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Birthday Vibes!

Chantal Ratnam

Posted on December 05 2018

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.

Nonetheless I’m looking at 38 as yet another adventure.  The last year, car accidents notwithstanding, opened up a bunch of new avenues to explore and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where some of these go and if there are other avenues waiting to reveal themselves down the way.  I imagine there are also going to be a lot of challenges but like the man said, don’t anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen, right?

Besides my birthday, other things are happening this week.  If you've been following us on Instagram, you know that Ash and I are both participating in a test knit for Annie Haas that both of us are eagerly trying to finish up; mostly we both want to wear our sweaters but also because we both have castonitis.  I don’t know if it’s the time of the year or because all of our fave designers are releasing beautiful patterns, but it feels like both of us can’t seem to knit fast enough.  I mean, have you guys seen Andrea Mowry’s new Plump shawl? I haven’t had a chance try brioche as yet but this could be the shawl I try it on.

With all of the other things I’ve decided to make this year I might be short one Christmas sweater for the kids this year but I’m nervous about rushing it because it’s a cardigan that needs to be steeked.  I’ve never done it before and I don’t want to hurry and make a mistake I can’t recover from. I’ve also been eyeing my sewing machine quite a bit lately.  I don’t know why I second guess my ability to sew.  I was a sewer before I was any other type of crafter. I’ve been doing a lot of research and I think I’m about ready to try execution.  If it works out, I’ll be sure to post pictures but if it doesn’t then I’ll still post the pictures and we can laugh at them together.

That’s it for me for this week! As soon as we get the go ahead from Annie to make our finished sweaters public, you’ll see a post about them.  I’ve already asked Ashley if we can have a photoshoot together at Christmas, so we’ll have that to show you! Until we speak again PEACE to you and yours and as always, happy knitting!

 

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