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    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on March 20 2019


    Welcome back everyone! HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!! It’s been a couple of weeks since we chatted.  Last week John, Ashley and the girls came down to Toronto and we had a pretty standard visit.  Ash and I knit, the girls played and met their new cousin and my bro acted like he was being tortured until I actually want to torture him.  I’m joking.  Kind of. My meditations on my sibling relationship can probably be saved for another day though.


    In other news I started a little Etsy store! Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere.  Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn will always be my first love but since I have recently found myself with some time on my hands I decided to try something new.  I made the announcement on Saturday on Instagram with just a handful of notions pouches that I’ve been working on over the last few months.  I did not expect the response that I got from my Instagram family.  Within 24 hours all of my little pouches were sold out!  I’ve never been so excited in my life! I did a little happy dance and ran to my sewing machine to start making more when I had a concussion brain moment where I forgot that this isn’t a brick and mortar store where people buy something and go on their merry way, I actually have to mail things out.


    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on March 06 2019


    Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone had a chance to check out our mitten tutorial and download our March calendar!  I do have a bit of bad news from this weekend.  My cousin couldn’t make our photoshoot which means I still don’t have pictures of my Nurtured sweater for you guys.  Guess that’s what can happen when your model still has to ask her moms permission. That’s ok because ASHLEY is coming down this weekend and, worse comes to worse, I’ll make her model for me!

    I am super excited for March break.  I haven’t seen my nieces since last month when I went down for the shortest visit ever and I can’t wait to get my cuddles in.  Yesterday, I woke up with the tiniest tickle in my throat and immediately after the first cough I made myself the biggest ginger lemon tea and I’ve been guzzling it since.  There’s no way I’m getting sick now. 

    I know Ash is also looking forward to coming up for a visit as well since she’s finally going to get to cuddle our brand new baby cousin, Olivia, who is the most adorable baby girl ever. Or at least since the last time I said that.  Of course, since my cousin, Niska, gave birth all of the aunties, cousins and my grandmother have swung their heads towards me to ask when it’s going to be my turn.  My mom, who would love for me to have a baby but has generally stayed quiet on the topic, even sent me an article about how doctors have finally agreed that it’s perfectly normal to have a kid after 35. I’m like, can we please focus on the brand new addition to the family for a little while before we steal her moment?

  • Free Downloadable March 2019 Calendar

    Ashley Ratnam

    Posted on March 02 2019

    Free Downloadable March 2019 Calendar
    Here is the calendar for March 2019 and I hope you like it. This month I am featuring a past WIP of Chantal's (now finished) knit with our Superwash Sport base in Dark Mauve, Ava and Sea Shells. There is a bunch of ready to ship sport weight in the shop for your making pleasure. 
  • Convertible Mitten Tutorial

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on March 01 2019

    Convertible Mitten Tutorial

    Welcome back everyone! Guys we are officially in MARCH, 9 days away from daylight savings time and 19 days until Spring. Unless you ask Google who will tell you Spring is today.  I don't want to hear that.  I know realistically that all of the snow out there is not going to disappear today.  It's way more realistic to hope that it will disappear in 19 days.  (And no I definitely don't want to be reminded that I flew home from India mid April last year in the middle of a snow storm.)

    If you guys follow us on Instagram you may know that I finished my Nurtured sweater BUT I'm not sharing that with you this week because I hired my 15 year old cousin to model it for me this weekend.  When I say hired I mean I said, "hey cousin, I need some pictures," and she said, "hell ya!" because she's 15, exceedingly pretty and I think the only thing she loves more than a photoshoot is, maybe, puppies.  Maybe.  I probably shouldn’t out her like that but I love to tease her.  Aaliyah is equal parts my cousin, my baby sister and as close as I’m probably gonna get to motherhood so I make up for it in other ways.

  • Nurtured, an Update

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on February 20 2019

    Nurtured, an Update

    Welcome back everyone.  I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and I apologize.  To be honest, February has just been an off month altogether which is pretty normal for me but throw in a few extra doctors probing my brain and my energy level has hit a level of depleted that I didn’t know existed. It’s ok because I checked the 10 day weather forecast and, not only is there a lot of positive temperature weather here in Brampton,  March 1st appeared on the bottom of that list.  Thank God.  I am deeply craving long days and sunshine on my face. 

    This part of the year is always my favourite because you can see signs of everything just looking up. Yesterday, driving home, I glanced at the time, and felt immediately thrilled because it was 6:25 and the end of the sunset was still fading from the sky. And there is so much more to anticipate.  I guess that’s something that we get to have that people who live further south don’t get. Sure, they get warm weather all year long but they don’t get the joy of anticipation.  Plus, their days are short all year round.  That amount of sameness would not work for me.  I like the ebb and flow of the seasons.  I feel like it’s much easier to measure time that way.

    So what have I been up to since we last spoke?  I have been plugging away at my Nurtured sweater and while I started out with pure love for it, my love has changed a bit.

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