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Creativity check, early March 2024

It has been some time since I shared details of my current creative projects. Due to some recent difficult news in our little family, I have been reaching for "comforting knits." For me, this looks like two projects (max) at a time, and a mixture of...

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Redemption in loss

Weary of grief. That's the best way to describe how I felt when we had another miscarriage recently. It can feel like there is a limit to heartache, and there have been seasons where truly, it feels like we are at that threshold.

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Life lately, winter 2024

It has been quite some time since I wrote a little catch-up post on the little doings in our life. I like to record the bits and pieces, the details of daily life that might otherwise be forgotten months or years from now. Things that feel small,...

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Storm sweater junior for Cooper, finished

It was due time for me to knit another sweater for Cooper! He is a very enthusiastic recipient of handmade things, in general. And so, with his approval, I settled on the Storm Sweater Junior pattern by PetiteKnit. I wanted to knit a sweater with...

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Him, 34 years

We celebrated Nicholas' birthday a few weekends ago! It fell on a Friday, and his request for a treat was breakfast sourdough cinnamon rolls (the boys were thrilled about this, of course). The day before, they helped me roll out and assemble the...

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Creative goals for 2024

Every year, I like to set a loose framework of "creative aspirations," if you will. Basically, I type out a collection of patterns for knitting, sewing, crochet, etc. that serve a purpose in being a match for materials I already own, show me a new...

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2023: A year in review

Every year, I write a post encompassing the events and abundance of the year prior. Joys and heartaches, lessons learned, life updates, what we ate, what I listened to, and what the year looked like for me. It is methodical and therapeutic in that...

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Christmas 2023, part 2

I wrote about the first round of our Christmas celebrations, and then, for the second round a couple weeks ago, my parents and brother, Matt, drove down to visit and celebrate a belated Christmas together.

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2023: A knitting year in review

Every year, I find it helpful to look back on the last 12 months (ish) of knitting and make some observations. Notably, I like to pay attention to what did I make, did I learn new skills, try new materials, knit a specific pattern more than once?...

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Slightly sassy v sweater, finished

Happy new year! I typically find that one week between Christmas and new years is not enough time for me to truly reflect and think back on the year past. So while January first may be a grand start for some, I will spend much of this month...

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Christmas 2023, part 1

I wanted to share a bit about our first round of Christmas celebrations. We spent Christmas Eve and Day close to home, with Nicholas' family. And then, my family is visiting us in early January, at which time we will celebrate Christmas with them!

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Bright bits of life, December 2023

Amidst the busyness of moving and settling in, we have been up to other little bits of life! Of course, there are Christmas preparations and festive baking, last-minute gift wrapping and post office trips, meal planning for Christmas Eve and...

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An ode to our family's first house

I've shared about our recent move, and a bit about our new home, so it felt right to give a bit of tribute to our first house. Rather than show photos of empty rooms, I wanted to share a few of the photos that I took that we used in the listing.

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We moved!

It's been awhile since my last post, and for good reason. I mentioned in that particular post that we were in "a flurry of organizing and paring down," and that's true–in preparation for a move to a different house in our area, just across town.

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Favorites of fall

Despite my writing in the previous post that fall felt like it passed the baton to winter, we've actually had some rather warm and sunny weather here. Trying to enjoy the ease of outdoor time without winter layers, just yet!

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Savoring a brief fall

In some very real ways, autumn felt like it lasted for only a few weeks. September was a very warm month–hot even–and then our temperatures quickly dipped from the seventies to the low fifties and forties. I love this time of year, so I savored any...

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A fall visit with family

This past weekend, my parents and brother made the drive down from my original home state of Minnesota for a visit with us! The weather and the fall colors were beautiful throughout the entire visit, so we spent lots of time outdoors.

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Creativity check, October 2023

Since my last creativity check in, in late July, I've been rather prolific, in both knitting and sewing. As the weather gets cooler, I do find that I'm switching gears to more cool-weather projects.  I'm eager to finish up some remaining...

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Turning thirty-three & sewing an Orchards Dress

My birthday was at the end of September, and I typically like to reflect on my life (at whatever age I am) each year on my birthday. We don't have extravagent birthday celebrations, but with each birthday in our family, we try to make the day feel...

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Local September fun

We've been up to some fun things over the past few weeks, and I figured it was time for a little catch up!

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Corran cardigan, finished

Several weeks ago, I finished a new cardigan! This project was the first time I've done an all over lace pattern, as well as the first time I've made a drop shoulder construction cardigan.

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Life lately, early September 2023

Today, the air felt different. Cooler and more crisp. Filled with anitcipation. The last several weeks since my last "life lately" post, have been filled with a lot of summery fun and they've felt full. I might be getting ahead of myself, since it...

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Ten years of us

I'm a little late in sharing this, but we had a belated anniversary date planned and I wanted to share a bit about our celebration.

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Anticipation and contentment

I'm eager to discuss my love of the seasons–all of them. The first snowfall and a fresh blanket, over all things, juxtaposed with the warmth and welcome of a snug home. The newness and hope of spring, the many firsts of blooms and barefeet in...

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The five senses of August

Seeing – big ombre hydrangea blooms, Nicholas sanding his former desk out in the yard, Finn climbing into every basket and onto every surface in the house.

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