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!

Selfish Knitting

I often get asked if I still enjoy knitting now that it’s my job. And the answer is absolutely yes!

The reality of it is…not much of my job actually involves knitting. And lets face it – however much time we get to knit – it’s never enough to make everything we want to. So I savour every last second that I get to spend knitting. I accidentally cast on and knitted half of Meriden (I was planning to knit Lund first!).

When I’m working to a deadline and speed knitting, it feels very different to knitting for myself. I still enjoy the process but it’s not relaxing in the same way and I look forward to finishing it so that I can do selfish knitting!

I use the word “selfish” as a way to differentiate between talking about my work knitting and knitting for myself – but I never think of it as “selfish” in the negative meaning of the word, but rather as knitting “for self”.

We all have to take time out for ourselves to relax and re-charge so that we can be at our best. For me there is nothing more comforting than curling up in front of the TV with my selfish knitting and the cats. The calming effect it can have is amazing.

I hope you have time for some selfish knitting today! x