• Just Life

    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…

  • Knitting

    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 😉 little boys :: three of us ♥ :: 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…

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    Amaryllis Watch 2019 | Week Six.

    When I snagged that frozen pond photo for yesterday’s post, I noticed that last year’s amaryllis were way ahead of this year’s. Week six last year I had two stalks well above their copper stakes and one just about there. This year, I have one stalk barely above the stake … and the other two bulbs lagging behind. sigh. I’m wondering if I’ll see any blooms this month?! Also, I noticed that my Looking Back post for December was on January 5 – y’all it’s January 8 and I don’t have plans to even make the collage until this weekend. sigh. Nevertheless – 2019 feels like it’s off to a…

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    Sometimes Mondays.

    …make you question the date*! Here’s what I saw when Holly and I walked in the afternoon. And here’s a glimpse from the same day last year. Weather is a crazy thing for sure, but last year it was February before we saw the Lenten Rose bloom. I hope your week is off to a sure start … for Monday, January 7! *full disclosure, this post should probably be titled Sometimes Sundays because the photos I’m sharing are from January 6 … which in 2019, was yesterday.

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    TGIF.

    My Friday morning book group is still on holiday hiatus, so I had a few extra hours this morning. I put it to good use and cleared out my inbox and then – finally! – my Feedly reader. I didn’t leave a lot of comments (so as not to clutter up too many other inboxes), but I must say, this little corner of the internet where I spend my time is already enjoying a most fulfilling 2019! Here’s to its first Friday! Thinking about Hope and how often I throw the word around when I really mean “wish” (or “want” or “would like”). I want to give it more meaning.…

  • Knitting

    Three on Thursday | Knitting Goals.

    Progress continues on the Coatigan. I finished the body and am now officially very worried about running out of yarn (the body used about 8-1/2 of my 19 skeins). So of course I’m trying to knit faster. I’m also knitting the sleeves before I tackle the collar and pockets. I can certainly have a “coatigan” with a smaller collar (and maybe not even pockets), but I cannot have one without sleeves. This afternoon, while I was going around and around on the first sleeve (with just the occasional pause to pet the little dog in my lap … or take a photo) I settled on knitting goals for this year.…