Thursday, 23 December 2010

Work and Play

Helloooooo..............

Is there anybody there?

I wouldn't blame you if you had given up on ever hearing from this neck of the woods but I am still around, and still knitting. It's taken me some time to get round to writing this post and the longer it has taken, the more difficult it has been to explain the silence.

Knitting has been a pretty constant companion through most of my life. I was taught by my grandmother at the age of four so there have been very few times in my life when knitting has not been a part of it. It has ebbed and flowed as other interests and responsibilities have had to take centre stage but it has always been a quiet, constant part of my life. I can remember many years ago when my mother was terminally ill, how we took refuge in talking about our knitting. I remember the last letter she sent me where she triumphantly announced that she had finally got to grips with using a circular needle. In happier times when my sister told me she was expecting the first child, my nephew, the first thing I did was to make three little cardigans in bright primary colours and ascending sizes and her telling me that opening that parcel was the first time that she really appreciated the changes ahead! Later on, with a new born G fast asleep in his cot she tells me that she woke up feeling very scared and overwhelmed to find me sitting at the end of her bed, peacefully knitting and knew that all would be well.

With the advent of the online knitting community, like many people, knitting has become a greater part of my life, not just from the availability of more interesting materials but in terms of the community that we have grown and the real life friendships that it has led to. Without the internet I would never have become a knitting teacher or designer, wouldn't have had the first idea of how to go about learning to spin. Through this community I have travelled the length and breadth of the country, have visited friends and festivals in the United States and Australia and become the proud owner of more handmade socks than a centipede would need to hike the Pennine Way.

Long term readers of this blog will know that I have always been particularly rigorous in keeping my knitting life and other dimensions of my world quite separate and have rarely reflected on my personal or professional life apart from when it directly interlaces with my knitting. You may have picked up that I have been working as a very senior professional in a large public service in the UK and have found knitting invaluable in helping me deal with the stresses and strains that such a position inevitably brings both as another focus to life but also as a relaxing activity in itself. Sitting on the bus, tuning in to the rhythm of my needles is such a good way to deal with a frustrating and difficult day.

However, there have been some significant and rather wonderful changes to this balancing act which in some ways have contributed to my blog silence as I have been working on how I build them into my blogging and online presence. I have been incredibly lucky and secured a job where my skills as a knitter are as important as my experience as a project manager. I have been appointed by the Charities Advisory Trust to be the project manager for Knit for Peace, one of their major activities.

I t has taken me a few weeks to think about whether I should be keeping this blog completely separate or whether I should be using the Knit for Peace blog that I have set up for the project in a different way and those ideas are still forming in my head but in the first instance I thought that it was time that I tried to articulate some of my thought processes in my own blog as a way of breaking through the log jam and getting back to something I really enjoy writing. it's going to be a very interesting journey, combining my personal interests with my career and so far I am thoroughly enjoying the ride. Whether I use this blog or some other way to tell you about them please be assured - there is knitting and lots of it!

22 comments:

Ben_The_Dog said...

I enjoy reading your blog, and good luck with the new post of knit for peace, I look forward to reading more about it.

rosie said...

Congratualtions on your new career! No matter what you decide to blog where, you're so warm and inspirational and encouraging that I know you'll find the right balance.

Rose Red said...

Wow! I wasn't sure where your post was going, but that's a great ending! Congratulations on the new role, how exciting and wonderful.

tea and cake said...

Well done! It is lovely to hear from you, and of your news. Just goes to show where gripping two stick and a some yarn will get you!

Yarna said...

Isn't it interesting how quite separate parts of our lives intersect? Just goes to show how the different personalities that we all have go to making up the whole.
Congratulations on your new job. It sounds exciting and challenging and I look forward to hearing more about it. Hope you're keeping warm!

LynS said...

Congratulations! I'm so pleased you've decided to tell us about this new venture on your blog - and I'm looking forward to hearing more. What a great start to 2011.

Maggiemidwife said...

I've missed you. Glad to hear your voice again and will be looking forward your new adventures in knitting.

CCK said...

Even though we are "in contact" daily, have missed your blog posts. Will be interested how you incorporate your new focus into your blog. My best as always.

Ellen said...

Congratulations on your new job. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a wonderful 2011.

Anonymous said...

Yes, we're still here. We've been patiently waiting for you!

Lovely to see you back and to read your thoughts.

Looking forward to meeting you again.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

MelindaJ

Kathy said...

Oh, Jane!!! Congratulations on your new position! I've missed you in your absence and hope you will be posting more soon. Choosing what to share about your life on a blog is such a big personal decision. It is nice to keep some privacy in this age!

Socktopus said...

Congratulations and merry merry Christmas!

stash haus said...

Welcome back - I've missed your posts. Congrats on the new position!

Happy Christmas!

Anonymous said...

hi everyone, how are you?

Susie said...

Congrats to you!

Joan said...

Yay! I'm glad there's good news. You were missed!

TutleyMutley said...

How wonderful for you!

Anni said...

so great to see you back in the blog land. Congratulations on the new job. Sounds great. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next. I hope you'll keep us updated.

Your experience of the online knitting community is so similar to my own. I'd never starting teaching, designing, spinning or dyeing yarn without it. I may not even have become such an obsessive knitter. Although knitting has always been a part of my life I used ot have a more relaxed, balanced approach to it. LOL.

Good luck in your new job.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your new job! Wherever your lovely photos and lively writing are posted, it will be a real pleasure to read about your very interesting adventures in knitting and in the world. Cynthea

Beth in Maryland said...

I am eager to learn more about Knit for Peace and will continue to follow wherever you blog!

Custom Patches said...

I always love to hear about knitting so don't get tired of posting new things to share. I would really appreciate learning new things.

Anil Rajanala said...

I think you have a great page here… today was my first time coming here.. I just happened to find it doing a google search. anyway, good post.. I’ll be bookmarking this page for sure.


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