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52 Lists: your favorite quotes

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 quotes

This was not thought out in advance, so these are the first that came to mind, with a little editing, because I could have happily just put 20 Tolkien/Sherlock Holmes quotes
In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different. Coco Chanel
You will never find a book long enough, or a cup of tea big enough, to suit me. CS Lewis
Above all shadows rides the sun and stars fore…

52 Lists: the ways you love to have fun

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 the ways I love to have fun

"Fun" is such a subjective concept...
1. Knitting 2. and designing 3. and teaching others how to knit/helping to learn a new technique 4. Discovering new (to me) local businesses 5. Walking 6. and hiking 7. Exploring the city where I live 8. alone 9. or with family or friends 10. Sharing the things that I love with the people I love 11. Reading a book all th…

Refine...

Now there's a topic I could write on all day... Introspection and analysis bring me great joy, even when they lead to unearthing ugly things, because the problem cannot be solved until it is first acknowledged. However, that creates its own sort of problem, in that I can direct all of my attention toward Areas To Be Improved Upon and completely miss the beauty of the present moment.
The possibility of stagnation terrifies me, so I don't often stop to admire the progress made in my constant pursuit of Better, or maybe just Different. I do try to journal regularly, so that when I become discouraged with my seeming lack of progress, I can go back and see that I have actually changed, but that's an irregular ritual. 
I've always felt that we're expected to be one thing at a time - by why? Why can't I be deeply happy about the spot I'm standing on right now, while simultaneously longing to know what's over this mountain? To refine my heart and soul and mind…

Knit a Bit

First up: new design! I have hauled a bag of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter around for five years, since I bought it in Alexandria, Virginia, waiting for it to tell me what it wanted to be. At the end of last year, it tangled up with my word of the year for this year, and Pacific just sort of happened. The yarn is absolutely delicious, and I'm really pleased with how the cardi turned out. I'd like to see it with a deep red instead of the blue, also...


photo cred to Amber Patrick, pattern written by Shannon Okey
A declassified project! I adore working with Shannon Okey, and I was delighted to not only test knit (for muggles, that means she wrote the pattern theoretically and I had the honor of not only turning her written notes into reality - knitting is really very collaborative, which is one of the things I love about it...) this lovely cowl for her {Casta pattern here} but also being a part of a year-long experiment she's running on Patreon {knitters and nonknitters alike, you s…

Middle...

When I'm trying to remember something, I imagine my mind as a cluttered attic, full of stacks of unlabeled and practically identical boxes. So I open them at random, trying to find something recognizable that might have been packed away with it. Oh, look, here's that Within Temptation album! I got that about a week before I heard that sermon, so those notes must be somewhere nearby.
Given any sort of block of solitude, I try to sort through the boxes, repacking important things more carefully and throwing out junk and disused or worn items (er, ideas). That's what I've been doing for the past few months, and for a long chunk of that I've been in the middle of a particularly nasty layer. The kind of boxes that have been stacked in the back of some manky old shed for who-knows-how-long, and have just as much dirt and bugs and mouse nests in them as anything else - except, because this is a figurative attic, these were full of depression and lostness and anger and in…

52 Lists: the soundtrack of 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 the soundtrack of my life right now

Before you contact me, concerned about some of my choices, please know that this is simply the playlist I've had on repeat lately, and not necessarily an accurate playlist of my actual life.
Listen on Spotify here
1. Scarborough Fair/Canticle - Simon and Garfunkle 2. Haul Away Joe - Kodaline 3. Fight Song/Amazing Grace - The Piano Guys 4; The Parting Glass …

(More Than) One Word

Twenty seventeen. Crazy. The past year has been filled with adventures, expected and un, and flew by (as per usual). The last week of it we spent in Fayetteville, visiting family for Christmas, so that has contributed to my thoroughly mucked-up sense of time.




Gifts were given and received, people were visited, there was good food and shenanigans of all sorts... and I am glad to be home (because it is possible to both enjoy something and also be glad that it's over).

Now we're back and I have a long list of Things To Do, because it's a new month and a new year. Thank you notes, for starters. I got lots of tools (cookbook, utensils and cookware, hard-to-find ingredients...) to aid me in my quest to conquer a new recipe every month that my Bear is gone, which I am grateful for and looking forward to using.


both necklaces by Bella Vita Jewelry
After adventure as my word-of-the-year for 2016, pacific chose me for this year (yes, yes, 52 Lists wanted to know my goals and resolut…