in my steady routine.

Well my dreams were soon shattered as over the last couple of week I've been flooded with a number of new commissions, teaching, a couple of fabulous new crochet books to proof read/edit and some advisory work for a new knitting mag. Wowsers. Now my diary is full up to the end of February. Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining; in fact quite the opposite as I love my work. But I did hope to find a small amount of time to work on some new ideas that I'd like to develop.

I have found a little time to make some things for myself though. I mentioned here that I had an embarrassingly large yarn stash to trawl through, and I'm pleased to say I've been keeping up with my fairisle blanket knit-a-long, my crochet-a-long and have yet to start my Let's Knit Secret Garden blanket.

I have a stack of gorgeous yarns just waiting to be turned into something lovely and I'm still working on my 90 knitted squares. But when the postman delivers this sort of parcel - what's not to like. It's a mix of British Gotland 4ply and Double Knitting from I can't wait to dive in and make a start on 2 lovely commissions for Homemaker Magazine.

I hope you've had a good start to the year - have you made any crafty resolutions? and are you sticking to them? I'd love to hear.

See you soon xx

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