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Happy New Year - 2019 Edition

Chantal Ratnam

Posted on January 02 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  WELCOME BACK EVERYONE! I hope that everyone had an amazing holiday season and that we have all entered into 2019 energized with new goals!  I have been meditating on my new goals for a while now but they're all kind of just floating in my head but I haven't had a chance to sit still and really formalize them and put them on paper.  Rather than my normal, eat right, excercise more standard resolutions I think I've decided to try a new approach.  I found this awesome post on lavendaire.com (image posted below) about self discovery and I'm going to sit with it for a few days and really reflect on what I want 2019 to be about.  

One thing has been weighing on my mind a lot though. I want 2019 to be the year I merge the inner me and the outer me into one person.  Do you know what I mean? You know how you have parts of yourself that you hide from the world for all sorts of reasons? Well I don't want to do that anymore.  I've been thinking about it and I've decided that having two separate selves has allowed me to cop out in lots of little ways either from fear or just plain, old, laziness.  In any case, I've decided that if the goal is to live as authentically as possible, I, personally, can't do it with two selves.  

In other news, maker Christmas actually went really well.  There definitely was a few things that didn't get done, either because there was no time or I just forgot, which was convenient because if I had remembered I probably would have stressed a lot more.  Despite this, everyone got the one key hand made thing that I planned on.  My mom got a project bag, Ashley got a circular needle holder, and the girls each got a notions purse, which was super adorable because the end result was little Paige running around the house for three days singing, "I want to knit!" which meant her mom had to sit and teach her how to knit.  She was actually pretty good too.  It's probably a little self serving but I really hope she sticks with it.

I also made these gorgeous tutu dresses for the girls.  They turned out incredible which is hilarious because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.  I mean I literally couldn't figure out the right side of this lace fabric and poked myself with a hundred pins trying to figure out how to make it work.  I could totally feel Ashley's skepticism the whole time but in the end I managed to pull it together pretty well.  We moved the dining room table and Ash put on some music and the girls had a dance party while my mom, Ashley and I took as many pictures as we could. My poor concussed brain definitely paid the price the next day after straining my eye through my viewfinder on my camera but Paige telling me that it was the best day of her life made it absolutely worthwhile.  My brother even said he loved the pictures even though they're all a little dark and a little blurry.  

(Paige's sweater is a little on the big side but she'll grow into it.  Her favourite part? The buttons.)

Last year I think Ash and I managed to make it to bed before midnight but this year, even though I did a giant chunk of my wrapping before Christmas Eve I was still sewing on buttons on Paige's sweater around one in the morning. Mila, unfortunately, got an IOU instead of a Christmas sweater but, since her focus was on LOL dolls this year, she didn't seem to mind.  

 

(My first project bag for my mom!)

Ashley and I tried, desperately, to finish our test knits for Annie Haas and I think both of us are very nearly there.  I know that mid December we were both confident that we would have it done with ample time and then last minute Christmas prep happened and our progress slowed right down.  Right after this I'm knitting a baby blanket for my little cousin who is expecting her first baby in a couple of months.  I know that people are posting their knit nine's for 2019 but there is no way I can commit to that this early in the year.  My knit goals change with every new pattern release.  I definitely bought a few before Christmas and I made sure that I downloaded all of the patterns straight away so I wouldn't forget about them but even now I can't really remember what I bought.  I'm going to start prepping for Christmas 2019 straight away because I've come to realize that I lose serious track of time after August rolls around.

That's it for me for this week! I'm sure that I'll still be weaving in the ends on my Annie Haas sweater but I'm hoping to have a blog post about her sometime very soon.  Until we speak again, PEACE to you and yours and, as always, happy knitting!

 

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