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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

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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Happy December

December already? I think the older I get the faster it goes. This month is often filled with such busy, festive activities. I love them all but they can also leave me exhausted and craving the calm of the new year.

For this month I’ve signed up for The Healthy Knitter’s Project Peace. What a wonderful thing to focus on this month. The cowl pattern has a simple and soothing stitch pattern. It’s worked in a fingering weight yarn but I’m doing mine in a bulky yarn on large needles. I love bulky cowls and I already had this yarn on hand. Each day you should do one pattern repeat which is 4 rounds. I will probably finish mine before 12/21 which is what the pattern suggested but on 12/21 (winter solstice) Christina (The Healthy Knitter) is calling for a world-wide knit-in for peace day. She also is sharing tips on her blog each day on how to bring more peace into your life. According to her blog there have been 16,000 downloads of this pattern. If you knit or know someone who does I hope you consider joining in.

I’ve been playing around with the hot press watercolor paper some more and I’m starting to like it. I really look forward to spending some time each day (even for 15-20 minutes with my paint). I’m going to have to move my painting table to make room for the Christmas tree but it’s easy to do.

And in case you didn’t get the mini gratitude journal sign up for my newsletter (link in the side bar) and get access to it. I’ve been adding things to and it’s just about all filled up.

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November…so far

Here we are a few days into November and I seriously want to be knitting and painting all the things. There’s the Hitchhiker by Martina Behm. A colorwork hat I’m really excited about. The tension isn’t great and I’m not sure why except that I haven’t done much colorwork lately. I’ve also been painting watercolor wreaths nearly every day and loving it. I’ve shared here before. There’s something so soothing about a wreath shape and combined with the flow of the water and paints it’s just great to do. For some paintings I’ve been filling the middle with things that I’m grateful for, things that are bringing me joy and things I feel such great appreciation for. It has helped me to do this because it forces me to focus on what is right and turn away from what could be different etc. I think Oprah introduced me to gratitude lists years ago and I believe I did write some but then stopped. I would also mentally give thanks for things before going to sleep at night. I like that too but there’s something about writing it while thinking about it that has such power.

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Going on

I tried recording a Vlog a bunch of times today but it just wasn’t working and I had to stop. So here’s a snap of some of what I spoke of over and over while failing to record it. Hopefully next week it will work. Have a great weekend!

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Joy and Gratitude


It’s been so great to stop and acknowledge things that you are grateful for and bring you joy.

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Vlog 2- Knitting, dyeing and more

I came back with a video again. It was still hard but I like these little weekly chats.

The e-book I mentioned is called Botanical Color by Rebecca Desnos. Her site is here I believe you can now buy an actual book as well.
This is the avocado pitt dyed superwash merino and nylon yarn. What do you think?
I picked these zinnias this morning.

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