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Knit, Love

The usual assortment of unrelatedness, with perhaps a little more knitting than usual. :)

This is a Firefly Scarf (I don't have a photo of the finished piece yet, but it is finished and only took two days to make) and it marks a colossal milestone on my knitting path: using the exact yarn and needles called for, I followed the pattern in its entirety without deviation, including blocking as instructed. That is a first for me - I'm a chronic pattern-modifier.

To make up for my abnormal compliance, I'm in the midst of designing a sweater (also something I've never done. I haven't actually made very many sweaters and have been vocally anti-sweater for most of my knitting career...) This is "Date Night" and I hope to have the pattern published by/before Valentine's Day. All that remains is a sleeve and the front band.

Cynthia's current work-in-progress was so pretty that I couldn't resist snapping a shot this afternoon. Her little project bag (made by a friend and customer of the shop) --- the gorgeous green yarn, perfect for the delicate cable pattern (her own, of course) --- the contrast of the cable needle against its woolly background --- and, since I'm sure she'll be finished with these by the time I see her again in two days, this was my only chance to get an "in progress" photo.

More prettiness that I'm not responsible for. This falcon is stenciled onto the back of a pay-parking kiosk on West St, and I've admired it often in driving by. Yesterday was a beautiful day and I walked to Orange Leaf from UBC and realized that it was my first chance to capture it without fighting against the northern mistral that's been howling of late.

Orange Leaf (self serve frozen yogurt) is Adam's and my Love the City/Eat Local location. It's perfect, since he's a fruit-flavored-sugar kind of guy and gets all the brightly colored tropical flavors (with M&Ms and gummy worms to top it off), and I'm a pink-and-chocolate Valentine kind of gal and happily coordinate my selections with corresponding fruit or chocolate toppings.

It's also a great place for Carolyn and I to go for our weekly discussions, since neither of us are really big coffee drinkers. We met all last semester (her first at the UofA) at an on-campus Arsaga's as we went through a study in Philippians, but we're both happy with the location change. And our book talk on Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life is a great way to start conversations with inquisitive employees.

Adam did end up teaching me how to play Texas Hold 'Em. I can't say that I'm any good at it (yet), but it was lots of fun - if for no other reason than his enthusiasm at getting to teach me something. I lost (of course) but did manage to win back my last few chips on an utter fluke of a hand. It seems like an interesting combination of chance and strategy, which I like - I think I'll enjoy it more once I learn it a bit more thoroughly.

However - I think my nail polish is dry enough now to knit, so I'd better get back to that sweater!


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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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Urban Artemis
Graffiti for Humanity
Love Out Loud
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In order to change your knitting, you must first change yourself. I've lost track of how many times I've said that, or how many people I've said it to. Frustrated new knitters wondering why their work is loose or tight or uneven or really anything less than perfect. But something I love about knitting is that it's a record of your inner dialogue. That swatch knit at the yarn store table with a cozy cup of coffee and a helpful (and more experienced) knitter nearby is going to be a lot more relaxed than the sweater begun a week later while sitting next to a hospital bed - just like the knitter.

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…