thoughts

Continue to sing

I want to live in a state of mind (and heart) where I can appreciate new and exciting things, and venture beyond our at-home normal (when it is safe, practical, and loving to others to do so), but not at the cost of losing a love for the ordinary, for the typical, for the regular.Enamored by the paths of sunlight streaming into interior rooms, making patches on the wall, Cooper discovering his shadow.Making sourdough brownies (and then insufficiently baking them and not realizing it until later). Consequently, then baking a sour cream vanilla cake from Food52 as a redemption bake (as you do)...

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Several finished quarantine knits and creativity check, April 2020

Yarn: Shepherd's Wool Worsted in peach Pattern: Tread by Shannon Cook Specifics/modifications: Sized down needles, but otherwise, knit to pattern. Yarn: Cascade Yarns Eco Duo (alpaca/merino blend) Pattern: Graham by Jennifer Adams Specifics/modifications: Specifics/modifications: I sized down my needles (of course), and I altered the crown of the hat to make it slightly less pointed. In all honesty, I haven't blocked this yet, but I do imagine that the crown will flatten some when I do block it. Yarn: Stress Knits favorite base, in the colorway etching (grey), and madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light + Copper Glitter, in the colorway Mars Rover...

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Before we see the leaves (on life while social distancing)

In the midst of social distancing, here are some photos and snippets of life right now. It feels more odd than usual to document "ordinary" life, but this space has always been a home for that exact sort of documentation, so I'll continue on. Lots of knitting. I finished the neutral striped socks for Nicholas...

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Tundra Jumper, finished

This sweater has been "finished" for a little while, but even before the yoke was finished, I had a feeling that the proportions may be off. For my body shape, anyway. And so, after completing the neckline, I set about figuring out how to modify this (bottom-up) knit sweater to be more wearable. Then, referencing Episode 33 of Fruity Knitting, I cut into my sweater body, and carefully unraveled it...

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19 Pockets of joy, aka staying home

Regardless of what your days currently look like (arguably not normal for most, if not all), I'm praying for little pockets of joy, and for safety for those who cannot or do not have the option to stay in, and for those unable to work from home experiencing a loss of income. Putting my hope in Jesus and praying for freedom from fear.I want to view this time of forced rest in a way as a chance to slow down, examine some heart things that I am sometimes too distracted to give heed to. I read somewhere about parents trying to explain self-isolation, school closures, etc...

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