• Knitting

    TGIF | Coatigan.

    I had grand plans for Coatigan to be finished this week. But at nearly 4pm on Friday, I’m having to accept that will only happen if I stretch “this week” to include the weekend. So in lieu of the typical TGIF post, today I have a slightly tongue-in-cheek one, dedicated to this WIP. Thinking about my next project (of course, right?). I even went so far as to pull out needles and make a tiny swatch this morning. It looks like I’ll be knitting DK weight yarn on a size 7 needle. Which after weeks of knitting aran yarn on a size 5  sounds heavenly. Grateful for the girls in…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    My Friday morning book group is still on holiday hiatus, so I had a few extra hours this morning. I put it to good use and cleared out my inbox and then – finally! – my Feedly reader. I didn’t leave a lot of comments (so as not to clutter up too many other inboxes), but I must say, this little corner of the internet where I spend my time is already enjoying a most fulfilling 2019! Here’s to its first Friday! Thinking about Hope and how often I throw the word around when I really mean “wish” (or “want” or “would like”). I want to give it more meaning.…

  • Just Life

    TGIF | The Last One of 2018.

    I don’t think it’s just me … this week – and these last few days of 2018 – is flying by. Hopefully the weekend will put me in a better frame of mind to welcome a new year, but now it’s Friday … and time for the last TGIF post of this year. Thinking about my #makenine plans for 2019, with a focus on finishing works-in-progress, learning new skills, and using yarn and fabric I already have. Grateful for time with my girls this week. Wednesday’s lunch was delightful (and we even found a nice person to take our photo), as was Mary Poppins Returns! Inspired by our girl-talk on…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Hello friends and Happy Solstice! We haven’t seen the sun in a few days, so I’ll just have to look forward to the later sunsets. Maybe tomorrow?! And of course it’s Friday … of the last weekend before Christmas … so without further ado: Thinking about my one little word for 2019.  (are you?) Grateful for a “free day” on my calendar – tomorrow! of course I’ve planned two days worth of things to fill that time, but still … it feels good! Inspired by today’s reading in Advent in Narnia. The devotion is inspired by Chapter 11 where Edmund finally realizes that the Witch won’t make him king. or…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    I just finished the second pair of socks (woohoo!) and while I ponder the next cast on, I thought I’d drop in here for a little Friday fun. Thinking about 2019 and what I’d like the year to be. (I’m also still thinking a lot about the end of 2018 – there is still much to do … and experience! … before the calendar turns!) Grateful for the library. This afternoon, I finished my 100th book (Call the Midwife) of 2018. 65 of those books have been borrowed from the library. I’ve also purchased a few and read from my bookshelves. I hope to continue all of these practices next…

  • Just Life,  Sewing

    TGIF.

    Hello, friends! All that unraveling sure made the week fly by 🙂 Before I dive into TGIF, I have a few modeled photos of Hadley. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. and finally using the beautiful Nani Iro linen I bought at Purl Soho back in June. FO selfies are hard … but here’s a little view of the back – and more of the slightly raised neckline (I cut a size 4 top, except for the V-neck where I traced the opening for the size 18.) Thinking about holiday plans. (yes, finally.) We are delighted that Sara is going to be here for a few days after…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Is it just me, or did this week fly by? Seems like I was just telling y’all about our birthday weekend … and now another weekend is upon us. But first… Thinking about joining NaKniSweMo. yes. really. (for my non-knitting readers, this is the knitting corollary to NaNoWriMo and participants knit a 50,000 stitch sweater in the month of November.) I decided a few weeks back that I would not be repeating NaBloPoMo (sharing a blog post every day in November), but as I’m trying to jump-start the sweater knitting season, I think the challenge and the KAL might be fun. Of course first I really need to finish Calyx ……

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Hello friends and happy Friday! Thinking about Advent. what to read – my small group is considering Advent in Narnia (and ooh, I’d love a good excuse to re-read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and I think I’m going to read this one on my own. and maybe join in Ambah O’Brien’s Advent-along. I haven’t done a knit-every-day kind of project before but this one looks like fun. especially if I could find some friends to join me! Grateful for all the community in my life – on social media and in real life. Chapter Six of Braving the Wilderness is titled “Hold Hands. With Strangers.” I think it should…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Hello Friday! Thinking about Braving the Wilderness and looking forward to getting back to the discussion with my Friday morning small group. Today we’re discussing Chapter Five (pictured above). Timely, no?! Somewhat related, I listened to the first episode of NYT’s new podcast, The Argument. It’s a great format and a nice example of how to Be Civil. Grateful for a new volunteer opportunity. Yesterday marked the first “Knitting with Mary” gathering at my mom’s community. A handful of ladies showed up … and two stayed. One of them is a knitter looking for someone to knit with. The other wants to learn so she has something to do with…

  • Just Life

    TGIF.

    Thinking about how I’m going to document our trip – both while we’re traveling and once we’re back home. This post is coming to you from the WordPress app on my iPad. so far so good. and there’s Instagram. and 1SE videos. and maybe a photo book. Grateful for getting back to the lake! Marc and I walked there and back yesterday morning (3.5 miles – by far my longest walk in months). I’ve driven by that spot many times since June, but seeing it from the sidewalk was different. and wonderful. Inspired by an even chillier forecast for Vienna to knit a headband! I have one ball of light…