a morning at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm

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Thanks to the truly good folks at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm, we had a most glorious morning and came home with a beautiful Christmas tree.

My family and I feel so incredibly blessed to live in a place where there are family-run farms like this nearby to visit and support and that, in turn, allow us to return home feeling refreshed by the wholesome beauty of their land.

a gift for a tree

 

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Pattern source: Latvian Mittens by Lizbeth Upitis

Tiny creation inspiration: here, here and here and this super-ultra sweet tiny post here!

Colour inspiration: here

Yarn: Alice Starmore Hebridean 2ply (Driftwood & Solan Goose), Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (Burnt Ochre) and Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme (shade 2001)

Advent

 

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Awake – Hear – Walk

 

Advent is the time of little things.

Did you walk in the night

And behold the delight

Of rabbits, raccoons, porcupines and mongoose?

 

Did you hear them discuss

What each would do 

To make the night

Of the Little Child bright?

 

Did you wake in the dawn of a wintry day

And hear a thousand birds twitter

And sing of the holiest things?

And rehearse, and rehearse

their flight, their songs

At Bethlehem.

 

Did you walk in the day

In the snow-clad fields

Where mouse and tiny field things

Eat and play?

If you did, then you know

that they plan a caravan

To a cave, a manger, A Child.

 

Are you going with them?

   -Catherine Doherty (from Donkey Bells)

 

I do think this present season of Advent as a time of little things. Sadly, I also think that these little things can get easily passed by, unnoticed, in the hurry-hurry days leading up to Christmas.

So, Advent, for me, deeply wants to be a quiet time, a slow time, a time for prayer and reflection and a time for searching, too, for all the little things that lead the way to a most anticipated event in my spiritual life.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to take a little break from all my talking here in this space for a few weeks. Instead, I hope I can show you – in a quieter, less wordy way – my encounter with the little daily miracles that I trust will lead the way to greater hope, peace, joy and love.

That said, I expect there will be lots of photos of knitting taken and posted. As many of you know, knitting can be quite a holy experience – and I say that in all seriousness. Knitting is a great way of remembering how one little action, done over and over (and over!) in the spirit of patience and faith, can lead to the most amazing and inspiring results.

Naturally, I will miss the variety of conversations sparked and shared here and would like to take a moment to thank everyone for their comments in the past – each one of them has brought so much light into my life and for that I am profoundly grateful. I hope we will pick up right where we left off after the holidays.

May there be great peace and joy in your days ahead!

lovely lopi a.k.a. stitchy* goodness

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Wilno Hat, named after Canada’s first Polish Settlement community not too far from where I live in the Ottawa Valley. There you will find the cutest little craft gallery that used to sell hand-knitted assortments (maybe they still do) where I saw this charming stitch pattern. To me it looks like a crown – perfect for your royal family members.

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Ella Gordon’s Toorlie Cap! I had so much fun knitting this pattern, I’m sure there will be many more Toorlies in my future.

As you can see, I’ve been having a little Lopi knitting fun in Christmas gift-making this year. In my mind, Lopi is a completely unique yarn in so much that its Icelandic wool content lends itself to being warm without being heavy, airy without being fuzzy (like Shetland, for example), and in that its long, scaly, staple length allows it to be ever so lightly spun. Icelandic wool makes, in my humble opinion, the most wonderful single-plied yarn out there.

The other quality I’m loving about Lopi yarn these days: it knits up FAST. Nothing beats a yarn that makes you feel like a knitting superstar.

What about you? What knitting fun have you been up to? What yarn makes you feel like a knitting superstar?

Wishing you a lovely (Lopi) day!

* STITCHY : my youngest’s most recent addition to our english lexicon. Stitchy is an adjective made up from the two words scratchy and itchy and seems to apply to all items coming off my knitting needles. Because of this word’s frequent use lately you’d think I’d loathe the word but I don’t, my youngest is way too cute for me to hold anything against him for long.

Besides, in this case, my little whippersnapper has got a point. Lopi yarn IS a little stitchy – nothing a little soak in a bath with conditioner (tip from Kate Davies, I think – I can’t seem to find the post) won’t help (though don’t expect miracles, conditioner does not have the power to transform Icelandic fibre into Alpaca) and/or the addition of a little afterthought brim lining a là E.Z.

food for thought friday

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“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.”
– Bill Watterson

Well, it’s been one of those weeks. An unwelcome visit from the stomach flu fairy (she’s not a very nice fairy as it turns out), emergency appointments made to the dentist’s (and then re-scheduled due to a return of the stomach flu fairy), vans not starting, meetings missed… you know how they go, no doubt you’ve had some of your own doozies of a week.

However, now that the week’s coming to a close, I’m looking forward to resting whenever possible, lounging (there’s something so decadent about that word, don’t you agree?), laughing, visiting with dear friends, and having my knitting with me at all times throughout the weekend ahead.

What do you do when you when life goes wonky? (Seriously, I would love to know what you do – please share!)

Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead with fingers crossed that my rocket ship underpants regain their luck in time for next week! Big hugs to you.