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Hello, blogland … have you missed me?  No?

I’ve been hiding away for several months, busy in a whirlwind of work and stuff, with not much to say.  Let’s face it, 2013 was not the best year I’ve ever had, on a lot of levels.

Unbelievably, it’s now 10 months since my beloved Dad passed away.  It’s gone so, so quickly … I thought that by now I’d be starting to feel better, but I’m not.  I miss him so much (as do my boys).  The house is filled with pictures of him (I’ve even got what I call ‘Martin corner’ outside my bedroom – a chest of drawers covered in photos of him), so he’s an ever present presence – which is funny in some ways, because I think he only came to this house once – and I’ve been here for 14 years!  I suppose it’s probably easier for me in that respect, because I don’t expect him to be here; but when I’ve been visiting my Mum, I still expect to hear the front door open and him walking down the hall, but I suppose that’s natural.

I wish I could say that losing Dad was the only low point of 2013, but it wasn’t.  The latter half of the year brought with it an extreme amount of stress at work, which was definitely not a good thing.  If I’m honest, the stress is still there to a certain extent, but I’ve learnt to manage it, and I’m far more conscious of my stress level these days.  But at least I can say that work has kept me busy and distracted over the worst times.

On the other hand, despite all the negative things going on, and the sadness and unhappiness associated with losing Dad, I’m lucky that I can say that I’m extremely content overall.  Despite everything, life is good – and I appreciate how fortunate and blessed I am to have such a fantastic man in my life, along with my (sometimes extremely challenging, but incessantly loveable nonetheless) boys …

Things are changing here at Martin towers … after describing myself in a blog post some time back as someone who knits strictly vanilla, following patterns to the letter, I found myself thinking ‘ooh, this pattern would look good with THIS pattern … and so I decided to take the plunge and get those ideas out of my head and down on paper … as a result, I’m delighted to introduce ‘what Kate knits …’ a (very small as yet) collection of original patterns, available from my Ravelry store here – and I am hoping to get links uploaded here on my blog for purchase of individual patterns.

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There’s a fair few ideas clamouring to get out of my head at the moment, so look out for more patterns coming soon …

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About katiepopsmartin

I'm a busy 40-something, juggling many things at the same time, including a very rewarding and challenging job in the NHS, being the founding partner of a small company manufacturing business and craft rubber stamps, a hobbyist enjoying the challenge of working with yarn and paper (not usually at the same time, obviously), trying to get the house sorted out, studying for further qualifications and being a harrassed single Mum.

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