I hope these festive holidays have been a good one for you and yours , however you celebrate it . Our family have had a lovely low key Christmas and we are all in a very happy relaxed place right now . My hubby asked me a couple of weeks before Christmas what I would like for as a present this year , to which my reply was " rest , that's all I want rest " . I have got exactly what I wanted , it took me a while to wind down and I was very fidgety for my first week off . But now I have my old relaxed ( but occupied with hobbies ) pace of life . I will never be a person that can just sit , I always need to have my hands occupied but that is my natural happy state . I have disconnected myself from technology as much as I could and packed all my work out of sight and embraced the space in my daily life this has created . I have been able to spend time with my thoughts and think and plan , boy that has been good for me !! I actually feel mentally refreshed as well as physically rested and my energy levels renewed . I feel excited about 2014 but I am also aware I have to keep balance in my life , so that is my New Years resolution to find balance in my life .
It feels good to be on the first day of a new year , it feels to me a bit like the feeling I get when I get a new sketch book . It feels special and new and full of possibilities . When I get a new sketch book the first page is always important to me , I'm quite superstitious that way , if I make a mistake on my first page I cannot use the rest of the book and abandon it for a new one . But life isn't that simple but it has been important for me to see out the old year and see in the new year in a way that felt right . So New Years Eve saw me , Mr P and the boys snuggled up quietly at home , I had my crochet at my side as well a little tipple and once the boys were in bed we watched a spooky ghost story . A low key night of cosiness , just how we like it !!
I have found time to start working on some much neglected projects which I am going to find time to carry on working on , as it is so relaxing working on these projects . I've been working on a project which you may recognise as I have posted about this blanket project before . A friend gave me a very large bag of Tapestry wools as she new I would find a use for it and yes I did !! I started making little round at first which then led to me turning them into square and this is how the project is developing .
I'm loving using all the yummy colours in interesting combinations , which is not normally possible if using balls off wool as it would cost a small fortune to to play with this many colours .
Another project I've been working on for a few months now and it has been a very on and off project , is this Shawl . I had a real erge to make something for myself in greys and yellow . Usually I would shy away from yellow on something to wear but I had a really strong need to use it and here's what I've come up with . I got the initial pattern from Ravelry and it was a use up your stash project for a stripy shawl . It is an American pattern which is free and as soon as I find the pattern I will edit the details into this post . I'm making slow progress but am happy with how it is turning out and would like to be wearing it by spring .
In the last few days I have started easing my self back into my creative work life which I am very excited about and have started to make my mill mice shawls , there is going to be a new addition to this range but I can say no more. but the thought of it makes me feel soooo giddy !!
I hope you've found time over the holidays to do something you've really wanted to do and lets embrace 2014 with open arms , it's the first page of a new sketch book just waiting to be filled with whatever we create .
Thanks for taking the time to pop by and ta ta for now . Tracy xxxx