Thinking about my blog this last year is like walking past a long-neglected craft room. What used to be a fun spot to hang out and create is now a shameful reminder of good things gone fallow. Shelves that used to hold tidy stacks of yarn are now disheveled, tangled like spilled spaghetti. And the … Continue reading Welcome, Travelogue Magazine!
When Martha Stewart was writing her first book, she sent her husband and daughter on a ski trip so she could have a quiet home for writing. But then she didn’t write. She did anything but write. She watched TV. She dropped in on friends for a visit. She lazily dusted random surfaces. Boy, can … Continue reading Procrasti Nation
So, company’s coming! It’s that time of year, and I’m getting ready to host my family Thanksgiving Dinner. Should be great! I come from a storied history of huge holiday dinners. My mom, the consummate hostess, threw Thanksgivings where everyone was welcome: friends without family, visiting missionaries, extended-extended family, shut-in neighbors – I think we … Continue reading Get Set . . .
Like their prickly cousin, the cactus, I’ve stayed far away from succulents for most of my life. Their easy-to-maintain nature is a real offense to someone like me, who can kill any houseplant that comes my way. They claim to be impossible to kill but I’ve killed them before because I’m just. that. negligent. Their … Continue reading Crocheted Succulent Garden
Flying into Chicago is always a favorite part of every trip for me. I’m almost home, that’s part of it, for sure. But more: I just love that city, that’s all. Thanks to our little fire back in 1871, Chicago is a modern city. The Loop is a neat, deliberate downtown center. Our heart, pumping … Continue reading Go West, Part 2
You’ve got two options tomorrow, people: 1. Wear Green or 2. Get Pinched I’m here to help. Just in time for the best holiday of the year, is a free necklace pattern for you to whip up. It’s simple. It’s stylish. And it’s green. “Kiss Me I’m Irish” Necklace Dimensions: 26″ Materials: 30″ red waxed … Continue reading “Kiss Me I’m Irish” Necklace Pattern
It’s sweater weather! Give your teapot a cozy layer AND the all the warm feels with this Boyfriend Sweater Tea Cozy. Knit this quick-knit stash-buster for the perfect Christmas gift. Boyfriend Sweater Tea Cozy Knitting Pattern Yarn: Reynold’s Yarn Lopi (100% pure new wool; 100g/109 yds): 15 grams, Light gray Needles: 15 US (10mm) 18″ … Continue reading Boyfriend Sweater Tea Cozy
While I love to travel to see new people and new places, I think I really love to see new beads and new yarn. How many times have I dragged my whole family off the beaten path and down some rabbit hole in search of a shell shack that (I heard, or at least I read … Continue reading Tuscany Lace Cowl Knitting Pattern
So, as I was saying . . . With a summer full of stress, both good and bad, I felt a funny emptiness inside. Simultaneously revved up and tired, and really “blah.” I was frustrated that all this worry and praying were tiring, but I had nothing to show for my days. As much as I … Continue reading My Surreal Summer or “What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Part 2”
You’d think with a nine-month warning that I really shouldn’t be stressing about a gift for baby on the baby’s due date and praying the baby’s overdue? I didn’t write that. But I’ve lamented over this before. I don’t blame the baby for not giving me enough time. Really! I blame myself and my time … Continue reading Simple Square Knitted Baby Blanket Pattern