Happy New Year!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas! Has anyone else lost track of what day it is?

Thank you so much for all your support in 2019! I’ve been super busy with my new book Cosy Alpaca Knits and loved seeing lots of you at Woolfest, Yarndale and Yarn Expo. Thank you for coming to see me at events, for buying from my shop and downloading my patterns – it really means the world to me.

Have you set yourself any plans for 2020? I’m not a huge fan of new years resolutions… but I have a goal I want to set myself for the year and if I share it on here then I’ll have lots of accountability partners!

I’m sure someone else was doing this last year… maybe Eleanor from Knit Nottingham? – give me a shout if it was you so that I can credit you for inspiring me!

Casting on new projects is always the exciting bit and this rule will hopefully help motivate me to finish off some old projects so that I can do new exciting things… like only being allowed cake after you’ve eaten all the broccoli. To be fair I like broccoli almost as much as cake so that’s not the best analogy, but you know what I mean!

Feel free to use the above image on social media if you want to pledge to do the same. Please tag me on Instagram (#jemweston) and then we can check in with each other to see if we’re sticking to it!

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

2018 Makes

After planning my #makenine2019 I thought it would be interesting to look back at how many garments I have made in 2018. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I made ten!

Top row: Buttrick jumper by Martin Storey (which I’ve worn loads!), Trapeze dress toile and Scout Tee with petal sleeves.

Middle row: Faye jumper by Kim Hargreaves which I mostly knitted on honeymoon and love wearing with a shirt-dress. My wedding top which I must confess I’ve only worn once! And my first Scout Tee… which has now become nightwear because the colour doesn’t suit me.

Bottom row: Another Trapeze dress (which I’m planning to take in and make less “trapezey”), Alder shirt-dress which came out huge but was perfect during the heatwave and lovely with my Faye jumper. And finally my new denim circle skirt.

In addition to those pictured above – I also made a simple teal skirt in the same fabric as the Scout Tee with petal sleeves. It’s a bit underwhelming but maybe I’ll wear it in the summer!

And it wasn’t just garments… I also made table runners for the wedding and a crochet rug.

And with help from friends, we made pom pom bunting, a pom pom stage backdrop and wedding candles.

AND… I managed to squeeze in a few new patterns!

Knit this colourful Hexi Blanket by Jem Weston

Hexi Blanket pattern: £3.50 – buy now

Frank the Fox pattern: £3.50 – buy now

Frank the Fox Knit Kit: £18 – shopPom Scarf by Jem Weston

Pom Scarf pattern: £2.50 – buy now

FREE Pom Scarf pattern when you buy six balls of Rooster Almerino DK – shop

Jem Weston | Summer Tie knitting pattern

Summer Tie pattern: £3.50 – buy now

Summer Tie Knit Kit: £10 – shop

This has been fun to write! Sometimes I’m so busy looking ahead that I forget to look back at what I’ve accomplished. 2018 has definitely been a good year for making and I’m feeling confident about my #makenine2019.

What did you make this year?!

Farewell 2017

2017 has been such an exciting year for me – in August I launched my third book Cute Comfort Knits and the response has been amazing!

Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston

Like me – you seem to enjoy knitting small projects for the house and little toys for gifts or yourselves. Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy of Cute Comfort Knits I really love seeing your finished projects over on Instagram!

Yarn packs and books are still available over on my shop, where you can also find copies of my second book The Knitted Nursery Collection and yarn packs for your favourite projects from there.

My highlights of 2017 were (as always) the yarn shows! It was my third year exhibiting at Yarndale and I love it a little bit more every year. I also exhibited at the first ever Nottingham Yarn Expo and really enjoyed having a show in my home town.

Thank you for all your support in 2017 and a very Happy New Year! x

 

Back to Reality 2017…

It’s time for my annual back to reality blog!

This year, getting back to reality has been a little different for me because I now have a ‘proper’ job to go back to as well as the various freelance projects I’m juggling. I won’t lie – this felt a little overwhelming on Tuesday – but I soon got back into the swing of things!

I’ve always seen Christmas as a time to switch off, wind down, recharge and put a full stop at the end of the year. And 2016 was definitely a year that needed a full stop. I knew that I had some work to do over the break, but I had planned simple things that would still allow my brain to go into low power mode for 10 days!

I mentioned in a previous blog that 2016 wasn’t my favourite year ever. And it really managed to throw a few more niggley things at me in the last couple of weeks…the clicky thing on the oven broke, I accidentally defrosted the freezer, the washing machine sprung a leak, I had a really bad cold (followed swiftly by another bad cold), and Princess Leia…. it was just a crap end to a crap year! So the only way to respectfully mourn the passing of 2016 was to watch Charlie Brooker and eat chocolate in pyjamas.

 I can’t tell you how excited I am to have a shiny new year ahead! I’m really enjoying the Moody Blanket Knit-along and loving seeing your squares too. I’m working on an exciting new project this year…I will tell you more in a few months, but other than that – my goals for this year are based around doing less, taking one day at a time, being realistic and looking after myself.

Wishing you all a very healthy and happy new year! x

 

Happy New Year!

homeI want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me in 2015. It’s been my first full year working freelance and has been challenging, exciting and really good!

Whether you read my blog, come along to my workshops, shop with me online, say hello at knitting shows or just hang out with me at knit group – you’re a big part of my little business and I look forward to sharing my love of making with you for another year!

I’m really excited about 2016 and have lots of plans and goals (which are relatively realistic I think), but before starting a fresh new year – I wanted to share some of my favourite things from 2015.


StephVolunteer of the Year

As soon as I started talking about applying for Yarndale, my good friend Steph offered to be my ‘minion’. She was the perfect assistant and I couldn’t have done it without her!

Yarndale was my first solo stand at a knitting show and I had so much fun! It was lovely to see familiar faces and to put faces to the names of those of you who keep in touch via social media and my blog. I also met lots of new people and I hope to see you all at knitting shows again in 2016.


Top Cat 2016

I know I shouldn’t have a favourite, and the competition is very tough in my little house – but this years top cat is Splodge. She has the cutest paws in the world, is very well behaved and managed to lose enough weight that the vet could refer to her as ‘normal’. She’s extremely skittish, always looks impressively grumpy and is so loyal I’m pretty sure she thinks she’s a dog.


Runner up –

Noodle came a very close second (out of two) but he let himself down with sofa scratching, pigeon catching and hiding behind the sofa every night when we want to get him out of the living room. He is pretty handsome though. Try harder next year Noodle!


captivate3My Favourite Project

My favourite knit this year was easy to choose! It’s my Captivate cardigan – designed by Kim Hargreaves.

I chose Kidsilk Haze in Majestic and Fine Lace in Cobweb. The Majestic has a slight purple tone, so the combination made a lovely flattering warm grey.

It was nice to knit (and quicker than I expected), and I’ve pretty much worn it every day since I finished it because it goes with everything in my wardrobe!


Motivational Speech of The Year

This speech by Shia Labeouf is utterly ridiculous but I find it strangely motivating! If you’ve hit a wall and you’re struggling to get a project finished – just watch this.

Don’t let your dreams be dreams! Happy 2016 x