Too late for New Year change?

Hello! I truly hope this blog post finds you safe and well?

So, time for a confession...last year I didn't have any knitting finished projects. None. Nope. Nada. Nothing at all came off of the needles apart from frogging a load of stuff. Looking back, this makes me sad but I don't think I had the mental capacity to deal with yet something else that needed to be worked on and needed my time and attention.

The seemly endless days of Lockdown here in England and then keeping to all the rules throughout the year were tough and I'm afraid knitting just became yet another thing that needed to be done. Alongside the home schooling, the keeping house and keeping two growing boys fed and watered (no mean feat!) and juggling tiny amount of time I had to work on orders and new products from my tiny cramped spare room there just wasn't any space for knitting.

I even picked up this fabulous pink last year but still haven't used it

So, I think I can say 2020 was a bit of a write off for the knitting but that's okay. It's time to wipe the slate clean and restart isn't it? 

During this third Lockdown there seems to be more time, I guess as the weather isn't as nice as the long sunny days we were lucky with last year, in fact it's around -2 degrees and snowing here at the moment and thats giving me a reason to hunker down and try and find comfort in yarn. I've pulled out bags stuffed with projects and I'm slowly working through them, finding out where I am in each pattern and if it's something I should just let go and frog.

A look through my Instagram tells me I did the same sort and clear out almost exactly a year ago.

I actually think that I've kept my lacking of knitting as a bit of a dirty secret. I decided a little while ago to take a break from my YouTube channel, partly because I just lost all confidence with it and staring at my face for hours while editing was not fun times and partly because I just didn't have the content to talk about. 

It feels kinda good to get it out there now. I'm a maker of project bags and yarn accessories but don't really knit much. But I'm going to try and work it into my days more, I think February has brought with it some renewed energy for things and I've already started a few lifestyle changes. These include getting up early enough to exercise, before the timetable of home schooling kicks in or going to my Studio for the day, in the hope that once Lockdown eases and the kids are back in school I'll still want to continue with this. I'm making a conscious effort to eat better and cut out those school night glasses of wine. I'm trying to see this Lockdown as the preparation time for getting my life in a little more order before things kick back in and the world slowly opens up (I really, really hope this will happen during 2021!)

A very rare new cast on 

I'm curious to know if this is just me that felt like this? I had great plans at the start of March 2020 that I would be so productive with my knitting projects and I'd find solace in them and they would help me through but it just didn't happen. I wonder now if one of the reasons I withdrew was because I like to knit uncomplicated patterns if it just allowed my brain to wonder and think of what was really going on. I don't know. 

But what I do know is there's always time to wipe the slate clean and start afresh! Time to spring clean the knitting projects and get back to those stitches I think!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, keep safe, 

Tracy x 

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