In spite of my new year’s intentions, I have had little chance this month to get on the computer to write to you. In my defence, I have been busy getting all the other things in my life in order. Exhibit 1: This month I resigned my job and accepted a new one. It is in a different city, which means commuting and generally being more organised, but it is going to allow me to remind myself why I went into psychology in the first place. More time for research and fewer responsibilities of the kind I have to juggle now. Plus, I have it on good authority that I am a short walk away from a good quality yarn shop, so I really can’t complain. And yes, I did take my knitting to my job interview. They know what they are getting…
Other changes have been a little sadder. This month has also seen the closure of The Knitting Hut. This little shop in Woburn Sands was where I rediscovered yarn and knitting, largely because one of my friends who lived there also discovered yarn. I sat in that shop when I was pregnant with my daughter and I have bought yarn for a fair few projects in there too. My daughter and I went to the last day the shop was open, and she bought a few yarns of buttons with her pocket money. She used to enjoy emptying the button jars onto a tray on the floor and sorting them back into their colours. Now she has a little reminder of those days to go with my old photos of her doing that. The closure was poignant but not sad, as it signals the next exciting episode in Sue Stratford’s career as a pattern designer and I am so glad everything is coming together for her. She has a new book out soon, so do watch out for that one.
For my part, I have got Shawl 1 of Season 2 Shawl Club (‘The Sequel’) nailed and out for testing, and I’m quite pleased with it. Its a very pretty shawl, just in time for the spring. It is our for testing now so I get a little bit of a break to try out some new techniques. I have just bought a thrumming kit from Lollipop Guild Yarns (see top photo of the bright, bright fluff!) and with the sudden dip in temperatures I am pretty taken with the idea of some ultra cosy mittens. And a hat. And socks. In fact, give me all your thrummed garments as I was freezing this morning at work. I have just had to have a bath to raise my body temperature back up.
So the plan is I can now start to blog properly again as I start the countdown to the new job. I am already feeling more relaxed and positive. Yes, I know it probably will be short lived, but hey, I am going to approach it with optimism and see what I can achieve.