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    FO Friday | Classic Black.

    Hello friends and Happy Friday. I finished a sweater this week, a sweater that’s a blend of wool, silk and mohair with a mock turtleneck. It was feels like 56 degrees this morning. and surely that means today was meant for an FO post! Here’s my Classic Black, styled pretty much the way I plan to wear it this fall and winter (maybe with boots come winter?)The pattern is Espace Tricot’s The Classic (Ravelry link) and I followed it exactly (I even got gauge on the first try with a size 6 needle!) except for shortening the sleeves by about 2″ and adding in a few sleeve decreases (see my Ravelry…

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    Five on Friday | Distractions.

    First up, thank y’all for your kind comments about my new views. I am really enjoying the study – the new layout seems to make room bigger (which also seems to give all my creative “stuff” more room to spread out) and I think I’m pretty committed to looking up at a blank wall – and the new bench. I also cast on The Classic yesterday and am almost halfway through 4″ of twisted rib on size 5 16″ needles. I knew this beginning wasn’t going to be the fun part of the project, still … I’m gonna power through it this weekend, though, and hope to have something resembling (at…

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    FO Friday | Summer JiJi.

    If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember the post I shared when I started this Summer JiJi way back on July 1. Here’s the pretty photoand the caption I made a plan to finish the sweater by the end of the month, and I sewed on the buttons this morning (yay!) But there is no fun FO photo shoot. because this is the weather here today I did try it on and take a few selfies in my closet … just to be sure it really fits (it does) For now, though, my dress form is the better model. She never minds the weather and I can get…

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    FO Friday | Dune.

    Around our retired house, Fridays are always somewhat of a holiday (the weekend starts on Friday, right?!), and today I’m proud to celebrate this Friday as a holiday for our country. Happy Juneteenth (observed)! This is a relatively “new” holiday for me and I’m looking forward to finding ways to celebrate it in a meaningful way. more meaningful, for sure, than simply responding to Instagram posts and stories. Next year, I hope! Honestly, I feel a little weird celebrating a knitting finish today … still, it’s a celebration. with smiles to prove it! The idea for this sweater started back in February when I laid out four skeins of Berroco…

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    FO Friday | Long Love.

    Long Love at Long Last is finished! I’m honestly not sure why it took me nearly two months to finish (I started on March 30 and finished May 19) … it was a good bit of knitting, but I think I knit a good bit! In any event, it’s done. I love it. I even have photos to share. First up, two I took myself. actually this is one photo; the image on the right is zoomed in to show the pretty lace detail. The construction of this cardigan is similar to Great Love (thankfully, without the pockets – ), which I finished in January (ravelry link), so that was…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    TGIF | Late January.

    Happy Friday, my friends! We had a few bumps this week – a sick pup and stormy weather* – and the last 18 hours have been OK. I’m still a bit sleep-deprived and this is the happiest smile I saw today Thank you for all your comments about my OLW; I’ve loved reading what y’all shared about yours (and about all the other stuff. I’m hoping to find a way to be better about sharing my stuff, too). TGIF is still one of my favorite ways to wrap up the week and this week is gonna be a ride! Thinking about … (stay with me on this)… I’m sure y’all have…