Unraveled Wednesday

I set my yarn aside and did some sewing this weekend. I am really enjoying these string blocks. I don’t have a plan for how many I will make. I cut a stack of strips and will just keep making blocks until it isn’t fun. I am loving the calm feeling of these fabrics.

Now, the unraveled part of this post. After I finished my Vintersol, I gave it a good soak and it expanded like crazy! It is much to big now. Help! It fit me beautifully before getting a bath. Should I try warm water.

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What’s your word – January

This is the first January that I have not tried to do all sorts of prompts or decorate pages about my word. It seems fitting. In order to invite REST into my life, I needed to step back from the making and sink into this word. And it has been amazing! At least once a week I have found an email or text that references rest.

This one arrived last week, just days after two of my friends entered a season of grief and loss, when the winter crud was zapping our staff, and on a day when my knee was aching from trying to do too much.

So I rested. I sat on the couch with my knitting and my leg elevated. I wrote notes of sympathy and encouragement. I slowed down. It was good.

I have some plans for exploring this word in new ways next month but I am also looking forward to seeing how it shows up.

Now it’s your turn. How have you and your word been getting along?

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Hello Friday

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It is time for Christmas break. I have had a great week, listening to all of our little students singing Christmas songs, families squeezed into pint sized chairs with phones capturing the performances.

At home, our tiny person has had fun with a small nativity, adding a few of his other toys to the scene and hiding baby Jesus. I have been teaching him some of the songs our preschoolers have been singing but it’s hard to compete with his current favorite – Yellow Submarine.

I am looking forward to some time to putter and play, do some reading, knitting, sewing. We do not have any plans other than Christmas Eve at church so plenty of time for unwinding.

Happy Friday!

Fiber Friday Friends

This is my friend Lori. We met through our blogs when we found that we had much more than quilting in common. This is us at the Sisters Quilt show a few years ago. We had such a great time. I have been thinking about Lori a lot lately. She is a woman with a very big heart.  She makes friends everywhere she goes.  And she make friendship a priority.

When she got a message about all the people who had lost not only their homes but their fabric and craft supplies as a result of the fires in northern California, she jumped to action.  The members of Lori’s Humble Quilts Facebook group responded with amazing collected quilts and fiber items and personally drove down to California to deliver  them.  You can read about her experience here.

She certainly made a fiber Friday possible for a lot of people last week.

#allthebags

 

all the bagsThe other day I told Honore that I was planning a blog post about some of the bags I have made and since it has not been the best week, it seemed like something fun for my Friday.

The top two are Noodlehead patterns.  I really like these patterns and have found the directions pretty clear cut.  I have my eye on new bag from her site.  There is a free bag pattern (coming soon) that you should definately check out.

The tiny person backpack was my adaptation of the Noodlehead backpack above.  I pretty much just cut down the dimensions and rounded the edges to create a little backpack for our busy person (I think that will be his new nickname).

The polka dot project bag is from Lazy Gal designs and is the Becca bag.  It has a very fun zipper application.  I made four of these a few summer ago and gave all but one away.  Might need to make myself another one.

I have already seen sneak peaks of the upcoming Making Magazine and it looks like there are two bag patterns so I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Issue #6.  More bag making fun.  In fact,  some weekend bag making might wash away all the negative stuff from the work week.

Happy almost weekend!

Three Things Thursday

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I have mentioned that I have a slight  substantial issue with notebooks.  I just cannot seem to pass up a beautiful notebook.  Sigh.  This month I have been in one notebook, a fairly chunky B6 (lower right).  I like the size of the page but the cover is a bit floppy.  I have done well keeping up with the various sections and have probably done more note-keeping this month than I have in the past.  Best of all, I have learned somethings.

  1. I want to keep my planning in one place.  I use a Moleskine planner for work the last three years but I need my work life and my non-work life to be synced up on paper so this year, I will use my Moleskine for all the date-keeping.
  2. I love lists but I am not a bullet-journaler.  I just can’t make it work.  I love looking at pictures on Instagram of bullet journals but I am setting aside the practice for my own notebook.  I love having a weekly list that I can carry around and check off so I will continue with that practice.
  3. I want to journal more about the day-to-day, ordinary life things.  I have done this more in my #onebookjuly notebook and it is a practice I will continue.  I will return to my B6 slim notebook (upper right) for this recordkeeping.  I like the size and the cover and I still have 3 blank inserts so that should hold me for a few more months.  This size is easy enough to carry in my purse too.