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Changes (Turn and Face the Strange)

I was told a few weeks ago that change can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

I’ve been working on making that a mantra.

camerazoom-20180113110831507264252522.jpgThere have been some of changes happening, personal and professional, in my life. They seem to be occurring all at once, and due to some feelings of depression in response to it all, I’ve been finding self-care a bit of a challenge this month. Despite this, I’ve managed to get myself out the door to take some long walks in Pacifica, to find occasional moments to knit at home or in a cafe, and to meet up and chat with good friends.

For the most part, I would say that March has not been a super crafty month, but I was feeling very productive in January and February. I currently have my Ravelry queue of knitting projects physically lined up. Many of them are sweater projects. In January, I picked out skeins of yarn from my stash and paired them with several patterns that I am in love with. It just feels so good to have these in bags ready to go.


I also have several finished projects made since the beginning of the year.

Tegna top knit with Freia Handpaints merino fingering weight yarn:


Columbine brioche hat knit with Swan Island worsted weight yarn (My first brioche project!):

Aurelia cowl knit with Blacker Yarns Samite blend light fingering weight yarn:


I’ve also just finished a baby blanket, which is going to be a gift for my soon-to-be-born niece that I have knit with Paintbox Baby DK weight yarn. I’ll post photos of its cuteness once it has been gifted. 🙂

I’m satisfied to say that spinning has been a big part of my life recently. On days when I am feeling a little more depressed, I find that I am less likely to be in the mood to knit, but, for some reason, spinning seems comforting on any day.


This past Saturday, I was excited to give a short spinning demo on my Louet spinning wheel at the Berkeley Public Library. It was so satisfying to share this ancient craft with others. I am a shameless enabler, though. I sent one very fascinated student home with a drop spindle and some fiber to get her started.


On a somewhat non-craft related update: Danny and I took a 2+ week trip to Barcelona last month, which was a really great experience full of incredible food, art, and history. The flight tickets were super affordable thanks to Norwegian Air’s big flight fare sale last year.

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