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    Looking Back | December 2015.

    The sun is shining, the laundry is done, the house is clean, I have two new knitting projects on the needles (one for “just me” and one for next week’s newsletters), a good book on Audible … and a blog post for this first non-holiday weekday of 2016. Here’s to a happy beginning for the new year! But first, how about a quick look back at December, again through the lens of my daily photos. Not as many twinkle lights as I expected (nor as many cocktails!), but it does look like December! I’ve already shared most of the stories here, but here are two I haven’t. First, that’s my…

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    the Knitting Tale of the 23rd Journal.

    …continuing a tradition I began years ago and re-kindled back in January, I’m sharing the knitting story of my latest journal. This journal began on January 26 and ended today, covering almost five months. In that time I completed 17 projects including six from stash and nine for other people and used 7,439 yards of yarn. I’ve been knitting v e r y  s l o w l y these last seven weeks, so those yards were pretty much all worked in about three months…hence a knitting injury! I am delighted with all the colors this time: blues, pink, green, red, orange (!!) and yellow in addition to the usual…

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    the Knitting Tale of the 22nd Journal.

    the yarn story …I finished up journal #22 yesterday. I thought these Knitting Tales used to be a regular thing when I finished a journal, but I can’t find a similar post since July 2012 (when I finished journal #14!) One of my favorite things about keeping a journal is revisiting those old tales*…and comparing them to today’s. the project story I started this journal the day before Charlie was born, just about 4-1/2 months ago. Since then, I completed 18 projects with 9,734 yards of yarn. Ten of those projects used stash (or gift) yarn and eight were for others. Two sweaters (one for me and one for Charlie), one…

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    the knitting tale of the fourteenth journal.

    …no it’s not a page turner. and it’s definitely not one of my coveted 5 star reads. but when I closed out my fourteenth journal this morning, I was certainly curious. journal #14 … the yarn story back on february 12 when I started it, here’s what I wrote: I hope journal #14 tells a similar story about knitting for others. but maybe not knitting quite so much. and definitely getting back to sweaters. we’ll see. journal #14 …the project story today, I tallied the results. *20 projects – one less than last time *7 for others – three less…but this time didn’t include the rogovin birthday cycle or christmas…

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    the thirteenth journal ends.

    …wow. it still amazes me. this journaling habit. 62 months of my life. documented in 13 journals. the last page is always me today. a snapshot of what I’m about right now. (and what my hair looks like – funny how much that’s changed in the last five years!) the end of journal #13 with journal #6 I started tying a piece of yarn from each finished knitting project to the moleskine band with journal #7 I started listing those finished projects inside the front cover. and with journal #13, I added the yardage to that knitting record. since early october, I’ve completed 21 projects and knit just over 9,000 yards…

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    tuesday unwrapped.

    …I first read about tuesday unwrapped yesterday on emily’s blog. and her simple suggestion to share a moment that may have otherwise disappeared… Instead, stop. Notice. And be thankful. spoke to me. and I thought about joining in, but it wasn’t until this morning when I finally got back on my normal dark-early alarm schedule that I figured out my topic. so no, this isn’t a post I triggered for today. it’s what struck me as I was pouring my second cup of coffee and it was only 6:30 a.m. I had 45 whole minutes to spend with my journal. I came to my journaling habit just five years ago (a…

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    thoughts on inspiration.

    from ann taylor’s november ad, featuring demi moore …should I be embarrassed to admit I admire demi moore? oh well I do. I think she’s strong and committed and smart. and wow, I knew we were about the same age, but when I looked up the wikipedia link, I see she’s actually six days older than I am. huh – so add to that list “aging well” 🙂 she was featured in the latest ann taylor ad campaign, which arrived in print in my mailbox last week. I always love looking at fashion ads, and this one didn’t disappoint. the words on one of the inside pages spoke right to…

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    journal 8.

    …finished. true to the tradition I started back in early 2008, I closed with a snapshot of me (today). knitting. hembree park. looking forward to sara’s graduation and our trip to nyc. enjoying starbucks knitting time with lynn and virginia. wearing my hair curly some days (but always with mascara, lip gloss and earrings and often with pearls). and building on a tradition I started in journal 7, I documented 24 finished knitting projects – just the pattern and the yarn I used – a snippet of which I’ve tied to the journal elastic. I love the memories that jumble of yarn evokes. and look forward to seeing what journal 9…

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    a lesson in irrelevance.

    …I honestly thought I was better than this. I *make to do lists, work those to do items and check them off as I complete them, start new lists, and then repeat* forever. (and yes, sometimes I do transfer those last few trailing items from one tired list to a shiny new list, but that’s just to keep it fun). so yesterday, when I cleaned out my bag and found this list, I was…surprised. and yes, a bit disappointed. I started using these particular lists after a very fun shopping spree in chicago last winter. so I know this list isn’t more than a year old. and yet. I have absolutely no…