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The past month has been a busy one, but things are beginning to settle into place (and are, if not less busy, at least less stressful).
Oin found a new home, with an old friend of mine and his fiancee, where I'm sure he'll be very happy. Adam and I are moving into the Woodway apartments (we'll be right next door to the apartment he lived in when I met him) and Oin's not a really apartment-friendly dog.
I'm working on a new skirt design for a workshop at Handheld, and I had two designs published in the winter issue of Knit Simple - my name in print is extremely exciting. :)
On the topic of knitting, I got to attend the Arkansas Fiber Arts Extravaganza in Hot Springs over the weekend. They tried out a new venue this year, since every year before it's been at Mt Magazine, but the Hot Springs Convention Center was an awesome location. Annie Modesitt and Brooke Nico taught classes, and Sarah (aka onestitchshort) from Ravelry was there. I got to coordinate the fashion show, and be in it, which was a grand new adventure, and one I wouldn't mind repeating. I love the Extravaganza - a chance to catch up with the knitters I know, and to make new friends.
There was an amazing women's Christmas event at UBC that began the month of December. It tied in nicely with a journalling exercise Tamara Martin suggested, of journalling through the month of December with "descriptions of Christ" as each day's prompt. Today's description is "the power and wisdom of God." I made cream cheese mints for the event, and decided to get fancy with them and handpainted a snowflake onto each one. They're deceptively simple: 2lbs of powdered sugar, beaten with an electric mixer one cup at a time into a 16oz block of softened cream cheese, with about 3/4 of a teaspoon of peppermint extract. The hardest part is rolling them into mints - it makes a lot.
Thanksgiving has past, and I'm just now starting to think about Christmas knitting. I'm looking forward to another holiday with my family - both old and new.


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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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Hogwarts House Tie
Urban Artemis
Graffiti for Humanity
Love Out Loud
Strange Jacket


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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.
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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So I'm bidding pacific a very fond farewell, and welcoming spark and whatever lessons it would like to bring. I invited it in with a copper wire punctuated with tiny lights and wrapped around my mood board, and I've got an empt…