I am so excited about the Edmonton Fibre Frolic. I was so disappointed earlier this year when I had to cancel my trip to the Biggar Fibre Fair the only fibre festival in Saskatchewan.
But now plans are in place for a road trip to Edmonton, Alberta! I have signed up for a workshop about the History of Wool production in Canada taught by Anna Hunter from Long Way Homestead that is located just outside Winnipeg. I have been following her on Instagram for a while and I belong to her breed of the month club. I am so excited to learn more about this topic.
I am making a list of all booths that I want to visit, I am excited to chat with all the maker's in person.
Since I was making the trip to Edmonton I wanted to invest myself into this experience so I am also volunteering at the Gathering Threads Social Lounge. That is where you fill find the food, photo booth, social games and a place to lounge and start creating with your new yarn. 😊 You can find me there on Sunday from 3-5pm, please stop by and say "Hi!"
If you want to join in on some more of the fibre fun you can check out the daily virtual festival on YouTube! I will be the guest tonight at 7:00pm CST. I am so excited to hang out with Holly and Deveter tonight to share about what has been going on in the Living Skies Fibre Studio and some exciting things that are coming up!
I hope you will tune in!
The Bernadette Cowl is a lightweight cowl that fits nicely under a fall jacket. It is an easy crochet pattern that works up quickly with its repetitive rounds, with a hidden seam.
The yarn is from the new Living Skies Fibre Studio Aspen collection.
Light Fingering weight, 75% Merino, 25% Nylon, 462 yards / 100 grams.
An easy chevron pattern that works up quickly.
Two sizes available in the pattern: lap blanket & throw.
Every year we know Christmas is coming. The date doesn't change - but it always seems to sneak up and overwhelm us.
This year I want Christmas to look different, I want it to feel different. I want to enjoy every second, I want to be intentional with how I invest my time and energy.
Several years ago we started a family tradition of walking into the wooded area behind our home and chop down a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. We string lights, hang a few handmade ornaments and it is our family tree.
We thought last year would be our last year of this tradition. Our oldest moved out a year ago, our youngest is in University so my husband and I were not planning on trumping through the snow in search of a tree.
One day my husband asked our youngest if she still wanted to go into the woods to find a tree this year. Her response was unexpected and hilarious, she stated matter-of-factly, "I'm offended that you would even ask!" She went on to tell us that she had already invited her boyfriend to join our excursion.
A few nights later our oldest and her boyfriend were over for supper and we invited her along for the Christmas tree hunt if she was interested and she immediately asked for the date and invited her boyfriend along as well. Now it is a Christmas experience that has extended to include our now family of 6 - or 8 if you include the dogs. 😁
What was a random idea a few years ago, is now apparently an expected part of the Carleton family Christmas.
This made me think about Christmas traditions in my family growing up and different experiences that stand out through my almost 5 decades on this earth. I remember waking up far too early on Christmas morning and trying to be quiet to not wake my parents. There was just something about the glow of the tree, and the sparkle of the tinsel that captivated me. I remember the Christmas Cantata's at church where I sang soprano with my aunt. The Christmas Panorama in the park, and the families all together, filling our bellies with potluck and recovering from turkey coma with endless games of cards.
As I sat and smiled at the thoughts of Christmas past, I continued to paused and think of Christmas present. What Christmas memories will be created this year?
If you have attended any of my journaling workshops - you know I like to put paper to pen and ask questions. So if you click on the button below you will receive your Christmas worksheet with two questions to ask yourself.
What are your memories and traditions of Christmas past? And what do you want this Christmas to look and feel like? As you answer the questions think of it holistically- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
By investing a few minutes to answer the questions you will find that you choose to live more intentionally this Christmas. It doesn't need to overwhelm if we approach it with the right perspective. Have a very merry Christmas!
I would love to hear about some of your Christmas memories and traditions - share them on Instagram and be sure to tag me @carolyn.carleton.
I thought I would share a little video with you today about what I have been learning on my journey in 2021.
I would like to introduce you to Corliss.
Corliss Rassyle is a Canadian inspirational speaker, a certified leadership coach, motivation expert, and the Founder and CEO of Corliss Co. Consulting Inc. She is also the best-selling author of the book Lead Your Life; How to Live With Purpose, Passion, and Confidence and the host of one of Canada's most popular self-improvement podcasts, Conversations With Corliss.
Through her Company, Corliss helps people connect to purpose to rise up and be all they can be. In a relatable and down to earth way, Corliss influences everyone around her to see their value, recognize their potential, and use their uniqueness to positively influence others. Corliss has an energy and enthusiasm for life that is contagious. She leaves you feeling like you can do anything and then provides you with tools to make it happen!
I had the opportunity to share my journaling passion on her podcast Conversations with Corliss 😃
If you stop in on her website you can receive the first four chapters of her books when you sign up for her email encouragement list!