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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 should check this out}.

And finally, another secret project. This one is also not for me (on a side note, that's really healthy - because there's no way I would ever have done this much intarsia for myself, but now I've gotten really good at it because of this project), but hopefully I can share it next month (my small contribution, and the piece de resistance - I know some seriously talented people). In the mean time, watch Instagram for snippets, since it's a big undertaking that will probably take the rest of January.


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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
Strange Jacket


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…