Because when you start something and find your groove, why not get totally obsessed with it?
Can't wait to tie in the last of the loose ends (did I really just say that) so I can start another blanket! Already pondering what colours to do next, though I am loving the neutrals.
Granny square pattern: Bundle Handmade
I just got home from a lovely sip and stitch session with my local yarn loving ladies, and am continuing with my current project: the @bundlehandmade granny square blanket. Pretty much in love (the colours) and am looking forward to finishing this baby, even if I don't get to make it with my favourite crochet hook, sniffffffff.
I would also like to note, the succulent I purchased in December is somehow still alive. Maybe I have finally broken free of a lifetime of plant assassination?
"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." - Henry David Thoreau.
I think it is so important to seek out and discover the things that make you happy, that inspire you, that give you a sense of comfort and purpose.
With all the hustle and bustle and busyness of everyday life, we need a place to recharge our batteries; inhale calm, exhale stress.
A couple of mini excursions to the woods this weekend were very much needed over here. I really did come out feeling taller than the trees, with my sanity intact once again!
Where do you go to reclaim that feeling of levelheadedness and rejuvenation?
"The forest and I was all there was. In the deep, still silence I could feel the earth's beating heart"
When your love of nature, warm beverages, and the written word (in typewriter style, heart eyes!) finally come together.
Knitting and crocheting hasn't been high on my to-do list lately, mostly because I've found myself so busy I haven't had the time. I also forgot my crochet hook case at a friend's cottage in January, which won't be occupied again until March *fights back separation anxiety tears*
I've been without my favourite hooks/tools/babies since then, and it has put a bit of a damper on my enthusiasm and creativity.
So, I'm finally revisiting several non-yarn-related ideas and ventures I started and, surprise surprise, never finished. Just working through that big pile of forever projects, including some nature-inspired drinkware (only a year+ after ordering my first samples, but you know, you can't rush into these things).
"In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus.
Words I try to keep in mind on days when I'm feeling bogged down by the weight of the world. We all have moments when we feel discouraged or even defeated by life's challenges and curveballs, whether personally, professionally or creatively, but we also all have the ability to overcome and kick some serious butt!
Between work + a couple of very time-consuming projects I've been plugging away at (eep), I haven't picked up my yarn much at all the last few weeks. I did however manage to finally finish this shell stitch cocoon sweater, which I started attempting last April and have since failed miserably at many (many) times. It still needs a little tweaking, but I'm happy to have at least achieved a wearable cocoon!
Pattern to come eventually, when I'm completely happy with the design, it's just not there quite yet. (Also big thank you to @crochet_gallery for rescuing me from maker insanity and answering my desperate cries for cocoon help).
FYI when you lug an oversized, gross yellow blanket in an equally large basket out into the middle of the woods on a frigid afternoon, you get a lot of curious, puzzled side-eye glances from other hikers. #sorrynotsorry 😅 maker life, am I right?
I got this Canadian maple leaf cup cozy from lovely lady boss @tscrochetshoppe, who is working on the most marvelous project called #tsacrosscanada in honour of Canada's 150th birthday this year! Can't wait to see all the other cozies that made their way across the true North strong and free, so check out T's feed for updates!
"you do not have to be a fire
every mountain blocking you.
you could be a water
soft river your way to freedom
- options, nayyirah waheed / salt.
I like these words. There are ways to overcome your obstacles, of course with determination, but keeping kindness in mind always. And this trickles all the way down from just being a good human being in general (even in the face of those who aren't), all the way to our little handmade community and how we treat each other as makers. It makes me happy to see so much recent talk of community over competition and taking care of your tribe.
Reflecting on this as I sip my coffee this morning (notice anything special about the coaster?) before I seam this project for the sixth time. Sixth time's a charm, right?!
Hello friends, I'm Kelly! I'm a 27-year-old cozy enthusiast who loves creating things with yarn, exploring the beauty of nature, and eating Brooklyn style pizza.