here’s my morning

in a snapshot.


in a favorite cup

(by special request).

the blocking pins

that mama dropped

on the way

to some other

childhood emergency.

clear packing tape

that mama

didn’t put up

quite high enough

after sealing up ashley’s

wool of the andes prize box.

and here her blog gets quoted, ‘mamahood is never dull’.  so true.

‘quoted’ taken from 4:7 in hebrews.

it’s electric

i got the prize box of wool of the andes out to take this pic:

and once i had the skeins out

my kids took over.

they had been pretending to vacuum

and discovered that they could

pull the retractable cord

way, way out.

i had kiboshed the idea

of them plugging it into the wall alone

so they got creative on me.

begs for a caption, doesn’t it?

something like

“get plugged in at knit picks”

and i’ll tell you,

the box didn’t rev up

the vacuum and clean house,

but it made me smile.

knit picks always



back to

the winner.


to ‘ashley, unscripted‘.

very soon a box (sans holes)

will be on it’s way to you and your needles.

enjoy it!

and for those of you longing to win

who didn’t get to this time,

keep your eyes peeled.

i’ll be announcing

the very next


this wednesday afternoon (11/17).

it’s another fun one to be sure.

‘longing’ taken from 13:12 of proverbs.


my friend d wears fingerless gloves.

they look funky and warm and fantastic on her.

so i recently started on a fingerless gloves knitting kick.

i’m sporting a pair knit from the pattern ‘board and batten‘ right now.

the snuggle factor is palpable.

i can tell already

that i’m gonna wear these

until i absolutely wear them out.

the yarn is knit picks shine in sport weight

(there’s beech wood in the mix which feels fab)

but it’s the color that grabs me, pulls at me

and it’s pretty and all but not ‘wow’

or anything like that.

then today it hit me.

these mitts are exactly the same color

as my old favorite sweatshirt

the one from countless family vacations.

my cousins & i all own one (different colors).  mine is a perfect match to these.

funny how i didn’t see that right off.

there are so many photos of me in this shirt over the years,

seems like it would have been obvious.

and fyi, today is the last day to enter to win yarn for your own ‘merciful’ over here.

‘obvious’ taken from 5:25 in first timothy.

and now you know the rest of the story.

(can’t you just hear the npr voice in your head?

although the name of the man who made the byline famous escapes me…)

merciful‘ was released

by knit picks


i love this bag.

i carry the original

rendition of it

with me often.


my youngest daughter came earlier than expected.

so much earlier in fact that, although i knew i wanted to knit something special for her,

something all her own,

i still had no idea

what that would be

when we brought her home.

after a while i decided on a babette blanket as i’m a huge fan of graphics for babies.

i replaced all the edges with ‘circus peanut’ orange to make the middles really pop.

she spent many, many hours playing on this blanket

learning to both roll over

and to crawl on it.

such memories.

as i am want to do

i originally misjudged

just how much

blue sky alpaca dyed cotton

i would need to finish it.

but, i have learned that i am bad at this.

now i always buy more than i think i need

so as not to get caught short.

in this case i went overboard with my estimates

and wound up with almost 2 full skeins (of 6 different colors) leftover.

‘merciful’ was the result of figuring out just what to do with all that gorgeous yarn.

it’s knit in the round

all in one piece

(except for the i-cord straps)

including an inner knit lining,

this bag is much easier to make

than it looks like it might be.

what seems to be colorwork

is really just two strands

of two different solid colored yarns

(wool of the andes worsted)

mixing and mingling to it’s heart’s content.

happy yarn is always a good thing in my book.  smile.

knit picks was generous,

as they tend to be,

so they sent me the extra yarn

to make up three

different color combinations.

choosing 6 colors

to knit up into 12 color combinations

can get a little tricky,

i was really thankful to be able

to work these out ahead of time.

(my guy just walked by and knew the answer to the question – as he always does,

“who said this at the end of his every broadcast?”.

“paul harvey”.)

‘generous’ taken from 11:25 in proverbs.


just some snippets of a typical day.

‘over the salt sea’ very early in the morning light

(nice and neat in its brand new ‘cake’ thanks to w and j)

mid-morning snack

a little nerf basketball just because ‘why not?’

literal mud pies (in pie pans and garnished with lawn grass no less)

lunch (they even ate a few vegetables without really noticing)

i said ‘go ahead outside and paint’ while i cleaned up the dishes.

earlier they had been painting the driveway with water in little cups

(sounds crazy, i know, but they were really enjoying themselves).

so, i assumed (there’s the place where i went wrong)

that they knew i meant continue painting with water on the driveway.

they painted with mud on the sides of the house.

next time i will so be more specific.

‘tuesday’ by david wiesner.  i highly recommend it.

swatches in the early evening sun.

(& no, these aren’t part of the mystery kal bag.  that one’s under wraps for now, silly.)

‘very early in the morning’ taken from 16:2 of mark.