Time flies!

The first of July will mark one full year since I gave up the day job!

It was such a big and scary decision to make, but I got into the swing of it pretty quickly. As soon as I started working for Coats and Rowan in 2008, I was in charge of my own schedule and I knew straight away that being my own boss would suit me very nicely. It’s been over seven years since I worked in a full time job with set hours, and although I do sometimes miss the structure of having a job that I can leave at work – I really love what I do.

I spent most of the first six months getting organised: preparing workshops and booking dates, planning designs, setting up my workroom and having a bit of a rest. The last six months have been more of a challenge for my time management and self motivation, with lots of workshops and design work. It’s been great!


Heading into summer, it’s a bit quieter on the workshop front – and with my big design deadlines met, I’m planning to do a bit of catching up! I’ve got the red pen out for final checks of my new book The Knitted Nursery Collection, I’m updating my workshop subjects ready for autumn/winter, making plans for my stand at Yarndale and most importantly – catching up on some gardening and selfish knitting!

I can’t wait for the next year of adventures in self-employment!


First steps

I’ve now completed my first week as my own boss and it’s been pretty good!


Despite the fact that it’s been non-stop, I don’t feel I’ve been very productive- because I haven’t been doing ‘proper’ work!

Before I get started, I think it’s really important to have a nice environment to work in. But tidying and decorating always takes longer than I think- especially when the room starts off looking like this!

I’ve always tried to keep my workroom fairly organised, but more recently it’s been a case of just plonking things in there and closing the door. The room has doubled up as a spare bedroom as well, which means that I haven’t had the storage space I’ve needed and I end up with piles of stuff on the bed. I’ve admitted defeat on that one, and my guests will now be staying on a fold up bed that I can store under the stairs!


wpid-img_20140718_095919.jpgIt’s a really small room, but with the bed removed and some classic Ikea shelving purchased, I’m hoping to make it a practical, tidy and pretty space to work in.

I’ve set up a making room board on Pinterest with a few ideas and I’m very excited about making a little shelving unit like this, to sit above my desk.

I was hoping to be a bit further along by Friday- I even thought I might have some paint on the walls! But at least the room is empty(ish) and ready for paint.

wpid-img_20140718_095616.jpgI also think it’s important to have somewhere comfy to sit in a workroom, so I snapped up this Ercol armchair for a bargain price on Ebay. It needs a lot of  love and my dad is going to try and sand it down to take it back to the pale wood before I get started on the fun part- making cushions for it!

Hopefully by the end of next week I’ll have some paint on walls!