the shawl that stopped a truck

hello!  i am back (finally) to write about this epic, epic shawl.  i had many exciting ideas about how to spend a month without children, which included visions of yoga, rock climbing, travel, and of course, sewing.  lots of sewing.  the travel part has been going well as we march through our pre-planned trips, but the rest, all the rest, is a distant fantasy now, replaced with backbreaking, heartbreaking work, endless hours of it, with emotional and physical demands so great i struggle just to feed myself and sleep well in between shifts.  it would appear my endless quest for balance needs yet more tweaking.  serious tweaking.  but for now, this shawl.

IMG_6149isn’t she a beauty?  i know i rarely blog about knitting projects, but this one is deserving both in stature and because it has an equally epic backstory.   Continue reading

spring cleaning

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well, it’s officially spring.  here, that means 80 degree temps, flowering trees giving way to lush greenery, and great produce.  i heard recently on the news that for the northern part of this country, it means yet more freezing temps and blizzard conditions.  i will remind people of this winter when they ask me if i miss the midwest.  nope. Continue reading