• Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday | A Mixed Bag.

    Today’s unraveling is a mixed bag of things (still) in process, things finished and things up next. Still in process Thing #1: Portage. I’m now well into the body. That gorgeous texture on the back is slow going, but the wrong side rows go quickly. and isn’t that cable detail down the side pretty? Still in process Thing #2: A second sock. I’m pleasantly surprised the stripes are matching up so nicely. They won’t be identical twins, but they’re for sure very closely related! Finished things – two books! Much of that Portage progress is due to listening to Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. I originally listened to this in…

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    Notes on Hope | Yayoi Kusama.

    As part of this year’s journey with hope, I’m paying close attention to seeing and hearing the word “in the wild”. Yesterday’s event was full of it. and, perhaps surprisingly, so was the Infinity Mirrors exhibit we saw a few weeks back. Set apart from her mirror rooms, paintings and sculptures was a tiny space that looped a video interview. I sat through three viewings (also subtitles) before I grasped what Kusama shared about hope. I wish the video had been played while we were waiting on line to enter the exhibit. It changed the way I saw it. The effect of infinite, constant repetition leads us to finding our…

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    The Time is Now.

    Yet who knows whether you have come into the kingdom for such a time as this? ~Esther 4:14b (NKJV) I had the privilege of participating in my community’s MLK Service and Unity Walk today. There wasn’t an empty seat in the sanctuary at St James for the Service, which was moving, inclusive and inspiring. truly. Three weeks into my year of Hope, this was a most welcome signpost. The Unity Walk was another. We left St James’ sanctuary and walked to City Hall. I had the opportunity to talk with several folks (the walk is a little over a mile) and we all agreed that it was cold, that Alpharetta…

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    Grateful.

    …for every word that Mary Oliver gave us. Her poems were the first I truly loved. She showed me the importance of paying attention¬†and so much more. Heaven welcomed a new angel yesterday … with dancing for sure. Angels You might see an angel anytime and anywhere. Of course you have to open your eyes to a kind of second level, but it’s not really hard. The whole business of what’s reality and what isn’t has never been solved and probably never will be. So I don’t care to be too definite about anything. I have a lot of edges called Perhaps and almost nothing you can call Certainty. For…

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    Three on Thursday | Georgia Aquarium.

    This past Sunday, Marc and I visited the Georgia Aquarium … the perfect activity for a chilly, wet day. This was the first time either of us had been (nothing like being a tourist in your own hometown!) and I think we were both surprised by how much we really did enjoy it. Sorting through the dozens of photos, here are my favorites, neatly organized into a group of three (because Thursday!): We started with the penguins – oh my goodness are they fun to watch! I had no idea starfish came in so many colors. Or that jellyfish really could look cool. My only prior experience with them has…

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    Unraveled Wednesday | All the WIPs.

    One of the things I’m trying to be better about this year is updating my projects in Ravelry. Back when I worked in the yarn shop and taught classes, I never seemed to have trouble with remembering … and doing it. But now, whole projects go by completely undocumented, or else magically go from “just started” to “hey, I finished”. Kat has provided the perfect forum to make updating those projects – at least on a weekly basis – a habit. So here goes:I have four projects in process right now. A sweater for Sara, two pairs of House Socks and the ADVENTurer Wrap. Those last three projects have all…

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    Looking Back | December 2018.

    Is it just me, or does December seem like it was a year ago?!twinkle lights :: twinkle lights :: twinkle lights ūüėČ little boys :: three of us ‚ô• :: family (who are friends) :: holiday decorations :: knitting :: reading … and the start of this year’s amaryllis watch. Sometimes I look back at these mosaics and think “oh, it wasn’t really as wet/cold/rainy/ as I remember”. This month, I thought “whoa, it really was wet, cold and rainy!”. Only two (yes, TWO) of those photos were taken outside – those gorgeous camellia blooms on the 22nd and the very foggy lakeview on the 31st. Much of the knitting…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …are perfect for a cozy (new!!!!) sweater! Indeed my finished Coatigan made her debut at knitting this afternoon. and Deena was kind enough to take a few modeled photos. If you recall that I was afraid of running short on yarn, I’m happy to report I have a LOT leftover. 3+ skeins. enough for matching mittens and maybe even a headband. and while¬†I have no desire to knit more I-cord anytime soon, I must admit, it does make for a beautiful finish. as does yarn that spit splices (few ends to weave in) and softens up nicely after a soak. This yarn was a gift from my mother-in-law’s stash and…

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    TGIF | Coatigan.

    I had grand plans for Coatigan to be finished this week. But at nearly 4pm on Friday, I’m having to accept that will only happen if I stretch “this week” to include the weekend. So in lieu of the typical TGIF post, today I have a slightly tongue-in-cheek one, dedicated to this WIP. Thinking about my next project (of course, right?). I even went so far as to pull out needles and make a tiny swatch this morning. It looks like I’ll be knitting DK weight yarn on a size 7 needle. Which after weeks of knitting aran yarn on a size 5 ¬†sounds heavenly. Grateful for the girls in…

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    Three on Thursday | Infinity Mirrors.

    Hello and Happy Thursday! As I mentioned in my last post, I was fortunate to spend a good bit of yesterday with my friends-who-are-family visiting the High Museum to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit. I wasn’t at all sure what to expect, but even in my wildest dreams, this exhibit would’ve exceeded my expectations. I also said I’d be sharing “three things” today (because Thursday), so here goes: Thing One – ¬†It was about a lot more than mirrors. There were signs all over the entryway warning visitors not to touch, sit or lie down in the exhibit. The first thing I saw when we got off the elevator…