• 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…

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    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…

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    TGIF | Burying the Lede.

    Fun fact – I wasn’t quite sure what “burying the lede” meant unto about five minutes ago when I finally looked it up and decided it was indeed what I intended to do with the photos I had 🙂  Also, I love that I can tag one of my mostly-regular TGIF posts with a title that doesn’t reference time.  (and yup, burying that lede even more!) Happy Friday y’all! and welcome to TGIF in this little corner of the internet. Thinking about … how to balance stillness and connection as things start to re-open. When I wrote this year’s intentions, I was imagining a world that looked like most of…

  • 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

    Staying Warm.

    Same as y’all, it’s cold here today. Unlike many of y’all, though, this “Georgia cold” is not single or minus degrees. and thankfully, it didn’t come with snow. My standing Tuesday morning tennis match was cancelled yesterday morning; I’ve only ventured outside for about 15 minutes – two times, in my Uggs, to walk Holly. We’ve spent the rest of the day in this spacewith me alternating between the chair (for knitting and/or reading) and the desk (for getting some ToDo’s done). I finished two books yesterday, and two more today. and just a bit ago finished binding off the body on Jingle. I’m grateful to have a cozy space…

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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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    Procrasti-queuing.

    Today’s blog post is brought to you by an overflowing email inbox and 64 degrees. The inbox is the thing I’m avoiding and the temperature is the thing that’s making me think about warmer weather knits. Today’s mail brought the four additional balls of pink Lindy Chain I ordered to knit a spring-y JiJi. and instead of simply adding those balls to the other three and then getting on with the email, I decided to pull all the spring/summer sweater quantities off the shelves and … make some plans. Of course sharing those plans with y’all is a rather clever form of procrastination, don’t you think?! I don’t buy a…

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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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    My Year of Books and Knitting.

    Yes, this is the fourth post in four days from me 🙂 with one last look back at 2020 … today, for books and knitting. First, the books. My 2020 reading totals were about the same as last year. I had a few more books and a few less average pages because I counted three short ones that I read with Charlie (The Dragons of Blueland trilogy) and Sally Rooney’s Mr. Salary (a brief 33 pages). The quality of what I read, based on my star ratings, was way up, though. I was a lot better about choosing books I’d love and quickly abandoning those that weren’t quite right for…

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    TGIF | the Last One Before Christmas.

    The sun is shining. Alexa is playing some of my favorite holiday music. I’m sitting at my desk, wearing real clothes (jeans and a sweater!) – and make-up! – and slippers 😉 Holly is nearby. There’s some experimenting with cocktails in my near future. and I am completely amazed that it will be Christmas a week from today. Thinking about … a new cocktail to celebrate the season. I baked my favorite Orange Spice cookies* yesterday and had the inspired idea to make a simple syrup with the leftover orange sugar. I guesstimated that I had somewhere between 1/4-1/3 cup of the sugar mixture. I put it into a small…