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Give It All Away

June has been a month of knitting for others. I've finished two baby sweaters to donate {using this pattern}, and have yarn for several more. They've been taking me about a week to do, so I still have time to move my stash out of my closet and onto a baby. Knitting for babies is great - they improve everything they get close to.

So that I don't risk burning out (which is a thing that I've learned about through experience) I took the end of the month off sweaters and focused on finishing unfinished things. First a Brazen for a friend undergoing chemo this summer - I worked on it in the movie theater a couple of times, and managed to keep track of what row I was on by crossing my legs strategically (right over left - first row; left over right - second row; legs apart - third row; repeat) since I couldn't actually see what I was doing. Nevertheless, it turned out nicely, I think, and I hope she likes it.

I had started another Dotted Rays a few months ago for travel knitting when I went to see my Bear, and then set it aside when I got home. I got it out for a weekend retreat and made lots of good progress - I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and I can't wait until it's cold again and I can wear it with my pink coat! I am keeping this one, but it gave my hands something to do while my heart was taking in some fairly intense stories and adventures.

I'm going to use the last two days of this week to make as much progress as possible on the Modern Nymph I started awhile back with leftover linen from various other projects - and then it's back to baby sweaters!


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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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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…