Shakespeare was a smart dude!

I know that sounds pretty funny but, seriously. I heard one of his quotes today: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” If you think about that for a second or two, it’s his pretty way of saying that we all hold the key to our respective destinies. Kind of huge right? It blows my mind a little bit. What does that mean exactly?

The last year and a bit, for me, my destiny has been to travel. I’ve been to so many places: Chicago, California, NYC, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Jordan, PEI, and lastly, Peru. Some big trips and some small trips. Loved every one of them for their own special reasons.

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Machu Picchu ,Peru

BUT, I also got lost somewhere. The reasons for this is not important. What is important is that I see it and know I need to do something about it.

I realized that I now need to learn to stand still. It came to me when the thought of not having plans to travel for the week I have off in the beginning of December terrified me. A whole week off, wasted. Can you imagine? I couldn’t. Until someone pointed out that my fear was not rational – a little nudge towards a wake-up call.  So, here goes: a week off with no plans to travel. What to do instead?

I started knitting again in a big way when the Christmas orders started coming in. And at some point, I fell in love with my creativity again. There’s something exciting about thinking of something in your head and being able to make it happen with your hands and some yarn. It makes me feel like a genius! Being creative makes my heart smile.

This headband is a modification of a pictures someone sent me.  And probably a future pattern.

This headband is a modification of a picture someone sent me. And probably a future published pattern of mine.

One of my next patterns.

One of my next patterns.

Christmas orders.

Christmas orders.

Baby gift made with my handspun.

Baby gift made with my scrumptious hand spun.

An idea in my head that I made into a cup cosy.

An idea in my head that I made into a cup cosy.

Pattern I wrote for this hat I love.

Pattern I wrote for this hat I love.

Yoga. I need to get back to yoga. I feel more connected to my body and my soul when I keep up a regular practice. I rolled out my mat this morning for the first time in months. Boy am I tight all over!! Amazing how little time it takes to undo how far I had come and how strong and supple my body had become. This morning, I felt like a brittle, and tight old lady. Hahahah. It’s a start though.

I’m also thinking of giving knitting lessons or workshops in the new year. I’ve never really taught before and I fear I will lack patience. When something is so natural to me, I find it difficult to comprehend that it is not easy for everyone. I don’t want to scare people away from knitting or crochet because I suck at teaching it.

I also want to start publishing more patterns (see above). I’m always making things without patterns but very rarely write anything down. I’m going to start. A few extra $ will help me when I start traveling again.

Tomorrow is December.  That means Christmas is coming.  I’ve hated Christmas since I started having to share my son for the holidays (1999).  It’s just not the same when you can’t wake up with your child on Christmas morning.  In 2011, a friend of mine gave me a beautiful (and hilarious) memory for Christmas.  This year, I really want to make it feel like Christmas again.  I put up a tree for the first time in eight years.  I also plan to put thoughtful gifts for the people I love under that tree.  I’m very excited.  I am also scared it won’t be what it am hoping it will be.

THE Christmas tree of 2014!

THE Christmas tree of 2014!

"J" for Jacob.

“J” for Jacob.

This little thing is 38 years old.

This little thing is 38 years old.

Shakespeare had another really good one:  “Expectation is the root of all heartache.”  I will try to remember this as I navigate the holidays.

In case I don’t write again until the new year (which is very likely if I’m being realistic), Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.

I’m Home!

I’m so happy to be home.  Words can’t even describe how wonderful it feels.  This house (even though it’s just a house) makes me feel grounded and surrounded by peace.  It’s good for my little ol’ soul.

Jordan was amazing in more ways than one.  The scenery was breathtaking.  But the best part was the people.  We built a house in a small village.  Every night, we had dinner in one of their homes.  They were truly warm and beautiful people.  I’ll have to go through my pictures at some point and post a few.

In the meantime, this is what I’ve been up to.

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Enjoying my space.

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A little painting.

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Setting up new outside furniture (I’ve always wanted Adirondack chairs!).

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Enjoying time with my new roomie.

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BFF tattoos.  A bit cheesy, I know.  But it makes me smile every time I look at it.

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My son the rock star.  Love him to pieces and so proud of him.

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Started a new 30-Day Yoga Challenge.  Woohoo.

Life is great!

The Countdown is ON.

From 52 sleeps to now 13 sleeps until I leave for Jordan.  It sort of snuck up on me to be honest.  I found myself looking at my schedule last week and thinking that I needed to move my arse and start getting my things ready.  Between work and the rest of my life, I don’t have too much time left to get ready.

As soon as I finish this blog post, I’m going to dig up my suitcase.  Yeah!

It’s gearing up to be a very busy couple of months.  Right after my trip, I’ll be moving back home.  Yahoo!  My tenants bought a house and will be gone by the time I get back – a month early.  Even though it hit me a bit below the financial belt, I can’t wait to go back home.  This means I get to enjoy the whole summer.  I’m so excited.

BUT, I will admit that the thought of not having money to travel anymore, once I’m back home, really lets the air out of my balloon in a big way.  I’m giving myself until October, after Peru, and then I will decide if I’ll put the house up for sale.  I LOVE my house.  But if it costs me my freedom to travel, I don’t know if I can sacrifice that.

This is what I’ve been up to:

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Dying silk hankies for Bonnie’s workshop.

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Finishing and sending off Susie’s Annis Shawl.

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Teaching my sock knitting workshop.

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Going to the spa with the girls.

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Our fourth annual guild spinning retreat.

Now I’m off to pack.

Rambling on a Sunday Morning…

52 sleeps until I leave for Jordan!  I’m so excited.  I’m also a bit nervous.  It is a completely different world than we’re used to here in Canada and the US.  I’ll have to read my little manual again – I need to remember not to shake a man’s hand until he presents his first.  Never go out alone as a woman.  Wear clothes that cover most of your body.  Yikes.  BUT, I can’t imagine how amazing this trip will be.

To all those who helped me out with donations, thank you.  You guys ROCK!

On another note, I’ve been busy.  I always say that don’t I?  It’s true though.  I’m not making excuses.  :)

Since the end of March, I finished up a few orders.

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I went from wearing boots to wearing my flip-flops.  This makes me very happy.  It is, however, evident that I need a pedicure in a big way.

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I’m teaching a sock knitting class in May.  I went on the site and got really excited when I saw my name there as an instructor.  I’ve been working on my class materials every since.

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I finally finished my Annis for Susie.  This was supposed to be a birthday/thank you gift but October has come and gone.  I missed the boat.  Now it gets to just be a thank you gift.20140427-082712.jpg20140427-082730.jpg

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I’ve also adopted a new craft, I think.  Last weekend, I went up north to visit my good friend Christine, who is a quilter.  Long ago, when we met, I asked her if she would help me make my first quilt.  She accepted and off we went.  She even got all my fabric.  She had sent me some fabric options and I was just completely overwhelmed.  I don’t know how people pick so many fabrics and make such beautiful quilts.  I would probably have just picked a bunch of fabrics that I liked and they would have made a really UGLY quilt.  Hahaha.  In come Jelly Rolls!  I love those.

Thank you Chris for taking care of all the overwhelming stuff.

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The top is done.  The bottom is done.  I’m heading back up there next weekend to put the pieces together, get them on the rack and start quilting – by hand.  We’re doing it old-school!  I can’t wait.

Lastly (for today), I got word from my tenants that they’ve purchased a house.  They’ll be leaving a month early.  Which is starting to look like the month I’ll be using to fix up the house before I move back in.  Since I’ve been gone, so many things have gone wrong over there.  It feels like the house is falling apart.  I’ve never had any major problems when I was there.  Apparently, all these little things decided to wait until I was gone to crap out.  I just can’t wait to get in there and take care of my beloved house.

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Today is going to be a great day!  I’m going to hang out with some of the spinning guild girls to dye sink hankies for Bonnie’s workshop on the 24th.  How about that!?

Have a lovely week everyone.

Oh, and if anyone is interested in the workshops mentioned above, go sign up!

Twistle Guild of Glengarry - here’s the link.  You can have a look at all the workshops.  Registration has been extended.

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