A funny thing happens when you write a food blog: people get the impression that you know how to cook. Because, like so many of us these days, my friends & family are scattered far and wide, I do a fair bit of traveling to keep in touch with my nearest and dearest. And because I write about food a couple of times a week, most of these folks have figured it out: I cook.
I’ve been reading a lot lately about living fully in the moment. About how it feeds creativity, creates joy, and lessens stress. It’s easy to think how you could add touch-key experiences to your everyday life when you have a moment to think about it. But throw in two or three things (or people) that need your attention all at the same time, and deliberate living tends to fall on the back burner – right behind the laundry and the vacuuming.
36: Flower of your choice, and its magical properties.
My favourite flower has always been the sunflower. It is the warmth of summer and the calm of lazy days all wrapped up in soft golden petals and a friendly open face.
Defend joy [...] from the obligation of being happy.
This post was inspired by Christine Chitnis, though, though it has been something that has been on my mind for a good long time.
I used to sew a lot of my own clothes when I was a teen. It was a way for me to build a wardrobe of more stylish, well constructed clothes without having to pay the inflated price tag that those clothes often come with. Now that “artisan” and “handmade” are all the rage, making your own clothes doesn’t save you a dime, and often the materials cost considerably more than a finished garment would.
And yet there is still a part of me that longs for a wardrobe of mostly handmade items. I envision sweaters, shawls, dresses, tops, mitts, shoes, slippers, etc – all with memories of construction and a beloved, timeless design to them.
I’ve begun collecting patterns on Ravelry for knitted items I want to make – someday when I have the time to knit for myself. That’s what long winters are for, right?
A few of my favourites are listed below:
First up is one I have loved for years, Shipwrecked by Knitting Harpy. Then Ease by Alicia Plummer, Greenwood by Ann-Marie Jackson, Shallows by Bonnie Sennott, Atwater by Sara Gresbach, and the cuddly looking Woodsy Cardigan by Jennifer Wood. They’re very simple, classic designs with a bit of colour work and/or lace thrown in for pretties.
These will definitely be good for a start. It will probably take me a good year or so to get this lot knit up. Though, at some point, I would like to get to sewing my own clothes again as well. I have a lovely piece of linen that is begging to be made into something.
I’m still in the midst of prepping a bunch of holiday gifts, and I don’t really have much to write about, so I thought I would share a few of my newest FOs. Enjoy the pretties!
“the snow doesn’t give a soft white
damn Whom it touches”