Roll On 2017!

I don’t want to wish the year away…but 2016 and I haven’t been the best of friends!

It’s not one thing in particular – it’s just felt like really hard work. Like one of those days where you think  “it’ll be okay – I feel a bit meh but I can get through this as long as nothing bad happens”. And then lose your car key so you have to walk to work…and then you tread in dog poo while walking to work…and you’re wearing flip-flops! That’s pretty much how 2016 has felt for me.

This makes it sound like I’ve had an incredibly negative year – which is actually far from the truth! The Knitted Nursery Collection launched in January and has been really successful, I had a fantastic time at Woolfest and Yarndale and I started a new part-time job in August working with a lovely team and lovely Rowan yarns.

So why has it felt like a tough year? The simple answer is – I’ve done too much. Way too much! And I haven’t taken enough time off.

Earlier this year Beardie was working hard on his MSc and we didn’t feel we could take a “proper” holiday so we settled on a few nights glamping. It was lovely…but not long enough to wind down before we had to head back to reality. As soon as he finished – I started my new job and since then it has been non-stop!

Re-adjusting to work and trying to juggle it with freelance commitments has been fun but also busy and challenging. Beardie and I were really looking forward to 6 days away in December – visiting friends and then having some hygge quiet time… and then Noodle broke his foot! We have to keep him in a cage most of the time while he’s healing and take him to the vets for a new bandage each week – so our holiday has now shrunk down to a three days off work mini-staycation! But look how cute he is…


So roll on 2017! I know it will bring it’s own challenges, but I’m hoping it will also bring a couple of “proper” holidays, some regular down-time and fully functioning cats.

So what’s your vote for 2016 – good year or bad year?


12 thoughts on “Roll On 2017!

  1. 2016 can get the fudge out! No time for holidays either but punctuating a gruelling week with a few precious hours of ‘me time’ makes all the difference. Lovely knitting workshop at Hollies yesterday was a perfect example. Inspired to keep it going when my Cute Little Knits book arrives tomorrow! 😉 Thank you!

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  2. Hello Jem

    I really hope that 2017 is a much better year for you, and the world in general. This year has been a strange one, eventful in many ways.

    However, we have just returned from taking our 7-year old to see Father Christmas this morning, and it was really lovely, so starting to feel very ‘Christmassy’! Here’s to a lovely Christmas and New Year, and really looking forward to the KAL starting in January.

    Best Wishes


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    1. Hello Nicola – that sounds lovely and festive!
      I’m really looking forward to starting my Moody Blanket – it will force me to spend some time each day reflecting…and I’m sure that will be good for me! Happy Sunday x


  3. Hi Jem, completely empathise with you. Have had a rubbish 2016, redundancy for me and my other half, and also not had any holidays longer than a few days. Got a new job eventually but the company it was with got taken over after a month and it’s just not the same place. Will I quit or not who knows, but there has to be more than this. I’d love to craft as a day job but its difficult to get into to make a living from.


  4. Thanks hopefully it’ll be kinder to you too.
    I decided to do what I call my happy scarf for this year. I have the same wool in about 20 colours, as I’m colour mad, and every day I’ll pick the one that makes me happiest. Who knows what it will look like, we shall see. Good job I didn’t try a mood scarf last year. What I’ll be interested in is what colour will really lift me when I’m not having a good day.

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