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When the Stitch-a-Day calendars were handed out at SOHO, I announced (aloud, because things like that should, of course, not be mentally processed before they're blurted out) that I would knit my way through it. I'm going to use Koigu (because it's fairly low yardage for sock yarn, and there are a lot of beautiful colors - I'm hoping it will provide a year's worth of colorful motivation) and knit small squares, that way when I'm finished I can sew them into a blanket.

On the topic of knits, the skirt for Handheld is coming along nicely. I like how the Luna stripes are coming out against the Madeleinetosh background. I thought of a name for it: Alchemy. Since many different yarns can be used, with the same end result (I'm designing this with versatility in mind).

Adam has all of his things in their proper places, but I'm still sluggishly finding homes for my collection of oddments. I requested "cubes" for the kitchen counter to put cookbooks and other kitcheny things into, and he sweetly made them the next day.

He got them finished in an afternoon, but it took me two days to paint them (they're still drying on a stack of newspapers in the living room).

So many goals have been accomplished over the past year, yet so many things remain incomplete. There's a time when that would have bothered me, but as the sun sets on 2011 I'm happy with the past year being filled with the unfinished. That gives me something to look forward to in 2012. :)


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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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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?
But I accepted it, and I'm glad I did. I learned about depth and calm, about storm and nurture, about faith and adventure - and about the unstoppable ocean of God's grace, that overwhelms to fill and cleanse and bring blessings unasked.
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…