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Common Ground Hoodie

September 23, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

Finished! In plenty of time for fall!

The pattern is Common Ground by Elizabeth Smith. I decided to make mine a little less fitted and a bit longer in length. Last winter I was craving another sweater like this to bundle up in.

The yarn is Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL in color Charcoal. I’ve never used a silk/wool blend before. (It’s 80% wool and 20% silk.) It was a bit dry and papery to knit with, but not unpleasant. It is a bit flat in the skein and not a cushy wool. It did soften up in washing, but still is keeping its shape and not seeming to stretch. We’ll see after some wearing. Hasn’t been cool enough yet to give it a trial run.

I like the simple diamond lace pattern on the main body. It has a gentle shaping and isn’t too boxy in style.

Very happy with this sweater. I think I am getting better at making them fit for me. Now I can move on to some gift knitting. Time to hit the yarn shop. Hooray!

{this moment} – 9/19/14

September 19, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

It’s been a week of no words on the blog (and searing migraines). Resting today with just a few words and a photo. Hopefully be back soon…

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

{this moment} – 9/12/14

September 12, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

Yarn Along – 9/10/14

September 10, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

See that sleeve? Soooo close to being done. I just need a nice hour or so to finish it up! And weave in all the ends, of course. And block it. Can’t wait to block it!

I just finished the book, The Gift in You: Discovering New Life Through Gifts Hidden in Your Mind, by Dr. Caroline Leaf. It’s a really interesting book about brain function and how to determine how your brain processes information. It also covers scientific data on the effect of toxic thoughts on the brain. Depression, anxiety, all the heavy hitters. Then she talks about how to reprogram your brain for joy as well as better functioning, which appear to be one and the same thing!

I love that she applies scripture to the concepts to show that this information is actually throughout the Bible. I find it fascinating that brain function is in the Bible. I don’t understand when people think the Bible and science are at odds. I’m sure I just opened a huge can of worms for someone, but that’s the way it goes. I’m just getting real around here. I find the intricacies of science only strengthen my faith in the creator of the universe.

Anyhoo, hope you are reading and/or knitting something enjoyable and you have a happy brain!

Joining Ginny.

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Tea For Tuesday – 9/09/14

September 9, 2014
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Laura’s Blog Entry

As the evenings get cooler, here’s what I’ll be drinking to unwind. Yogi Soothing Caramel Bedtime  tea.

It’s one of the few Yogi brand teas that actually tastes pretty good! Not to criticize Yogi – I drink quite a few of their teas for their medicinal properties. But they usually are a bit… well, medicinal. This one is pretty tasty. The strongest flavor is caramel, with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon. It also contains cardamom and ginger. Oh and poppy extract. Which I suspect is more for the “soothing” element than for flavor :-)

I thought the color of this tea cup coordinated perfectly. Happy sipping!

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Back to School!

September 2, 2014
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Laura’s Blog Entry

Today is the day!

We have a Junior in the house!

And because I can’t resist, here she is a mere three years ago in 8th grade:

My how time flies. Let the homework begin!

{this moment} – 8/29/14

August 29, 2014

Laura’s Blog Entry

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Joining Amanda.

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