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    Next Up.

    Hello friends! I am finding it nearly impossible to believe that we are heading into our ninth SAH weekend. SAH has affected all my days, but weekends without golf (I’m even missing it on TV!) and church … are the weirdest. I am so grateful for our time together on Sundays. Please note I just emailed the Zoom details for this week and we have moved the time to 1pm ET. If you’d like to participate and you’re not on the email list, just let me know in the comments and I’ll forward the details. Speaking of comments, I am still struggling to reply to them in a timely manner.…

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    FO Friday | A Whole Outfit!

    Woohoo, friends, we’ve made it to weekend SEVEN! and on this sixth Friday staying at home, I have not one, but two finished projects to share. Marc, bless his heart, is trying on the photo front. I do love that these photos show the sweater and the skirt to full advantage. and that he managed to capture me eyes open for a few shots. For sure my eyes were open in those where my back is turned 😉 The sweater is my second Notice (on Ravelry here) – I knit it exactly like the first one. The row gauge on this one was a little tighter (8.5 rows to the…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF.

    Wow. It’s been a week, hasn’t it. I’ve been reluctant to add a tag to my posts, or honestly to even name COVID-19 here in this space. But … this space is about my story. And … this week much of my story – and everyone else’s – has been driven by COVID-19. So … I’m adding a tag. And I am going to be more open about mentioning the virus by name. I hope I can continue to refrain from actually using it in a post title. We’ll see. Thinking about … how helpful my OLW and handful of intentions are proving this year. I totally planned to refresh…

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    TGIF.

    Hello, friends. I hesitate to say Happy Friday … it’s not at all happy for so many. and it’s full of uncertainty and concern for all of us. and yet. I just caught up with dozens of blogs and Instagram posts sharing stories of hope, love, resilience, and plain old common sense. This week has shown me the kind of community I knew in my heart was possible. In the last 36 hours, our local schools closed indefinitely. My church closed for at least two weeks. The apartment building in my mom’s community announced a lock-down (she lives in a stand-alone cottage and can have visitors). Katie is working from…

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    Five on Friday | Good Things.

    Happy Friday, friends. I hope you’re finding some Good Things to celebrate this week … here are five of mine. Thing One. The Polar Coat. It’s finished. It fits. It’s warm. I’ve worn it lots. and I LOVE it. Lydia took some photos when we met up for coffee last Friday.This might be my favorite indoor FO backdrop ever – the lobby of a nearby hotel and yes, that is a horse, coming through a wall of grass. The pockets are one of my favorite things about this sweater (well, aside from all those things I said already). I am so glad I included them!I wasn’t sure about the longer…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    Sometimes Mondays.

    can’t help but make you smile. Holly is back to regular morning walks beyond our little neighborhood. And the cherry trees have bloomed. I bound off and blocked Nightshift yesterday and got to wear it today – with another white blouse and jeans 😉 – because wow! it was SPRING! I went to knitting this afternoon and seamed the sleeves on my purple coat. Mixed blessing that the weather appears to be perfect for me to wear it later this week. I also got to participate in the conversation about the Super Bowl, because y’all … I watched the WHOLE THING. Don’t ask me about the football (I do know the…

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    FO Friday | Soldotna.

    Remember when I finished a lot of things last month and told y’all it’s because I only count FO’s in the month they’re done. This month I have only one. Thankfully, it’s a good one … Soldotna!I’ve worn this a few times (can you see those wrinkles?!) since I finished it on the 19th. Black jeans, blue jeans, white top, chambray top, short boots, tall boots … ALL GOOD! Y’all I love this sweater! The yarn is Ístex Plütulopi and it might be my new favorite yarn for stranded colorwork – it’s unspun Icelandic wool and sometimes it seemed to simply fall apart when I looked at it the wrong…

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    Looking Back | December.

    Ah… December. It is certainly one of the prettier months around here. and this year it was exceptionally full of smiling faces. and typically full of twinkle lights, fun cocktails, and knitting. The video version* also captures more moody skies, a quick binge through the latest Great British Bake-off Holiday and some very delightful little boy antics.   View this post on Instagram   December in less than a minute … twinkle lights and candles, cookies, cheers, two crazy little boys, one little dog and a lot of ❤️ #1se #1secondeveryday A post shared by Mary (@mere2007) on Jan 7, 2020 at 1:47pm PST I finished five knits and TEN…

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    TGIF.

    Happy Friday, y’all! In spite spending all that time on sleeve island, the week really flew by. and without further ado: Thankful for … an FO! I finished up the ribbing and blocked yesterday afternoon (oh my – this yarn blocks beautifully and dries fast) and then seamed those sleeves this afternoon. I did try it on very quickly (and it fits) …and I can’t wait to actually wear it! (and looking at the weather forecast for Bristol, it appears I might even need a heavier sweater. and a raincoat. and an umbrella). Gathering … book recommendations. Y’all, I have about 20 hours of solo travel time and a week…

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    Early June Weekending.

    It feels good to be sitting back at my favorite spot at the kitchen counter on a Monday afternoon, looking back at photos from the weekend. It feels even better that my email in-box is now almost back to normal, I have my to-do list under control … and I’ve really enjoyed catching up with what many of y’all have been up to since I last visited. Following the 90+ degree temperatures we “enjoyed” through the end of May, the weekend brought a delightful change. It cooled off a little, the humidity dropped and it was fun to be outside. I made the most of it! Except for the gazillion…