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Episode 9 CAWcreations: Eclipse Day

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Don’t forget about the “I like your sweater” KAL on until October 20, 2017. Check it out the details at the CAWcreations Group on Ravelry. You must be a member to win prizes.

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2017 Winner of Women’s Institute knitting prizes for projects I finished

This year I finally got it together to enter some of my knitting in the Provincial Exhibition Women’s Institute WI Handcraft, Horticulture and Arts Show. I have always wanted to but was afraid to.

I chose the folioing 4 projects:

Class B:  Afghans      Section 03:  Infant’s, crocheted or knitted (min. size 24″x 30″)

 

The Hap(py) Shawl knit in Fleece & Harmony‘s Signature yarn in the Beach Blanket Colour. The idea is that the hap is used to swaddle babies and as a shawl after the baby has grown. This is a simple design for beginners. It has a garter stitch square with a modified feather and fan edge.

Class C: Knitting     Section 01: Socks, Work

 

Rays Socks from the Fleece and Harmony Sock Series (worsted weight), knit in Lot 57 Signature Collection yarn. I love the tones in the slate yarn. But, I did miscount on the heel turn, so one heel has two additional rows. Not my best work but pretty.

Class C: Knitting     Section 13:  Child’s 2-piece set, size 1 to 2 years

 

Knit in Fleece and Harmony’s Baby Boo Collection. Baby Boo yarn is spun from first shearing lambs’ wool. It is so soft after soaking in wool wash and blocking. I love this yarn and love the Baby Shower colour that mixes all the colours together so the sweater can be for anyone.

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Class C: Knitting     Section 18: Knitted Item, not listed above

BeachDay

The Beach Day Shawl in Fleece and Harmony’s Lot 57 Signature Collection. It could be a beach towel if spread out. It has big bold blocks of colour that introduce knitters to simple lacework, chart reading, and intarsia. Buttons can be attached to allow for multiple styles of wearing. Look for this pattern later this year on Fleece and Harmony’s website.

The last two entries won prizes. I am so excited. It is my first time entering my knitting in anything. The Baby Set got a first prize and the Beach Day Shawl came in third.

Healing Shawls – Wrapping in Love

I have made four healing shawls in my knitting career. They are my labours of love. I make an intention for the person I am knitting it for and only knit on them when I have strength and love to put into the project.

They were all very personal projects for people experiencing illness and/or loss. I love to create symbolism that suits the person I am making them for.

image_medium2One of my favourite patterns to use for a healing shawl is the Arpeggio by Ilga Leja. An arpeggio is a broken chord where the notes rise and fall. It symbolizes the rise and fall of emotions as we deal with grief and/or loss of health. I always link the shawl and the colours that I use to symbolize the experience of the recipient. I have done one in pink and iridescent  plum, and the other in forest green and beige. I find that writing of the card that accompanies the gift can be as hard as the actual knitting with intention and strength.

Another pattern I have used is the Quaking Aspen Shawl by Courtney Kelley. The aspen is actually a group of organisms that have an intertwined root system underground that can lay dormant for years. I love the symbolism of drawing strength from community and recognizing that they grow at all times even in the coldest winter. It signifies strength to get through a difficult experience.

image_small2Finally, the first shawl that I made became a healing shawl. The many colours for the many aspects of the personality of the person we remembered. These projects of love and support help me to deal with the obstacles I encounter. I hope that they provide some comfort to the recipients. 10730959_10155288531940411_515899209126807267_n

Happy Canada Day!

We celebrated Canada Day with the annual Wartman Canada Day Washers Tournament and BBQ. It was a smashing success, even in the rain. The tournament started at 3 pm 19686301_10154912218281748_1365491656_oand we managed to get all the games in before it rained. I love that the kids get mixed right in with the adults. We have had some great parent child pairings over the years. This year it was the brothers, Jack and Taylor, who were the strongest kids team. Bob and Wade won again. Someone has got to knock them off their pedestal. Jack is in training to do just that. He and Taylor managed to win a game against the top team. Jack 19488506_10155372133329462_8388273018065918028_otells me he will get them next year, but for this year he presented the green jackets to the winners.

Tim was kept busy cooking for everyone. We had a great night even if the fireworks were a bit obscured by the smoke.

I did manage to get an episode of CAWcreations posted on Thursday even though I was not feeling well. My Dad tells me that Molly pops in to the background a couple of times. One of which I really should have edited out but I missed it. Oh well such is life. I am working on both my sweaters for my “I like your sweater” KAL. My Fleece and Harmony projects will be going in the Canada KAL. Moria announced it on her podcast Knitting in Stitches.

Happy knitting!

 

Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

It is a story of womens’ strength when they pull together. Focusing on b4bba90666545ebfba8ee8af99b2f578-w204@1xCree traditions and spiritual life.

Birdie has had a rough life.  She is floating through her life on a spirit quest while her skin self lies on her bed. I found it a bit confusing at first as the timeline is fluid. I was not sure what was the past and what was the present. I know that the shifting verb tenses and short sentences are a device to show how messed up Birdie is, but I found it distracting from the actual story. It surprised me at how much changing tenses and grammar problems distracted me from the plot. Staying engaged was hard.

Parts of the story are hard to read. Issues of sexual abuse and power over the women were repulsive to me. I wished there had been more protection around the young girls. The overall theme of strength and supporting each other when crisis hits partially redeemed the trouble I had will difficult topics and our scattered protagonist.

Although we spend most of the book in Birdie’s head, my favorite character was Aunty Val. She has a depth to her. She gave up a child which meant facing and fighting her own demons. She is a big women comfortable in her own skin but not perfect. Val steps up to raise Birdie, when Maggie, her sister, cannot. She makes the most of her life, doing the best she can. Even arriving to help Birdie after Birdie has avoided family for year.

The characters felt very real. I loved that I could see my own aunts and cousins in these women. It showed the universality of life. The writing is difficult to follow and messy highlighting where Birdie is at, but this also makes for an annoying read. The story is not just a Cree story but a story about accepting and enjoying our lives as they are. How we all have to overcome our demons and fight through mental issues to become stronger on the other side.

Celebrating Knit in Public (June 10)

Our knitting group knits in public all of the time so we decided to celebrate world-wide knit in public day – June 10 – by taking a road trip to some of our favourite yarn shops in neighbouring New Brunswick. I am excited to spend a day with my friends knitting and chatting. They are so fun to travel with. I am sure that my yarn diet will crash and burn but who cares.

How do you plan to celebrate June 10?

Left my knitting out in the rain

It was knitting night last night. We had a fun gathering with lots of laughs and so many great discussions. I loved it.

When we went to leave it was very dark and pouring rain. I gave my friend who walks a drive home and picked up my son at his friends’ house. It was a dark drive home with all the lights reflecting off the water. Not fun. I was glad to be home. I thought I took all my stuff in and went to bed.

This morning when I looked out my window, I saw my purple bag full of a bunch of project bags sitting by the car. The yarn is fine as it was mostly 100% wool and is drying nicely. My project bags are soaked through. I have them laid out to dry today. It is only water but what a start to the day. Maybe I need to slow down, or take fewer projects to knit night.

Who am I kidding. That is not going to happen.