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Archive for November, 2010

It’s the season for go, Go, GO!  Much as I’d like to protect my family from the chaotic energy of it all, I can’t.  Sometimes I don’t want to because their excitement is contagious!

Village Frock 1

I’ve been absent here because our commitments for both family and work began before Thanksgiving, then we had a lovely visit away for the holiday, to return home to all that needed doing after our absence.

Village Frock 3

I’m looking forward to sinking into the cold season, anticipating the coming solstice and the visiting with friends and family that will continue during the coming weeks.  As the intensity of the winter holiday season ratchets ever higher, I’m going to be looking for the cute and funny to ground us all.

Village Frock 2Village Frock Dress Pattern from Sugar City Journal

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All Wrapped Up

Though I love the book, and its predecessor, as any one who knits knows, it is a bit of a misnomer.  Hand knits are NEVER last minute.  They simply can not be by their very nature.  Choosing the yarn, the pattern, swatching and then knitting the final product is all part of a process that takes a little bit of planning, at the least, and hours of creating to reach fruition.

Baby Socks & Cardigan

But oh! to see those stitches work into something to be used, worn, loved by someone–that is such a happy feeling, regardless of if the project is “last minute” or not.  Though  I surely knit a great deal for myself (I know I appreciate what I make!), I do love to knit for others, too.  So bring on the last-minute gifts or the more long-term projects.  I’ll take them both.

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{this moment}

Pancake Makin'

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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A Wee Addictive

For Baby Clark

Fast, sweet, and fun, knitting this little sock was addictive. My usual, “just one more row” went far beyond that. I stopped because my hands really couldn’t handle any more knitting (the carpal tunnel seems to be worse than usual lately) and settled in with Pride and Prejudice before bed instead.

Knitting Stats:

Pattern: Baby Socks by Joelle Hoverson in More Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Yarn: Lornas Laces Shepherd Multi, leftover from socks made for a friend years ago

No mods, pattern was just fine as is, made in 0-6 month size.  The book is great, I think I’ll be using it just as much as I have the first.   The socks are for a new baby soon-to-arrive in our family.  Her little sweater is almost done, too, just waiting some buttons and seaming. The shower is this weekend, so I need to get-to-it!

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My Bliss: The Little Things

Little things making me smile lately:

Frosty LeaveFrost coated leaves in the morning

Shop PackageWrapping up a shop order

New SlippersNew slippers after wearing holes through my knitted pair, again.

It’s an exciting life, I know.  🙂  What little things have been making you smile this week?

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Finding Gratitude

Autumn at Big Field

Local-to-me blogger Jessica at Turkeycookies is writing a series of posts this month on gratitude and they are just beautiful and inspiring. Because there are some days when I feel less-than-grateful for these beautiful little faces:

Throwing Leaves

We all feel like that sometimes, right? Like even the things we love most in our lives are burdensome? Maybe it is the very fact that they are so important to us that can lead to that heavy feeling. I am grateful for those feelings that run so deep, and grateful for the recognition that I wouldn’t be me without them.

Hold on to your Hat!

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{this moment}

Still Smiling. . .

From Soulemama: “{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.”

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