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  • Soldotna - An Update Part 1

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on May 08 2019

    Soldotna - An Update Part 1

    Welcome back everyone! How is everyone doing? I’m not going to lie guys, I have been better. My dad has been gone for a week and I have come to the conclusion that I was not made to adult.  It’s been a crazy week and my house is basically an explosion of yarn, balloons, craft supplies and Easter treats.  I’ve decided that I really am like a cat.  I can generally get by on my own but someone definitely needs to check to make sure that I’m getting enough food and especially water, if possible clean the bathroom and while they’re at it, could someone please put the laundry away? The other day I looked my bougainvillea plant that had shed its blossoms all over the floor and legitimately thought, “huh, I forgot that did that.”

    Now if you’re thinking, “damn, she’s spoiled.” Yes.  Yes, I am. My dad likes things exactly the way he likes it and 37 years together has taught us that things work a lot more smoothly if we both stay in our respective lanes.  Staying out of his way is basically why I’m definitely in the top 10 of his favourite people.  If you guys are thinking that that should be a given, it’s not.  I’m not even assuming I’m in the top five because after his grandkids, his parents and his two sisters, there is definitely not room for me.  Truthfully, I think one of those sisters and I swap places on the list depending on which one of us is annoying him more but the other sister is pretty firmly situated.

  • Frolicked 2019

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on May 01 2019

    Frolicked 2019

    Welcome back everyone, it’s been a crazy busy week since we’ve been away and I feel as though I’ve been writing this blog post in my head for the entire time.  I guess first, and most importantly, FROLIC HAPPENED! It was so much fun!  Per usual it was an absolute blast seeing so many of my fave people in one place.  I think missing last year’s Woodstock show really made this one special.  It really highlighted how fast something you love can be taken away from you.   

    I was also super nervous about how this one was going to go down.  Was I going to be really anxious in the crowd?  How was my head and eyes going to react to all of that stimulation? I definitely got the answer to those questions and while it wasn’t pretty I was THRILLED that I had negotiated the day with relative success. It’s a surreal sort of experience when you get really excited about accomplishing something that you were previously able to do without thinking about.

    We had a couple of new things at the show!  Ashley made these little duet kits of two fifty gram skeins and they were a total hit!  I was absolutely eyeing up this teal/palm bay one.  These colours are totally my jam and this palm bay is only on the 50 gram skeins for right now.  I’m currently begging Ashley to put it on the Comfort Sock line for Prince Edward County but Ash totally knows that means I’m definitely going home with one.  These guys are perfect for Harlow hats because they really only need half a skein of each colour and these are paired so beautifully.  If you haven’t had a chance to join our HarlowKAL on the Facebook group you still have plenty of time!


    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on April 24 2019


    Welcome back everyone!! Today is a very sacred day.  It is officially my youngest nieces birthday and for some reason I’m feeling it a lot more than when the eldest turned five.  Maybe because there’s no little one coming up behind her.  Maybe it’s because she told me that I’m not allowed to call her my sweet baby anymore since she’s not a baby.  In any case, all I want to do is wrap her in my arms and squeeze her forever so she can’t grow anymore even though I know, logically, she’s only going to get more fun to hang out with as she gets older.

    We had her birthday party on Easter weekend and Ash went full party mode for this one.  There was cake and cupcakes and rice krispie treats and more sugar than ten kids should probably have in a year but they all had a blast. When you talk about mom’s who do it all, Ash is one of them.  We were up until 1:30 in the morning organizing decorations and Easter egg hunts only to be yanked out of bed at 6:30 by two super excited kids who’d had five more hours of sleep than we had. I don’t know how mom’s do this on a consistent basis.  On Monday night when I got home, I was in bed by 9:30 and knocked out just past 10. 

    I also love how kids wake up in the morning with the assumption that adults got just as much rest as they did and should be equally raring to go.  I don’t remember just when I stopped waking up at the crack of dawn to watch cartoons but I do remember when my parents started waking me up on Saturday mornings to do chores.  You know, even with years of practice that habit never stuck.  I still hate doing chores and totally maintain the position that weekends are for sleeping in.


    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.

  • Sewing Memory Lane

    Chantal Ratnam

    Posted on April 10 2019

    Sewing Memory Lane

    Welcome back everyone! I actually remembered that today is Wednesday and I am absolutely claiming that victory, and not because I spent half the day yesterday reassuring myself that it was Tuesday and not Wednesday. There’s nothing like being off of everyone else’s schedule to make you really appreciate that time really is a construct of our own making.

    This week’s blog post has both a super exciting thing and a not so great thing.  If you’re not a bad news first kind of person just skip to the bottom and I’ll get to the good stuff.  The bad news is I think I feel a rut coming on and not just a knitting rut, a makers rut.  I have no idea where it came from.  I have a few super cool projects pending and while I was excited to prep for them, all of that energy has sort of…. Deflated.

    I know the headaches are part of the problem and so is the crazy eye pain and all of the other symptoms but at the back of all of that stuff is this nagging little question: to what end?  Why am I doing all of this? It kind of just feels like I’m occupying time until somethinghappens.  I don’t know what that something is though.  Now that I’m putting it on paper, maybe it’s not a rut, maybe it’s just an existential crisis.  That’s what wine is for right?  Maybe I’ll try that and let you know how it goes.

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