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Find a Happy Place

Last month a need arose and the little dining table I've long used as a desk went to live with someone else who actually needed a dining table, and I was left with an empty corner, a pile of stuff, and the realization that I cannot be trusted with a large, flat, level surface.

So I took the handful of hoarded Target gift cards I've been saving and turned them into a set of "cubes" and set about making a knitting corner. Now I have a place for my knitting reference books, my journals, a basket full of project bags, and my yarn/knitting sorted into "in progress" and "next in the queue."

Because I still need a desk sometimes but not always, I got an $8 TV tray, spray painted it green, and decorated it with some wall decals. Now I can have it when I need it, or fold it up and stick it behind my chair (which I already had in this corner but wasn't fitting well before) when I don't.

Since I am entirely too likely for comfort to knock over a mug…


A problem that I ran into shortly after I learned to knit was following a pattern. I understand how knitting works, and I test well on reading comprehension, but for some reason I would always unconsciously make some sort of small adjustment. As it was generally to my liking, I accepted this odd trait, and embraced patterns as "more like guidelines than actual rules."
Later, it became a motivator to write my own patterns. Instead of fighting to follow what someone else had written, to take note of the changes I was inclined to make and ask why I wanted to make them. It was invariably (in my opinion) an improvement, either to the technique or to the finished piece itself.
Now I embrace the journey and hold the written directions loosely (whether they're my own or someone else's). The yarn will tell me what it wants to be, so I let it be my guide.
It's also taught me to listen more closely to God's voice. I can be so focused on the way I think things should be…

Cozier and Cozier

August has been a very knitty month (although, for some reason, it doesn't feel like I got much done...) First off the needles was a new design - the Sacred Oak cowl is available on Ravelry, and I had a lovely time knitting it! (Adorable pin was gifted to me, but you can get your own here)

Next in the green vein, I took a week to do a mystery KAL as part of Shannon Okay's #knitgrrl52 project. It turned into a darling tea cozy (which is a thing that I have never knitted before), and until such time as I want my tea kept boiling hot, it's going to be keeping my pretty teapot safe from chips in the cabinet.

Next, a rare commission - I made yet another Dotted Rays (I may be slightly addicted - Brooklyn asked for a miniature one for herself, so that's on the docket for next month) for a friend at church. I adore the yarn she chose, and I'm slightly sad that I'm not keeping it for myself. At least she's local, so I have the hope of seeing it again, on her.

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What speaks to me most clearly is beauty. Wherever I am, whatever I need, the beautiful is what catches my heart and leads me toward God.

Generally, where I live in the South, beauty is most easily found in nature. But I recently made it a point to visit Crystal Bridges (a surprisingly adorable museum of American art, in Northwest Arkansas) while they still had this special exhibit.

It was a cool, rainy day, and I reveled in my solitude, as well as the striking nature of Chihuly's blown glass artwork. I took pictures, and lingered, and audibly gasped in awe and delight - there was design inspiration and spiritual metaphor and simple, glorious beauty, all wrapped up together.

Perhaps it will speak to you, as well.

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Long and Short

July was... a month. It didn't feel terribly long, despite staying home all month, although that may have been because people came to visit us and broke up the time.

My mother in law came for a few days... there were a couple of gatherings with friends (including on accidental movie date, which has never before happened in all the movies I've been to alone)... lots of knitting, here and there...

...and my best friend came for week, to spend time with me because she lives out of state now, and to help with Littles. We had a glorious time knitting and watching an anime series she wanted to share with me, and also engaging in some fairly intense spiritual warfare (I didn't believe in that either, but I have quite a few witnesses to the crazy, so I've been forced to admit that it's a thing). Overall it was a lovely week and the time flew by.

So now it's August. My Bear comes home next month (hallelujah!) so I've only got one more month to finish up all of my u…