Tuesday, January 26, 2010

#16 - WARMTH

From Knitting, etc.

Over the holiday, I made quite a few knitted gifts for friends and family. Unfortunately in my messiness, I didn't photograph all of them - WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME?! But I did make sure to get a few photos of my brother's Thermis before he opened the box on Christmas morning. It knitted up super quick in Cascade 220 Superwash (and used less than one ball of yarn)! The pattern kept me interested and I picked some pretty excellent buttons from A Tangled Skein to finish it off.

From Knitting, etc.

But the best part was my brother's reaction of surprise that I could even make something like this. Aside from my own personal enjoyment, I'm pretty sure that's why I knit in the first place. Surely, my handknits keep my friends and family toasty, but it's more about the feeling of warmth I get by sharing these things with the people I love.

I'm working on lots of destashing / hibernating projects in preparation for the Ravelympics, so fingers crossed, I'll have more to share in the coming days.

Monday, January 25, 2010


above by Sister Corita Kent, a constant source of artistic inspiration.
via HI + LOW

So yes, I'm not dead. Life has been complicated and stressful and upsetting and changing for the better and so full of the messiness of reality in the last month. Not to mention, that foolish idea I had of trying to take 6 credits in a 3 week winter minimester.

I've been an inconsistent blogger - one with very good intentions and very little follow-through. It's an unfortunate common theme in my life lately. I find it difficult to convert my words into my actions, to make my life bigger than the things I say. But I'm still working on it, and I hope you'll indulge me from time to time to share these things here. My aim is consistent - to be intentional with my actions.

A new year always gives me this time to reflect, and even though we're nearly a month in, it's better late than never. I love beginnings. Mornings are perfect because of opportunity, the promise of what the day can bring. The start of a relationship is always so fun and light, before people become too broken and too afraid. Maybe that's why I love making new year's resolutions - it's a clean slate. I hope to keep sharing more with you this year - certainly my craftiness, and also my life. I want to be more honest and transparent with myself, so posting it here, in my mind, where all the world can see (but in reality, where a few good friends might see), I can feel as if I'm going public with these thoughts and plans, and that you, my very good friends, can hold me accountable to this.

So thanks to all of you lovely bloggers out there who follow me, who read and share your kind words of praise and support. You inspire me so much. Expect more from me.