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52 Lists: your accomplishments

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

Right. So, anything I've ever done that might be classified as an "accomplishment" was only done because others helped me. I cannot in good conscience list off those things without recognizing the people behind them, so here's my Oscar speech...

A list of my accomplishments knitters (and muggles) I'd like to thank...

...all the knitters of Hand Held, who welcomed and taught (and empl…

52 Lists: your favorite books

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of my favorite books

1. All Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2. Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint Exupery
3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baronness Orczy
4. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
5. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
6. Entebbe by Iddo Netanyahu
7. The Great Impersonation by E Phillips Oppenheim
8. Brazen by Leeana Tankersley
9. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
10.

Knitting for Peace

Knitting, glorious knitting. There was a yarn crawl last month, and while I was only able to make to half the shops (not that I haven't been to the others, since they're in Northwest Arkansas, but I like to do things all the way), I did end up with lots of goodies (purchased, and won). 
One thing that I won was 3 balls of Erika Knight British Blue Wool (delicious Blue Faced Leicester, which smells like a lamb rolling on a grassy hillside in the sunshine - the sheep, not the yarn - and is my favorite wool) - I loved the pink and the grey, and had mixed feelings about the beige, but ended up striping the neutrals together and using the pink as an accent on a pair of gloves. Find Love Out Loud on Ravelry - because the world needs a little more love, especially out where others can see it.


Purchased yarn became a lesson in short rows (a technique that I'm unfamiliar with) in the form of a gorgeous scarf/shawl/wrap/thing by Stephen West. I had a lot of fun with Dotted Rays, an…

52 Lists: things you want to add to your life

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of things I want to add to my life

1. Joy
2. Peace
3. Art
4. Beauty
5. Margin
6. Community
7. Deep friendship
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52 Lists: things you're grateful for

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of things I'm grateful for

In the interest of brevity, I'm keeping this at three-a-day from the past week
1. Falling leaves and flowers that are still beautiful, even as they fade
2. Unexpected yarn (always a gift!)
3. Loblolly with Brooklyn and Tobin (and a local icecream place with multiple vegan options for the dairy-free among us)
4. A whole entire jammy day at home
5. The #30daysofbibl…

Journey...

I don't have a lot of words today - we're in the depths of laundry and packing and last-minute to-dos. But the prompt reminded me of this, a necklace that I recently had made into a pair of bangles, all the components of which remind me of my Bear. As much as my introversion struggles with having a constant traveling companion, I recognize the difficulty of the road around the bend, as our paths diverge for awhile. But through both solitude and loneliness, I'll continue to seek joy in the journey, and look forward to walking a single path together again.

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All Things New

You know you've got a good project when you get places early just to have time to knit a few rows in the parking lot.
Thirty One Days of Everyday Beautiful is complete and I'm free to take pictures of whatever I please (color week was hard, y'all) so let's start with knitting (my favorite!) I realized while talking to a friend that I haven't learned anything knitty in a long time (the recent commissioned intarsia vintage Christmas stocking could count, I suppose, but came after that discussion) - small persons have inhibited my ability to go to classes and gatherings, so I settled on a technique (short rows), and a pattern (Dotted Rays), and found a yarn that made me squeak on the yarn crawl a couple of weeks ago. So far it's proven delightful.

The princess and her knight at a pumpkin patch last weekend.
So much change is in the air - in a few days, my military Bear leaves on deployment and I'll be left with two Littles. Maybe a new project was a way of proce…

52 Lists: your greatest comforts

For me, the best place for a fresh start or to begin a new project is on my birthday - the beginning of my year. So the year I was 21, I did a photo a day project (that ended up including an internship in Cleveland, meeting/dating my now-husband Adam, and going to New York to work for Vogue Knitting - so I'm retrospectively glad that I committed to documenting that particular year!), and the year I was 24, I knitted the sky (one row on a scarf each day in the color of the sky). So for 27, I'm doing lists. I'm going to roughly follow along with the book The 52 Lists Project.

A list of my greatest comforts

1. Jesus
2. Tea
3. A good book and a cozy blanket
4. Knitting
5. Sweet hugs from my Littles ("I'm helping your heart feel better, Mommy")
6. Journaling
7. A few deep friendships
8. Love


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