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52 Lists: ways to rejuvenate your space

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.

First, from last week: A list of the things I should ignore

Nothing. Nothing is improved by being ignored - emotions must be processed, events must be addressed, conflict must be resolved... and Small Persons should never not ever be out of sight for any amount of time.
Ahem. Moving on to this week's list...
A list of ways to rejuvenate my space

I can't think of a good way to condense this into a li…

Weak...

I am, by nature, tendent toward self sufficiency. While I have often said I don't want to, I have rarely faced a situation which wrested an I can't from me. It may be unpleasant, but goshdarn the consequences, I can do this - to the point of stuffing down panic attacks because it wasn't a good time. Perhaps this is because I don't want to be seen as weak - or because I don't want to think of myself that way. I am an adventurer and an advocate, not some helpless hapless female.
But. The reality is, I can't do anything by myself. My very atoms are held together by the active will of a God who loves me enough to remind me (often) that only He can do what He does, and that only when I am willing to bring Him my weakness, can it be multiplied into His strength.
This has been especially evident as I've been solo with Littles for several months (and still have awhile to go). Yes, I could grit my teeth and muscle on - at the expenditure of everyone's joy/my sa…

Art for Art's Sake

This is going to be a pretty knitty post, but this was a fairly consuming project and it was also a fascinating experience...

Last Tuesday I bought 17 yards of fleece (if that sounds like a weird amount, it was the sum total of all they had at the two nearest Hobby Lobbys)...

...spent 5 hours cutting it into 3" strips using a rotary cutter I had borrowed from a quilting friend (because the cutter and guide were not designed for cutting a double layer of fleece, I had to kneel on the guide with one knee while pushing my full weight onto the blade in my right hand - thankfully, it never slipped and I still have all of the fingers and toes that I started with)...

...pushed through about 4 hours of very tedious linking together (fold end, snip, fold end, snip, pull through, repeat)...

...then embraced the extremely tactile experience of arm knitting it into a giant blanket. That part took about 2 hours, although I kept having to stop because my arms were cramping, so the actual knit…

52 Lists: all the people who brighten your day

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 all the people who brighten my day

Just noticed that I accidentally skipped this list - but I'm glad, because it's much more appropriate for Valentine's Day than "the things you should ignore" Also, this list is not in ranking order, nor is it complete.
1. Morgan 2. Rebekah 3. Kayla 4. Cathy 5. Adam 6. Cynthia 7. Cat 8. Micaiah 9. Brooklyn 10. Tobin 11. My grandparents 12. M…

52 Lists: the things you treasure most

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 things I treasure most

Well, there's a trick question if ever I saw one. "The best things in life aren't things," and all that. But I'll give it a go...
1. Time with people I love 2. and also time alone 3. Anything that "adds to the beauty," 4. whether that's words 5. or objects 6. or actions 7. or moments 8. Creative margin 9. Evidence of thoughtful consi…

Short and Sweet

Ah, February! My favorite month - short and sweet. And one month closer to my Bear coming home!

January was... an adventure. The secret project is now complete - if you're in Fayetteville, check out the Fayetteville Underground art gallery for First Thursday tonight to see Morgan Bame's knitted renditions of a little bit of history (that's not always what it seems).

In the midst of that, both Littles caught a bug that's been going around here - thanks to the sacrificial assistance of my mother (who came at the beginning and helped keep the alternate well child away from the current sick one) and my mother-in-love (who came after and sanitized my home from top to bottom), I never got it and they recovered quickly. But it was a crazy interlude, nonetheless.

But now we're all well again and I'm trying reestablish a normal routine, as well as take a bit of a break after a hectic month. Right now, that looks like rereading The Lord of the Rings and knitting a quick…