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Woodland Lodge Love

So I’m still gradually working through my 34 things & I feel I can now tick number 10 off the list to my satisfaction. As while it may not have been a treehouse in the strictest sense of the word, the lovely Woodland Lodge we stayed in near Totnes in Devon at the end of September was built on stilts, and was set amongst the trees, so that is definitely good enough for me.

It was a lovely little autumnal break of joy amongst the apples and falling leaves in the beautiful South Devon area. Will definitely be back soon…

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New month & new happenings here at Knit HQ

Since taking part in Pulse tradeshow for the first time in May earlier this year there has been lots of new and exciting happenings here at Knit HQ, which I haven’t always had the time to share here on the blog.

I have gained many new and exciting high quality stockists both here in the UK, and internationally including Luna & CuriousTinsmiths, and the beautiful Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh to name but a few. Sending out parcels of wholesale orders to new stockists, has to be one of the best feelings in the world.

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My work instore at Luna & Curious

My work instore at Luna & Curious

I have had some lovely press including my geometric merino cushion covers being featured in a lovely autumnal editorial photoshoot for this months Country Living magazine:

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Some lovely blog features including one from Australian design blog “Meet me at Mikes‘ which has lead to a new Australian stockist in the pipeline…

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All in all things seem to be moving forward brilliantly, and I couldn’t be happier with my progress over the last few months. Looking forward to seeing what the lead-up to Christmas will bring… xx

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I’ve only flippin’ well passed!

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It’s been a long time coming ( a few more months over a year than I care to think about or say…) but I’ve finally passed my driving test!

When I think back to when I first started learning in early 2012, I would come home after an hours lesson literally white as a sheet, dripping with sweat, and needing a good hour and a few sugary tea to recover. I couldn’t imagine how people did this everyday of their lives with relative ease, and how this could possibly become a skill I could master.

Fast-forward to a year and a bit later, (thanks to the patience of the lovely Brian my driving instructor) and miracle of miracles, I would actually say I now ENJOY driving. I’m also sure it’s no coincidence that gradual process of transforming from passenger to driver, seems to have spilled over into the rest of my life too, making the transition of simply going along for the ride, to taking the wheel and deciding on the destination I want to go in. See you on the road! Toot toot! xx

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The first wisdom of jive

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I recently looked back at my 34th birthday post about all the lovely things I wanted to achieve this year, and too be honest I felt a more than little bit disappointed with myself. The truth is lovely people, is that I haven’t been doing so well. I missed In The Loop 3.5 in Shetland, as in the end I didn’t have the money or time to go. I decided against the Eton Dorney swim, because well it was all just a bit too darn cold, and not ticking enough of my ‘enjoyable activity’ boxes. Heck, I haven’t even managed to bake soda bread! (this however WILL happen this year…)

However, I have started going to modern jive again. with my lovely friend Hannah on a Tuesday night, and it is all and more than I remembered and wanted it to be. We are probably the youngest ladies by a good twenty years, being based in the lovely, but not so young and hip Winchester, (which is giving my self-esteem a little boost, and making me feel like a happy spring chicken again!).

I love the feeling of being whirled around, and around, and around, and of someone else taking control of things for me. Running my own business (on top of teaching three days a week) means I am always trying to keep more than a wise or healthy amount of plates spinning, and I always feel like I need to be ‘good at’ and in control of every aspect of my business and life, to make it all work.

One of the men I danced with said this to me this week:

‘Don’t try and second guess the next move your going to do, as you don’t know what that’s going to be. Just enjoy the move you’re doing now.’

Amen to that. Here’s to allowing that piece of jiving wisdom filtering down into other aspects of my life.

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Summer Excerpts

It’s been super lovely – hope yours has been too xx

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