Scrumptious jewel colours from Stylecraft for an upcoming commission.



This last week has developed a theme for me.  Everywhere I look, people are talking about gratitude.  At the beginning of every new year, many of us look forward and make resolutions for the coming year, things we want to achieve, places we want to go on our journey in life.

What we often forget, though, is to say thank you for all the wonderful things we have experienced in the last year.  Perhaps our friends over the pond in the States are better at this; Thanksgiving was yesterday, a whole day dedicated to being thankful for the good things in life.  Christina, a friend of mine over on has been running a gratitude game this week (in which, admittedly, I have shown woefully little participation!) .  The idea of the game is to thank a different person in a different way each day for a week.

I love this idea, and there are lots of people and things I am thankful to this year.  When I sit down and think for a few minutes, the list of blessings I have received is so long that I would bore you all to death with it here.

The relevant ones for this blog I suppose are the yarny ones; this year has seen my first published patterns in Crochet Now.  I’m incredibly grateful to Hugh Metcalf for giving me the chance to share my creations, and all the lovely photographers and tech editors who have made my work look so amazing on the page, and the yarn companies as well who have given generous yarn support.

I’m also really thankful to all the people who have read my patterns, offered encouragement and even shared pictures of their creations from what I have written.  It is such an enormous thrill to see what other people have made from something that started out as an image in my brain!

I was also lucky enough to have a chance to run crochet workshops for the brilliant Summer Boarding Courses in Oxford.  I had the most fantastic time, and gained lots of useful experience and ideas for courses I hope to run in the future.

I’m a very lucky lady, thank you all so much!

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