Friday, October 25, 2013

Lydia, my goofball

Meet Lydia Grace, my younger sister.

I wish you could meet her. She can be a total goofball then pop out a philosophical comment then discuss theology then talk about her dreams of becoming a nurse, preferably all in less than ten minutes.

Sometimes, I want to take pictures of her modeling my knitting projects. Half the time, she makes so many faces while I do this that most of my pictures end up not having her face in them.

Other times, though, she channels her "inner senior" and behaves like the gorgeous model she is.

On this particular day, Lydia chose the latter option which worked out well for me.

Friday, October 18, 2013

learning and remembering // october lists

listening: the piano guys // 2 cellos // the isaacs
reading: chronicles of avonlea // the adventures of sherlock holmes // cry, the beloved country
learning: how to calculate momentum // to accept things as they come instead of trying to plan every 
          little thing
remembering: how much i love autumn // memories of childhood holidays // to enjoy simple things
going to: my cousin's wedding // the library // school // and school again 
planning: college // trips // a summer job
wearing: purple skirts // sweaters // handknit socks
eating // meatloaf // pringles // bananas

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


I can smell it, this aroma of autumn. You might think it was the scent of apples in an orchard, or leaves underfoot, or pumpkin pie baking in the oven. 

But as much as those things remind me of fall, there is a certain indescribable smell that I can sense when I step outside on a brisk autumn day. 

It holds all the nostalgia of summer and the bleakness of winter, but there is a promise of new life underneath the leaves crunching under my feet. 

It holds the crispness that characterizes fall. I can’t describe this scent to someone who has never smelled it. It’s one of those things that you just know

You know that it means autumn, and leaves, and apples, and pumpkins, and promises.  

Monday, October 14, 2013

giveaway winner

Hello, all! I have a giveaway winner for the Worme Wool giveaway! 

The winner is...Karen Woodward!

Congratulations! Thank you so much to everyone else who entered.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

it never left her

It never left her. It haunted her, in both her quiet and her tempestuous moments. Sometimes it came like a refreshing breeze, soothing her aching heart. At other times, it came charging in, full of clashes and clangs and noise and pain.
It filled her up then came flowing out of her, sometimes against her will. Some people understood, but most just gave her funny looks. But she did not care about any of that, because she needed its eternal presence. It filled her with joy and sorrow, life and pain, serenity and a desire to act. It was her life.
She could not live without music.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

life lately

life lately...

apple picking
little brothers mowing lawns
little brothers becoming not-so-little
scarf weather
sighs of relief
finishing my first college application and essay
wearing cute shoes
looking ahead {not at my shoes}
too many opinions from too many different people
knitting plans and getting up the guts to design my own patterns
being afraid of the unknown
wanting everything to change but stay the same all at the same time
good fellowship and learning at Bible study
eating banana chocolate chip muffins

What have you lovelies been up to?


// read // listen // agree // eat //

p.s. I test knit a sock pattern on Ravelry! You can see it here. Those purple socks? Yeah, I made those. I wasn't paid to do this, I just wanted you all to know. *smile*

Thursday, October 3, 2013

giveaway // wormewoole

Hello, all! I don't know about you, but I have certainly been enjoying the fall-ish but still warm weather lately.

Speaking of fall, I have another great giveaway for you all! Today's giveaway is sponsored by...

// etsy // facebook //

WormeWoole (pronounced Warm Wool) is an Etsy shop full of products made from reclaimed sweaters. Sara felts old wool and cashmere sweaters to craft her fantastic items such as scarves, handwarmers, and coffee cozies. As Sara writes in her shop description, WormeWoole is full of "Eco-friendly accessories handmade from reclaimed upcycled felted sweater wool for gadgets, friends, family and home. Featuring mittens, scarves, gadget sweaters and home decor. Created in Northern Wisconsin where we wear wool year-round. Sit down with a cup of coffee and see if you can't find something that warms your heart!"

Take a look...

Sara has kindly offered one of you lovely readers your choice of handwarmers! These are perfect for the approaching chilly days of autumn and winter. You could slip them inside your pocket, mittens, boots, or just hold them to warm you up. 

This giveaway will run until 12:00 a.m. on Friday, October 11. The winner will be contacted and announced shortly thereafter.

Sara is willing to ship internationally, so any of you outside of the U.S. can enter.

Good luck!