• Just Life,  Knitting

    Weird Weekending.

    Thank you all for your well wishes on our second shots. I am beyond grateful they’re behind us (with a lingering rash – me – and a slight headache – Marc, which might also be allergies) and now I can look forward without any anxiety to mid-May when our whole family will be past that 14-day post-vaccine window. But it was a weird weekend. The power went out JUST as we were leaving for our vaccine appointments. Long story short – some transformer malfunction and it was supposed to be fixed by 8:45 … and ended up being fixed sometime after midnight. It did get us to bed early and…

  • Knitting

    Noten (finished).

    Yep, done! and it turned out beautifully. the colorblocks and subtle colorwork. the shaping – those pleats just below the high bust might not work for everyone but they do for me! and the yarn … it’s next-to-skin soft. Sadly, though, this knitter made a big mistake and put it into the dryer. and felted it. I have zero excuses and cannot even put myself back in that Friday afternoon place when I thought it might be a good idea to put very wet merino wool into the dryer. even on a low setting. even for “just” 30 minutes. but I did! Happily, I have a petite friend who recently…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Mid-March.

    Hello friends, and TGIF. It’s been a sad, weird, stormy, somewhat productive, and at times, even joyful week in our house. Like all of you, I was devastated to learn about the mass shootings that took place in Atlanta Tuesday night. At times, Georgia can be the best of us … and at other times, the worst. In the north/northeastern suburbs where I live, the AAPI community is huge. I left my neighborhood for the first time this morning (Holly had a grooming appointment) and was sad/glad to see flags at City Hall and at the lake flying at half staff. I listened to Pantsuit Politics latest episode (it dropped…

  • Knitting

    FO Friday | Jingle.

    Happy Friday my friends! and this one is especially happy for me because I finished a sweater … and it’s chilly-wet enough today to wear it!This is Jingle (Ravelry link), a new-ish design from Isabell Kraemer, knit with Harrisville Designs Shetland. It’s my first time using the Shetland and it’s awesome for colorwork. It’s also awesome for sweaters because it spit-splices beautifully (seriously, weaving in ends took about five minutes and that’s only because I stopped and started the contrast colors a few times). I wrote on Ravelry that I love everything about this sweater, and that’s true … because with an FO like this, it’s easy to forget last week’s…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Chilly, Gray, Wet, February.

    Hello my friends and happy Friday! It is a chilly, gray, wet day here in Georgia. and I am trying hard not to let the weather color my mood. A little TGIF is just what I need! Thinking about … yet another devotion our pastor, Beverly, shared this week. She talked about a conference she attended – virtually – the week before: Much I heard at this conference pushed back against that feeling that things are not as they should be. To be clear, NO ONE said that this virus and pandemic are good or are God’s will or “should be” happening. What I heard over and over again is…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Looking Back | January.

    I know January felt like a very long month for most of y’all. Here, though, Sara didn’t fly back to England until the 13th. The first half of the month felt like “late-December”, so only the last half of the month was January. I’m pretty sure the secret to January is that it needs to be just two weeks long!I’ve been taking these daily photos pretty much forever; and still, every single month when I compile them into a single view, I am awed – and often delighted – by the story they tell. I see books and knitting (of course), but also connection, growth, stillness, joy, and love. It’s…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Looking Back | December.

    When I shared last month’s Looking Back post (on December 17) I commented that November already seemed like years ago. I’m getting this month’s review posted a little sooner and still … I guess December really was “last year” 🙂 I continued the weekly diptych on Tuesdays; it’s a fun way to tell a story. Also, I’m surprised that none of the daily photos explicitly show the total chaos that was our house for the first two weeks when the painting happened, or the third week when we cleaned up and put everything back together. But I can see a few signs: there is an extra table in my study…

  • Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    Looking Back | November.

    Hello friends and happy Thursday! I finally managed to compile my looking back collage and wow, is it just me, or does November already seem like ages ago?! Seeing all the photo together, I’m struck – yet again! – by all the blue! Inspired by Emily P. Freeman, I started taking a Tuesday self-portrait/diptych – one photo looking down and one looking up – both photos from the same place. Thankful for my three times (at least) daily walks with Holly so my photos aren’t of the floors and ceilings in my house. I’m going to try to continue those diptychs … they tell a great story all on their…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Following Up.

    Thank y’all so much for your kind words and encouragement about our Painting Project. I have a few answers and follow-ups to share today. First, y’all were not the only ones to notice Dissent, drying on the floor. It’s now safely folded up in my closet, awaiting a day I put on “real clothes” (I think the last time I did that was Thanksgiving?) for a modeled shot. Bonny asked about “before” and I do have a pretty recent photo of the play roomfrom just after I packed up all the yarn and fabric. When we put the room back together, we switched the bookcases (and moved that middle piece…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Hello December.

    Hello friends and welcome to December. I love sharing a look ahead in the first TGIF post of a new month and I had this one planned out in my head all day. then things went a little sideways and I didn’t get to it.  I’m guessing many of y’all wouldn’t have read it until today anyway, so let’s just pretend it’s Friday. Thinking about … how to celebrate the season given COVID and this massive painting project. The advent wreath is the only decoration in the house – so far?! Marc did hang our two outside wreaths on Monday so it looks a little holiday-ish from the street. We…