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Circles and Lines

Because I hear Gollum obsequiously saying "nice hobbit" in my head when I look at this picture, I feel compelled to clarify that the shirt actually says Be a nice human.
In January or February, I discovered some green and black self striping sock yarn at a shop in Conway and got two balls of it, with no clear intention other than possession. Then, in need of a portable project, I decided that it was time to set aside my long-held belief that knitting a skirt out of sock yarn is ridikkulus, and cast on. It lived in my bag for months, coming out to play at all sorts of interesting places - church, movies, waiting in lines, traffic jams, tattoo parlors... and slowly, stripe upon stripe, it grew. Until finally I bound it off, ran the elastic, and put it on - to discover that I had made the perfect pencil skirt (more or less). Find Avonlea on Ravelry here.


While I generally don't do a whole lot of it, I love summer knitting (that is misleading - I knit year round, but the thi…

52 Lists: people you want to be like

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 people I most want to be like who inspire me

1. Coco Chanel - fashion designer who made beautiful things from what she had access to 2. Elizabeth Zimmermann - knitter who embraced the tradition of knitting, but wasn't afraid to do things differently, too 3. Esther - involuntary queen who walked humbly, pursued justice, and saved her people from genocide 4. All the amazing "boss lad…

52 Lists: things that motivate you

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 that motivate me

1. Color    (my two favorite yarn stores ever, one local, thankfully, arrange their wares by color, and it brings me so much joy and so many ideas) 2. and texture    (again, yarn. Ooh, I love this lumpy linen blend! I want to make something that reminds people of trees bark out of it...) 3. Time in which to do the thing I may be motivated to do    (let's face it …

Identity

Even for an introvert, I have a really long runway. I'm beginning to think that I might have benefitted from spending more time between living at home and getting married, precious solitude in which to do some inner excavation. I did spend 4 months alone, working in NYC, and that time profoundly impacted me - but I didn't have enough space to process most of it, so there have been a lot of ideas just sitting around in storage waiting for me to have time to unpack them.
One of them was a sermon on work and creativity, and the pastor speculated about the application of those two things in Heaven. He invited us to imagine having infinite time and a perfect body - to create, for example, a sand mandala using tiny flecks of crushed gems, carefully placing each grain exactly where we wanted it in the circular tray, then taking it to God - to envision His response, the proud parent who sees Himself reflected in His child - and then to pour it out at His feet, an offering, because no…

52 Lists: moments that have shaped you

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 difficult moments in my past that have shaped me for the better

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved stories. She loved to read stories, and to make them up herself. Sometimes she wrote them down, but most of the time she just told them to herself. There were two that she especially liked; one about time traveling, and one about a spy.
The stories became her friends. She told them…

Marching Along

It's my second favorite time of year - that fleeting season where I can walk to the mailbox "as is," without having to put on a coat and scarf, but also without breaking a sweat. We've been relishing it while we can, with walks (to the library and on trails) and just general time outside.

Not that Winter didn't make a solid last-minute effort, but it's really hard to get too worked up (positively or negatively) over snow that melts the next day. That's just a good chance to spend a farewell day with my favorite knits, and enjoy a hot coffee before switching over to iced.

March was mostly just a surviving month. Waiting for it to warm up, trying to get out of a meal planning rut (I would enjoy cooking a lot more if it wasn't for three people with totally different tastes, two of whom actively oppose the dinner making process), and lots of knitting.

Two "art" projects, one Perun cowl (in the photo), and now I'm working on a linen tunic (L…

52 Lists: your essentials

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 essentials

1. All things bright and beautiful    a. knitting    b. nature, outside and in 2. All creatures great and small    a. the quirky humans I love/share space with, bless 'em (that is not to say that I don't have quirks, just that ours are different and sometimes of dubious compatibility) 3. All things wise and wonderful    a. alone time    b. books    c. journals 4. The Lord …