The stars are still out. Everyone is asleep while I sit by the fire in the basement. It’s been so rare lately that I get up before the sun but in these infrequent moments, I cherish it so deeply. It’s so quiet and still. Even with my music filling up the room.
January 2021 has already been… eventful to say the least. Our little microcosm seems to be replicating the chaos of the larger world out there. So, as always I’m searching for that sense of well being in nature and reading. When I’m out in the snow or experiencing a flow state from reading a book or drawing, I do think I’ve found it. A sense of peace and happiness! Focused work and being in nature really does wonders for my well being – I wonder if you feel the same?
I hope your January has been going well!
Here, I am taking stock of future projects. Trying to get a handle of everything that I want to complete and learn this year. Our house has been coming back into order after all the work so I can begin to focus that energy on developing skills 🙂
My phone has been largely just tucked away out of sight. After many years of working on untangling myself from social media addiction, I’ve found my happy medium. It comes down to going a week or so not logging on and then when I do, to spend a very little amount of time on it. So I apologize if I don’t respond quickly on there or if I just seem very absent. In truth, I am absent and very, very content about it! Liberating is a good word to describe how it feels 🙂 If you’re more interested in this journey and how I managed it, I’d be happy to write a post about how to disconnect. Like most good things, it takes time.
And so, disconnecting from online has given me so much more energy and time to devote to other things! I have a lot of projects that I will share with you.
Currently, I’m working on the above sock pattern. I am really loving these – they are so cozy! Knit with local Belfast Mini Mills sock yarn. I think the brown pair will go up in the shop when I get the pattern up as well. I knit a blue and gold pair but completely altered the pattern. I have plans to knit 2 more pairs before getting the pattern finalized and posted – both of which will be black as the main colour since I am still working on using my stash wool rather than buying (although I’m not actively not going to buy wool this year).
I also recently invested in a good scanner so that I can more easily make prints for the shop! This has been a huge obstacle to getting my art in the shop so finally, no excuses. The 2 drawings below have been sent away for archival Giclée prints. They should arrive in a couple of weeks (last time I ordered from them, it took a month so I will update when they are available in the shop). I’m so excited about this and have a couple of drawings on the go to create more. I’ll share more on those in my next Blog Update 🙂
My collection of linen fabric is also increasing. I’m torn at the moment over what to make. When I look up paper patterns that I like, they are so expensive and with shipping.. I just don’t really want to spend over 50 dollars on a paper pattern. So, I’m starting to watch videos and learn about using digital patterns. On our coffee table right now is 20 printed pages that once all taped together, is this dress pattern. It will be a good practice run I think and if it works out well, a pretty dress to have 🙂 If you’ve ever printed out a pattern at home and have any tips, please do tell me as I’m a total novice! I’m really intimidated by just piecing together the pattern >.<
A Few hours latter…
I set aside my blog to get out for a walk while the sun rose. It was minus 9 degrees Celsius but without a breath of wind so not too cold. As I drove up to the trail, I passed a massive eagle sitting in a tree, so still and majestic! I always strain my neck to get a look at birds when I’m driving, marveling at how large eagles are! There were fresh snow mobile tracks for us to happily walk on without sinking into the snow. It was a very nice way to start the day, all fresh and new – much like the moon tonight!
When I was driving home, I couldn’t believe it but the eagle was sitting in the exact spot!
I’ll leave you with a couple of videos I took of our walk the other morning ❤
I hope you take time for yourself this week!