Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March Obsessions

Obsessions - Pinks

Does this ever happen to you: you're all "YAY!!  It's Spring!!", but your body is all "oh crap no!  Not Spring!!"?  Cause that's what's currently going on with me.  I love that Spring is here.  I really, really do.  I love that when I wake up in the morning it's actually light outside; I love it that I don't have to completely bundle up in a million layers just to go check the mail; and I love it that when I head to knit night it's still light outside and I can still see the roads (and spot a parking spot faster!).  I just wish I didn't have to wake up with my eyes glued shut with sleep; that I didn't have to walk my kiddo to school with watery and itchy eyes; that my sinuses didn't feel like they were constantly caving in on itself from all the pressure; and that I didn't get so many headaches that have been bordering migraine territory (I'm assuming from the sinus pressure?).  Oh Mother Nature, why must you torture me so?  I can't complain too much though because allergies aside I've also been enjoying beautiful sunny weather while watching nature bloom back to life.  Not everyone across Canada (or North America in general) can say the same.  

I'm still feeling a little off from the time change, but more so with my days and rather than timing - thanks to the Munchkin's strict routine!  But I'm completely in awe that it's already April.  Really?  Crazy.  I guess I should start planning out what we're going to do about Easter.  Especially since the kiddo isn't much into crafts (much to my dismay).  And I think I should start cracking down on getting some of those not-so-secret secret projects whipped up and ready to go.  

In the meantime, let's get on with the whole purpose of this post, shall we?  Here are some of the things that I've been obsessing over all March long:

1. Tolt Yarn and Wool

Tolt Sign - Blog

I have yet to do my recap post about my Vogue Knitting Live 2014 trip (oops!) but it's coming, don't worry!  Even if I have to make it short and sweet, it will happen, I promise!  But here's a little spoiler: one of the biggest highlights for me was the chance to visit Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation, Washington in person.  I had met Anna Dianich, the absolutely lovely proprietress of Tolt, at last year's VKL when we took the same class taught by Gudrun Johnston.  Since then I had followed her on Instagram and felt like I was there as she photographed the early beginnings of the shop - from finding a location, the renovations, the restorations of the fabulous vintage and rustic finds, to the unveiling of the wonderfully branded Tolt merchandise - all the way to being the hottest LYS that every knitter MUST visit in the West.  I could only begin to imagine, judging from the Instagram photos, just how the shop was like.  I was seriously in for a treat!!  

The shop was so, SO much more!!  I absolutely loved everything about it, I don't even know where to begin!!  Let's just say Anna did a beyond fantastic job of creating a beautiful space that both inspires and makes you want to create.  The atmosphere was open, yet cozy and inviting.  The furniture was stunning, the displays rustic and oh so eye catching.  The staff were lovely and helpful, and you can just tell that they love just being there.  The yarn selection...oh, the yarn!!  How I wanted to buy it all (luckily I didn't or else I'd be living on the grassy knoll by my house in a fort made of yarn)!!  The yarn selection was simply amazing and so very...Tolt.  Everything about the store went perfectly hand in hand.  I was even supremely impressed with how well thought out the knitting spaces and bathroom were.  The area by the fireplace enticed all that walked past to sit and knit for a bit, or if there were more of you the long table outfitted with comfy looking chairs enabled a bigger group to gather and knit and converse.  The bathrooms were equally spacious and contained baby-changing stations with enough space outside the bathrooms for prams of all sizes.  You can tell a lot of thought and consideration went into the layout of the shop.

My friends and I had spent 2 very short hours in the shop and there were still so many more things we all wanted to see, but most of all, we had all wanted to sit and knit in one of those very inviting spots.  But sadly there were borders to cross and a ferry to catch.  But I definitely plan on making another visit!!  You can count on that.  I just wonder if there's any way I can convince a group of friends to embark on some sort of yarn shop crawl of the Pacific Northwest?  Hmmm...

I could seriously go on and on about this shop, but I won't.  Since this post is a mere list of things that I couldn't get enough of during a month.  But if you have the time and the chance to be in the area and can go visit Tolt, I HIGHLY recommend that you do.  You seriously will not regret it!!  If you do make the trip there, say hello to Anna for me!

2. Caterpillargreen Yarns

CaterpillarGreen Yarn - Ocean Sunset
:: Ocean Sunset ::

I first learned about Catepillargreen Yarns at last summer's Fibrations event here in Victoria.  It was at that very same time that I had met the very lovely Cat, the owner and dyer behind this local-to-me label.  Cat's colourways are seriously s.t.u.n.n.i.n.g.  They're all self-striping in either classic stripes or long colour repeats, and all dyed on a smooth, soft and lush MCN fingering weight base.  You'll seriously not want your project to end when you're knitting with this yarn!!

I know a few of you eagle-eyed readers will recognize the above colourway as something that I was knitting up last fall (hint: you can find photographic evidence in my Instagram feed, and more about that knit later).  Since then I've been dyeing to knit more with Catepillargreen Yarns.  Just one look at their website (which is here) and you'll see why.  I simply cannot get enough of Concrete and Tulips, G Biv, and Skyline!  They are are SO drool worthy!!  I really hope that they'll have a booth again at Fibrations because I'm determined to add every single one of their colourways to my stash!  So I better get knitting if I want to make some room!

Do you have a skein of Caterpillargreen Yarns?  Which one?  

3. Kiss My Face Moisturizer

Image via Kiss My Face

I have naturally dry skin and so winter and spring are the worst for me.  I feel like I've been on a life long quest in trying to find just the right moisturizer.  I was finding lotion that was either too heavily scented (which would have been fine in my younger days), too greasy, too sticky (which is different from greasy, trust me), or just downright didn't moisturize at all.  So frustrating!  And now that I'm a knitter (versus the aforementioned younger days when I was merely just a seamstress), finding the right lotion for my insanely dry hands is even more important than ever.  After all, I'm a huge fan of delicious luxury yarns - like the yummy Caterpillargreen Yarns MCN listed above - and the last thing I need is for my sandpaper hands to rat up and ruin such beautiful fibres.

I thought I've tried every hand lotion there is on the market, from your typical drugstore finds to the expensive high end department store goods, and even a few independently made-in-the-kitchen concoctions.  Then the Munchkin developed eczema and everything made his overly sensitive skin break into a rash.  I had to venture into health food stores to find anything organic and natural that could soothe his raging skin.  In the process I discovered this little gem that works miracles on my dry skin: Kiss My Face Olive & Aloe Moisturizer.  It's fragrance free (or if you do want scented, they are pleasant and not overpowering), light, non-greasy, and most importantly a little goes a long way AND you don't have to keep re-applying!  Ah...finally, a drink for my skin!

4. History Channel's Vikings

Image via History

I've always had a love of vikings.  I don't know why, I just do.  It's not something I really go into detail about.  But I'm always drawn into anything that involves vikings - the history, the legacies, the myths, you name it, I want to know more about it.  So it's no surprise that I was drawn into History Channel's Vikings series.  And yeah, it also doesn't hurt that one of the main characters is insanely hot and is very, VERY easy on the eyes.  FYI: that would be Ragnar Lodbrok (played by Travis Fimmel...who looks eerily similar to Charlie Hunnam).  He can go behind my shield wall any day.  Oops!!  Did I just say that out loud??

But it's not all about Ragnar.  The shieldmaiden, Lagertha, is my new heroine.  Not only is she gorgeous, she can kick ass.  Literally.  She doesn't take crap from anyone and can definitely hold her own.  I don't want to give anything away, but I'm really interested in how this character plays out in the rest of the series, which is currently halfway through the second season.  Just recently a third season has been added.  YAY!!

So, that's March.  What caught your eye in this first month of Spring?  Let me know!!  I'm excited for what April has in store, I'm really hoping it's a lot more knitting!  But I guess we'll find out!  Until then...

♥ Happy Knitting! ♥ 


  1. Ok, love it all. I think that we have been obsessed with the same things this March, Caterpillargreen yarns, Tolt (I would love to visit) but that's probably not that unusual for a couple of knitters like us… but Vikings! Yes! Chris and I are totally obsessed even though I find it kinda scary. I stay up way later than usual to watch it and have only had bad dreams because of it once. Still so worth it though!

    1. I have to agree that it's not unusual for knitters like us! ;)

      I haven't had bad dreams from Vikings, but there have been a few scenes that stuck with me. I know Vikings is based off of mythology, but the brutality was very real...and that's what scares me! :o


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