Happy 2016

Hi there, first off all I wish you a very happy 2016 and thank you for the time spent together last year.

As you will have noticed my blog has a new look now because I changed my “plan” with WordPress to save some money. You may not know this but blogging can actually be expensive. So I decided that I should downsize a bit and so changed my plan and I actually did not realize that the theme/design I was using would disappear! So I was a little panicked this morning when I realized that my layout was changed and that some features had disappeared.

It’s not easy to find a new design and I’m not entirely sure about this one but at least it’s better than what I found when opening the blog this morning! What do you think?

I’ve tried to add links to social media and make the navigation easy but I’m not 100% sure this is it for me so you might see some more changes in the days to come.

The beginning of a new year can be an exciting time and bring promises of new and exciting things and the will to do better in all areas of our lives. For me, 2016 will (hopefully) be a year of changes.

For me personally my biggest wish for 2016 is to have a better back! I have a lot of back problems and at last my doctors might actually do something to help me so I keep my fingers crossed and hope I will get to go to a rehabilitation center before spring and maybe even be operated on. That may seem like a strange wish, to have a back operation, but when you have suffered as much as I have, you end up being ready for almost anything just for the pain to stop! So hopefully I will be feeling much much better physically by the end of 2016!

As for my blog and shop, I hope to grow my following and become better known in the fibre world. I hope to make my blog better and more interesting to follow. I hope to do more contests and giveaways and maybe even organise a KAL. Just basically make it more fun for you to follow my blog. And as for the shop, I hope it will grow and maybe even finally become sustainable financially! I say this every year but nothing much changes. I need more time and money to actually make the shop better known and have more yarn to show and sell. Maybe by getting organised I can find a few extra minutes each week to bring me closer to my goals.

Get organised! I bought a planner! And I’m hoping it will help me stay focused and get more things done! This should be an improvement for all areas of my life so I’m excited to give this a try and hopefully I’ll be up to the challenge.

As for knitting, I’ve joined the Addicted to Sock Knitting #Knitfromstash2016 KAL for the second time. This time I’m committed to knit at least one pair  per month. I’m also committed to use Ravelry better both for the shop by adding my yarns so that my customers can then add their yarns to their stash and that will help with visibility for my hand dyed yarns. And I’m also going to use Ravelry for my projects and do a project page for each! I’ve already made 2 project pages this year for the projects I was knitting during the holidays, one is now done and the second still in the making.

I’m also going to FINISH my ton of WIPs!!!! BEFORE I cast on for a new project. This might actually be the most challenging of all! I am easily distracted and have a terrible case of startitis. So currently what I have on my WIPs table is: 3 shawls, 1 pullover, 1 cardigan, 1 pair of socks, 1 pair of fingerless mittens!!!! Wow, I will really need to be serious and focused to finish these before I can cast on for a new project.

I think that’s about it for my 2016 challenges/improvements. What about you? Do you set yourself challenges or targets to reach at the beginning of a new year? I’d love to hear what yours are.

This post is getting kind of long so I think I’ll leave it at that today and do a second post to share my vacation pictures and holiday knitting.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

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