I’m making the kids socks for Christmas. Our yarn shop had a Dye for Ewe pop up shop with her festive yarn colorways. I’ve got a couple more to go make pairs for everyone.
I knit my socks toe up using a Turkish cast on. The heel is a garter stitch German short row. And the cast off is Jenny’s surprisingly stretchy cast off.
We’ve been listening to Christmas music a little bit since the beginning of December. We attended 3 Christmas parties so far which had been fun! My husband and I had a night and the kids have had two. I have one more to attend which is a sleigh ride and bonfire with hot cocoa.
Are you knitting gifts for Christmas? How do you knit your socks? 🎄
I finished Veera Välimäki’s beautiful Stay Soft Shawl. This shawl turned out to be my perfect size and used about 800 yds of fingering weight yarn. I used a beautiful kit from Six and Seven Fiber which was a pleasure to knit with.
I’ve been doing some charity knitting this month and dug through my stash of toques and mitts to donate to the local woman’s shelter. It’s been really cold out and the snow seems to be staying. The mitten pattern is world’s simplest mitten by Tin Can Knits. It’s a great pattern and comes in 5 sizes and 4 yarn weights. I pick up 3 stitches for the thumb gusset and then after knitting one round, I decrease 2 of the stitches using a k2tog or ssk stitch. I still have a a couple tiny holes that I weave in using the yarn tail.
The toques are a couple of different patterns that I’ve modified a bit.
Do you like to do some charity knitting? Which are your favourite charities?
The snow is falling today. It’s cold out but bright and sunny. Halloween will soon be here but I’m already thinking about Christmas. I purchased yarn to make Melanie Berg’s Colorshift shawl using Mad Tosh and Manos del Uruguay yarns. I love the pop of colour that the mini skein set gives the grey. Do you buy yourself yarn to put under the Christmas tree?
I’m currently working on a simple three colour shawl called Stay soft Shawl by Veera Välimäki. I’m using a lovely kit from my stash by Six and Seven Fibers in their merino/cashmere/nylon base. The colours are Grey Lady, Learning to love, and Gingersnap. I’m intrigued by the second name, learning to love, and is something I’m working on too. I have a loving husband but for me to show love and feel love doesn’t always come easily. So it’s process, slowly learning to love.
If you’ve got three overripe bananas sitting on your counter then this banana recipe from “Sally’s Baking Addiction” is so good. I skip the spice though.
I’ve been knitting the “Waiting for Rain” shawl by Sylvia McFadden this month. This is a beautiful shawl with short row lace panels combined with garter stitch. I knit it using Manos del Uruguay Fino which is a single ply merino silk blend. The colour is called Rosewater. I love the Manos line of yarns; the bases and the colours.
I’ve been reading a couple of books this month. One is a a workbook called “The mindful self-compassion workbook” by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer. Since it is a workbook there is lots of space for self-reflection and note taking.
The other book is “The heart of the Buddha’s teachings” by Thich Nhat Hanh. I was taught mindfulness meditation in a secular setting, however, the practice of mindfulness is rooted in Buddhism and I wanted to learn some of the sacred teachings. I was particularly drawn to “Right View” which is part of the eightfold path. Right View refers to looking at the good in people, things, and ourselves. In working towards Right View, we are not dismissing the negative stuff in our lives, we are simply orienting ourselves towards the positive.
School started back up and I’m really grateful to get back to the routine. How about you? What are you grateful for?
This month I finished the Lilli Pilli wrap by Ambah O’Brien. I made the wrap shorter and narrower to fit more like a scarf. It ended up being about 520 yards. I used 2 colours instead of 3; MadelineTosh tosh merino light in one my favorite colors, coquette-duex, and Lichen and Lace 1ply in sliver fox.
I read “True Refuge” by Tara Brach who is an insight meditation teacher and a practicing psychologist. I found it emotionally heavy at times but overall a good read. I like the examples of how practicing insight meditation changes the relationship with yourself and others. I practiced the meditations at the end of each chapter and found the forgiveness meditations especially helpful. I seem to carry resentment easily and the practice of forgiveness helps me feel lighter.
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.—RUMI
A friend of mine had a baby and I made her a batch of cookies. These are Oatmeal Scotchies from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I tested out a batch with my kids first and they were a big hit!
I’ve been watching “bachelor in paradise season 6” this year. I have laughed out loud and even teared up a bit during the show. I’m a sucker for a reality romcom.
What have you been up to this month? I’d love to hear from you! See you next month. 💗
This month’s sock theme at my local yarn shop was yarn by Dye for Ewe. I choose the colorway “I crushed your grapes, you’re welcome” on the snug base. This 6 ply yarn is plump and springy with a high twist. I think it’ll make very durable and long wearing socks!
I finished reading “how to break up with your phone” by Cathrine Price. While reflecting on my Instagram usage, I decided that it is too easy to get sucked in to endless scrolling. After reflecting on my habits, I decided to delete my account. Some of the key points I took from the book are:
1. I assessed my relationship with my phone and I reach for it when I bored and lonely. I decided to build better habits such as getting outside more and journaling.
2. I turned off most of my notifications, ex. sounds and banners. I left badges on for apps like messages and email. I like this change because then I don’t get distracted by notifications when I am using my phone to read a book for example.
3. No phone zones and time away. Our supper table is a no phone zone which helps our family to focus on eating and sharing about our day. I keep my phone on a different floor between the hours of 3pm and 8pm.
So instead of scrolling, I’ve been enjoying some other things. I recently researched my families roots back to Ukraine, Russia, Austria, Hungary, and France. I used a few apps (My Heritage, Archives, Ancestry, and Family Tree) to research my lineage and cross-referenced personal family heritage books.
I signed up for an online class through whiteawake.org called “Roots deeper than Whiteness”. After thinking about the discussion of racism that was happening in the knitting community, I decided to learn more. If you’d like to join, sign-ups are still open.
And here’s what I’ve been listening to this month: Maggie Rogers, The Lumineers, and Sarah Harmer. Maggie Rogers is currently on tour this year and I would love to see her! And The Lumineers have an new EP out and a schedule of their upcoming tour.
What are you working on this month? Share your thoughts and comments below.
Hi there! I’m Anna and I enjoy creating through knitting, crochet, journaling, and baking. I also enjoy reading non-fiction books. My background is in science and I worked in the healthcare field. After children, I decided to transition to a stay-at-home parent and developed a love of making things. I have been crocheting since 2000 and knitting since 2012. When I am not chasing around kids, I enjoy keeping up with the latest fibre related podcast and browsing through Ravelry. I hope you’ll join me on my creative journey through life’s messiness.