Financial year end - can I knit my way out of it?
It’s currently year-end at work – i.e. the worst and most stressful time of the year, where you’ll find me hidden behind my computer, tearing my hair out, screaming at Excel questioning why my balance sheet won’t balance. My social life will likely fall off a cliff as I traipse home after a 12 hour day with just enough energy to collapse on the sofa with a glass of wine. I will have to actively remind myself to consume a liquid that is not black coffee or merlot. Unable to hold a conversation with anyone as my brain will have become mush, in about mid-September I’ll emerge from my hermit like state, blinking in the sunlight, and will frantically make plans with friends every night of the week for a fortnight, desperate to catch up with everyone after my 6 weeks of self-inflicted isolation.
This is a cycle I was used to for years – however I ventured away from jobs in pure finance for a little while, and now that I’m back in accountancy land I feel this August will be a bit of a shock to the system.
This year end has arrived in summer, and so I’m not letting it impact weekend fun in the sun – Saturdays and Sundays are jam packed with fun and games. Year end can steal my weekdays, but I won’t let it take over my life... too much. Monday to Friday however – not so fun.
I feel like the only way through will be to have something productive to focus on outside of work – to prevent my weekday evenings becoming one huge long month of nothingness. I'm hoping that my love of crafting things will get me through this horrible period of the year. I'm hoping knitting will once again, in a slightly different scenario this time, keep me sane.
So I’ve decided that August will be a month of finishing projects that have sat half completed for god knows how long. I’ve been very good at prioritising makes for all the babies that are arriving within my friendship group, and very good at dropping whatever I’ve been working on in order to do so, then forgetting I’ve even started whatever project was cast aside. Off the top of my head I have a floor rug, a cushion cover, two baby cardigans, two baby blankets, three soft toys, a double bed throw and a jumper for myself on the go. Eeeek.
The chances of finishing all of these makes in August are slim to none, but I’m hopeful I can summon up enough energy to do some knitting or crochet on the sofa at the end of a long day. I'm determined to put the year end hibernation side-effect to good use this year, and finish off at least one work in progress per week.
Six long weeks at work, six projects to be completed. Year end, you will not beat me.