Welcome back!

Today I talk about the year-long make along that I’m running from July 1st 2019 – July 1st 2020. It’s called #calmamongchaosMAL and welcomes all and any creative project (or, projects) that you’d like to work on over the course of a year. The focus of this make along is self love (with a view to filling yourself up first, so there’s enough goodness to spill over into other people’s life) and finding a quiet space of calm and peace amidst the often turbulent days we all face during our day-to-day life. With this in mind, perhaps choosing a project that you feel will have meditative qualities (I’m going to be starting a king size granny stripe blanket, which I think will offer the perfect fluidity and repetition for me to slip into and find some calm.). Whatever works for you, embrace it!

Please be sure to tag your projects on Instagram with #calmamongchaosMAL so that I can share them and together we can offer inspiration and support to anyone who might be needing some. I’ll be creating a Ravelry group shortly, so do pop over there in the coming week or so and join in. I’m hoping to gather together a few prizes for a giveaway at the end of our make along next year.

Granny Stripe Blanket

As I mentioned, as part of my make along, I’ll be working on a king size Granny Stripe Blanket for our bed – I can’t wait! For me, the prospect of a long, leisurely handmade project is one of the most blissful things ever. Just thinking about working with the various yarns and colours, the repetition of the beautiful patter, the audiobooks I’ll listen to as I work…oh! It’s just my absolute personal happy place and I look forward to sharing my progress with you.

I’m using the Attic 24 Granny Stripe Blanket pattern. However, on lovely Dani’s advice, instead of doing a chain before the foundation row, I did the Chainless Foundation Row which meant cutting out a bit of faff at the beginning (which I’m always a fan of…!) I’m using all fingering weight yarn and a 4mm crochet hook.

This is a wonderful project for using up bits and bobs of yarn you have left over from other projects, and of course, mini skeins were made for granny stripe blankets.

New-to-me-artist

It’s my parent’s wedding anniversary today, so I popped over to our local garden centre to have a simple, seasonal bouquet made up for them and also to buy a card. Well, I left with several cards because honestly, I couldn’t leave them. They are so beautiful. The artist’s name is Anne Mortimer and her illustrations have totally captured my heart. They speak to my soul’s longing of a little house and country garden, with chickens and wildflowers and fresh air!

She has an Instagram account (@annemortimerartist) and a website.

General Ramblings

In this episode I also talk briefly about the idea that if you don’t find a way to transform emotional suffering, you begin to transfer it. This was something I heard discussed on a Super Soul Sunday episode (by Oprah Winfrey – I highly recommend all and any of the episodes, they’re really wonderful and always thought-provoking.) You can find all the episodes on Spotify (and maybe iTunes, I’m not sure as I don’t use it). Since hearing it, I’ve recalled it numerous times, especially if I’m feeling negative about something and it’s effecting me emotionally to such an extent that it’s spilling over into my interactions with our children, our friends etc. When I catch myself doing it, I try to find space at some point in the day (usually in the evening, once the kids are in bed, or perhaps first thing in the morning) to focus my feelings into something that will ultimately transform them from negative into at least something neutral, but ideally, something positive. For me, this is where meditation comes into its own. It gives me the mental space to acknowledge my feelings, sit with them a while, try not to identify with them, and then let them pass. It’s a constant practice and I don’t always succeed first time, but that’s okay, I just give a little more time to those same negative feelings next meditation, until I’ve either accepted them and decided to let them go, or that I’ve found a way to use them positively moving forward.

I also mention my beautiful project bag by Kate from Loop and Bar. It’s one of my absolute favourites, her fabric choice and sewing skills are a force to be reckoned with! You can find Kate on Instagram as @loopandbar.

If you have any questions regarding the #calmamongchaosMAL or would like more information about anything I’ve mentioned, feel free to drop me a ling via the contact form on my website.

Thanks for watching!

Alice x

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