April is one of my favorite months. It’s when the snow disappears (for the most part, we did have an odd blizzard the last few days of April lol) and it’s finally safer to walk Merlin without the fear of slipping on ice. It’s when the lake lot starts getting ready for all the summer activities. Flowers begin to bloom and the weather in Edmonton is at my ideal levels – never too hot or too cold.  

What have I been working on this month?

  • Shambala – Releasing May 17th
    Shambala – A new shawl design featuring Log House Cottage that has brioche, lace, and a lovely applied lace border. It made an appearance at the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic on April 27th. Shambala releases May 17th.
  • Soundwave – A new shawl design featuring Artfil Yarn that has tons of variety, colors, and is super wavy. It also made an appearance at the Artfil booth during the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic on April 27th. Artfil will be popping up in many other shows and Soundwave will be along for the ride. Soundwave is scheduled to release May 3rd.
  • Baubles – One of my many 2019 goals was to learn how to brioche. A skill I’ve been intimidated by for far too long. Joined by Janie (our French translator), Rebecca & Joy (two amazing members of the rhyFlower Knits Test Team) and Kelly of The Tangled Stitch shop (if you’re unfamiliar with her amazing bags, I’d suggest checking them out here.) We decided we would tackle Andrea Mowry’s Baubles shawl and that’s when it all happened. My new found love affair with brioche.
  • Pockets Full of Cloves – A sock pattern I’m in the midst of designing/knitting up the sample for using Gingersnap
  • Samples of Toe-up and Cuff-down heel flaps for the book I’m writing. Yes! I’m writing a sock book!

What yarns have I been using this month?

What else has been going on in my world?

  • I’ve cracked into my “Body Boss” 12-week fitness guide! I am developing the habit of working out regularly, not something I have always been the best about. I’ve also cut back my coffee intake to just one a day and reduced the amount of sugar I consume as well to an almost nonexistent level. I really need to start taking better care of myself physically on top of all the mental stuff if I’m going to be of use to my loved ones and around for a long time.
  • My grandmother mentioned that she used to read all the time, and how she missed not doing so anymore. She seldom leaves the house, so going into a store to see what’s even out there to read is a task in itself. I have a relatively nice Stephen King collection here because I’ve truly been obsessed with him since childhood, so I offered her some books to read. Keeping in mind the storylines and what she may actually enjoy reading without all the gross stuff. When all was said and done, it came down to Misery and Dolores Claiborne. I explained to her that Kathy Bates was in both movies, did an amazing job, etc and she decided to try Misery. Let’s see how that goes!

My mental health Struggles

  • It’s no secret I suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. One of my 2019 goals was to seek help coping with the many things I’ve dealt with in my lifetime, so I reached out to a Therapist earlier this year. With therapy, I feel things are going well. I’m developing coping mechanisms for my anxiety, and have started the groundwork for something called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). My mind has been trying to protect me by making it, so I don’t remember a whole lot of things from my childhood, teens, early 20s, and a good chunk before Curt and I started dating (when I was being stalked, threatened, and harassed by my ex). Many of the things that have happened to me attribute to a lot of my anxiety issues, and avoiding my past isn’t making it so that I’m able to move forward in ways without having an abundance of anxiety when it comes to people.


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