February Catch Up

February is my least favourite month of the year mainly because it’s the last dregs of winter and I can’t wait for spring to arrive, it’s also the quietest of business months because everyone is broke from the January sales and Christmas, I’m broke because of the sales and Christmas! Though this year work wise was even better than last year, so that is something to hold on to. But all in all over the years for whatever reason, February is not one of my favourite months, so I try and keep busy as possible, like sorting out stuff for the shop. I have loads of stock to load up, handmade and vintage but with the sky set to apocalyptic grey since the middle of January, taking half decent photos has been a mare and with a slow and steady stream of sale coming through the online inventory became a little low, which I don’t worry about as I said it’s a slow month. On my list of things to do this year is to get to grips with stock photography
But it’s also a good time to review stuff. I’ve hit a sort of creative crossroads recently which was fine when I was distracted by the busy season but then when you have sit and decide what to do next and you’re not really sure what to do next. I think my problem is I started out too broad and now I’m not sure what I’m doing. I wonder if I’m ever going to find my path or my niche or both even but I had a little chat with The Goth and we wandered round the Records and revolutions exhibition and came to some decisions. When your self employed and a solo worker, it’s always good to talk ideas and concerns out loud with someone else, even if it’s just them lending an ear, just sounding them out can help a lot. I guess why I use this blog a lot to talk about what I’m doing and want to do it helps keep my head clear. Turns out I’m not really heading in the direction I originally intended and so I’m taking a little timeout to clear out stuff and supplies, and will keep listing  and making until they have been used up. I’m also working on a new shop and a rebrand hopefully to coincide with the new financial year maybe sooner but you can read all about it here but it’s time to implement those changes rather than just talking about them all the time, so March is going to require a lot of hard work and a vat full of extra strong coffee!
So what else has been going on?
Well I finally got to see Skunk Anansie play live! I’ve been trying over the last few years to see bands I missed out on when I was younger and SA were one of them. They played at the Brixton Academy and were amazing and I don’t think Skin has aged one day and now I want a sparkly tracksuit! I also picked up a signed copy of the album.
My dad turned 60 an my sister in law turned 40! Actually even though I’m not on FB at the moment a lot of people (mostly old school friends) are turning 40 this year. I’m turning 40 this year but I’ll be writing about that later.
We went to see the Records and revolutions at the V&A which was very inspiring and quite appropriate in regards to the current political climate. there was so much to see it took us nearly two hours to get round reading and looking at everything.
I made/finished the following things
Finally finished the

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots cardigan.

Alpha Beta Gaga Dress

Started and (and by the time I got round to writing this post finished) Hazy Shade of Winter Sweater. I still need to work on my gauge, I swatched and it still ended up bigger than it was supposed, although it does still need blocking. I think I just prefer my sweater a little snugger, so whilst I decide whether to frog and reknit, I’m going to knit another shortly, a size smaller and a bit longer!
So that was February, not a lot to report but productive nonetheless. Spring is almost here and I’m having a massive clear out, so I guess that’s what I’ll be talking about next month. Let me know what you’ve been up to!

Natasha x

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