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exciting news!

You may have noticed that I didn’t have a new pattern for you in January. I actually have four different crochet patterns in progress at the moment, but everything feels a bit scattered, because I have some very exciting news: we just bought a house!

We’ve been waiting for a long time to get to this point. Almost two years ago, when we first signed the contract, our little plot of land sat somewhere in here…

location of new house

This time last year, we got to make hundreds of design decisions for the interior and exterior of our house – colours, flooring, lighting, bathroom suites, kitchen cabinets – it was endless.

colour chips for new house

And then, nothing, for a very long time. I was expecting this – multiple people had warned me that new house builds always run late, and the builders had emailed me last year to let me know there would be additional delays due to the pandemic, so I was expecting at least several months of delays.

A couple of weeks ago, we discovered that we wouldn’t be able to attend our own home inspection because of the lockdown, and then suddenly the original closing date was approaching and, although we hadn’t seen it for ourselves, everything was apparently going to be finished on time! That caught me by surprise, so I had a mad scramble talking to banks and lawyers and trying to get the money in place in time to close…

And then it was done, and we held the keys to our new home!

the new house!


But this isn’t the end of the story. There’s a lot more that goes into buying a brand new house than I’d anticipated: lots of unfinished and imperfect things that need to be identified and reported so they can be fixed, a full house-worth of appliances and window coverings to choose and buy and get delivered and installed, and all of this while we’re under a stay-at-home order in Ontario, which means a fun trip to IKEA to pick up all the other essentials we need is not an option at the moment.

So please bear with me – there definitely will be new PlanetJune patterns coming soon, but I need time and energy so I can focus on completing them, and both of those are in short supply right now. My ideas are tripping over each other to get out of my head (hence 4 patterns on the go at once…) but I need some calm and concentration to turn my notes into patterns you’ll enjoy.

Right now, things are both exciting and anticlimactic at the same time. It’ll be a long time before we can actually move into our new house, and there’s so much that I need to do for it in the meantime. So many decisions to make! It’s all quite overwhelming.

But I know it’ll all be worth it in the end – one day, all the pieces will have been slotted into place and everything will be ready for us to start enjoying it. And I can’t wait for Dave and Maui and Maggie and I to be settled in our lovely new home!


  1. Tracy McCarthy said

    Thank you very much for that article on micro to extreme crochet ,loved it.Many happy times in your new home.

  2. Nila Havener said

    Congratulations on the purchase of a new home! It is lovely.
    I have a question for you. I think saw somewhere that you asked for a photo of a finished product of one of your patterns. How would I do that? I have made a few of your patterns and really enjoy them. Thank you Nila Havener

    • June said

      Hi Nila, and thank you! You can always email me at with your photos and/or any questions you have about my patterns 🙂

  3. Virginia Martinez said

    love, love , love your new home ❤

  4. Christine E Fuller said

    Congratulations on your new home! Many Blessings to you & your Family in your new home! ♥✝ Chris

  5. Jana said

    Woo hoo!!! I’m SO happy for you and Dave!! AND Maui and Maggie!
    I know you must be SO excited! There is nothing better than having a place to call your own. 🙂 Don’t you worry about getting patterns out “on time”. I, for one, have so many of your patterns that I STILL haven’t made yet! LOL! This gives me a chance to catch up. 😀
    I hope your stay at home is lifted soon. Are they administering the vaccine there, yet? It definitely isn’t a “cure” any more than an annual flu shot is, but here’s hoping it relegates Covid to the back of the room, so to speak, and life can start getting back to normal. It’s been so long, it’s hard to remember what that was! I will just be overjoyed not to have to wear a mask all the time!
    Enjoy your anticipation!

  6. Katy said

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting!

  7. Kathy said

    Congrats on the new home. Interesting on the appliance shortage..but isn’t Ikea a fun place to shop, get ideas, test out the furniture… my favorite kind of shopping..

    will you have an office space for creating your patterns?

    • June said

      It is indeed, which is why it’s so frustrating that I can’t go and browse around at the moment! (I’ve tried online browsing, but there’s no way I’m buying a sofa I haven’t tested out for comfort first…)

      And yes, those lovely big windows on the front of the house will be my office/studio. I can’t wait!

  8. Peggy Beckerdite said

    So happy for you. I have had two brand new homes over the last 53 year we have been married. There is nothing better. You get to be the first to do everything. Have a great time making all your home.


  9. Erica said

    Congratulations, June! I’m so happy for you!

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  11. Ruth Lister said

    Woohoo! Congratulations June on attaining your new home. It looks great and is so exciting for you and your family. Lots of big decisions to be made in the new future as you choose the fixtures and furishings and put your personal stamp on your new abode.
    Enjoy. :blush::two_hearts:

  12. Joan Clark said

    Congratulations June. So exciting for you. We’ve done it in the past and it was difficult enough without the pandemic. I’m in Southern Ontario as well so I feel your pain. My friend’s condo is a year behind because of the pandemic. Hope this all ends sometime soon.

  13. Jennifer said

    How exciting! Congratulations, and good luck with all the details!

  14. darlene said

    Congrats! sounds very exciting.

  15. Hermione said

    Congratulations, wishing all the best for you and your family. I hope everything goes smoothly. stay safe.

  16. Ann ortiz said

    how exciting for you , love your blog, cannot wait too see new patterns your working on

  17. Marge Mann said

    Congratulations and happy house-warming, whenever that may happen!

  18. Lynda Hoover said

    So happy for you and your family. Best wishes for things to go smoothly!

  19. Jan said

    That’s wonderful, June. Congratulations! So many lovely things for you all to look forward to.

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