You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging as much recently. It’s not because I’ve fallen out of love with crochet or blogging (I could never do that!) it’s just that there have been many, many life changes that I had to focus on.
Around Christmas 2014 wheels were set in motion and it seems that those wheels are now spinning at Boy Racer speed.
Change 1: John was headhunted for a new (absolutely fantastic wildest-dreams-came-true job) just before Christmas and started that new job in February. The only drawback of this new job is that he has to drive to work for about a hour each way. Driving past two train stations and three schools every morning and evening is certainly not a fun commute for John! His old job was a mere 10 minute walk from home.
We decided that seeing as we can’t change where the new offices are, but we can change where we live in relation to those new offices, we will be moving. And anyway, the plan has always been that when we were able to afford a bigger property, we would move. Now, with John’s bigger salary and his new job right on the river and canals, why not just move to the area where he works?! As long as I’m close to a train station, I can get into London and I don’t mind the daily train journeys because I can read or crochet on the train.
John finding his dream job has lead to Change 2: selling our maisonette. Seeing as we will be moving to a new, unexplored area we thought it better to not to buy again, but rather rent – we want to get a feel for the new area first and when the London housing market have calmed down and prices have dropped, we will buy again.
We have very specific ideas of what we want from our new home: it has to be an apartment in a modern development, no garden to upkeep but with a balcony, underground parking, two bathrooms, two double bedrooms, lots of storage, a water view, quiet location, totally soundproof interior. These things are all exact opposites of what we had in Thames Ditton. Our biggest requirement is peace and quiet. I have no desire to know what the people upstairs are doing. We never again want to hear the people upstairs bathing the children, having rows, hear their washing machine on spin cycle, flushing of a loo, dad playing playstation or a 3-year old running around or banging toys. The good, no great, news is that we did find our dream apartment!
Change 3: We moved into a riverside development over Easter! The new apartment is just so fantastic and so perfect for us, I will dedicate a whole blog post to it once we are fully settled in.
John’s new job and us moving aren’t the only changes. Change 4: I’ve gone back to a 5-day week after having worked part-time for six months to cover a maternity leave role in the Banking department of the law firm where I work. It was my choice to return to a 5-day week earlier, after realising that the two days I was at home focussing on my crochet, was turning out to be more stressful than my legal PA job! I’m very grateful for having had the time at home to focus on my crochet because the end result of those six months is my electronic book Crochet Pretty.
Unfortunately (but what later turned out to be fortunately) when I decided that it was time to return to a 5-day week the HR department told me that I am signed into a fixed term year-long contract and had to stick it out for six more months. If I wanted to go back to a fulltime job I had to apply for a fulltime role internally or resign altogether. I was ready for a change so I did look into leaving the firm, but then a job opening appeared in the Wealth Management department of the firm. The group sits on the same floor as I was sitting, but the work is different and the team much smaller. This was exactly what I was looking for! I wanted something new, but yet it was all very familiar.
Change 6: I applied, and got the job as Legal PA in Wealth. I just love saying “Wealth” when talking about my job! I’ve been working in Wealth since March.
Now that you know what’s been going on with the Kings since the start of the year, you’ll understand why crochet has been taking a back seat. For now that is…. my list of new things to crochet is growing by the day. Unsurprisingly, all the projects are focused around homeware. I want to make a doily style rug and two big baskets for our new home. At least. I also have to start and finish a cushion for a British crochet magazine before the end of April. Seeing as I had to pack up all my yarn and crochet things now, I won’t be starting those crochet projects until we’ve fully unpacked and settled in.
In the meantime I’ll try not to post too many “look how much stuff I have / where did I pack the crochet hook? / I’m so tired from carrying boxes” photos in Instagram, but you should be able get a good idea of what I’m up to over on Instagram. Living on the River Brent, there’s bound to be a surge of water views (get it?) in my Instagram feed. Expect “Here’s the view from the bedroom”, “Great view from the living room”, “Look! Swan!”.
After Easter I promise it will be blog business as usual on crocheTime.