Hello! It's nice to be back!
I'm finally ready to start my year properly. We spent a fortnight camping at the beach, my kids are heading back to school next week and I'm feeling ready to go. It's funny being all upside down and out of kilter with so many of you - photos of snow and cosy fires from the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year make me long to curl up and get a big chunky knit on the needles! But, it's been super hot here this last couple of weeks and some days on our holiday it was TOO HOT TO KNIT! I know, shocking. I could hardly believe it myself. Thank goodness I took a pile of books too :)
I've got grand plans for 2016. After struggling to find a word to represent my overall goals for this year, I finally narrowed my list down to five: Brave, Vision, Year of the Sweater (I know, not really a word!), Grow and Adventure. I've sat on them for a while and have finally decided that "Vision" might be right. I've got a habit of being torn between working hard on the next accessory design right in front of me and being lured into lots of directions that may or may not lead to a bigger dream for Truly Myrtle and I tend to forget my intermediary goals. This year I'm trying to keep my focus on getting comfortable with sweater designing and while I'm not panicking about releasing a certain number of garments, I like to feel more confident with a variety of techniques, grading and writing the patterns. Designing a well-rounded collection is my vision for right now. So, I'm going to try asking myself: "Is this my vision?" when I have a brainwave or a new idea pops into my head. Do you have a word for your year?
I'm so looking forward to bringing you a lot of fun this year - yay! I'm working on new patterns, collaborating with some wonderful dyers and there's a couple of wraps, a shawl and a hat in the works nearly ready that I can't wait to show you. Over the next couple of months there'll be the chance to buy kits, spoil yourself with some luxury yarn as well as knit-alongs and sew-alongs and lots of chatting, sharing our projects and feeling super inspired. Won't it be cool?!
In this month's article I'm sharing some tips on how to squeeze in moments for sewing and ways to tackle a sewing project. I know many of you are knitters who dabble in sewing or want to try sewing and lots of you have told me how you're inspired to make some of your clothes. I find the biggest challenge with sewing is finding the time to do it. In preparation for our Washi Dress sew-along in February (read more about that below - join me!) I'm sharing a few ways to help you get behind your sewing machine, even when you feel you've got no time. I'd love to hear what works for you! Just hit "reply" to this email and tell me!
Love Libby xxx