I can’t believe we are heading towards the end of January already.
It’s always nice to look back at the year just gone by before moving on with the next…..and how fast they seem to be passing by these days!
Last year was a busy year for me. Looking back, I worked too many evenings, but on the flip side it did mean I was able to spend time in the day with my little girl.
My aim for 2013 was to design and launch some new contemporary baby knitting patterns for everyday wear.
I designed a new contemporary picture knits collection for babies and children called Little Pickle Knits.
I was so pleased that Love Knitting for Baby asked if they could feature my 'Mr Fox' and 'Little Robins' baby hats in this December's 'Best Buys' feature. Here is the feature!
I would like to thank Paula Norman (Oxfordshire photographer) www.paulanormanphotography.com for these lovely photographs of my picture knits.
I also have a new collection of pretty tweedy knits for girls called Jessica Rose Hand knits.
So where can we find these new collections I hear you say……...
You may have noticed there hasn’t been much activity on rocketknits.com for a while. There is a very good reason for this…… I developed this website myself using an off the shelf website package….. but by the autumn I had filled it to its maximum capacity. I was planning on it being a short term website but not quite as short as it has turned out to be!
But….... a fab new website is due to be launched at the end of this month. I am so excited about it….. I’ll keep you posted.
In April my friend Karen left rocketknits as she needed to spend more time with her family. Karen joined me to take control of marketing rocketknits. Lots of tears were shed by both of us when she left as we had so much fun working together and had so many dreams for the business….. but our families always come first.
The next two or three months were tough, as I missed sharing rocketknits with Karen. I launched myself into creating designs for Jessica Rose Hand knits and Little Pickle Knits and the creative process helped. I always find getting creative is a good tonic.
I launched these new collections on Etsy in May and September.
In November…. Susannah, another good friend, who works in marketing, decided to join me part-time. Susannah has great ideas and has already had a major influence in the direction of the company going forward. We are so looking forward to our journey together. It looks like its going to be exciting!
The first major change that is happening is that the new website will be called www.lindawhaley.co.uk instead of rocketknits.com, as it will be housing all my knitting pattern collections. We’ll let you know as soon as it is launched.
The UK magazine ‘Love Knitting for Baby’ will be printing…a Linda Whaley knitting pattern in their next publication. Don’t miss out on this ‘free pattern’ of the hat photographed below.
I would like to thank Jules Mosley www.jamphotography.info for the absolutely adorable photographs she took for this January’s feature.
I’ll post a few of the photographs over the next few days but here is a sneak preview.
The magazine is out on the 29th of this month.
So onto this coming year…..2014! Plans hopes and dreams
Launch the new website ~ add more tips and knitting advice ~ include more offers and competitions ~ give a small amount of time each week for social networking as I’m not quite there yet ~ blog more frequently ~ create new to designs ~ and if I have time, launch a new homeware collection
Set up more creative projects with my children as they love it so much ~ take lots of days out with my little girl before she starts school ~ try to keep off wheat and sugar...currently on day 6 ~ keep working on that work/home balance ~ have more success with the vegetable garden this year ~ switch off from work at the weekends.
Thats my news for now.
I hope you all have a wonderful 2014