Hat pattern: my own with the marvellous help of M.J. Mucklestone’s book 200 Fair Isle Motifs : A Knitter’s Directory for motif selection
Yarn: Alice Starmore Hebridean 2ply
Inspired by: Frosty startlit walks
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.
“There must be always remaining in every life, some place for the singing of angels, some place for that which in itself is breathless and beautiful.”
– Howard Thurman
Inspired by: Shawna
Wishing you the loveliest, most breathless and beautiful weekend ahead.
Do yarn bits and balls count as Christmas decorations?
Cast-on party inspired (and enabled) by Andi.
Pattern source: Latvian Mittens by Lizbeth Upitis
Colour inspiration: here
Yarn: Alice Starmore Hebridean 2ply (Driftwood & Solan Goose), Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (Burnt Ochre) and Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme (shade 2001)
Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers.
– May Sarton (source goodreads)
A little Advent food for thought. Happy weekend, friends!
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
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!
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.
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.
“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.