Unfortunately we’ve had a difficult end to 2012, followed by an equally challenging beginning. As a result I’ve decided that taking some time out to be with my family and support each other through this time is sensible. Therefore I have had to suspend the planned teaching programme until things are clearer for us.
As I’ve mentioned before my father has been ill. He came home from hospital just before Christmas and has taken a while to recover and is now ill again with virtually the same symptoms. As a result he is moving temporarily into nursing care for more observation and support, with the hope that the cause can be identified.
I was planning to go and stay with him / support him at home on New Year’s Eve following my daughter’s dating scan for her pregnancy. However sadly when she went for the scan her baby had already passed away. She had surgery yesterday and whilst she’s home and doing as well as can be expected, she understandably needs her Mum at the moment.
We’re not sure what the longer term plan is for Dad, and whilst my brother is local and doing a really good job of supporting him, he is juggling this with a fulltime job and busy family life, so at some point I am going to need to go to Devon and help Dad out, whether its getting him settled back home or moving into care.
I’ve felt liots of mixed emotions and would dearly love to clone myself at the moment and be all things to everyone.
I’m going to continue knitting and crocheting and working on designs and patterns and developing the retail side of what I make, as I can do that from anywhere – once I’ve made my Christmas present to me, a Russian knit in one piece shawl. I’m hoping that this will take a new direction which I’ll start blogging about once the idea is fully developed and ready to launch.
However the classes, lessons and workshops will need to go on the back burner along with the craft fairs for now, as I don’t want to commit to a 6 week course or a 1 day workshop and then have to cancel at the last minute due to being needed elsewhere.
I want to thank everyone who has supported Bits and Bobs Crafts in 2012 and to those old and new friends who have been part of the journey so far…. And I wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy and Blessed 2013