Hello!!! How are you all this Winter’s end?
It has been so long and I have so much to share. I have really missed sharing little snippets with you all so am excited to start again after what really seemed like to me – a short winter. And so, I am sat in the couch featured in the picture above, a recent Ikea haul during our trip to Halifax – so cozy with Turmeric milk, a candle lit and the pine outside only gently swaying! We are awaiting a wind storm tonight so of course that will change.
I thought I would start with this small post – Just a general overview of what has been going on – why I have been SO absent and to let you in on a few little things for the future.
February is such a short month to begin with, so I guess it’s not surprising that it simply slips from our grasp. I spent some of the month in Nova Scotia – with my Sister and her partner and then in the woods with my family and the dogs.
We walked in the woods – woods for the most part – frozen yet free of snow. The rivers running! One morning I walked in a mossy wood – the moss crunching under foot, nervous about damaging the forest floor. The next day, it was soft and plush as though it was a fresh spring day. Wearing my parka, I just lay down and stared up at the thin spruce trees with a dog occasionally licking my helpless face. I don’t really mind.
During my visit with my mom – she gave me a little stock of knits she has been compiling for the shop. She contributes to the shop as well, making some really beautiful things. I’m so happy she has chosen to do this because others can experience how special it is to receive one of her items! Before she would knit huge stocks for us all for Christmas – I would receive new mittens, hat, socks pretty well every Christmas. While I was in university and High School, I regularly (or in knitting world – regularly – maybe once a year) receive a handknit sweater – all of which I still have of course.
I wanted to just share some photographs of these handknit items – and will update the shop later today 🙂 I also have 2 handknit Lopi sweaters to put up and some fingerless mittens. One still needs buttons so probably within the next two weeks I will update the shop and post blogs about the making process and end result!
The other portion of the month I was covering a leave of absence at the library in town. She has returned to work now and I am only working casually so have so much free time again. I am so excited to have time to walk Henry, knit and plan gardens! My hope for this week is to blog a lot and join you all back on Instagram again. To start sowing a lot of seeds indoors and start a pretty intense spring cleaning. We have a long overdue bathroom renovation that must be tackled…. an infinite to do list.
There are some changes in Ways of Wood Folk for the time being… Meaghan won’t be able to make as much as she once did and we have to cut custom orders for the most part because there is a new member in our family <3 <3 <3…
**I saved the best for last **
We are very excited to let you know, the birth of Ronan Len Wilson, Meaghan and Reg’s newborn son! He was born on Saturday, March 3rd at 4 14 in the morning, the tail end of the full moon. I can not wait for the days to come to spend time with my nephew who is also on the East Coast – the first child of one of my sisters. To share a love of moss, bugs and shrubs 😉
Congratulations Meaghan and Reg, we are so happy for you <3 <3
And so! I hope you understand why I have taken a break from the social part of the internet – I am back and hoping to contribute a lot more. The shop will be open again today and I just am overwhelmed actually with so much to share. I’m also thinking of starting a new instagram – just for plants, moss, trees and bugs <3
I hope you have all been well – that the lengthening days are giving you sun drenched energy and a sense of revival!
Be well friends, be well 🙂
Ronan is an Irish name meaning “Little Seal” – the term used for Selkie’s human children in folklore and just a beautiful name!
Len (Short for Lenton) is the name of my Grandfather who emigrated to Montreal in the 1930s from Dunfermline, Scotland. He is much loved.