Felicia's Notebook, Taking Back Friday

Creative Hibernation – Time for a Holiday

SweetGeorgia Yarns Creative Hibernation plans for the holidays

Every year, I’ve been pretty good about taking some quiet time during the holidays to prepare for the new year. I love this practice SO much, I’m going to start officially calling it Creative Hibernation.

When you spend so much time creating and outputting new work, you can absolutely feel depleted. So this is a time to physically rest and get your energy back. This is a time to be quiet and reflect on the year. Think about how you want to feel next year. I made myself some very general rules for this quiet time… some of the things that I will be doing on my break and some of the things that I won’t be doing. The whole point of hibernation is minimal activity to conserve energy.

Join me at today’s Taking Back Friday vlog where I share what I’m going to do this holiday season as we finally get to the end of 2020. This past year has been so intense for so many reasons, and I think that many of us here are feeling like we’re at that point where we need a really good rest. For myself, I spent a lot of time making things this year as a way of soothing my anxiety. I kept my hands busy and I kept making things. I made a lot of handwoven scarves. I’ve knitted a bunch of sweaters. I’ve spun more yarn than I have in years. And I’ve just been in constant motion… and now I feel like I need a long nap.

So that is it for this week, this month, this YEAR. I hope you will be able to reflect on this year and find some good in it. That you will be able to spend some time thinking about the things that have brought you joy and brought you energy. And I wish for nothing more than for you to have a wonderfully warm, safe, and restful holiday. Thank you SO MUCH for supporting SweetGeorgia and the School of SweetGeorgia, and for coming back week after week to spend your Fridays with me at the Taking Back Friday vlogs. I love sharing my favourite parts of the fibre arts with you and have so many plans and ideas for the new year. Thank you so much for being here and I will see you in the new year!

*We’re also happy to share with our vlog followers a special gift from our good friends at the O-Five Rare Tea Bar in Vancouver!

THANK YOU to all the local knitters and spinners for drinking lots of tea throughout this most crazy of years. We can’t wait to host you at the tea bar when things settle down. In the meantime, we would like to offer a 15% discount on tea and teaware, at our online shop. Happy everything!

To apply the discount at the O-5 online shop, simply enter the coupon code: SWEETGEORGIA-2020 at checkout.



  • what I’m wearing: I’m wearing my Five by Five Cowl design. This is the one where I mixed and blended colours from my stash – a little bit of sparkly CashLuxe Spark, CashLuxe Fine and and our Silk Mist yarn. Colourways I used are: Strawberry Tea, Lichen and Chili Chocolate (now discontinued – take a look at Arbutus instead). For new knitters interested in learning the steps to knit this cowl, we have a free School of SweetGeorgia course to teach you how: Five by Five Cowl!
  • what I mention in today’s video: In today’s video, I mention new courses which were recently released at the School of SweetGeorgia, including our Techniques in Tapestry course, taught by Janna Maria Vallee. As well, we have new modules recently released and coming soon to our Spinning Up a Level course taught by Katrina Stewart. I encourage you to check these both out!
    I also mention a new Fringe Twisting tutorial which will be available next week, and to keep your eye out for an upcoming Blending Board course with Debbie Held in the new year. To be kept up to date of the School of SweetGeorgia releases, subscribe to our email newsletter! And if you’re interested in learning more about the Make Nine which I mention in the vlog, view more information on Make Nine challenge here.
  • want to join the School of SweetGeorgia team? We are hiring! Our School of SweetGeorgia community forums have become really active, and we are hiring moderators for our discussion forums in the School. If you are interested in joining our team, visit: https://sweetgeorgiayarns.com/jobs




About Felicia Lo

founder + creative director of SweetGeorgia // designer + dreamer // wife + mama // dyer, knitter, spinner, weaver, youtuber + author // been writing this blog about colour and craft since 2004 // see what I am making @lomeetsloom and @sweetgeorgia.

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