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Holy Hustle

"Holy doesn't understand why Hustle can't slow down and rest, and Hustle doesn't understand why Holy seems to be missing the opportunity to serve her family and community through work."  -from Holy Hustle by Crystal Stine

If I had to pick a season to describe my life right now, I'd say early Spring. The time when you find a mouse nest in your watering can and spiders living in the potting soil, when last year's neatly tilled garden has grown crab grass with a fervor it never exhibited toward your produce, and there is a lot of hard sweaty work to be done before planting, and a lot of waiting and weeding and watering to be done before harvest.

Also known as staying home with soon-to-be three small children.


The quote at the beginning of this post really encapsulates the problem that I have with most Christian women's lifestyle lit. They seem to either be written by a well-rested grandmother who doesn't understand why everyone can't get up earl…
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Maximizing Minimalism

Last week was our first week of serious school (first grade for Brooklyn, preK for Tobin). We tend to live a curious lifestyle, anyway, but this was more planned/structured (well, as structured as I can be about anything, it's not really my strong point - I'm more of an "a patch of blue sky, let us chase it! And also let us find out why the sky is blue, and paint a picture of/write a poem about it!" sort of person). To begin, they both got new back-to-school outfits, since it's nice to start fresh and feeling pretty, and did a pencil box building workshop at Home Depot with Adam the weekend before to keep their supplies tidy.

Since we do school at the table, I emptied my piled-up tray and restocked it with peaceful and pretty things. We also started a new routine of cleaning rooms and getting dressed before breakfast, so that after breakfast we can clear the table together and sit back down to learn together. If I forget to light the candle, they remind me, and …

Camp

Lots of Going and Doing, interspersed with resting, these past two weeks - as it should be. Yesterday I did a bubble printing activity with the kids at our church's summer camp. The rainbow in the sink is a very small sample of the rainbow we turned to room (and ourselves) into - half the fun of bubble printing is the mess it makes. But we reclaimed order in the end (to the relief of the maintenance team in charge of cleaning up after).

One reason I dislike summer is the disruption to our schedule, but Brooklyn and Tobin are finally getting to be a good age for camps and things - we rediscovered Craft Camp at Michaels craft store (I have fond memories of that from my childhood) so we were able to while away several mornings with slime and paint and beads.

Another not-favorite part of summer is the heat, but blasting the air conditioning in the car between stops on a selfie scavenger hunt with a local nonprofit's mentorship program summer camp definitely helped. (Coming in thi…

An Ode to Joy

I have a tendency to obsess (if you know me in-person, this statement will likely not be a surprise). As an 8w7 (for fellow enneagrammers!) I can get very passionate about a project very quickly, and then delightedly run away with it. Which has, honestly, not generally proven the best for long term success.

So this month I'm trying something new, in two parts. Part one: doing things I love simply because I love them. Whether or not I'm even any good at it. Prettiness for prettiness' sake. Like drawing a wreath from tutorials in a nature journaling book.

And part two: not demanding too much of a project, all at once. It's just a baby idea, after all - it needs time to grow into something bigger. So while I hope that this will indeed grow into something bigger, for now, two new patterns! First a free one - this is Nothing but Knit, all knit washcloths made from craft store cotton...

...and a one skein crochet pattern! This is Bowled Over (nesting) and one ball of Lion B…

Reconnecting

Hello! Remember me? I've missed writing, but been utterly overwhelmed by an array of things that, in isolation, aren't too much, but when taken together are somewhat crushing. However! Just because I haven't been writing doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything.

First, a new pattern! This is Citrus Hum, a dish drying mat and matching washcloths, now available on Ravelry. I decided to design for the kitchen I dream of, rather than the one I have (which is also why I did not do the photos in my very small and barely-functional kitchen).


 So, what else? Since February, I've been encouraged by friends and by strangers...


...planted a garden...


...tried to keep up with this little guy...




...taken this big girl on a birthday trip to Dallas for her 6th birthday...

...lost my glasses in the zoo koi pond (they were retrieved by zoo staff)...


...reclaimed Juniper's corner of our bedroom and made it back into a knitting corner...

...and quietly turned 30.

#FinishItFebruary

I am highly motivated by challenges with deadlines, so when Heather of Ewe Ewe Yarns posted a February project finishing challenge in Instagram, I was all in.


It helped that I had just finished off a project that had been lying around for almost a year. I made this short sleeved cardigan with Juniper Moon Findley DK and Findley Dappled lace weight, and while I really like how it turned out, I probably won't be writing up the pattern - getting the stitch counts for the lace pattern to line up with how many stitches I actually had was incredibly fiddly.

Next off the needles was a Brazen cowl that I made solely because I couldn't resist a skein of Hedgehog Fibres Kidsilk and then needed a one-skein project that would showcase the dye nicely. I started it last fall before realizing that mohair cowls are not baby-wearing friendly, which arrested my momentum.

Just in time for Winter's final raspberry in the face of Spring, cute layered Understory mitts. I used sock minis for th…

Wrapped Up

A knitting post! Let's start with the good stuff: a new free pattern! Gathering is a squishy faded triangle scarf with a one row repeat. I had a great time choosing colors (Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Guppy, Beach Bunny, and Goblin) and since the yarn is held double, it worked up quickly for being so big. (It is also very warm). 

I've also discovered my new favorite indoor photoshoot location - a local dumpling restaurant called Three Fold. The lighting is amazing! (Also, being able to turn a photoshoot into an enjoyable lunch is always a plus).
Find the pattern on Ravelry here.

On my needles now are Larissa Brown's Understory Mitts. I'm using two different minis for the liner gloves, and I'm really enjoying both the process and the finished piece (I'm on Liner Glove #2). My plan is to use the leftover orange Anzula Cricket from the Beekeeper Cardigan I made last summer...

...until I realized that all of my size 6 needles are currently in use. One of the projects …

Grace and Minimalism

Caption from Instagram: I love the idea of minimalism. I love the waymy jewelry tray looks when it has only my few current favorite pieces, so I’m not untangling a necklace I can’t currently wear from the earrings I can. But. A day will come when I can (and will) wear that necklace. It’s just not right now. So I’m taking the “capsule wardrobe” concept and applying it to everything. Neatly sorted and labeled, stored in an accessible place, because life has seasons but those seasons come around again.


While I haven't watched Marie Kondo's new show, I did read her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a few years ago. I picked up a few valuable tips: if you take your notecards out of the box they came in and stand them on end in a shoebox, they will both look better and take up less space; it's okay to give up something that was given to you as a gift if it's not sparking joy; be grateful for what you have, and for the way that your items have served you (even the on…