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  • 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.

  • Baby Fernandes' Leafy Baby Blanket, Some Crafts and the Beginning of a Nurtured Sweater

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on February 07 2019

    Baby Fernandes' Leafy Baby Blanket, Some Crafts and the Beginning of a Nurtured Sweater

    Welcome back guys! It's day six of the #fiberuary challenge and todays prompt is about our fibre family and so today I’m feeling particularly nostalgic thinking about how mine has grown over the years.  I’m also reflecting on how crazy it is that I’ve got a fibre family wholly because Ashley decided to take up knitting seven years ago.  Knitting was not ever a thing I would have naturally migrated to.  Ash’s decision was to knit and mine was to follow her lead.  It’s crazy that a decision that seems kind of unimportant can set a whole new course for your life, open up new doors and communities.

    When I think of my family, it’s Ashley, my mom, a few close friends and you guys who come back and read my weekly ramblings every week but Ash will always be both fam and the origin story. Thank God too because I don’t know what I would have done these last five months without something to do. 

  • Free Downloadable February 2019 Calendar

    Ashley Ratnam

    Posted on February 01 2019

    Free Downloadable February 2019 Calendar

    Wahoo! We made it through January. Congrats lol

    Here is the calendar for February 2019 and I hope you like it. This month I am featuring our Essence Shawl knit with our Superwash Sport base in Navy and Rockin Peach. I will hopefully get a fresh batch of yarn up in the shop for you.

  • On Racism, Part 2

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on January 30 2019

    Ok guys so this is not the blog post that I originally intended to write today.  I originally planned to write about all of the handmades that I gifted to my cousin at her baby shower, starting a new sweater that has been on my to do list for awhile, the official launch of Rosarito by Annie Haas and maybe a couple of the other crafty things that I’ve been up to recently. All of that is going to have to wait, unfortunately, because the last couple days I’ve been overwhelmed by feelings of anger and frustration that I have not been able to reason or deep breathe away.

    Now part of me wants to let you know in advance that I promise, I PROMISE, not to turn this blog into my SJW soap box but the other 90% of me is screaming, “USE EVERY TOOL YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!!”  I guess after this blog post, if I feel like I still haven’t vented my spleen, maybe I’ll have to consider some other avenue to get that done.

    Guys last week’s blog post was the product of two weeks of careful thought on the topic of racism in our community and it came from a place that was kind of happy that this topic came up and that a lot of people were saying, “hey, racism in our community is no longer a thing we’re going to tolerate.”  I guess my happy place was in going through my feed and realising that a lot of the makers that I happen to follow are clearly progressive people with zero tolerance for this bullshit.

  • On Racism and Language

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on January 23 2019

    On Racism and Language

    Welcome back everyone! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since you’ve heard from me.  I didn’t intend to miss last week.  I had, in fact, been working on a blog post surrounding the conversation about racism and the knitting community that had been happening on Instagram a couple of weeks ago.  The problem was that no matter what I wrote, it didn’t seem to be the real thing that I wanted to say and since I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted to say I decided to think about it a little longer. 

    Conversations about racism can be very tricky and even now I’m hesitating about exactly how to phrase exactly what I want to say.  For me the difficulty lies in discussing racism without claiming hardships that are not mine to claim.  Yes, I’m a woman of colour, and absolutely yes, I’ve experienced racism but the racism I’ve experienced is not the same as the racism that Black and Brown people struggle against in the United States of America or the racism that our own Indigenous communities struggle against right here in Canada.  When I bear witness to those atrocities, I have to admit that I feel shame about complaining about some of the racism that I’ve experienced. 

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