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Knit Together

So much glorious knitting! First off the needles this month was a Modern Nymph made from left over yarn - I'm delighted with how it turned out, glad that I no longer have three balls of linen falling apart in my stash boxes, and amazed at how much my body has changed since I knit the original. (Click through for pattern photos, if you want to compare.)

The last baby sweater! I technically could have done more, but I decided that there is such a thing as being an obnoxious overachiever and started questioning my motives in making more than the three I had, so I boxed them up and sent them on their way. While it's not apparent in the photo, this Dash of Spice is made from Dream in Color Starry, which has tiny silver sparkles in it, and it brings me all kinds of joy knowing that it will be on a baby.

My very best friend, who is also a knitter, came to visit for a week and we did a lot of knitting while she was here. She saw both of the Dotted Rays I've made, and got yarn on a field trip to Yarn Kandy (my favorite LYS, because I like to share the things I love with the people I love) to start one.

Aren't we adorable? We managed to wear a lot of knits, besides making new ones (she raided my bins of finished objects), and we took lots of pictures of each other (after almost a year of being home alone with two small children, it was truly refreshing to have my picture taken). I'm wearing Dotted Rays and the Robin Tank the green leftover linen was left over from, and she's wearing the Tiered Ruffle Skirt I knit years ago. 

I used the gradient kit she gave me for my birthday to make a lovely green triangle - I used Beorn's Bees as a starting point, but ended up upping the needle size. It's delightfully squishy, and I mournfully put it away in the drawer until it's cold enough to wear.

As the month draws to a close, I'm trying to put as much of a dent as I can in this Mokosh Shawl that I'm knitting out of a handpainted sock blank (you should check out AndreSueKnits's shop) before I tackle my last full month of solid knitting time, which looks like it will be filled with commissions, gifts, and swap projects.


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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
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…