• Books,  Just Life,  Knitting

    TGIF | Mid-September.

    It’s been a while since I paused on a Friday afternoon to share a post through the TGIF lens … I’ve been thinking all day about the T-G-I-F and this afternoon it all came together. The title says “Mid-September”, but this is really “September 17”. Thinking about … stories. I keep seeing a theme in the books I’m reading this year about who tells the stories and the stories they (get to) choose to tell. memory. power. privilege. history. I’ve come to a whole new appreciation for memoir and unreliable narrators. My church has been hosting a seminar on “Story Companions” – “Through reverent listening to each other in suffering, joy,…

  • Knitting

    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…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Same Old Stuff.

    Wow. It’s Tuesday. again. funny how that happens every single week, isn’t it? you’d think that posting just twice a week would give me plenty of stuff to write about. sometimes it does … and sometimes, all I’ve got is the same old stuff. Since I last shared my knitting, I’ve made noticeable progress on The Classic (ravelry link)The body is slightly cropped, so I’m about 2/3 through … with a lot more twisted rib – this time knit flat – to finish. (and then sleeves – you can get some idea of how much knitting is left by how much yarn is left – ahem, it’s a bit) I’ve…

  • Just Life,  Knitting

    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…

  • Just Life

    New Views.

    Hello friends, and Happy Tuesday. I talked in my last post about embracing the season’s transition. I was thinking about summer turning to fall (and honestly looking forward to days getting cooler); being at peace with another season passing with COVID still not behind us (I heard on a few podcasts this week that it will likely never be “behind us” and that was a paradigm shift I wasn’t quite ready for); and figuring out what “active me” might look like without running. It’s all complicated mix of joy, hope, and sorrow. In the very back of my mind, I’m also grieving a second summer spent totally at home. Y’all,…

  • Knitting

    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…

  • Books,  Knitting

    Needing a Boost.

    Thank y’all for being such a lovely boost for my spirits about my knee (and other stuff) … every single comment and email was a most-welcome balm for me feeling like these poor daisies , rained on for days, (photos from this morning’s walk) and then of course feeling bad about feeling beat down with a little injury when there are so many other things that are So Good … (thank you And). After this morning’s walk I caught up on a few blogs – much more boosting of the spirit there, thank you connections through the internet! and gosh, I’m sorry Kym to be sharing these sad daisies following your…

  • Books,  Just Life

    Savoring Life along with Transcendent Kingdom.

    I finished Transcendent Kingdom this morning. I loved it (just like everyone told me I would) and I’m glad I took it slowly, savoring the writing and the story. I was incredibly invested in a good outcome for Gifty and I think she got that, so I was pleased with the ending. I was almost angry enough with the “theology” she encountered to throw the book across the room. gah! It’s so real, and so harmful … gah! I also really appreciate Gyasi’s range as an author – and she’s only on book #2! There are certainly some common themes with Homegoing, but this is a brand new story, told…

  • Books,  Knitting

    How to Savor a Book.

    I mentioned in my last Reading Better post that I had been devouring books, reading many of them in a day or two. and I continued that pace into this month. The combination of good books, bad weather, still staying home more than not … I’ve been reading more than just about anything else. Saturday was a perfect case in point. I finished a book on Friday afternoon and had mostly caught up on podcasts by that morning. Marc was playing golf (Sara was in New York!) and I planned to spend some alone time on the porch with Unsettled Ground. I brought my knitting and Nothing to See Here…

  • Knitting

    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…