just a little sliver

moonThis time of year, it is very dark when I leave for work and it is easy to be grumpy about that darkness.  This morning, I pulled up to the stop sign and paused long enough to see this tiny sliver of the moon hanging in the sky.  And I thought about this new baby that is soon to enter our world, about tiny hands and fingernails and the miracle of birth.  Today I am grateful for the dark because it gave me this tiny moment of joy.

gratitude week 2016


I am ready for Gratitude week, a lovely community organized by Michelle.  This week is a time to be intentional about saying thank you and recognizing the tiny moments in our lives that bring joy.

This morning I am grateful for:

  • the excitement of a new life that is just weeks away from joining our family
  • pumpkin chili and bread and cookies and granola
  • sun shining through yellow leaves
  • laundry fresh from the dryer
  • a renewed energy for running


Fiber friday

I once told a co-worker that Friday was my favorite day of the week.  Even on a day when I wake up much too early, I can feel the promise of the week-ending.  If it was any other day of the week, I would be grumpy and frustrated to be so wide awake at this hour.  But it is Friday and this early hour is perfect for re-starting my Sigla sweater.  Yup, another opportunity to un-knit.  I got to the point where I would be separating for the sleeves and decided to try it on.  There was something about the neckline that seemed off.  I could barely get it over my head and I do not like a tight neckline.  Fortunately, AsKatKnits had added some notes about this on her project page so I pulled it apart and have begun again.  I’m feeling pretty good about this restart.

I was in a staff meeting this week.  The topic was mindset – fixed or growth.  We had a good chat about the role of mistakes and failure in the learning process.  I was in the minority, believing that each mistake is an opportunity.  If I didn’t believe that, I would never complete any knitting projects.  Nor would I step out and take on some of the projects I have going at work.  So, here I sit, listening to Knit British, sipping a lovely cuppa coffee, and casting on a neckline that will be the lovely start of this beautiful sweater.  AND, its Friday!  Enjoy!

Yarn and books

I finished this book a few days ago.  I listened to the audio version which is read by Clara Parkes.  It was so fun to have her read to me as I drove here and there.  On the day I was driving out to Tolt Yarn and Wool, I listened to Clara read about her visit to Iceland.  I was on my way to buy some to buy some Lettlopi for the Sigla sweater.  And about that sweater.  I made a very good start in short time (and I am not a fast knitter).  Yesterday I tried it on before I put the sleeves on holders and the neckline was too small.  So I un-knitted and have restarted.  Just a short backward trek that will be worth it in the end.

Linking up with Ginny today.  Happy Wednesday!