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It’s the New Year, and I Always Get Super Reflect-y.

Four years ago, I was only dreaming about a beautiful life. I wanted to make lovely things that served a purpose, and purposeful things that turned out to be lovely. I wanted to develop satisfying skills. I wanted to make fresh bread daily, write letters, and longed for my best friends to live nearby. I wanted to make art telling stories that helped people recognize the world around them.

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Screenshot! See? Almost those exact words. (incidentally, that was also the year I completed my first hand-knit sweater!)

Now, I do make lovely things, and useful things that are lovely. I’ve learned a lot of satisfying skills, from letterpress to papermaking, from designing knitting patterns to changing blowout diapers. I make fresh bread weekly. I forgot about writing letters, but I spend time with my baby and my husband outdoors every week. We’ve made some incredible friends nearby and are intentional about seeing those who are far away. I not only make art helping people recognize the world around them, my actual job is to provide resources for those who want to make their own art, so the love is spread even further.

I’m so grateful. I’m so excited for the next year, even the daily grind type of thing, like trying to keep the floor underneath the high chair clean (good luck, future me).

And I’m wishing you a wonderful, satisfying year. I hope it’s the best (and most knitting-filled) year yet.

I swear by my Clark's. You probably shouldn't wear your Gangnam Style socks to work, though, no matter how comfortable the shoes are.

Career Advice You Could Have Gotten From Your Mother

At my non-knitting workplace, we have a fabulous intern. She’s smart, motivated, and (best of all) she has no concept of what is possible and what is impossible, which means she gets a heck of a lot of big things done.

In any case, I found myself giving her ridiculous career advice last week.

“The important thing to remember is… always wear comfortable shoes.”

I swear by my Clark's. You probably shouldn't wear your Gangnam Style socks to work, though, no matter how comfortable the shoes are.
I swear by my Clark’s. You probably shouldn’t wear your Gangnam Style socks to work, though, no matter how comfortable the shoes are.

There was context. It makes sense to say it explicitly in a world that often disproportionately values how things look. But it was ridiculous, too. So I thought I would seize the momentum of feeling like a mom and introduce you to my own mother.

She knew the basics of knitting long before I was born, but has really started to find her feet in the last few years. She is also an adventurous knitter, and has the blessing of beginner’s mind. She’ll be joining us every few weeks, and I hope you enjoy her words as much as I do!

Gift or Grinch?

Whew! I completed a knitting commission this week, and learned something very important about myself.

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the knitting commission

When I’m busy knitting something on a deadline for someone else, I dream of a thousand more new designs than when I’m actually working on a new design.

So this yarn cake, and that yarn cake, and that blue, and that cable, and this lace, and that sweater, oh, and a giant lace and beads project… those are all getting cast on this week (or at least charted, so I can evaluate their design-worthiness).

I'm casting on the Tassel Hotel Wrap from Knitting Architecture. Yarn is in Knit Picks' Shadow Lace yarn in color Midnight Heather
I’m casting on the Tassel Hotel Wrap from Knitting Architecture. Yarn is in Knit Picks’ Shadow Lace yarn in color Midnight Heather. I’m adding beads and including it as part of the #summeroflaceandbeads knitalong.

I’ve been super inspired this week by the brain trust which is Instagram’s knitting community – so you can follow the daily progress of my knitting over there. I’m hashtagging the #grinchalong, the #summeroflaceandbeads, #projectsweaterchest, #knitsonik, the #sssalong (Selfish Single Skein knit-a-long), and #matchymatchykal.

Considering Lauriel by Ysolda Teague as one of my #grinchalong projects
Considering Lauriel by Ysolda Teague as one of my #grinchalong projects

Although I am doing mostly selfish knitting at the moment, there are a few gifts on my radar. I bought most of my Christmas gifts at the local Guild fine craft fair this year. So although I’m not the one making them, they are handmade and beautiful.

One of my favorite things was a flameworking demonstration by glass artist Jim Byrnes
One of my favorite things at the craft fair was a flameworking demonstration by glass artist Jim Byrnes

What are you knitting now that it’s freezing outside? Leave a link and make my queue explode.

A baby sitting in a pile of fall leaves holding a rake, wearing an argyle sweater and wearing a handknit hat

Smells Like Fall Spirit

Good morning, knitters of the world. I am very excited to make my first post on my fancy new website. At the moment, the smell of wood smoke is drifting across the yard, and the breeze this morning was bitterly cold.

So, of course, I layered up in multiple hand-knit sweaters and a hat before I left for work.

Hendreary (by Ysolda Teague) knit in Madelinetosh Graphite and Thoreau
Hendreary (by Ysolda Teague) knit in Madelinetosh Graphite and Thoreau

What’s better than an Acer covered by a super-chunky Aidez, and topped with a Hendreary in Madelinetosh?

Maybe a cute baby in a pile of fall leaves (wearing a hand-knit hat, of course).

A baby sitting in a pile of fall leaves holding a rake, wearing an argyle sweater and wearing a handknit hat
Pebble | Cliff Hat knit in scraps of sock yarn