Cheers to 2016

It was a funny old Christmas – I ended up on crutches for a torn calf muscle on the 23rd and limped, stumbled and hopped into the New Year. The injury combined with family illness and Storm Frank meant we cancelled the New Year trip to Scotland to see Kat (and to do the shoot for our next book) So we had to content ourselves with pottering around here and resting up.

I’m so pleased with the new designs – I think they are going to get worn a lot next spring and summer! I hope you all like them as much – it always feels like such a huge leap writing a new book and not knowing if anyone will want to buy it.

As you may know I’m not a fan of new year’s resolutions, I set my year goals in September, so I am not making any but I can tell you that 2016 will bring:

  • more dressmaking (I’m taking a class starting in January),
  • some spinning (I finally got the wheel going – it’s hard!),
  • lots of crochet (I have big plans),
  • mostly fun not work knitting (I have no plans),
  • fewer shawls than last year (I have plans for some but not two books full again!)
  • more cardigans (feels so good to be designing garments again – spreadsheet geek!)
  • laceweight yarn! (I have at least one design coming up and a big passion for doing more, it looks so good crocheted),
  • and CELEBRATIONS when I turn 40 later in the year.

2015 was an amazing year for me, work-wise, and I am hoping that success continues into 2016, I feel very optimistic.

I’ll leave you with a look at my Christmas this year:


christmas 2015

Clockwise from top left: Daft hats; Fairisle look Christmas cakes; a first attempt at spinning; working on a new design, skateboard presents, more new designs; the crutch; Star Wars excitement.


  1. says

    Hi Joanne

    I just found your blog via a search on google and I’m pleased I did, especially as you’re also a Suffolk girl like me (local pride!). I love shawls though I haven’t knitted or crochet one yet… got to finish the Mr’s crochet jumper first! I’m a jack of all trades, master of none type of crafter and love the look of knitted and crochet lace. Your books look really interesting and I will be back for a closer look at them soon. I recognise the Acer cowl from the website CAL, though I didn’t take part the pattern is on my to do list.

    Wishing you a happy, successful new year,

    T x