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Archive for July, 2017

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!