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I have gotten a lot of knitting done lately, and not a whole lot else (I keep telling myself that this is a temporary opportunity that I should be making the most of). Most recently: Crete from Shibui. It was an engaging knit (linen held single, linen held double with merino, switch from yellow to brown, from brown to yellow...) that went surprisingly quickly, despite the fine gauge yarn, thanks to big needles. It's everything I love about linen - the openness, the drape, the softness - and I'm pleased with how it turned out.

The socks I mentioned a couple of weeks ago are finished - Shannon Okey's Schatzi Socks were grand fun, and I'm so glad I found the perfect pattern for this long-stashed yarn.

I also survived the edging on Quill and gave it to Kandy, who blocked it to magnificence. I'm satisfied with how it turned out, glad that I put in the effort necessary to make it more-or-less perfect, grateful for the opportunity to knit it - and probably never going to make another one ever again.

With those complete, I'm beginning a month of baby sweaters. A fellow knitter is gathering items for babies/mamas at a crisis pregnancy center, and I have entirely too much sock yarn in my stash. I actually have enough to make six of these, but we'll see how many I can knock out before I need to send them to her. I'm about to start the sleeves on the first one, and thankfully this is a nice portable project. At some point I'm going to have to stop long enough to find some cute little gender neutral buttons...


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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!

Pattern index:

Pageturner Mitts
Hogwarts House Tie
Urban Artemis
Graffiti for Humanity
Love Out Loud
Strange Jacket


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…