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Let's begin the week with a picture of my doorknob. Wholly unrelated to anything that happened, but it's so pretty I just had to take a picture of it.


This is the door to Shannon's studio. After you get off the elevator, go straight to the T Rex head then turn left and go 'til you see blue. :)


We'll move on from portals to resting places. Pam Allen's new Quince yarn, in Osprey, Chickadee, Lark, and Puffin, perched on a chair in the Studio that I have a strange attachment to.


An eastbound train at the Shaker Square station. I'm waiting for a westbound one to take me home from Fine Points. I tried to get a picture of a sparrow sitting in a circle on the fence, but it flew away.


Shannon has her toenails painted this magnificent shade of blue (can't you just see it on a sportscar?) and when Abra and I admired it, she sweetly brought the polish to the Studio. So now we're twinkie toes.


Next time I have a day off, I'm staying home! Discovery is far too much fun. I spent the day exploring Larchmere Boulevard and Shaker Square. They have an amazing Farmer's Market on Saturdays, besides the bookstore, Fine Points (that's where the bracelet is from), and a movie theatre.


Today was a day of rest. I poked around, reading my books from yesterday and listening to music, then Abra and I went to a movie.


I wonder what this week holds?


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This year I'm diving into my greatest passion: knitting! I'll spend this month looking at past designs and talking about the inspiration behind them, so there will be plenty of regular life mixed in with the stitching - and there may be discount codes for the patterns that I write about. You'll just have to read and see!

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I've never chosen the word. It's always presented itself to me - and last year was no different. Pacific was very insistent, even though I tried to argue with it. Pacific? What does that even mean? What am I supposed to do with that?
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