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Knit and Reknit

Because of grace, we can have joy.  I knitted Grace-filled during a study of Ephesians - grace is what stood out to me from it. Then we (and by that I mean the women's ministry and the sermon series at our church) have been going through Philippians, with a focus on joy. So it just seemed right to do a remix. Joyful is Grace-filled in every way, except I used a different yarn - instead of using two strands of the same sockweight, I alternated a smooth sock yarn (Dream in Color Jilly) with a mohair/silk blend (Neighborhood Fiber Co Loft). It's amazing what a difference it made in the final piece! It's also significantly lighter (which I find to be a delightful continuance of my metaphor). As a side note, I am having a grand time being my own photographer. 

Another remix: Live Long and Prosper, a variation on Love Out Loud. I eliminated the stripes and flipped the heart chart upside down to create Star Fleet insignia, and had a grand time doing it. (If you would like your own tiny Wesley Crusher, or other nerd character, check out Lumpy Buttons' Etsy shop and prepare to want everything.)

Unless I remember someone I've forgotten (which is entirely within the realm of possibility) my Christmas knitting is complete. Next week I'm planning to work on wrapping and prepping gifts, to have it all off my conscience as soon as possible so I can just enjoy the season. Oh, and plan a birthday party for Tobin.

But for the next few days, at least, I'm just going to blissfully circle along on my Project Peace cowl, and continue to be grateful that I bought the yarn that I really wanted, because alpaca makes me happy. 


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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!

Pattern index:

Pageturner Mitts
Hogwarts House Tie
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…