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  • Birthday Vibes!

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on December 05 2018

    Birthday Vibes!

    Welcome to December 5th everyone! I only mention the date due to its proximity to my birthday.  Can you guys believe that I'm going to be 38 this week?  That's outrageous! Last night I was talking to one of my life long best friends and I asked her if it wasn't outrageous that we had been friends for almost thirty years and she could hardly believe it either.  I remember being a teenager and seeing people who had been friends for thirty years on tv and in movies and they were always old. Katherine and I are not old. I say this while sitting on my couch nursing a bum knee and some other moderately damaged bits. Katherine still looks as young and beautiful as she did when we were nineteen.

    I keep waiting to feel what I think 38 should feel like (and, for that matter, all of the other years below it) and it just never happens.  When I try to assess how old I actually feel I have to say seventeen, eighteen tops. I feel like an eighteen-year-old with all of the best parts of being 38, like having my own craft room and unfettered access to my tv remote control. Though all of these things being said, I wouldn't mind having my eighteen-year-old boobs back.  With the benefit of hindsight, I realize that I never took proper advantage of those.  I have, occasionally, joked that instead of a university degree, I could have used the assets I already had to marry well and live happily ever after, but my little feminist heart could never have let that happen. Nevermind that I would probably have to share the remote control so maybe I wouldn't be better off.

  • The Trouble with Favourites

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on November 28 2018

    The Trouble with Favourites

    Welcome back everyone! My friends, my tree is up and lit! I claim zero credit.  The poor thing stood sad and bare for over a week before my mother had mercy and decorated it for me.  This morning, I'm sitting on my couch watching the lights twinkle and it is making me feel very content with the world. If you're all thinking, wow, this girl is super spoiled, yes, yes I am. My mom absolutely loves me and I shamelessly lap it up.  

    My parents occasionally ask me when I'm going to get married and produce offspring and I look at them like they're crazy.  I have the greatest deal in the world.  There's no way I'm giving it up.  There is not a single person in the world who will love me as much as my mom.  Never mind that as soon as I have kids, my mom is immediately going to love them more than she loves me.  They are guaranteed to be way cuter than me and that’s just not going to work for me.  As far as I’m concerned, my mom sealed her own fate.


    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on November 21 2018


    Welcome back guys!  IT'S BLACK FRIDAY WEEK!!  I don't say that as a small business owner.  I say that as consumer, who adores a good deal and could absolutely use a good dose of retail therapy.  Weirdly, Black Friday kind of snuck up on me.  I knew it was coming but it still feels like it should be ages away. I think it's a symptom of my time warp. If you read last weeks post you know what I mean.

    On Monday, though, I started finding deals posted for Black Friday and I became intrigued.  I started perusing deals and the next thing I know it was almost 2:30 in the morning!  Just to be a total jerk I'm gonna let you in on a little secret: I've already bought one of Ashley's presents.  I have a bit to make up for because she already had the gift I wanted to give her for her birthday and I never had an opportunity to replace it.  A couple weeks ago I saw something online and I immediately texted her, "Umm, we have a no shopping for ourselves policy in place until Christmas, right?" In fact, it was the new Mending Matters book by Katrina Rodabaugh and I was being super careful not to mention it by name or send any Instagram posts about it... and then she posted this on Instagram:

  • Anxiety Knitting for Control Freaks

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on November 14 2018

    Anxiety Knitting for Control Freaks

    Welcome to half way through November! Well almost. Still, is anyone ready for the middle of November?  I know I'm not.  Do you know that there is only 41 days until Christmas? I had so many big plans for this Christmas and suddenly I'm running low on time which is hilarious because having nothing but time on my hands, you would think, everything would get done.

    I'm gonna blame the head injury.  I'm absolutely confident that it has sent me into a weird time warp that causes me to move as though I'm at half the speed as the rest of the world. To get a better understanding of this phenomenon I've been closely watching all episodes of the Flash and the Big Bang Theory but I still have no idea where my time is going.

  • An Ode to Ravelry

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on November 07 2018

    An Ode to Ravelry

    Hey guys, welcome back! I have to admit that today is a bit of a rough day.  I spent all day yesterday watching the U.S midterm election with high hopes only to see a few of them fizzle out super close to fruition. Today I’m trying to recognize that they still had very important victories but I’m still just a little disappointed.  Why am I so invested in an election in a foreign country?  Well I would love to say that it’s because what happens in the United States does impact our country but that’s not the only reason.  I genuinely love the optimism of people like Beto O’Rourke who believe they can make real and positive changes in their country and in the world and seeing him and his millions of voters disappointed makes me sad. When CNN announced his defeat, I’m not going to lie, my first thought was, good people just can’t have nice things.

     So anyway, today I couldn’t find it in me to give you guys an upbeat yarn/knitting post but we can talk about something else going on in our community that’s kind of thematic.  Last week saw the launch of a new app in the yarnie world and Ashley and I were super curious, naturally.  An app to make things?  Of course, we were all over it. And then I found out it was $12 a month.  My outrage was quickly checked by Ashley who said that’s less than two patterns a month and you guys all know I DEFINITELY buy more than two patterns a month.  Something was still rubbing me the wrong way about it all and I couldn’t put my finger on what it was until I started reading comments and someone said something like ‘We don’t really talk about classism in this community but $12 a month is kind of steep.  This feels kind of exclusionary.’ And I said YES! THIS IS WHAT’S BOTHERING ME! 

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