When the cheerful need cheering

August 21, 2013

It was one of those lunch dates that, once the day arrived, I really felt as though I shouldn’t leave my desk. My mind was busy with voices saying fingers should stay on the keyboard, be productive not social, etc. But this was to be an unusual celebration: a friend from one facet of my […]

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Mitered Crosses Blanket, finished!

August 9, 2013

I am savoring the satisfaction of checking off an unfinished object from the list, reveling in the sense of completion. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the British drama import “Call the Midwife.” I catch up on back episodes on my laptop while chopping mountains of vegetables, now that I’ve re-embraced a […]

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Playing Dress-Up with DIY Ombre

August 5, 2013

 Welcome to my new bathroom!  Thanks to the straightforward DIY instructions in a recent West Elm catalog, walls that were once a neutral beige are no longer. Hello, fun factor! Here’s the how to do it yourself from West Elm: 1. Pick your palette. Choose three shades of one color. (I chose the two lightest […]

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When in doubt, Knit

April 18, 2013

Knitter/Designer Kristin Nicholas’s post today captures my thoughts exactly. In response to her question, nothing soothes me faster than making something with my hands. This week, the solution was knitting, which also means I am  charging forward towards a finish (remember my 2013 commitment?!) on the Mitered Cross Blanket in Noro’s Silk Garden wool/mohair/silk yarn. Interestingly, this […]

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Maeve’s Village in my Dreams

April 12, 2013

Did you know that books can be a competitive sport? I’ve never been a successful competitor type, but I did take a chance during a professional dinner last summer. One of the publishing professionals at the table asked what everyone was reading. When it was my turn I gulped, held my breath, and blurted, “Patrick […]

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Seasonal Shift

March 20, 2013

For weeks I have resisted relegating the gingerbread house to the trash. But with spring arriving today, it had lost its holiday shine and was starting to look like disorganized clutter on the dining room table. So late yesterday afternoon, with the day-before-spring snowflakes still falling, I put it outdoors as a wildlife donation, and […]

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Happy Colorful Progress

March 1, 2013

So far so good with my new year’s commitment to finish all UFOs lurking in tote bags and hanging from door knobs. Only four more African flower hexagons to crochet. Once everyone is attached to one another, I can begin the border, which I am imagining to be about 12″ deep all around and done […]

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Saturday sound check

February 23, 2013

It seems there’s been a glitch in my blog post delivery system. With a bit of luck, I have now checked the correct setting options to remedy the problem. (Any self-hosted WordPress gurus out there?!) If you have a minute, would you leave a comment to let me know you’ve received this? Thanks so much. […]

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A Crafting Theme for 2013

January 28, 2013

 knitting – crochet – sewing – photography – writing These are the kinds of unfinished projects hanging around my place. The charm of a new project is almost irresistible, but the fact of the matter is that I simply cannot function amidst clutter. Too many incompletes distract me mentally, keep me from optimizing a new […]

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Memoir Comes Full Circle at Vogue Knitting Live

January 26, 2013

Smack-dab in the heart of New York City’s Times Square thousands of knitters and fiber enthusiasts converged for this year’s Vogue Knitting Live 3-day event. There were free lectures, like this one with Debbie Bliss, who described how to create flattering knitwear for all body shapes. To be honest, since my bust inflated from menopause’s […]

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