Reflections on a year gone by.

Oh…I’ve been writing this post for days.

I knitted and sewed so little last year that a revisiting them seems hardly worthwhile. Although the Spring Showers jackets I made for the kids are my fave makes of the year…mainly because they are so loved by my small folk.


Button has grown so much since this photo was taken!


So I wrote reams of words reflecting on the year, which when I read them back seem whiny and ungrateful.

And these are furthest from the emotions I’m feeling at this turn of the year.

Tired…yes.  Last year was as exhausting as it was exhilarating.  We achieved so very much last year, but worked hard for it.  To be fair, The Husband worked hardest of all of us. Whilst his job is office based, it’s mentally taxing, oftentimes very stressful, and millions of pounds, and therefore lots and lots of jobs and livelihoods, ride on him getting it right (which he invariable does!).

Mr, I know I tell you this all the time, but here I am, telling the world, that I am grateful for all you do for us and never, ever take it for granted.  You are our rock and we love you.

I’m also a little frustrated. We’ve hit that point in the refurbishment of the house where we are brought to a standstill by the winter weather and the need to save funds for the next jobs.  And patience was never one of my virtues! At which comment Ma and Hubby are jointly rolling their eyes and snorting!

But, let’s face it, these are good problems to have. This time next year we’ll have most of the house finished and, hopefully, Hubby working nearer to home rather than in London.

I think I’m feeling gratitude most of all.  I’m grateful for our little family, which, whilst not perfect, has been strengthened by the adventures of the last year. I’m grateful for the extended family and the friends who’ve helped, cheered us on, and kicked us up the butt when needed. I’m grateful for the challenges we’ve faced and overcome.  I’m grateful that we get to do it all again this year.

So, rather than setting a raft of New Year’s resolutions that may or may not come to fruition as things change over the next 12 months, as they invariably will, I’m taking the time to sit back, take a breath and see what January brings.  Although I may share my thoughts on skills I’d like to work on this year, we’ll see.  I’ll definitely be doing some knitting. Hopefully a bit of sewing.

First, though, I’ve some finished objects to share with you (although I very stupidly didn’t photograph the Christmas gifts I made *doh* ) so I’ll be back soon with some pretties.

Here’s a sneak peek!


11 Responses to Reflections on a year gone by.

  1. Still think those coats are adorable. The high-low hem is a really nice touch. I’m very impressed by your knitting. That looks very, very complicated. Have a fantastic, creative 2015! xxxx

    • Evie says:

      Little man is wearing his today. I’m sure it’s not warm enough but he will not be deterred.

      Hope you have a fabulous new year too. x

  2. VIcki Kate says:

    You’ve had a pretty epic and busy year! There’s more to life than sewing and knitting output and the way Boy and Buttons have come on in leaps and bounds are testament to you and the Mr!
    Hope the house picks up momentum again soon and Mr secures that elusive job near home. I’m sure 2015 will be just as epic as 2014, just in different ways!!

    • Evie says:

      It’s been busy but all good…pretty much like yourself. 😉 2015 is going to be all sorts of awesome, I think. xxx

  3. Kim Hood says:

    Your kids always look gorgeous in your pictures. I am looking forward to seeing them grow through this year.
    Good luck to you and yours for 2015.

  4. It’s easy to feel a bit flat at this time of year, but onwards and upwards. I think you’re a glass half full kind of girl and you (and me too) will soon be knitting, sewing and creating with jooy!

  5. Andrea says:

    Isn’t life great? You make plans, they get derailed, you deal with it, and you grow and change and become a better person for it, and carry everyone else along for the ride with you. It sounds like your family is doing really well despite the changes and chaos of home renos, and at the end of the day there is nothing else you can ask for, right?

    • Evie says:

      You hit the nail on the head. As long as we have each other we’ll always be fine. And we’re doing great, for which I’m eternally grateful.

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