• Knitting

    What Was I Thinking?

    … back on April 1st when I wrote down these goals for April: I’m disappointed about the weights; I haven’t been to the weight room once all month. I did finish the Spring Cowl, Meridian is close and Jessie’s Girl is blocking. But what made me laugh out loud were those two other projects. Seriously?! I have started a scarf, but it’s a long way from being done. and one more cardigan? not even in the wings… Honestly, I’m not sure what I’m going to knit next. The retailer preview for next weekend’s release of the new Churchmouse patterns looks awesome. as in I could see myself making everything. So…

  • Just Life

    Celebrating the Good Stuff.

    I added another MantraBand to my stack today. This one in honor of my 2016 intention for more celebrating the good stuff. The card that accompanied the band included these “instructions”: Celebrate love. Celebrate family. Celebrate friendships. Celebrate small victories. Celebrate courage. Celebrate life, and you will always have more to celebrate. (see why I’m a fan?!) I love how thinking about things in the frame of “celebrating” helps me focus on the good stuff. And in the spirit of beginning how I mean to go on, here’s a short list of what I’m celebrating right now. Katie was home sick today (not the reason to celebrate!) so I had…

  • Books

    Reading Harder.

    Last week when we shared our “proud of” lists for 2015, my #6 was about reading: Reading a lot of books. I completed Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and another round of BotNS Bingo. Both expanded my reading world into new genres (Romance, Non-fiction, even Fantasy) and gave me different perspectives on themes I’d previously avoided (racism, domestic violence, poverty, science 🙂 … and I enjoyed nearly all of it. I’m actually setting a goal to read less in 2016…but to continue to read harder. Stay tuned for more on my plans for the 2016 Read Harder Challenge. The Read Harder Challenge is sponsored by Book Riot. hands down my…

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    Ten on Tuesday | More and Less.

    Charlie is all about more these days. If you know baby sign language, you might recognize “more” in the middle of this story board.  This is from New Year’s Day, when Marc showed Charlie the horse game. and then had to play it over, and over, and over. Today I saw more milk, more eggs, more kiwi (oops, sorry, that was the last one), more book (he likes to read most books at least two times in a row), more puzzle, more cheese and I’m sure there were a few others, too. Which sets me up nicely to share this week’s list – what I want more (and less) of…

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    Ten on Tuesday | Looking back with Pride.

    …today, Carole’s asked us to share ten things we did this year that we are proud of. from last December – the image that prompted me to choose Present for this year’s word In no particular order, here are mine: 1. Followed through with my Present intentions (mostly, on most days anyway) … as I look over the rest of this list, I’m happy to see elements of those intentions in all of them. 2. Tuesdays with Charlie. and yay – I get to continue them into 2016! 3. Daily yoga 4. and 10,000 steps. 5. I credit both of those with helping me recover from elbow and hamstring injuries…

  • Knitting

    Getting Organized | Off to a Good Start.

    …whoa, all this organization sure takes time away from actual knitting (and reading!) But boy does it feel good. After nearly six hours yesterday, my yarn room now looks like this: The top shelves hold nearly all of my “multi-skein” stash, as well as twelve balls of Rowan Pure Wool Worsted  mostly single skeins that I can hang all the rest. the straw and white wire baskets are stash and the black basket in the middle is hibernating projects In the process, I filled up one big bin with yarn, a few pattern books and project bags…and even one WIP that I had no desire to finish or frog, but…

  • Knitting

    Taking Stock.

    …I am slowly but surely getting comfortable with the Get to Work Book. It’s great to have all my “to do stuff” in one place and I’m loving the templates. Above is a bit of the monthly “Reflect and Goal Set” page (which I finally found time to work on last Thursday and Friday). This “new approach” to knitting is my big project for July. And there’s nothing like sharing about it in a blog post to really hold myself accountable. The gist is that I’m not going to be able to knit for hours on end; and I’m still not comfortable knitting on any needle smaller than a size…

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    Knitting Resolutions for 2014.

    …yep, I made some! and since one of those resolutions is to blog about my knitting, I figured it would make sense to share the whole list. Here goes: 1. Update Ravelry as I knit, including photos. I had been really good about this and I need to get back into the habit. Not only are the notes helpful when I’m asked about my projects, the photos are fun to share (and helpful). I made this little set over the weekend and I’ll be blogging about it for the shop later today. It’s a baby gift, knit with yarn I bought in 2013…so count one for others (#3) and one…

  • Just Life

    Looking Back | 2013.

    …at thirteen of the best things that happened around here. Rob & Katie and the sparkler sendoff (a favorite moment from a favorite day) 1. Katie and Rob’s wedding. The day of – May 18 – was wonderful, but the planning and preliminary parties – notably the bachelorette weekend in February where Katie and her friends shared one cottage and my friends and I shared the other (and there was snow) and a shower in April hosted by my sister and sister-in-law – and sharing the celebration with friends and family made it truly memorable. I’m so grateful, too, that we have hundreds of photos to remember it all. Marc…

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    13.1 | done.

    …yesterday I ran my first half marathon and finished a minute ahead of my 2:00 goal. Wow, that’s a statement I never would’ve imagined I’d make (or until last September even want to make) and I’m still trying to get my head around the possibilities it’s created. It was very special to share the event with three of my favorite people. me, Katie, Sara and Rob (before the race) Katie, me and Sara (after)… still smiling! …but I did the run itself on my own (well, along with 14,000 other people and 8,700+ running the same race). It was dark when the race started at 7:00 am (I was in…