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I love color (I may have mentioned that yesterday...). But (partly for economy, and partly so as not to add to the boxes in the top of my closet where yarn bits go to die) I rarely work things in more than one color. But when I discovered a basket of sock yarn minis at my favorite local yarn store, I chose my five favorites first and designed after. Thus, Gratifying, available for free on Ravelry. In case you or someone you know needs a fun spring cowl.

I rarely knit other people's patterns. But one book that I have had and loved and marked pages in for years is French Girl Knits by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes. I want to knit almost everything in it, and I had actually made two things (a lace tunic and an openwork sleeveless top). When some Shibui Silk Cloud was made available to me as a gift, I immediately got enough for two more projects. It's taken me a few months between other projects, but I'm very pleased with how the Veronique shrug turned out. I beaded all the edges because I love beads, and it was totally worth the extra work. (The purple I'm wearing under it is another project that will have its own post sometime next month).

Having finished my deadline projects and gotten the shrug off my conscience and onto my body, the Knitting Fates presented me with the recently released Perun Cowl by Shannon Okey (my very first sweater was one of hers, and I spent 6 fabulous weeks as her intern several years ago - it was about time I did another of her patterns). It seemed like a good garment for spring and for an upcoming trip (the Airport Conundrum - freezing planes, temperate terminals, and scorching tropical tarmacs). I was excited to find the yarn the pattern called for at my favorite local yarn store, and I'm hoping to have it finished up in a few days (probably just in time for the weather to warm up again, but there's always air conditioning).


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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!

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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…