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Take One Thing

Happy New Year

Here we go again with another year ahead of us, full of possibilities.

I like to choose a word for the year as it helps me to stay on track with my goals. So without further ado I would like to share my word for 2023, which is ........


It’s only the 2nd of January and I’ve already had to have a quiet word with myself and remind myself of my word for the year. I started to take down the Christmas decorations, and after about an hour I began to think that perhaps I should get started with my first blog post of the year.

I dashed upstairs with great intention and turned on my computer, and then stopped in my tracks as I promptly reminded myself that I need to focus on one thing at a time and finish one thing before starting another. I seem to excel at distracting myself from the original task at hand (in this case the Christmas decorations).

I recall that my school report often said ‘Lynne is easily distracted’, back in the days where school reports focussed on the negative, rather than the positive. Thank goodness things have changed a little in that regard!!

With laser sharp focus, I returned to the decorations, which I’m happy to report are now fully boxed up, and everything is back in its place for another year. One good thing is that we also did an impromptu spring clean, which means that we’re all nice and tidy too, which always feels good, doesn’t it.

How much is too much?

Next on the list was my blog post, so here I am writing about the year ahead. I’m at the point where I’m feeling incredibly overwhelmed with all the ‘stuff’ I have in boxes, cupboards and drawers (not to mention the loft space). Are you the same? Everywhere I turn I find piles of ‘things’ that I’ve had for years, but for some reason I'm reluctant to discard. And, judging by the lovely comments on my recent Instagram post, I can see that lots of you are in exactly the same situation too.

Going back to my environmental roots

I feel that I need to go back to my roots as Environmental Scientist and remember all the fabulous work I did on sustainability, resource efficiency and waste minimisation. I feel that I could easily spend the year using what I have already, so that I stop creating mountains of ‘stuff’ and instead, release the resources locked away in the various stash piles that I already have. It’s such a shame to waste the resources that have gone into making those products in the first place, so I intend to put those resources to good use and release the potential that is held within every ball or skein of yarn; every book or magazine; every button, stitch marker or bead. I want to see them reach their full potential, and not only will they keep me warm, or bring me a smile, the process of knitting or crochet will also bring me relaxation, a sense of calm, and time to reflect as I sit and stitch.

I’d love for you to join in with me as I ‘Take One Thing’ so that together we can create something lovely, frog those unwanted WIPS, peruse our library of craft books and use up those random bits and bobs in our stash of notions and extras.

You’re welcome to tag me on Instagram @the_woolnest or facebook @thewoolnest and use the hashtag #takeonething so that I can share your progress too.

What do you think my first project will be? All will be revealed very soon.........

A Happy New Year to you all and may 2023 be kind to you.

Lynne xx

Is your yarn stash overwhelming?

If the thought of sorting your stash is just too overwhelming, then I have the perfect thing for you. My free guide to organising your yarn stash is available right here. If you click the image below it will take you to a page where you can sign up and download the guide. Then each time I post some yarn stash inspiration, or work on my next project for #takeonething I will let you know.

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