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Beach Day Scarf Pattern Published

Beach Day Scarf2Beach Day Scarf was published this week and is available on Ravelry. A kit with the pattern and yarn can be purchased from Fleece and Harmony. Kim and Jennifer were featured on Meet the Shepherdess in Fruity Knitting episode 55. They did such a great job of the interview. I know how hard it can be to look relaxed in front of a camera. The scarf looked amazing on Kim as they did the interview.

The Beach Day Scarf is shown above in Fleece and Harmony’s 2-ply fingering weight Signature yarn in the Blue Poppy colour. I love the mixture of blues in this colour. The pattern gives the option of doing a one skein scarf in aran weight yarn as well. The scarf pictured was knit in Take the Ferry Signature yarn. I added tassels to this version because well TASSELS!

one skein version of beach day scarf

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Getting on Track and Living Simply

On Monday I finally recorded Episode 21 of CAWcreations Podcast (well vlog actually but many knitters still refer to their videos as podcasts). I had hoped it would be a month between episodes but it was more. I am feeling behind on everything and playing catch up. I hate this feeling and am working toward a simple living plan that will give me more time.

The hardest thing is not packing my nights and weekends with events that are draining more than they are fulfilling and replacing them with time with family and friends that I find invigorating. This means that sometimes I have to say no to things that I know I cannot do. It is freeing. For example, Wednesday night I skipped knitting to work on a pattern that I am trying to get out this week. I missed seeing my friends but I got to bed at a decent time instead of working after I got home. That late night work is not great anyways, especially when doing final edits.

I am also trying to clean out my craft room. It is now at the point where it looks worse than when I started. I need to do a stash purge and give away some of the material. This is hard because “I just might need that!”. Let me be real. I have not sewn in ages. I need to take my machine in for servicing. I have three… yes three quilts half finished. One for a military friend who has had two postings since I started it. Now I cannot even walk in the door. I have to pick at it this weekend. It is so bad that my husband would not go in to get a chair one day because there was no path through to the chair (that is 3 feet from the door). I can even see the mess now as I write and am feeling stressed about it. This used to be my go to room to relax in.

Now for the good news I am feeling healthier. It is this eating plan where I focus on vegetables and fruit with few processed foods. Some days are better than others but I am generally feeling better, no more running to the bathroom all the time and fewer migraines. Last night I wanted to be bad but instead I cut up a sweet potato and made fries from scratch using coconut oil. So good and my children loved them too. I think even making sure I drink enough water is helping.

My mindfulness and meditation focus is helping my positive outlook. Walking in the morning at coffee break or a short meditation (I am a fair weather walker even a hint of rain or wind and I will balk) makes my mornings so much better. Then I can focus on simple things like enjoying an especially good pot of coffee or how beautiful my plants look.

Here is to appreciating the little rainbows in each day!

Journey with my weighted blanket

Those of you that follow me on Instagram will already know I recently purchased a weighted blanket. I have had sleep issues for more than twenty years. I like to blame my children but that is really not why. But, it has meant I have managed to complete lots of things at night: my thesis, many books, and lots of knitting projects. I would rather be sleeping though.

My friend Rhea brought her new weighted blanket to Girls Weekend at Pictou Lodge. Wow… I loved it. She did too. I finally bit the bullet this February and ordered one from Courtnee’s Weighted Blankets in NS. I told Courtnee that I liked space and purple. She found the perfect materials that I checked before she made the blanket.

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I do not care if it is a placebo. It worked I got sleep. It worked so well that after a week or so I did not even need the blanket anymore, so I loaned it to my son. He needed to get some sleep during the preparation for exams.

My only issue with the blanket was that you really have to be careful washing it. This was not a problem until my dog threw up on it. Then I decided to put it in the front load washer instead of cleaning it by hand. I have a 25 pound version of the blanket.

Only one square ripped but it did make a big mess of little beads in my washer. Courtnee was very good. Any time I am in her area she said to give her a heads up and she will repair it for me. If you decide to get on, then be very sure to wash it on the delicate cycle.

I so pleased with being able to sleep. I am thinking clearer and doing things faster. My only minor problem is not so much knitting and pattern design is happening. Now, I have to find time during the day to do it.

Spring Saturday Fun

I have been busy with life. It is crazy how busy considering that my children are grown and mostly they just take my car to do their own things. I do not have to run to any sports or interviews in the evenings or competitions on weekends. I really do not know how I fit them in when I did. I did not think that I would have much trouble with this transition. I always say that parenting is a slow process of letting go. We raised our three to be independent adults and now they are. I should be cheering and I am really but I do miss seeing them so much.

This has also made me realize that I have not spent lots of time out with my parents in the last few years as I have focused on my own children. This Saturday I went out to Launching Place PE with my dog Molly. We went for a long walk then spent the rest of the morning with Mom and Dad. I got lots of pictures of our walk and stop at MacPhee’s Orchard sugar shack. My family is not always great to take pictures. It was a lovely day.

MacPhee’s Orchard Maple Syrup Shack

Need a name for this pattern…

So I called this the Bulky Messy Bun Hat when I drafted the first one but there is now a ponytail hat, a messy bun hat, a closed top reversible hat, and a Pom Pom hat. All on the same free pattern.

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The hat above is knit using Fleece and Harmony‘s Belfast Blend and Knitty Little Secret‘s faux fur Pom Pom. I love how it turned out. I added an extra round on the knit sections to give pom pom hat its slouch.

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This is the messy bun with the larger opening. The ponytail has half as many stitches on the cast off edge.

Any ideas for pattern name?

Finally Finished My Fade

It has been on the needles so long I feared I would never finish it, but my Find Your Fade is now off the needles and is featured as a FO on CAWcreations Episode 20.

Time and priorities…

The anniversary of posting my first knitting vlog/podcast (videos at www.cawcreations.org) is happening this Sunday, March 25. I have a great prize in store for a lucky viewer and will be pulling prize winners for the first quarter of the KALs that go all year. It is so exciting.

I have learned so much about recording, editing, posting videos and taking pictures. It has been so rewarding, but some decisions about time management have to be made. I am taking time away from pattern designs when I podcast. Stitchmastery has been an amazing help in charting my patterns, but there is only so much time in the day.

I also have to focus on self-care to deal with health issues. As much as I hate to say it, my podcasts will have to be only one per month until my new normal becomes habit. It is so hard to change what I am doing, but I am turning 45 this summer and really need to make me a priority in my life.

I will be podcasting next on March 25th.