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Lodge sweater, finished

Most sweaters that I've knit previously have been rather fitted (by design), but this is the first that truly borders on sweatshirt cozy. I love the details: the mock neck, the split, ribbed hem, the marled yarn, the dropped shoulders. It's easy to wear and extremely comfortable, and hasn't itched me in the slightest. So far, I've worn it a few times with a short-sleeved tee underneath...

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Color craze shawl, finished

The pattern was enjoyable with large sections of garter, eyelets, or brioche. And I knew the shape would be quite wearable, as I love to wear (especially lightweight) crescent shaped shawls wrapped like scarves. Yarn: several smaller amounts of sock weight yarn from stash. Main color used throughout is a tweed sock weight yarn (mauve, although I can't recall the exact shade) from Sweet Sparrow YarnsPattern: Color Craze Shawl by Tamy GoreSpecifics/modifications: Adding additional contrast colors, smaller needles, added picot edge for bind off for a little visual interest (I've seen other people knit versions with this technique, and I wanted to try it for the first time)...

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Creativity check and finished projects, mid-July 2021

Sock knitting! Of course! I don't know if its the camaraderie of summer sock camp, or if I am just really in the mood to knit socks, but they are certainly my project of choice right now. Portable, small, and the progress is so easily visualized. FinishedI also finished a pair of Cyril socks for me in a special yarn (a cashmere blend) that I've had in stash for awhile. I love the colors in these and this pattern fits like a dream every time...

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Creativity check and finished projects, almost summer 2021

Sewing-wise, I finished what may be my most-involved non-apparel sewing project: a quilted tote for my mom for mother's day. Last time they visited, she brought along some fabric and mentioned that if I wanted to sew a tote for her at some point, I could use it. After exploring Erica Ardnt's channel on YouTube a bit when I made my drawstring tote, I came across her tutorial for a quilted weekend tote. I'm very visual, especially with learning new sewing techniques, so I love the format of a video tutorial (and bonus, it's free)...

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What brings me to worship: Life lately, mid-May 2021

Even within my heart and personal life, I have days rife with longing and grief and fear, where tears come easily. I can't speak for you, reader. I won't assume anything about your life right now. But my aim in writing about life's little things is to add a little lightness, if I can...

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