• Just Life,  Sewing


    Hello, friends! All that unraveling sure made the week fly by 🙂 Before I dive into TGIF, I have a few modeled photos of Hadley. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. and finally using the beautiful Nani Iro linen I bought at Purl Soho back in June. FO selfies are hard … but here’s a little view of the back – and more of the slightly raised neckline (I cut a size 4 top, except for the V-neck where I traced the opening for the size 18.) Thinking about holiday plans. (yes, finally.) We are delighted that Sara is going to be here for a few days after…

  • Just Life

    Three on Thursday | Unraveled.

    Ha! apparently this Wednesday/Thursday mash-up is a getting to be a “thing” around here. It’s not that I plan for Wednesdays to come undone, but sometimes they do … and I’m practicing being OK with that. ✔ Thing One. Yesterday started out really well. I snapped this photo of my top after I finished the neckline facing. See what I mean about the inside being so pretty?That center seam in the front and the back and those curved serged edges on the facings ♥ The next (and last) step was the hem facing. and that’s where I unraveled. Many hours later, I finished. Maybe you can tell what went awry…

  • Just Life

    Tuesdays are for Poetry.

    When Honoré shared a poem by Ted Kooser a few weeks back, I put a few of his collections on hold at the library. One of them finally came in and I picked it up this morning. Flipping through the pages, this poem caught my eye … and then grabbed hold of the rest of me. The holiday season seems to be one where we think a lot about the past. in both good and not-so-good ways. When I first read the poem, an image of me, my brother and my sister, lined up on the hearth of our home in Casper, Wyoming (the first house we lived in that…

  • Sewing

    Sometimes Mondays.

    …build confidence. The photo below is from yesterday morning, after I finally got up the courage (and the brain power*) to take my new serger out of the box and flip through the manual.“Overwhelmed” would’ve been an understatement (not only because I’ve used a serger exactly once – the night of my Lark Tee sewing class – and even then all I did was serge four edges of a t-shirt).  I decided to wait another day (there was a silver lining – my craft room is now completely neat and tidy … and I knitted 😉 ). Thanks to that *below, I didn’t go to knitting this afternoon. Instead, I…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Jaycee.

    Yes, Jaycee is officially an FO. I wore it to Katie’s last Thursday and she obliged with a few photos.It was completely unplanned that my outfit would go so nicely with her deck and the beautiful fall trees in the background. Isabell Kraemer released the pattern back in April and it went immediately on my to-make list (officially here). What drew me to the design was that gorgeous yoke and the twisted rib. It didn’t disappoint. Isabell included short rows before and after the lace detail so the yoke sits nicely on my shoulders. It’s also a nice change to have all the increases spread around the yoke instead of lined…

  • Just Life

    Three on Thursday | For This Holiday Season.

    My small group is reading Heidi Haverkamp’s Advent in Narnia this holiday season (along with a few chapters of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe* and maybe even watching a few scenes from one of the movies … I haven’t seen any of them so that part really intrigues me). Advent is short this year so we started the book this week in order to mostly finish it by our last meeting on December 21. All of which is to explain how I’m into Week One of an Advent devotion and looking at Chapter 4 of Lewis’ book. This is the chapter where Edmund finds his way into Narnia,…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    Brrrr…. I hope everyone is staying warm today. It was colder in Atlanta this morning than in both Anchorage and Reykjavîk. All I want to do is snuggle in my favorite chair with Holly and knit. I’m making good progress on my Coatigan (pictured above), but it’s going to have to warm up a little for me to wear this as a coat! …and I guess it’s ok that’s the only unraveling I have to report 🙂 On the reading front, I finished two 4-star books this week: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a delightful new series! Historical fiction with a bit…

  • Knitting

    Mapping Out My Advent Wrap.

    Two of the things I needed to do today didn’t take as long as I’d planned … so I had some “found” time this afternoon. I put it to use figuring out how to approach the ADVENTurer Wrap – using up my stash of Kidsilk Haze. Unlike Kat who has a most awesome collection of so many colors, mine is just five with a sixth on its way (UPS says Friday; I hope they’re right!) the new color is upper left. The whole palette was inspired by a waterlogued walk in the park last month. I’m sure a few of my friends hoped to see me add green 😉 but…

  • Just Life

    Thanksgiving Weekending.

    Hello, friends – it’s nice to be back! (which is always the best feeling when we return from a short break, right? 🙂 ) Our weekend was a perfect mix of good food, little boys, outside, inside, friends & family … and alone time. Thursday morning dawned bright and chilly. #blueskyblooms for my morning walk. Loved this text from Katie. We spent the afternoon with the little boys and their parents. It was fun … and just a little crazy.The boys FaceTimed with Rob’s brother … Poppa and Charlie built a dinosaur … Sam supervised his dad carving the turkey … Charlie showing off his pilgrim hat/place card … Charlie…

  • Just Life

    Unraveled Wednesday.

    We are having Thanksgiving dinner at Katie’s tomorrow. The meal is obviously in very good hands (and not only because Sam is telling Charlie “more cheese”)! I won’t be cooking today … instead I have plans for a pedicure, buttons and casting on a new project. Joining in with Kat and wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Eve!