Thursday, December 8, 2016

Knit and Reknit


Because of grace, we can have joy.  I knitted Grace-filled during a study of Ephesians - grace is what stood out to me from it. Then we (and by that I mean the women's ministry and the sermon series at our church) have been going through Philippians, with a focus on joy. So it just seemed right to do a remix. Joyful is Grace-filled in every way, except I used a different yarn - instead of using two strands of the same sockweight, I alternated a smooth sock yarn (Dream in Color Jilly) with a mohair/silk blend (Neighborhood Fiber Co Loft). It's amazing what a difference it made in the final piece! It's also significantly lighter (which I find to be a delightful continuance of my metaphor). As a side note, I am having a grand time being my own photographer. 


Another remix: Live Long and Prosper, a variation on Love Out Loud. I eliminated the stripes and flipped the heart chart upside down to create Star Fleet insignia, and had a grand time doing it. (If you would like your own tiny Wesley Crusher, or other nerd character, check out Lumpy Buttons' Etsy shop and prepare to want everything.)


Unless I remember someone I've forgotten (which is entirely within the realm of possibility) my Christmas knitting is complete. Next week I'm planning to work on wrapping and prepping gifts, to have it all off my conscience as soon as possible so I can just enjoy the season. Oh, and plan a birthday party for Tobin.


But for the next few days, at least, I'm just going to blissfully circle along on my Project Peace cowl, and continue to be grateful that I bought the yarn that I really wanted, because alpaca makes me happy. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

52 Lists: things you want to be known for

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of the things I want to be known for


1. Kindness
2. Creativity
3. A sense of adventure
4. Hospitality
5. Grace
6. Honesty
7. Patience
8. Generosity
9. Love
10. Being a good friend 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Like an Arrow


Someone asked me a few days ago if I had a new "word of the year" yet for 2017 and I was baffled. A new one? I'm not finished with adventure yet. How can it be time for a new word? And yet, somehow, it's December.


November flew past. I blame the fact that I attributed the first 6 days (before my Bear left) to October, but still, the rest went quickly. Settling into new routines, Thanksgiving week spent with family, and now... advent and impending Christmas.


The past year has truly been an adventure. So many new experiences (some planned, some not) - adventure sought out, and adventure that pounced unexpectedly as I came 'round the corner, Hobbes-like.


Now things are wrapping up for the year (literally and figuratively). I've got one Christmas present left to knit, and then I can focus on the Healthy Knitter's project peace knitalong (and maybe a few other non-Christmas gifts, because why not).


Time flies on - Brooklyn grows taller, Tobin begins using multiple syllables, the leaves turn and fall from the trees, and Mr Jeremy Fisher looks more like a frog and less like a guppy every day (I'd like a kitten, but thought I'd start them smaller). I'm trying to sink into this month - not to slow time, but to savor each moment of it, before the year is gone.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

52 Lists: your accomplishments

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.


Right. So, anything I've ever done that might be classified as an "accomplishment" was only done because others helped me. I cannot in good conscience list off those things without recognizing the people behind them, so here's my Oscar speech...


A list of my accomplishments knitters (and muggles) I'd like to thank...


...all the knitters of Hand Held, who welcomed and taught (and employed) me so graciously
...the Fayetteville Public Library, who permitted a teen knitting club to continue despite the fact that very few people came (but it meant so much to those few)
...Shannon Okey, who took two interns instead of one, writes amazing letters of recommendation, and continues to encourage
...the editors and staff at SOHO Publishing, who hired the least qualified applicant (in my opinion) and then made sure I got to experience all sorts of wonderful things outside my job description
...my parents, who encouraged me to pursue a crazy dream
...the yarn rep who let me ride with her to a the fiber arts trade show
...and the show organizer who put me up on her couch and fed me pizza once we got there, despite never having seen me before
...my Bear, for squishing yarn, listening to monologues, enduring big projects with tight deadlines, taking great pictures, and enthusiastically making new acquaintances think that what I do is a lot cooler than it probably really is
...those who have invited me to teach them how to knit, through the process teaching me
...and my ever-patient Littles, who comment on the beauty of yarn, search for dropped stitches, and make excellent tiny models

There are others - not forgotten, but unlisted for the sake of brevity. And that's just the knitting stuff - there are so many people who have played a huge role in my life! No matter how independent we try or want to be or think we are, everything we've done we owe to others, directly or indirectly.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

52 Lists: your favorite books

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.


A list of my favorite books


1. All Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2. Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint Exupery
3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baronness Orczy
4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
5. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
6. Entebbe by Iddo Netanyahu
7. The Great Impersonation by E Phillips Oppenheim
8. Brazen by Leeana Tankersley
9. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
10. Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray
11. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
12. Brigadier Gerard by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
13. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (let's just say all things Tolkien)
14. The Anne of Green Gables series by LM Montgomery
15. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
16. Beowulf as translated by Seamus Heaney
17. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (make that "everything by him except Paris in the 20th Century")
18. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
19. The Adventures of Tintin by Herge (graphic novels count, right?)
20. The Bible

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Knitting for Peace


Knitting, glorious knitting. There was a yarn crawl last month, and while I was only able to make to half the shops (not that I haven't been to the others, since they're in Northwest Arkansas, but I like to do things all the way), I did end up with lots of goodies (purchased, and won). 

One thing that I won was 3 balls of Erika Knight British Blue Wool (delicious Blue Faced Leicester, which smells like a lamb rolling on a grassy hillside in the sunshine - the sheep, not the yarn - and is my favorite wool) - I loved the pink and the grey, and had mixed feelings about the beige, but ended up striping the neutrals together and using the pink as an accent on a pair of gloves. Find Love Out Loud on Ravelry - because the world needs a little more love, especially out where others can see it.



Purchased yarn became a lesson in short rows (a technique that I'm unfamiliar with) in the form of a gorgeous scarf/shawl/wrap/thing by Stephen West. I had a lot of fun with Dotted Rays, and I also have a better understanding of short rows now. While I don't generally choose such vibrantly multi-colored yarn, this made me squeak aloud when I saw it, so I figured it was meant to be. (It was - I love it.)


I also got a few balls of Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted (an awesome yarn, all around) to make a pair of bears for my niece and her due-in-January sister. Because I will take any chance to knit adorable matching bears from an old British pattern.

Now I'm trying to wrap up a remix of Grace-Filled before the end of the month - there's a Project Peace knit a long starting on December first that I'd like to have my needles free for!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

52 Lists: things you want to add to your life

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.


A list of things I want to add to my life


1. Joy
2. Peace
3. Art
4. Beauty
5. Margin
6. Community
7. Deep friendship