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Catching up + Good things


Winter has decided to show up here in NY a little bit later than usual bringing along the wind, snow and cold. Knowing that spring is just around the corner and with the sun shining today makes it all bearable. I really enjoy the seasons but I always get antsy for spring around this time of the year. Eager for the green grass, longer amounts of light (already starting), starting seeds indoors, brighter colors and the flowers of course. 

Maybe I shouldn’t be in too much of a rush for the warmer weather. I have my first sweater to finish and wear. This picture was taken a week or so ago and now I have only 16 more rows to go! I’m using Lett Lopi yarn and the pattern is Rosemont by Hannah Fetting. It’s a gorgeous open front cardigan and I can’t wait to wear it. I had to adjust the sleeves some by adjusting the increase’s around the armhole and then adjusting the rate of decreases down to the wrists. I also had to work on my picking up of stitches and working short rows. It isn’t perfect but I have learned so much during this process. I’m already looking around for my next sweater pattern. This time I will try one that is knit in pieces and seamed. Just for the sake of learning the differences in sweater construction. The top down seamless construction is easier to try on for the correct fit but apparently knitting in pieces gives the sweater more structure.

Once the sweater is done I will get back to my socks. I still have the second sock to make from my Christmas Eve cast on and a New Year cast on. I also started a granny square scrap blanket but I’m not sure if I will continue with that one or start a different one.

Here’s my yarn so far for a Find Your Fade shawl. I think I will cast it on after the sweater. The colors to me feel so much like spring and I think I will dye a pink one to put in too. It’s a huge shawl so I may make it a bit smaller but what I love the most about it is the way the colors melt into each other. It really shows off pretty yarn.

I did want to share some good things going with you. Who doesn’t need more good things right? There’s an awesome pattern collection released today, Heart on My Sleeve.  Sweaters from the top designers. I really love this one by Joji Locatelli. It has sweet embroidery and that heart is just the best. All proceeds minus the admin fees are going to charity.

Anne from My Giant Strawberry is doing her Handmade Joy Exchange again this year.  Check it out here. I hope you sign up. I did.

I know there are many good things going on amidst all the negativity so please share those here.

 

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Holiday Cheer

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This is some of what is bringing me holiday cheer now.
*Harney and Sons Vanilla Comoro decaf black tea in my Santa mug. This is great in the afternoon or evening. If I want the caffeine I love their Hot Cinnamon Spice or Chocolate Mint tea.
*Some light holiday reading with Richard Paul Evans.
*Lindt Lindor Peppermint Extra Dark Chocolate Truffles.
*My new sheepy Madder Root project bag (LOVE)that’s carrying my Project Peace cowl. I think I have only about 4 days left and should be done.
*Watching the paper whites do their thing and wondering about my second and third amaryllis bulbs. They don’t look they will do their thing this year but I’m remaining hopeful.
What’s bringing you holiday cheer this year?

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Summer Sweet Summer


It happens every year. Things get so busy and I can hardly believe summer is speeding by. We’ve been having fun and I am reminded of how hard keeping kids well nourished in every way all day is. We’ve added two sweet Guinea pigs to the family. It’s only been a couple of days and we are starting to adjust. Pikachu is pretty calm and Snowball has lots of energy. The kids have read a bunch about them and have been so attentive. Cutie (our cat) has been only slightly interested in them. My zinnias are growing up and we’ve built them a gnome garden. Lots of fun. Crafting fits in among all of it. I did finish my Campside shawl. Didn’t block it but love it as is. I’m crocheting a baby blanket out of cotton as the baby to be will live in Texas. I also started (almost completed now) a sock that I just love. I can say that after looking through Home and Away and trying to decide on a sweater I’m feeling a tiny bit okay with fall coming. But until then we will carry on with swimming, Italian ice, bike riding, corn (soon I hope), reading and more.

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Periscope Love

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I haven’t posted much here. I’m not sure if I’m feeling like blogs are no longer relevant or I’m just being lazy. What do you think about the relevancy of blogs? I’ve been so drawn into Periscope. Have you checked it out? You can now watch from your computer. In case you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s a live stream broadcast app. You can watch the replay for 24 hours. You can comment and ask questions in real time. LOVE IT.

Here’s some people that I’m enjoying so much.

-Marisa from Creative Thursday. http://www.periscope.tv/creativethursday
Marisa has been scoping every day. She’s been a big influence to so many creative and she’s now teaching a course for women creative.

-BariJ-http://www.periscope.tv/barij
Bari is so great on Periscope. She’s sharing her fabric lines, advice on developing your style, live painting, sharing personal stories. Just great. So encouraging.

-Ashley Goldberg-http://www.periscope.tv/ashleygoldberg
Ashley has done a few process videos. We didn’t get to “meet” her face to face until last night. She’s really great too. She’s very open, confident, smart and encouraging.

I already loved the art created by these three but it makes you love them even more. Not just their art. It’s connecting like no other platform. These are just a few. I will share more soon. Things seem to change so fast with technology so who knows where this new fun platform will go.

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Hello out there!

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I really can’t believe that summer is unofficially over! The season zipped by in a blink. The warm weather is still upon us but I’ve spotted trees doing their magic by transforming from green sporting spots of red and gold.

The kids are back to school tomorrow and I guess it’s really time to say goodbye to all the things I love about summer. Most importantly the time spent with my kids. 🙁
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I’m up to day 251 already in my daily sketchbook. I kinda can’t believe I’m still with. It’s kept me creatively connected during the busy days of summer at Camp Mom. Lol.
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Knitting has also been right here with me throughout the summer. I finished this scarf just today. It’s traveled with me to many places and I can’t wait to send it off to a friend.
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I also want to mention #peytonheartproject. Basically it’s a project that knitters and crocheters can participate in by knitting or crocheting small hearts and attaching positive messages to them and scattering them around where someone will find it. It was started as a way to raise awareness of bullying and teen suicide after a young boy took his life. Here is the link to the facebook page to learn more about the project and request the tag file if you are interested.

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I’ve also been reading some. I LOVED this book so much. I read Fall of Marigolds earlier this year and then The Shape of Mercy right before this one. I loved them all.

I also wanted to jam some other good things into this already full post.

Craft in the Middle of Motherhood: I was led to this post (thanks Anne) and I have to say there are so many things I can relate to and I’m sure you can too.

-I’ve said it before but I love podcasts. I love listening to them while I’m cooking dinner, cleaning, folding laundry, so basically a lot!

This one is so good so far. First Day Back. It chronicles a mom who wants to get back to her career after staying home with her boys for the past 6 years. I’m on episode 4 but it’s very well done and I can’t wait to find out what happens.

Did you know that Elizabeth Gilbert has a podcast? It’s called Magic Lessons. It sorta goes along with her forth coming book, Big Magic. I can’t wait for mine to show up any day.

Kelly Rae Roberts also has a podcast that is lovely. There are only three and you can find them here.

That was a lot. Phew. I would love to hear any book/movie/podcast recommendations if you want to share or even if you just want to say hi!

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Summer Snippets

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Farms, fairs, swimming, knitting, daily sketchbook, reading. Just a few of the summer moments I’ve been trying to savor. 🙂

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Beautiful things

Lori’s story – Gratitude Grows. from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo.

Have you guys heard of Lori Portka and her Gratitude Story? I was so moved by it. I know you will love it.
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I realize it is almost June but early this month Creativebug released more watercolor classes with Yao Cheng. I’m not all the way through them but I’ve been practicing in my Daily Sketchbook. I know I’ve said it before but I really love her simplistic approach to watercolor. She makes it look so easy.
Also, Creativebug is giving away a one month creative pass to the site. So if you wanted to give it try now may be a good time.

Classes with Helen Dealtry from Helen Dealtry on Vimeo.
And one more beautiful thing which is added to my bucket list. Looks great doesn’t it?

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