The high energy has been palpable these past couple of days, leading up to the blood moon Lunar eclipse and inevitably on the East Coast, a storm. Sadly, we won’t be able to see the eclipse but of course it will still happen! So this morning, I am sending out positive affirmations and sharing a little bit about the past week, my attempt to send out that positive energy to you, dear reader.
January is quite honestly one of my favourite months. The quiet, the cold, the storms, the sense of new beginnings, resolutions! A whole year ahead of possibilities, stoking a fire, drinking hot things. It’s the time I start to seriously think about the new seeds we will sow. When we can walk along rivers and lakes! The world is transformed and I am grateful for this time. January is that relief after a whirlwind. The most poignant time to reflect and consider our lives. I’ve always felt like, it’s the one month that stands still (at least, in this part of the world).
Since I moved back to the East Coast after living in Toronto, I have regularly spent a week or so in North Eastern Nova Scotia in January. This year was the first time I actually drove Henry and I down on our own, which was a pretty big step for me (I got my drivers License as an adult and only slowly have eased into driving outside of PEI). We left in the morning, blasting my playlist and stopped briefly in Aulac. Once we reached Antigonish, Henry was starting to get restless, knowing she’s getting closer to the acres upon acres of forest and joyful running! When we finally arrived, my Mom had a steaming bowl of soup ready for me and it wasn’t long that we were wrapped in scarves and out walking the dogs in the woods <3
When I’m here, I spend a lot of times outdoors, without my phone, sitting by the river or beach and just thinking and watching birds. I had so many layers on and a huge parka that is one of my most valued possessions (and found at Value Village!), so sitting in the trees by running water in below 15 C was pleasant. I’m just so happy to get outside and still be with the chickadees and watch the moon rise above the hills. The solitude has me speaking to the wind and trees, happy as can be.
I managed to finish a couple of projects as well! The Rumpelstiltskin sweater being the most important! The true name of the pattern is Utsire by Rowan Designer, Sarah Hatton. You can find it in Rowan Magazine 52 and I believe it is also available for download on Ravelry. I made quite a few changes and didn’t follow everything (For instance, I used a 3 ply wool and smaller needles. I also didn’t follow the shaping and made the body longer). But, it is essentially the same sweater!
The wool is a super wash 3 ply wool by Belfast Mini Mills here on P.E.I. If you ever find yourself on the Island, I definitely suggest to go check it out! Jamie and I drove the 30 minutes from our house this summer, to be greeted by many chickens before entering the shop 🙂 The sweater only took 3 skeins to make. The cost of a skein was $12.50 so production costs of this lush knit was only $37.50 CAD! I actually have 3 left :’) It also looks like they will be opening an online shop in 2019, so hopefully this wool can be shipped right to your door!
So back home again, with a storm raging outside (it really is a lamb of a storm, we have seen way, way more wind and snow). I feel rejuvenated and excited about this strange life we all possess! My plan for the day is to update the Etsy Shop (will only take the whole afternoon with our slow internet, even though it’s only a couple of items!), disconnect from my phone afterwards and read to my hearts content while we are battered with the predicted ice rain.
Set your intentions tonight! Love, acceptance, creativity and confidence!
Blood Moon Blessings <3
Some music from my long drive if you’re so inclined…