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feels good to do some knitting.

Seriously. It’s been awhile, which makes me a little sad. When I got back from Market, I re-assessed my knitting situation hoping to get excited about finishing something up. I certainly have enough half-finished things to choose from. Most recently I was working on a cardigan, and it’s pretty far along. I’m just not entirely thrilled with the drape (or lack thereof). I hoped it would sort itself out as more of the sweater materialized – totally not the case. So knitting limbo continued.

Then, I saw this in the summer issue of the Debbie Bliss magazine.

debbie bliss summer shrug

I latched on right away. It’s not that it’s the most perfect thing in the world, but it’s exactly the kind of project that I needed. It’s pretty, it’s something I can wear (in Florida that’s an issue), it’s not a massive undertaking, and it’s not anything that’s sitting around unfinished and causing me frustration…all important things. It is just what I needed to get going again.

starting my summer shrug_carolyn_friedlander

And it warranted¬†a trip to my favorite local yarn shop. That place can be dangerous without a specific goal in mind. The yarn I am using is silk, mohair, and dreamy. I can’t stop touching it.

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So it goes. I’m very happy to be back on the needles.

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plugging back in.

quilts riding shotgun

quilts riding shotgun

It feels great to be back home, finally. My trip to Quilt Market was a wonderful adventure and only being able to work from an ipad was a great excuse to unplug a little bit, which I love. I continued my digital hiatus by spending the weekend unloading, unpacking, re-organizing, cleaning, and generally trying to get life back in order. I’m making progress. As a goal today, I’m facing the computer screen and my inbox, which doesn’t feel so bad since I’ve given myself some space from it. I kind of make these deals to myself. If I do this much of X, then I can do some of Y. Most recently Y is clothes sewing and the single girl.¬†Remember this weekend project I started recently? I’ve finally got an update.

 

single girl update

 

Also, I have been getting ready for the follow-ups and the long list of thank-yous — more non-digital tasks that I enjoy. I’ve got a big stack of stamped stationery just waiting for the right sentiments.

 

art quilt stamped cards

 

Happy Memorial Day.

 

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