Welcome back everyone! Guys can you believe that we’re in the middle of May already? What the hell?! Didn’t May just start last week? I’m going to let you in on a weird thing about me. This is the point where I start to get a bit sad. I love love long days and as they get longer there’s a little, annoying, voice in my head that says, “better enjoy it cuz the days are going to start getting shorter soon.” Isn’t that just like human nature that we can’t just enjoy what we have? Hilariously, it doesn’t matter what the temperature is on June 22 or that we technically have two more months of summer after that. As far as I’m concerned, it’s winter.
On the flipside, I am usually the first person to feel hopeful when the winter solstice is rolling around as well so credit where credit is due. I’m also always striving to being more present in the present so hopefully one of these days I’ll shut that little voice up for good. On a similar but different note, have you guys watched that Brené Brown special on Netflix called the Call to Courage? Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston who has spent her career studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I’ve watched it twice now, the first time to see what she had to say since I had not heard of her before and the second while I was building two balloon columns on the eve of my friends shower when I really needed her words to give me courage. I’m definitely planning on getting the Daring Greatly book but right after I finish reading Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. My life really has become that Ali Wong joke about how your 30’s are all about acknowledging that we’re terrible people and how can we turn this shit around.
I’m not sorry though. Like I’ve said before, radical empathy is the goal and the more I can root myself in wisdom and self love the closer I move towards that goal. I’m doing pretty good at withholding judgement. I mean, I fell down a little this week when I found out that people are still calling 911 to complain about being woken up by amber alerts but I don’t feel bad about that at all. Those people might not be complete jerks but that is some jerkish behaviour that we need to put a stop to immediately. I reserve my right to judge people for that.
Anyway, in knitting related news neither Ashley nor I have finished our respective Soldotna crops. I would love to say that we’re both still working on it but I was talking to Ashley this morning and she’s already choosing yarn for a new cardigan for herself and I am winding yarn for my test knit for Annie Haas (sometime known as @this.bird.knits). If you guys aren’t on Instagram (which I both encourage and discourage – so much stuff to see and learn but it will also steals hours of your life that you’ll never get back) Annie designed this gorgeous tee in our RSBSY singleton and as soon as she put out the testing call on Instagram (one of the things Instagram is good for) I jumped at the chance. After weighing her options Ash decided to cast on a new Throwback Cardigan by Andrea Mowry.
I’ve also shamelessly bought Joji’s new Night Out Cardigan and a crop top pattern called Tan and Tipsy by Rows and Rosé which looks like a super fun, extremely quick knit that I could possibly just churn out in a couple days and enjoy for the whole summer.
All of these knitting options means that I have not been sewing. Granted I’ve been recovering from a few weeks of crazy but I am starting to feel guilty about the fact that I have not returned to my sewing machine with under ten days to go until Prince Edward County. It is what it is I guess. Gonna have to make my peace with the fact that there are only so many hours in the day and I can only do so much with them.
One of the biggest pieces of feedback I received after Frolic was, “why is there no hot pink notions pouches?” I heard you guys so here is a sneak peak of things to come:
That’s it for me for this week! Wednesday I’m going to try not to be in panic mode but I definitely can’t make promises. Feel free to come back and check though. Might be worth a laugh. Until then PEACE to you and yours and as always, happy knitting!