2013 has been a very interesting year. For us, its main event was undoubtedly leaving Edinburgh, and moving out West!
It would perhaps seem to be a massive change, moving from a busy city to a sleepy steading just off the West Highland Way. But I immediately felt at home, and the fact that this change did not seem radical at all, suggests to me how well our new surroundings suit us. I am certainly wading through much more mud and cow shit on my daily walks, and I fear my appearance has grown a wee bit more raggedy and bumpkin-like, but otherwise things go on as usual. With more space. Which is nice.
2013 was a year of new contacts and collaborations.
. . .with the BBC
. . .with Rowan
. . .with Juniper Moon Farm
. . . and, perhaps most excitingly for me, with Gawthorpe Textiles.
I have been exploring texture much more in my design work this year, and have really enjoyed using simple garment shapes to explore the potential of cables and lace.
But, as Autumn turned, I was bitten by the colourwork bug again, and now find myself once more on something of a colour kick.
And perhaps most importantly on a personal post-stroke level, during the latter part of this year, I can say that I have finally begun to feel reasonably “well” on a pretty-much consistent basis. There have been far fewer bouts of debilitating fatigue, and no weird neurological incidents. I spent 6 weeks engaged in the demanding physical task of redecorating our new home with no ill effects, and I can now plan on working a full day, walking Bruce, and performing any necessary household chores: a level of “normal” activity which was completely unimaginable in the years immediately following my stroke. Part of this sensation of wellness is perhaps that I have finally adapted to my post-stroke self, and have a much better awareness of my limits (for example, I still need 10 hours sleep to function normally), but it is also important to point out that, almost four years after the event, I am still seeing significant improvements in my gait and strength on my weak side, as demonstrated in this recent swants leap.
Thankyou all so much for stopping by, for reading and commenting, and for supporting my work in 2013.
Here’s to a grand new year for us all! Slainte and Happy Knitting!