Momma’s Got Her Groove Back

Well, that was close. For near on two weeks, I completely lost my knitting mojo. Maybe it was the endless winter, or maybe I had done the same pattern over and over too often, but I couldn’t bring myself to pick up the needles. Or the loom. It felt over. Nothing inspired me.

So, I sat back a bit, reduced my steady diet of social media and dug into reading.  I went to the conservatory, listened to music, took myself out for coffee and hung out with my family. And didn’t you know it, I found myself looking through my Ravelry library for something new.

And here it is…the Ndebele hat, based on South African motifs. When I bought this pattern a little while back, profits were going to the Ebola elimination effort. So, not only does it look great but it feels great to knit as well.

  

Momma’s back. Life is good.

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What’s with All the Hats and Scarves?

Today, in the frozen land that is Central Canadian prairie, the daytime temperature made it to the
lofty high of -21 C, with a windchill of -29. Just a little frosty, and even that pales in comparison to Northern Manitoba.

I’m not complaining (okay, I am) but this is pretty much standard fare for these parts, where cold descends in November and dissipates in April, give or take a May blizzard.

Hence the preponderance of warm woollies in my Etsy shop. But just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we have to dress in ten layers of clashing woollens–no, we can be fashionable AND warm. And warm doesn’t always mean bulky either. With lightweight options like alpaca and llama, outerwear can be sleek and stylish.

Fibre from the camelid family (alpaca, llama, camel and the like) is not only lighter-weight but is up to seven times as warm as sheep’s wool–and is often better tolerated by those with allergies to the lanolin found in sheep’s wool.

Alpacas…more than just pretty faces.

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