Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn Co - A colourful yarn adventure
Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn is owned and operated by a fiber loving lady and her wonderfully understanding husband. What started out as a hobby is now hopefully on its way to becoming a satisfying small business.
GUYS! It’s official! After three years of humming and hawing I FINALLY CAST ON MY FIND YOUR FADE SHAWL! Granted I didn’t get very far but we’re not focusing on that right now. I committed to colours, I wound yarn and I cast on. That’s a huge deal for me. Do you know how many iterations there has been of this shawl? I think the only other thing I’ve spent more time deciding on is my tattoo… and I still haven’t got that as yet. That’s another story. Ash and I have been talking about that for years and she’s convinced this is the year for her. I want a tattoo but I also want craft supplies and my want of craft supplies generally trumps my want of everything else.
Now that I’m writing this, I realise that really is the real problem. I always thought the problem was that I couldn’t decide what tattoo I wanted to get but the truth of the matter is that I decided on my tattoo a long time ago. I’ve always wanted the quote, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” which some might know from the Gospel of Mathew and most will know from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I have to give HP the nod because that was the first time I had read that verse and it resonated deeply and immediately with me. Out of all of the options, it’s the one that I’ve come back to time and again. The real decision hasn’t been what tattoo I want but what I want more: the tattoo or pretty much everything else that I choose to spend money on. Wow. What a weird moment of clarity. I also have no idea what that means for my tattoo dreams.
Anyway, getting back to my shawl. For those of you who have been hanging out with me for a while have probably seen various versions of this picture in the past. The problem has always been that I couldn’t decide on cool or warm colours because I could not decide what part of the year that I would end up wearing this thing. The fact that I’m not a natural shawl wearer also weighed heavily on me. It’s definitely a lot of time to put into a project that may or may not get used effectively. I mean, I always want to wear shawls but can never get them to sit quite right when they’re on. I think the big boobs, and big hair throw everything off. Still. I’ve been coveting this shawl for so long I really believe I just need to get it out of my system.
Remarkably it was shopping for another craft supply that brought some clarity to this shawl. I recently learned that the key to shopping for craft supplies is learning to spend your money effectively. Like, never shop at Michael’s without a coupon, but also, only buy what you’re actually going to use. Recently I’ve taken to shopping on Facebook Marketplace for craft supplies and if you’ve never done it before, proceed with caution. The deals you find are outrageous and highly addictive.
The other day, I found a lady online selling the most beautiful colours of thread. I mean, every colour under the sun and it was such a good deal that it was hard not to scoop them all up and come home with them. Then, channelling my inner Marie Kondo, I realised that there was no point going home with all of them when all of the fabric that I habitually pick up are navy, lilac and pink. Also, I don’t know if you’ve heard this quote of hers but Marie says, “the question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” Every time I read this quote I want to sell everything and run away. Talking about tattoo’s, I should get this quote inked on my thumbs and the likelihood is that it would dramatically cut down on the amazon purchases.
What these lessons taught me is I was seriously overthinking this shawl. The truth is, those are my colours: blue, lilac and pink. I don’t need anything else. If I stick with the wheel house I’m comfortable with, I can’t possibly go wrong. It also means that I've incorporated a couple of my other favourite dyers from my yarn stash: Hedgehog Fibers (pictured above) and Riverside Studios (the pink and purple right behinds it).
Another critical lesson I remembered: comparison really is the thief of joy. Even though I kept coming back to the colours I like, I couldn’t help comparing them with everyone else’s Fade and finding my own lacking. I’ve decided that I want the shawl more than I want to squat with indecision just because someone else’s shawl might be prettier than my own.
So here we are in life: a Fade shawl finally cast on and two sweater WIP’s. My Soldotna is temporarily in a time out and I’m focusing on my Soot Bloom tee and this shawl. I’m also pretending that after the month of June I’m not taking on any new craft projects. All evidence is that this is a lie but since nothing is currently planned I can pretend that it might be true. Yesterday I had my very first knit night at my condo building. I was nervous that no one would show up but three people actually came! I’m hoping this means that my knitting productivity will go up a bit but I guess only time will tell.
That’s it for me for this week. Come back next week and see what I’m up to! Until then, PEACE to you and yours and, as always, happy knitting!
Welcome back guys! I have a hilarious story to tell you. Remember last week when I excitedly told you that I had separated my sleeves for me new Soot Bloom tee. Yeah, that didn’t go exactly as planned.
I did separate the sleeves and after knitting a few rounds things didn’t seem quite right. Largely, I couldn’t figure out what part of my body it was supposed to fit. It was definitely going over my head but definitely not my boobs. After knitting a few rounds alternating between muttering, “just trust the pattern,” and “I definitely checked my gauge,” I decided to check the most obvious thing. I counted my stitches… and then realised I was about 80 short. HUGEST FOREHEAD SLAP EVER. Turns out that I missed the second last increase round which SIGNIFICANTLY jacked everything up.
So that’s what I’ve been doing for the last week. Fixing this muck up. It’s not all bad. I’m finally back to where I was last Wednesday which is kind of like a metaphor for my life right now. The upside is that the weather has been kind of nice and I’ve been trying to get back to ten thousand steps so I’ve been taking my knitting to the park as much as possible. I remember when 10k steps was my lunch hour achievement. Boy did I take that for granted.
The other day it randomly occurred to me that my weight has fluctuated 50 pounds in the last ten years. Granted I’m measuring from the lowest part of a whole year of hard dieting on weight watchers to now, 20 of those has been in the last nine months and there has been some extenuating circumstances but, even still, that’s a big number to make peace with. Part of me is actually really trying to make peace with it. Between doctors appointments and recovering from doctors appointment there is a very small window of time (and window of strength) that I can make any real attempts at exercise… or do something I actually want to do, like craft. Usually it’s a split. Knitting in the park is the reward for making it to the park.
Part of me really wants to go back to my pre accident weight which was 20 pounds more than my ideal body weight but it was the one that I had made peace with. It was the I-use-all-of-my-time-effectively-exercise-regularly-eat-reasonably-healthy weight and I loved it. It was the point where I knew that I was doing all that I could do manage it and be an actual productive person who lives a well-rounded life. I think the problem right now, is that I don’t feel that way at all. I don’t feel productive and I feel like well-rounded is just the shape I’m turning into. I’m trying not to fixate because there are other priorities to contend with.
In other knit news, one of my friends has recently returned back to knitting and when she asked me what to do with her fade kit I said, “Find your Fade?” and then I said, “maybe I’ll do it with you.” So for what feels like the dozenth time I’m finding my fade again. The last time I chose my colours I deliberately took a picture so that I wouldn’t have to go through the decision making process again but I didn’t count on acquiring additional yarn since then. Once again, I’ve laid out all of the yarn and a few times each day I stand over them and try to get them to speak to me. Our cast on day was last Sunday so I definitely have some catching up to do. Once I make those decision I will share with you, as I always do.
That’s it for me for this week. Until we speak again PEACE to you and yours and as always happy knitting.
Welcome back everyone! How’s it going? I have been keeping reasonably busy over this last week. Mostly because I picked up a new craft which entertained me for a full two days before I packed it away and didn’t look back. After admiring it for many many years, I decided to try my hand at paper quilling which is crazy amounts of fun. It took me back to my high school days when I used to randomly roll up strips of paper just to see how tight I could make the spiral. Of course, someone took that idle habit and turned it into beautiful artwork.
The first time I saw it done was on a beautifully crafted card in Papyrus and every single time I’ve seen it done since, I’ve been intrigued, wondering if I could make that. After watching a bunch of video’s last week I finally caved and bought some supplies and tried my hand at it. I made these super cute flowers which my mom immediately claimed. Not knowing what she would do with them I glued some magnets on the back which she immediately put on her fridge. As soon as I saw them I laughed and thought, wow moms really will put your art on their fridge no matter how old you get.
After that I put all of the quilling supplies in a box and haven’t gone back to them. In fairness, the real world has been keeping me busy. Between dealing with doctors appointments, doctors cancelling appointments and insurance companies, I am both tired and more than a little stressed out. Luckily for me, it means I’ve been stress knitting quite a bit over the last week. I’ve finally finished the colourwork section on my Annie Haas Test knit and I’ve separated my sleeves! I’m sooo thrilled! Never mind that I just realised today that this month coincides with both a baby shower and a new arrival and I haven’t even begun to think about baby knits for them. I’m already dying to start digging into the stash to see what’s there!
If you guys have been around for awhile, you all know that my fave go to is the baby vertebrae sweater. It’s such a quick knit and they’re always so cute that it’s hard for me not to immediately jump on it. In truth, even the random times where I’ve deviated and knit something else, I’ve quickly decided to just whip up a quick baby vertebrae just to add on to the gift. One of my friends has already said she’s fearful of getting too much clothes so I definitely don’t want to do that to her. I know for a fact that she will love to get a hand knit gift but I also know that I’m probably not the only one on her guest list that’s going to want to either make her something or find a cute little onesie that they found irresistible at the store. I definitely have had that happen to me on multiple occasions while shopping for other people. I even have a small collection of baby clothes for my own babies that I do not have and may very likely never have. Part of it is my fault, most of it is my mom’s fault.
In other knit news, Ash finished her Soldotna crop for Ms. Mila and it was a huge hit! So much so that it got worn to school this morning! Whoever said that you can’t mix patterns clearly did not envision this super trendy outfit! Look at that model pose! That sass! I’m not going to lie, I am absolutely saving this picture for her wedding reel. I’m also seriously wondering where these kids learn to pose like this? I am absolutely gonna love to see how my bro deals with this in another five years. I think I want to move back to Ottawa for the teenaged years just to watch my brother chase these two around. That will legitimately be knee slapping comedy. Ash knit it this Soldotna with our MCN sport and some fingering lefties that she held double. Mila usually wears a size six and Ash knit this in the XS size with the recommended needle size. Word of caution though, both Ash and have a tight gauge and we normally have to go up a needle size to match the rest of the world.
In the last bit of knit news, these beauties below are currently on sale for $78. These were our first club colours of the year and, in this rare circumstance, Ash dyed a few extras skeins just for fun. This is totally not something that normally happens so if you haven't signed up for the next round of the club jump on it soon! Cut off is July 4th which is just a few weeks away!
So Ash is done her Soldotna. Mine is still pending. She is casting on a new Elton cardi by Joji Locatelli and I am definitely casting on some baby knits very very shortly. These things being said, you should definitely come back next week to see how things are going. Until then, PEACE to you and yours and, as always, happy knitting!
Welcome back everyone! How’s it going? Can you all believe that June starts this week? Even though I knew this going into the week it didn’t quite hit me until just now when I was speaking with my cousin and she said, “they need a response by the end of the month,” and my first thought was, yeah yeah, we’ve got lots of time and then I got off the phone and realised the end of the month is tomorrow. Well damn.
It then got me thinking about that adage that if May comes in like a lion it’ll go out like a lamb. I’ve been waiting for this lamb to show up all month but it kind of feels like we’ve had straight lion with all of the rain and cold that we’ve had. I think I figured out the problem though. I just looked it up and it turns out that adage is supposed to apply to March. I wish I could remember who it was that told me that so that I could go back and let them know that I’ve believed a lie for the last twenty years of my life. Now I'm trying to figure out what other lies I’ve been told.
In all fairness though, the Prince Edward County Fibre Festival was this weekend, and I really do believe that the weather did its best to accommodate us. Friday and Sunday were truly beautiful days so the drive both ways, were extremely pleasant and even on Saturday mother nature seemed to say, “listen, it has to rain today but I’ll start sometime mid-morning and I’ll get it out of my system before you have to tear down at 4:30.” It seemed like a fair deal although I don’t know if the guys who were vending outside thought the same thing.
PEC was as it always is: a fabulously, well run, show with a great crowd and enough time for us to stop and chat while staying pretty busy. I was able to meet up with a few friends like Karin Lewis from Pretty Strings who came up just to spend the day and Heather from Howling Hills who makes these truly adorable shawl cuffs. My fave sis in law, surprised my mom and I with one after I didn’t get a chance to pick one after the Frolic and I totally love it.
Ash picked up not one but two new projects while we were out there. Some Brooklyn Tweed from Rosehaven Yarn for a new Weekender since the one she knit in RSBSY has more or less become a permanent show sample and some gorgeous mohair from Riverside Studio which perfectly compliments our Cliffside colourway. We love the ladies at Riverside Studio. They have literally been beside us since our very first show at Almonte and have always been kind and supportive. I was exceedingly tempted to pick up some mohair for myself but Ash came up with the idea so fast that I didn’t have time to commit. I mean, I had at least an hour but I generally need four or five for any type of decision making. It didn’t help that lodged in my head was the fact that I have two sweater WIP’s that I’ve barely touched in days. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the attention span for my colourwork projects at all.
Even while we were together, Ash, my mom and I barely did any knitting on the weekend. Part of it is definitely my fault though. I said, “hey do you guys watch the Thrilling Tales of Sabrina?” and after that we marathoned through the first 6 episodes which were so engaging that we couldn’t knit and watch at the same time. It didn’t help that the house we were staying in was so perfectly conducive for that kind of spookiness. Don’t get me wrong, the house was gorgeous! It was beautifully renovated and decorated in a modern, contemporary way but the narrow passageways, small doors and sloping bedroom ceilings were a constant reminder that the home was from a different era and probably had some stories to tell. During the day it was a cozy place to stay and, at night, an engaging mystery novel. I freaking loved it. I mean I was terrified out of my mind but it was that delicious terror that makes you want more, like spooky stories around a campfire or haunted walks in a cemetery kind of thing. Other people might not think so though. I have to admit to a wickedly over active imagination which I don’t apologize for even in the slightest.
Speaking of my overactive imagination, a couple of years ago I started a website for when I was dedicated to becoming a Full Time Romance Novelist and when I started taking on more and more classes that idea kind of fell by the way side. Earlier this month, the host for my website kindly reminded me that I needed to renew my subscription and possibilities started winding through my head about what I can do and how I can incorporate that site into things I’m already doing. Remember I told you guys that I wrote a couple of short stories last year? I was thinking it might be a place to post that kind of thing for anyone who wants to read it. Particularly, things like the advent calendar that I wrote for Ashley and Ana last Christmas. It might also just be a place where I rant it out as the need arises. I still haven’t figured out all of the details as yet. One important detail being when I’m supposed to find the time for it. Nonetheless, I decided to renew so it’s something in the works. If you’re on Instagram, follow me at @ctalrunwild. If I get it off the ground in the next couple of weeks, I’ll probably post the details there, though I’m sure I’ll mention it in an RSBSY blog post as well.
That’s it for me for this week! I’m hoping that when you come back next week I’ll have some significant progress on my sweaters. This weekend’s goal is to do nothing but sit on my mom’s couch and knit. I’ll let you know how that works out for me. Until then PEACE to you and yours and as always, happy knitting!
Welcome back everyone!! First of all, I want everyone to know that I am not in panic mode. I’ve done some math and I am so woefully behind that panicking is futile. Panic should be reserved when there is some chance of meeting your goals and there is no chance at this point. My bestfriends’ husband and son both had milestone birthdays this weekend and I was in Ottawa to help celebrate it with them. Her brother in law was super generous and hired a two man live band and, even though they were pretty good, I’m still feeling the after effects of it even though I was only there for about 30 minutes of band time. The highlight for me was definitely my nephews performing Baby Shark. I don’t understand why I find Baby Shark so charming but I’m pretty sure the reason is tied to why it’s so popular everywhere. In fact, if you haven’t seen Céline Dion perform it on Carpool Karaoke, you’re seriously missing out and you should Google that straight away.
That’s aside from my actual point though, which is that I’m still recovering from the weekend and it has definitely slowed my sewing progress down. My priority now is to lie so low for the next three days that I’m raring to go for Prince Edward County which I’m already starting to get super excited for. The PEC Fibre Fest is such a great show. There isn’t quite as much chaos as Frolic and the whole vibe is super chilled out. There is always great vendors and the food out there is fabulous. I’m still salivating over the jasmine donut holes we had out there the first year. Not to mention, just the other day they announced on Instagram the Prince Eddy’s Brewing Co and the Black Prince Winery are going to be there. That’s all of my fave things in one place: my fave ladies, yarn, knitting, food and wine all while relaxing at a cottage.
Just the other day my mom asked me what I would do if I won the lottery and I think the answer is I would move out to Prince Edward County, which is kind of a sweet spot between Ottawa and Toronto, and I would just live out the rest of my days in quiet peace. Except for when I winter in every tropical country under the sun so I never have to endure another Canadian winter ever again.
In knitting related news I’ve been plugging away at my test knit for Annie Haas and I’m so so so grateful to say that I’m two rows away from the end of the colourwork section. I have made so many mistakes on this girl that I’m ready for some straight stockinette. I’m pretty sure I’ve redone 50% of the colour work rows at least twice and some of them, three times. Rather than fueling it, this short wave of colourwork knits has satisfied all of my desire for colourwork for the time being. I think this is the first time I’ve done colourwork that required me to handle more than two colours at a time and that part actually wasn’t so bad but focusing on my tension and handling the yarn meant that I didn’t have much attention left to make sure that I was following the chart perfectly. Just to make sure I put it out there, Annie’s pattern is great, all of my difficulties so far are strictly user related. This colour work would probably not be demanding at all for any one who has a little more experience than I do.
I do love this colour combo though. These three colours go so well together but I do wish I had chosen a variegated that had more of a contrast. This one is a little to similar to the other two yarns but I can’t regret it because it’s one of my favourite colourways that we carry. Last weekend, I briefly wondered how possible it was to bang this out so that I could wear it to PEC but that is optimistic in the extreme but she will definitely be there in person for your viewing pleasure!
That's it for me for this week! Come back next week. I've been ruminating on something for awhile now and I'm hoping I'm going to be ready to announce it by then. Until we speak again, PEACE to you and yours and as always, happy knitting!
Welcome back everyone! Guys can you believe that we’re in the middle of May already? What the hell?! Didn’t May just start last week? I’m going to let you in on a weird thing about me. This is the point where I start to get a bit sad. I love love long days and as they get longer there’s a little, annoying, voice in my head that says, “better enjoy it cuz the days are going to start getting shorter soon.” Isn’t that just like human nature that we can’t just enjoy what we have? Hilariously, it doesn’t matter what the temperature is on June 22 or that we technically have two more months of summer after that. As far as I’m concerned, it’s winter.
On the flipside, I am usually the first person to feel hopeful when the winter solstice is rolling around as well so credit where credit is due. I’m also always striving to being more present in the present so hopefully one of these days I’ll shut that little voice up for good. On a similar but different note, have you guys watched that Brené Brown special on Netflix called the Call to Courage? Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston who has spent her career studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I’ve watched it twice now, the first time to see what she had to say since I had not heard of her before and the second while I was building two balloon columns on the eve of my friends shower when I really needed her words to give me courage. I’m definitely planning on getting the Daring Greatly book but right after I finish reading Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. My life really has become that Ali Wong joke about how your 30’s are all about acknowledging that we’re terrible people and how can we turn this shit around.
I’m not sorry though. Like I’ve said before, radical empathy is the goal and the more I can root myself in wisdom and self love the closer I move towards that goal. I’m doing pretty good at withholding judgement. I mean, I fell down a little this week when I found out that people are still calling 911 to complain about being woken up by amber alerts but I don’t feel bad about that at all. Those people might not be complete jerks but that is some jerkish behaviour that we need to put a stop to immediately. I reserve my right to judge people for that.
Anyway, in knitting related news neither Ashley nor I have finished our respective Soldotna crops. I would love to say that we’re both still working on it but I was talking to Ashley this morning and she’s already choosing yarn for a new cardigan for herself and I am winding yarn for my test knit for Annie Haas (sometime known as @this.bird.knits). If you guys aren’t on Instagram (which I both encourage and discourage – so much stuff to see and learn but it will also steals hours of your life that you’ll never get back) Annie designed this gorgeous tee in our RSBSY singleton and as soon as she put out the testing call on Instagram (one of the things Instagram is good for) I jumped at the chance. After weighing her options Ash decided to cast on a new Throwback Cardigan by Andrea Mowry.
All of these knitting options means that I have not been sewing. Granted I’ve been recovering from a few weeks of crazy but I am starting to feel guilty about the fact that I have not returned to my sewing machine with under ten days to go until Prince Edward County. It is what it is I guess. Gonna have to make my peace with the fact that there are only so many hours in the day and I can only do so much with them.
One of the biggest pieces of feedback I received after Frolic was, “why is there no hot pink notions pouches?” I heard you guys so here is a sneak peak of things to come:
That’s it for me for this week! Wednesday I’m going to try not to be in panic mode but I definitely can’t make promises. Feel free to come back and check though. Might be worth a laugh. Until then PEACE to you and yours and as always, happy knitting!
Welcome back everyone! How is everyone doing? I’m not going to lie guys, I have been better. My dad has been gone for a week and I have come to the conclusion that I was not made to adult. It’s been a crazy week and my house is basically an explosion of yarn, balloons, craft supplies and Easter treats. I’ve decided that I really am like a cat. I can generally get by on my own but someone definitely needs to check to make sure that I’m getting enough food and especially water, if possible clean the bathroom and while they’re at it, could someone please put the laundry away? The other day I looked my bougainvillea plant that had shed its blossoms all over the floor and legitimately thought, “huh, I forgot that did that.”
Now if you’re thinking, “damn, she’s spoiled.” Yes. Yes, I am. My dad likes things exactly the way he likes it and 37 years together has taught us that things work a lot more smoothly if we both stay in our respective lanes. Staying out of his way is basically why I’m definitely in the top 10 of his favourite people. If you guys are thinking that that should be a given, it’s not. I’m not even assuming I’m in the top five because after his grandkids, his parents and his two sisters, there is definitely not room for me. Truthfully, I think one of those sisters and I swap places on the list depending on which one of us is annoying him more but the other sister is pretty firmly situated.
The reward for letting him run the show around here is that I don’t have to divide my craft time and my recovery from craft time with chores that really never seem to be finished. I’ve now hit that point where I would prefer to donate everything to charity than tidy it up for the umpteenth time.
So what’s been keeping me busy? The usual doctor’s appointments and life stuff but I also had the chance to decorate for my friend’s baby shower which was both exciting and stressful. In the middle of all of that crazy I have been making time for my Soldotna crop. I really love this pattern and I’ve been trying to work on my two handed colourwork with mixed results. I’m kind of worried that my stranding is a bit tight but right now it’s too early to tell. I’ve also managed to make it into the third colour which I thought would be a great place for this Chartreuse. Now that I see, I’m starting to wonder if I liked this colour palette more in theory than in practice. The result is that I pulled out all of the yarn (part of the reason for the chaos) to try to see if there was something that I liked more and I’m kind of leaning towards this this pretty blue one which was part of our first quarter club.
I think I have decided that I want to change it but the idea of tearing back is daunting. I’ve already made two mistakes on this sweater. The first was knitting the short rows stitches for the wrong pattern size only on one side so that my short rows are four stitches off centre and the second was changing my colour work round mid-round and not realizing it for two more rounds. I’m also at that awkward spot where I have just a little too many stitches to magic loop and not quite enough to knit in the round.
I’m at a point in time where I don’t have any pressing deadlines so I can definitely sit and knit if I want to but if I do other things that I probably should be doing will definitely be overlooked. I still haven’t updated the Etsy store as yet and I really wanted to do it today but I also have quite a bit of sewing to do for mother’s day. I still haven’t bought the serger that I wanted mostly because the idea of spending $400 on a new piece of equipment is seriously intimidating and I always feel the need to read as many reviews as possible and price match half a dozen places before I can make a decision. I also need to choose new business cards but earlier today my cousin said “vision boards” and I said, “yes, that is absolutely something we should do instead of doing the things we are supposed to do to get us further in our goals.” What to do? I would say that I suppose one day I’ll get my priorities in line but really all evidence is with the contrary.
I’m going to give myself this weekend, which is our first not horribly busy weekend in a month and then afterwards I will give myself that kick in the pants that I need to get back into the full swing of things. The Prince Edward County Fibre Fest is creeping up quickly but I don’t feel as much pressure for this show as I did for Frolic. I don’t know if I can say the same for Ashley though. Give me a couple of weeks and I’ll let you know if anything changes.
That’s it for me for this week! I decided to clean the fridge mid blog post and then got distracted by the time so I need to go and finish that task. Does anyone know a legitimate reason why a grown woman would have four different flavours of pudding snack packs in her fridge? Until we speak again, PEACE to you and yours and as always happy knitting!
Welcome back everyone, it’s been a crazy busy week since we’ve been away and I feel as though I’ve been writing this blog post in my head for the entire time. I guess first, and most importantly, FROLIC HAPPENED! It was so much fun! Per usual it was an absolute blast seeing so many of my fave people in one place. I think missing last year’s Woodstock show really made this one special. It really highlighted how fast something you love can be taken away from you.
I was also super nervous about how this one was going to go down. Was I going to be really anxious in the crowd? How was my head and eyes going to react to all of that stimulation? I definitely got the answer to those questions and while it wasn’t pretty I was THRILLED that I had negotiated the day with relative success. It’s a surreal sort of experience when you get really excited about accomplishing something that you were previously able to do without thinking about.
We had a couple of new things at the show! Ashley made these little duet kits of two fifty gram skeins and they were a total hit! I was absolutely eyeing up this teal/palm bay one. These colours are totally my jam and this palm bay is only on the 50 gram skeins for right now. I’m currently begging Ashley to put it on the Comfort Sock line for Prince Edward County but Ash totally knows that means I’m definitely going home with one. These guys are perfect for Harlow hats because they really only need half a skein of each colour and these are paired so beautifully. If you haven’t had a chance to join our HarlowKAL on the Facebook group you still have plenty of time!
My little notions pouches actually did pretty good as well. I was so pleased when people stopped to giggle at them and show them to their friends. Apparently “f*&k off, I’m knitting” and “I knit so I don’t kill people” are popular sentiments that all knitters share because all of those babies sold out.
After Frolic the girls came over to my place and we gorged ourselves on Chinese food, wine and cheesy rom coms of varying quality. Donna, with the patience of a saint, showed me how to do the decreases on my Harlow hat and then had to reconstruct part of it after I dropped a stitch and failed to pick it up properly. Picking up a stitch in stockinette or garter is no problem but in brioche there is way too much going on for me to figure that out. My eyes crossed just trying to understand what I had done wrong.
I did manage to finish the hat though and I have decided that while I love brioche, I’m going to put future projects on hold until my poor brain heals itself. Instead I’m going to try my hand at colourwork. That should be easier, right? The thing about yarn shows is that you get to see everyone in their fabulous knit gear. The seed for colourwork was actually planted by Heidi from @booksandcables in February because she is always knitting fabulous colourwork sweaters. On Saturday I fell properly in love with the Soldotna crop by Caitlin Hunter aka @boylandknitworks. It was Patricia’s of @pearadiseisland’s that made me decide that I really love the pattern and it was Ashley’s colour choices for hers that confirmed that I absolutely could not live life without this sweater.
I decided to go with a bold palette because I’m so tired of the gloom. I need some brightness in my life and while I wait for mother nature to catch up I’m going to knit in the brightest colours I can find.
So what else has been keeping me busy since last week? Well I went to a ‘How to Adopt’ seminar, I went to see Avengers Endgame, I said goodbye to my dad who has gone travelling for a while and I’ve started prepping for a friends baby shower that I’m helping her decorate for this weekend. To be honest, I can write whole blogposts on all of my feelings about all four of these things and I very likely will in the near future. If you’re a Marvel superhero fan but haven’t seen Endgame as yet, definitely do. It will make you feel all of the feels and that’s all I’m going to say about that for right now.
That’s it for me for this week! I’m going to start gauge swatching my new sweater RIGHT NOW so hopefully when you come back next week I will have some progress to show you. I made an appointment with a personal trainer for this afternoon and now I’m heartily annoyed because there are so many other fun things to do. I guess I’ll go but I’m absolutely going to complain about it for the entire time. Until we speak again, PEACE to you and yours and as always, happy knitting!
Welcome back everyone!! Today is a very sacred day. It is officially my youngest nieces birthday and for some reason I’m feeling it a lot more than when the eldest turned five. Maybe because there’s no little one coming up behind her. Maybe it’s because she told me that I’m not allowed to call her my sweet baby anymore since she’s not a baby. In any case, all I want to do is wrap her in my arms and squeeze her forever so she can’t grow anymore even though I know, logically, she’s only going to get more fun to hang out with as she gets older.
We had her birthday party on Easter weekend and Ash went full party mode for this one. There was cake and cupcakes and rice krispie treats and more sugar than ten kids should probably have in a year but they all had a blast. When you talk about mom’s who do it all, Ash is one of them. We were up until 1:30 in the morning organizing decorations and Easter egg hunts only to be yanked out of bed at 6:30 by two super excited kids who’d had five more hours of sleep than we had. I don’t know how mom’s do this on a consistent basis. On Monday night when I got home, I was in bed by 9:30 and knocked out just past 10.
(Paige looks like she's being sassy but really she has cheeks full of jelly belly's)
I also love how kids wake up in the morning with the assumption that adults got just as much rest as they did and should be equally raring to go. I don’t remember just when I stopped waking up at the crack of dawn to watch cartoons but I do remember when my parents started waking me up on Saturday mornings to do chores. You know, even with years of practice that habit never stuck. I still hate doing chores and totally maintain the position that weekends are for sleeping in.
I also finally got to do something that I’ve been telling you all I was going to do for ages. My cousin, who had volunteered to help me model my Nurtured sweater and Party Top came with us to Ottawa for Paige’s birthday and since Monday was a gorgeous day, we took both sweaters to the park and took some super pretty pictures. My cousin is one of the sweetest kids I know and pretty much the reason I know that I have a lot to look forward to when Mila and Paige hit their teens. We don’t actually talk often, we prefer to communicate largely by sending each other daily Instagram posts of cute animals and lately, very frequently, she’ll send me posts about things I like to talk to her about like body positivity, self-care, and social injustices. I love it so much. It’s that recognition that she really does hear the things we talk about. That she processes them in her own way and finds the reinforcements of these ideas out in the world.
I tell her frequently that I rely on her to help us change the world because I can’t always rely on my gen to be the change we need. I look at a lot of my cousins who are closer to my age group and, largely, I see the ways that they just propagate the same ways of thinking that we inherited from generations previous who didn’t have access to nearly as much information as we do. In Aaliyah, I really do see hope for a brighter future though. I’ve been around her her whole life and she’s hitting a milestone birthday of her own pretty soon. I definitely have the feels about that too but I’m also super excited to see what she makes of the future ahead of her.
Before I go, there is something else I definitely wanted to talk about. April 24thmarks another day in history. Today is the six year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1,134 people – more than half of whom were women - and became the single deadliest structural failure in modern times and the deadliest garment factory accident in history. This horrible tragedy was one of the largest motivating forces in making me question the way that my clothes were made and how I was complicit in this tragedy as a result of the choices that I make about where and how I spend my money.
The second motivating force was watching The True Cost, a documentary about fast fashion which clearly outlined the way that people in third world countries have been exploited by a multi billion dollar industry that has the means and the political power to do better. Particularly, it was Kate Ball-Young the former sourcing manager for Joe Fresh saying that it doesn’t bother her that people are working in factories in horrible circumstances because there are a lot worse things that they can be doing for a living that made sure that I never bought anything from Joe Fresh, Forever 21, Zara, H&M and their kin ever again. While it is probably true that these workers could be doing worse it is more relevant that they could be doing better.
I’m thinking of these things a lot this week because this is fashion revolution week which calls for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry. If you want to learn more about this movement please visit www.fashionrevolution.org and take a look at the impact that they have had and ask yourself who made your clothes?
That’s it for me for this week! For those in the GTA I hope that I get a chance to see you this weekend. Come say hi! Bring your RSBSY WIP’s and FO’s! We want to see what you’ve made. Until we speak again, PEACE to you and yours and as always, happy knitting.
Welcome back everyone!! It has been a spectacularly crazy week and then the Toronto Knitters Guild reminded me that it’s 10 days until Frolic! Have you ever been sublimely excited and riddled with anxiety at the same time? That’s how I feel. It is a bewildering sensation. Unlike the past Wednesdays, today I feel keenly aware that we have hit the middle of the week and that my productivity days are very limited.
I woke up this morning feeling hopelessly frazzled by the myriad of things that I have to do in a very short window of time. The end result was that I spent the morning anxiously dashing from one half started task to the next until I finally threw my hands up in defeat and took myself to a yoga class so that I could recentre. Have I ever told you about the miracle drug that is yoga? I never want to go and I’m always thrilled after I’m done. I was so rejuvenated when I was done, and it’s such a beautiful day out that I came home, took a long hot shower, shaved off my winter fuzz (is that an overshare?) and chose a daytime people outfit that wasn’t just about comfort. I’m feeling so cute I may actually take a selfie.
I know Ashley is also crazy busy as well with the final Frolic prep and I absolutely can’t wait to see her this weekend when I travel up to Ottawa to see what she’s been up to. I am not going to lie to you guys, I have my eyes on a couple fabulous patterns right now and I have every intention of snagging some pretty yarn before everyone else. I don’t even feel bad about it.
One of the patterns that I’m currently eye balling is Annie Lupton’s Elephant Promenade which has several things going for it. First and foremost, it has elephants. Have you seen these elephants? They’re totally adorable. I’m absolutely weak for them. Second, it’s fingering weight which means I don’t need a half dozen skeins of yarn AND I can wear it for a few more weeks before it gets too hot for that. Finally, if I cave and buy the pattern before April 30th20% of the profit will go to Save the Elephants. I already know I’m going to cave but right now, I’m still in the, “let’s be fiscally responsible,” phase that generally precedes a shopping spree.
My little maker brain has been on overdrive for the last couple of weeks so that I have sooo many projects on my wish list that I don’t know where to start, or what’s even feasible. For those of you who are on Instagram, I’ve been following along with Andrea Mowry’s #TODAY’SKNITOUTFIT where everyone has been posting how they wear their knits with a lot of envy. I love to knit but rarely wear anything knit related. I’m thinking of jumping on board with this movement just so I can change that. I mean, the whole point of slow fashion is to curate a thoughtful wardrobe right? Frequently my problem is that even though I really love something that I’ve made, I don’t always love it on my body. I’ve recently come to realise that that is a direct result of a lot of internalized fatphobia that I really need to work through.
One of the things that I really want to knit this summer is a knit tank top. I’ve had my eye on a few so I think that I will try to make an effort to find one that I will feel comfortable wearing on my body. I have a few on a short list but if you have any suggestions I will absolutely welcome them!
Tomorrow represents the last prep day that I have before three whirlwind weekends. This weekend is Easter weekend and John and Paige’s birthday, then it’s Frolic and then I have the great privilege of decorating for a friends baby shower which I’m super excited for. I have to constantly remind myself to go slow and take rest so that I don’t over exert myself but it is so hard when there is so many fun things to do. Rest when we’re dead, right?
Anyway, that’s it for me for this week! Have a very happy long weekend. For those of you who are travelling, please be safe! PEACE to you and yours and as always HAPPY KNITTING!!