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Poetry, Biology, Arithmetic

Now that Spring is returning, I've been spending more time out of doors (that said, we are in the midst of a cold snap).
Two trails meet at this point - one is parallel to the railroad tracks, and another runs under it. This is Scull Creek at one of its wider (and more serene) points.
Knittin' at Common Grounds. Well, Taylor was knitting, but Stella decided to befriend me so we read Alice in Wonderland together. It was fun interacting with a fellow princess. :)
This may get a poem written about it at some point... a once-vibrant vermilion orb, now faded and abandoned never to glow at a party again.
The library has Playaways (which I'd never heard of before, but think are absolutely brilliant - an audio book that is its own mp3 player) to check out, so I procured The Hound of the Baskervilles and went for a walk. :)
Old yardage calculations I did for a pattern I wrote. It's mess - and I had to redecipher it. (Unfortunately, I got the same answer. So now I don't know where the problem lies...)
I watched a tiny spider spin a web on my dashboard while eating my lunch before work one day. It was a very pretty web - but I wonder what he was planning to catch?
The fundamental theorem of calculus, embroidered on a commission piece. I'm not entirely certain what it means, but it's rather pretty.


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31 Days of Unraveling Designs

It's that time of year again... the 31 Days writing challenge starts today! Bloggers from all over will be writing every day of the month of October on the topic of their choosing. This will be my fourth year participating - the first year I did 7 for 31, and spent a month going through Jen Hatmaker's book 7. The second year I did 31 Days of Sustainable Dwelling, and wrote about local and fair trade living. Last year I was busy but still wanted to participate, so I went the easy route with 31 Days of Everyday Beautiful.

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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Unfortunately, this also applies to my own knitting. For years, I was apparently unaffected by the shifts and turmoils in my own life, so I assumed that I was exempt from the rule - when the reality was, in fact, that I wasn't really experiencing any of those on anything deeper than a surface level because everything was deadened by depression. When I finally started to really…


A few years ago, I was introduced to the concept of replacing the traditional list of resolutions with a single word. It appealed to me - I am not a big list person, but I love language and words and meanings and etymology and metaphor and... ahem. Ennyhoo. I liked the idea.
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