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by the lakeside journal

adventurous wrap

In December, I found myself pulling out all of my knitting WIP's and feeling a little overwhelmed.  Many of them were tucked so far into the abyss of my knitting baskets I had almost forgotten about them.  I decided that it was time to start prioritizing and finishing the ones that I love.

The Adventurous Wrap by Ambah O'Brien was at the top of the list and became almost the only thing I knit on all month.  The first triangle was completed earlier in the fall and I had been happily knitting the second triangle when it became clear to me.... I had to finish it!  The reason for that was the yarn.  I had this beautiful kit from Nice & Knit and the colours made me so happy every time I looked at how they were working up all together.  

I finished it just in time to wear on Christmas Eve and have been wearing it a lot ever since.  It is the perfect project to use advent calendar yarn or mini's.  I'm so happy it is complete and it kicked off the start to my 2019 knitting goal which is to focus and finish WIP's.  

I have finished 2 more projects since and can't wait to share those with you as well. I'm feeling super excited to streamline how many projects I am working on at a time and also let go of the ones that don't bring me joy anymore.  I realized that in the last year or so, my tastes have changed a bit and that's ok.  

Here's to a year of knitting exactly what I want!  

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weekending with viola and the moon

My sweet friends Eric and Ramona invited me to tag along on an adventure to visit Emily Foden's lovely studio space from Viola Yarns.  We packed a picnic lunch, our knitting and made the 2+ hour drive to Mooresburg, Ontario.  Time flies when you are laughing with friends and enjoying the beautiful country roads of Ontario.

Viola HQ was as picturesque as I had imagined and I may have revisited thoughts of a country life after walking into the general store turned home and studio.  

The colours were just perfection and something beautiful was hidden in every nook and cranny of the space.  This wall with socks was particularly stunning and Eric informed me that Emily has a great sock pattern which I have since purchased here.  Emily was such a kind and gracious host and really blew me away with her colours and yarn bases.  She will also be releasing a book ithis fall which I am now very anxious to get my hands on.

Surely, the rain helped add to the mood (knitter's always seem to love a bit of rain, don't they?)

This little yarn tasting station was also brilliant!

Careful thought was put into each of our baskets and we left anxious to start new projects.

We were quite pleased at our forethought to pack a picnic lunch and the rain did not stop us.  We found a conservation area nearby with a covered picnic area and pulled out all sorts of delicious food.  If it wasn't so chilly, we may have stayed a little longer to knit.

I really didn't plan on purchasing so much, but it was a rare opportunity to acquire her yarn (and sometimes friends can be very convincing). 

In the end I chose this gorgeous fingering in a peach colour way to make a new shawl.  And the muted green BFL on the right is going to be a sweater.  I may also have one special skein that Eric purchased for me for a hat. It is super special to me and I will share more on that soon.

If you ever have the chance to get your hands on Viola Yarns, I highly recommend you do.

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