Notes from Wales

March has simply flown by and with days getting longer and the light lasting past 6 pm I feel a new wave of energy is on its way along with spring. During the last couple of weeks I have been woken up by Mr. Blackbird’s early morning song and I have seen the first swallows returning.

Lately, during my daily walks, I noticed how the tired and washed out land is suddenly all lush and green and there are signs of life with daffodils in the garden and other plants slowly starting to pop up. After the events in 2020 I was feeling low on energy, but like the first signs of the spring outside, I feel things are on the up. After months of recalibrating and rebuilding the foundations I feel I’m slowly emerging above the ground.

At the start of a new season, I like to sit down and make a list of things that make me happy and feed my soul. Through writing them down, I become aware of them and can make conscious decisions accordingly. On my list you will find ideas for future designs, read more books, knit for myself, try new recipes, and spend time with family and friends. The point is not to set grand goals but learning to incorporate sparks of happiness here and there. I find that by doing this I concentrate more on the good things in my life, especially useful during stressful and emotionally hard times.

The other week I finished my first summer sweater design. This was based on my love of the sea-side and Breton stripes.

I am also currently test knitting a cardigan design for Irina, a hugely talented designer from Germany (Stricken ohne Naht). It is a selfish knit which, despite my slow progress, brings me lots of joy and I can’t wait to wrap myself up in it.

One of the highlights during the last few weeks was working on another shawl collaboration with Kirsty of Shilasdair Yarns on the Isle of Skye. This shawl will be launched on the first of May during the Botanica online Yarn Festival. I can not show you the complete shawl yet, but here is a little snippet! It was such a joyous project and I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

This past week we have had summer like temperatures and even though the thermometer has fallen back to it’s more normal degrees for this time of year, the sun is shining and it promises to be a beautiful Easter weekend.

Wishing you a lovely Easter time and I hope you will find time to enjoy some “me” time.

Take care and much love, xo