Gifts

Now that Yule is all done, and all the gift giving done, I wanted to share the rest of what I knitted for Yule this year 🙂 I made some interesting things I have never knitted before, including the stranded items I made for my MIL, a scarf hoodie, and my first finished shirt (I’ve got one and a half sleeves left on the sweater I began in the late summer for myself :P).

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A cowl, tam, and mitts for my SIL

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A hoodie scarf for my sissy

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And a very colourful sweater for my niece 🙂

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Sleeve detail

My mama’s sweater will be done soon, Re: this is why I’m starting way early for this years coming Yule! But she doesn’t mind, she’s always put us kids first, so from the very beginning of my knitting frenzy she said to knit hers last. It’s quite a lovely dark blue, and I’m doing cable work with it.

I love that this year has had me do some knitting I’ve never done before: colourwork, double-sided knitting, and sweaters/shirts/things other than socks, scarves, and mitts. It’s been great, and I’m excited that I have more tools under my knitting belt now!

December is Quiet Online

Norwegian style hat, mitts, and scarf I made for my MIL.

Norwegian style hat, mitts, and scarf I made for my MIL. The scarf is reversable.

At least for me, since I’m spending so much time preparing for Yule. I’ve been knitting almost non-stop since December rolled in. In November it was lots of writing and knitting, now it’s knitting and thinking. I am definitely going to get back to writing when things have died down and my Yule gifts are finished as this story desperately wants to be put down on paper. DESPERATELY. I think on it often, seeing what needs to change in order to make things fit, but knowing that as I write it, I will not go back to edit until it is done.

So this is a rather rambly post, please forgive me for that! I have been quite tired as of late. But I am excited for Yule, I have some things planned out this year for Mother’s Night, the Solstice, and then there’s the family Christmas dinner on the 26th, and New Year, and then another Christmas dinner with the Man’s family on the 3rd. I am thinking there are daily things to be observed during the 12 days of Yule. Nothing super ostentatious, but I am happy for it nonetheless. I am also happy for our first Yule season back with family, though I am missing my Vancouver chosen family and think of them often lately.

I suppose this is a catching you up with where I am at kind of post. Yep.

There is also something that is on the horizon for the next year that I am excited, scared, but really delighted about in a few different ways, that could come to pass for me. You will know when it is time, for now, it’s for me to let happen in its own time, that is if it does happen. I’m so vague. Good Gods, I should have just stopped this post before I started.

So as far as my Yuletide plans, there is some apple-cider jelly to be made, a gingerbread house and cookies, and some Scottish shortbread. Then I believe for New Year’s day, I will be making us some duck. Yum. I miss duck. But it truly is a treat. And right now, it’s knitting, mostly. So I shall get back to that and bid you à les dieux.

The Yggdrasil Blanket

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It’s all done. Has been for about two weeks. This took so much time, but I am very happy it’s done and that I have it now to send me off into sweet dreams, or revealing some messages I’m being sent.

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There has been some serious increase in the amount of meaningful dreams I’ve been having, and a decrease in not so nice dreams.

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I also am one of those people who like to meditate laying down, so this is just a perfect blanket all around!

Pagan Blog Post – K is for Knitting

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As with most things, knitting can be a magical pastime. As you knit, you weave in the energies you wish whoever will use the item will be surrounded by, especially if it’s a blanket or sweater that can enfold someone inside it.

Right now I am knitting a blanket for our bed, putting in my magic of love, comfort, rest, protection, and a link to the world tree, Yggdrasil, while dreaming. I will post pictures later when it is finished.

Weaving and fiber manipulation of all sorts has long been a traditional woman’s craft and magical craft, as again, much love and energies are generally poured into said craft as most things take at least a few hours to create. This leaves time for quiet meditation, contemplation, and focus on the magic you wish to put in.

Think of the usual handmade sweaters, booties, and caps that are gifted when someone has a baby. How about those new mittens mom or Gramma would knit you each year as the weather turns cold. It is the warmth of love and the wishing for us to remain safe and healthy that we feel when we put on those mittens, or think about our favorite scarf when we were kids.

Phew!!

Wow, the past week has been awesome, busy, and tiring in the best of ways! First, I was asked by my coven to be to help in a public ritual for Imbolg this past weekend. It was amazing! The use of music and pre-recorded bits sounded fantastic and added such impact to the whole thing! Unfortunately, I called water a bit too well, and the toilet flooded. Such is life as a witch. Time for honing in on the energy flow!! In the end, there was some really awesome energy built up for the God to bring us a boon. Even my non-pagan partner had a good time at his first ritual. Needless to say, we were exhausted (me up until Wednesday!), but it was that blissful, post-sex sort of exhaustion 🙂

Then on Tuesday night, the 101 class had our final class/ritual. It went well, and I’m so happy for us, and sad that we won’t be meeting every week anymore; it was a good group, and some interesting conversations ensued. I’m especially thankful for my teacher, she is just amazing, and I am so happy to have met her!

Wednesday night… the best night of the week… I was dedicated into a coven! It was such a lovely ritual, and I’m so happy that I get to circle with the wonderful people in it. The HPs is in fact my 101 teacher, and I just cannot tell you how elated I am that I get to circle with her, but amazing people I have met through her. Sigh… I am feeling so much love!! Which is in fact a very appropriate feeling as Valentine’s day approaches!

In other, awesome, but not as awesome news, I have knitted my first pair of socks (pictures will come). They turned out pretty well, but I’ll also have to hone that skill as well! Everyone’s getting socks for Yule this year!! Lol.

For You Canadians…

So, I have been a busy, busy bee! As it seems I always am as of late! There’s been cleaning, and transcribing, and rewriting, and organizing, and sewing myself a ritual robe, and knitting… lots of knitting!! I haven’t even finished my pillow covers yet, when I decided to make the robe, that kind of took over. It didn’t take too long, mind you, even though I hand sewed the whole thing! Then I found Ravelry, found this gorgeous pattern for socks that reminds me of what LOTR elves would knit; and ever since, I’ve been knitting. And unraveling…. and knitting some more. Here it is in a few stages up till now.

Anywho… what I really wanted to talk about was all this Sopa and Pipa nonsense, well, the Canadian equivalent. Bill C-11. May I just say, WTF?! If you go to this article here, you can tell the government HELL NO! Just a little taste of what to expect… all of Sopa and Pipa’s bullshit, plus: we aren’t allowed to copy our music from CDs over onto our mp3 players, no more PVRs, you can’t unlock a smartphone to be able to use it with another phone company.

Now, normally I stay out of politics because for the most part, most things don’t really affect me; but this is retarded. This bill affects pretty much everyone and their dog, they’re just asking for more useless “crime” to happen, and for us to spend more tax dollars on keeping us from committing what they want to be “crimes”. Now, I have been known to download a few things here and there, but the thing is, if I really like what’s being put out there, I will support the artists by buying their work. I don’t want to go out and buy something that will turn out to be utter crap. You don’t buy a house without first taking a look inside the whole house. And that may be taking things a little far as a few tenners don’t compare to the hundreds of thousands spent on a home, but it’s the same principle.

All these bills will do is just stupidly spend more of our money by making it a crime to enjoy the arts. Wow… bravo US and Canada, of all the things you could figure out, you decide that our entertainments were the thing to attack. How about do something about the f**king bankers basically ruling over the world?? Oh, and for us Canadians going to school… a bank doesn’t have to have the actual money to back up a student loan they give you… so that means that you pay them all the money they lend you PLUS interest. Yep. Bravo.

New Year, New You – Something I’ve Been Putting Off

Well, in a word, EVERYTHING. Lol, no clean yet, Yule decorations are still up, this past Sunday’s ritual didn’t happen (though I did have an impromptu Wednesday ritual). I’ve been so busy with my transcription and proofreading work (oh, did I tell you I’m working on sites like Fiverr now? Yes I am!), hand-sewing myself a new robe (which is almost finished), knitting pillow covers, reading a lot (I’ve got three books on the go right now), writing a “perfect spell” for my Wicca 101 class (well, it’s pretty much done, but there are some tweaks I’ve been making), and singing with my school’s Chorale.

Ok, so I’ve been busy, clearly, there aren’t many moments when I’m just sitting around doing something unproductive, it’s true. But I really want to get the apartment cleaned out! However, all the things I’ve been doing lately have some sort of timeline, some sort of due date! So if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been the past week and a bit, that’s what I’ve been doing!

I’m not saying all the work is a bad thing, in fact, I love having something to do, things to occupy my time that I feel are worth it 🙂

How have you all been doing?