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(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 resolutions for the coming year, but that's not really my thing). I'm curious to see how it will manifest - I'm currently processing through it with a new design (coming soon!), but I think part of it will entail exploring my own depths and boundaries, and also grace and humility. As immediate practice for the last mentioned, I've got a giant project that will take up most of January - that I can't talk about and that won't have my name on it once it's finished. I'm excited to do it - but it will be interesting to process that excitement in a way that's not verbal or photographic, since those are my go-tos.

In the mean time, do you have a word for the year?


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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…