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OFFICIAL FROLIC 2019 COUNTDOWN

Chantal Ratnam

Posted on April 17 2019

Welcome back everyone!! It has been a spectacularly crazy week and then the Toronto Knitters Guild reminded me that it’s 10 days until Frolic!  Have you ever been sublimely excited and riddled with anxiety at the same time?  That’s how I feel.  It is a bewildering sensation.  Unlike the past Wednesdays, today I feel keenly aware that we have hit the middle of the week and that my productivity days are very limited. 

 

I woke up this morning feeling hopelessly frazzled by the myriad of things that I have to do in a very short window of time.  The end result was that I spent the morning anxiously dashing from one half started task to the next until I finally threw my hands up in defeat and took myself to a yoga class so that I could recentre.  Have I ever told you about the miracle drug that is yoga? I never want to go and I’m always thrilled after I’m done.  I was so rejuvenated when I was done, and it’s such a beautiful day out that I came home, took a long hot shower, shaved off my winter fuzz (is that an overshare?) and chose a daytime people outfit that wasn’t just about comfort. I’m feeling so cute I may actually take a selfie.

I know Ashley is also crazy busy as well with the final Frolic prep and I absolutely can’t wait to see her this weekend when I travel up to Ottawa to see what she’s been up to.  I am not going to lie to you guys, I have my eyes on a couple fabulous patterns right now and I have every intention of snagging some pretty yarn before everyone else.  I don’t even feel bad about it.

 

One of the patterns that I’m currently eye balling is Annie Lupton’s Elephant Promenade which has several things going for it.  First and foremost, it has elephants.  Have you seen these elephants?  They’re totally adorable.  I’m absolutely weak for them.  Second, it’s fingering weight which means I don’t need a half dozen skeins of yarn AND I can wear it for a few more weeks before it gets too hot for that.  Finally, if I cave and buy the pattern before April 30th20% of the profit will go to Save the Elephants.  I already know I’m going to cave but right now, I’m still in the, “let’s be fiscally responsible,” phase that generally precedes a shopping spree. 

My little maker brain has been on overdrive for the last couple of weeks so that I have sooo many projects on my wish list that I don’t know where to start, or what’s even feasible. For those of you who are on Instagram, I’ve been following along with Andrea Mowry’s #TODAY’SKNITOUTFIT where everyone has been posting how they wear their knits with a lot of envy.  I love to knit but rarely wear anything knit related. I’m thinking of jumping on board with this movement just so I can change that.  I mean, the whole point of slow fashion is to curate a thoughtful wardrobe right? Frequently my problem is that even though I really love something that I’ve made, I don’t always love it on my body.  I’ve recently come to realise that that is a direct result of a lot of internalized fatphobia that I really need to work through.

 

One of the things that I really want to knit this summer is a knit tank top.  I’ve had my eye on a few so I think that I will try to make an effort to find one that I will feel comfortable wearing on my body. I have a few on a short list but if you have any suggestions I will absolutely welcome them!

Tomorrow represents the last prep day that I have before three whirlwind weekends.  This weekend is Easter weekend and John and Paige’s birthday, then it’s Frolic and then I have the great privilege of decorating for a friends baby shower which I’m super excited for.  I have to constantly remind myself to go slow and take rest so that I don’t over exert myself but it is so hard when there is so many fun things to do. Rest when we’re dead, right?

Anyway, that’s it for me for this week!  Have a very happy long weekend.  For those of you who are travelling, please be safe! PEACE to you and yours and as always HAPPY KNITTING!!

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