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Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve last visited this space… I’ve decided to start fresh over at Thornwoodknits.com. I’d love it if you’d stop by the new site and say hi!


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Today I am thankful for the mundane. The simple. The little everyday things. A bowl full of ripe tomatoes; a little bear waiting for his nose. The way the light looks as it filters through the blinds. Working from home on a Friday. An old musty book.

Life is good.

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my perch.

One of my favorite spots in the new house is the big comfy chair with ottoman in my knitting room, which overlooks the entryway and dining room…I love to sit and work on my knitting, consider paint colors for the house, read books (about to start Gone Girl, despite all of the apparent hulabaloo about the ending), sketch, or drink Manhattans while I spend hours browsing pinning items to my Pinterest boards. Sometimes I’ll move to the dining room when I want to blog, but will almost always end up back in the chair. The blue quilt and bear-claw pillow were made by my mother-in-law as a wedding gift. It’s my cozy little perch. How about you? Do you have a favorite spot in the house?

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On Friday, I took off from work and spent the day happily cooped up in the house. What made it even nicer was the nice, long thunderstorm that kept the sky gray for most of the afternoon. There was a little reading, a little knitting, and afterwards, a peek in the garden where I found a little visitor in the ivy plant on our steps. We planted some heirloom, cherry, and beefsteak tomatoes a few weeks ago, and we are eagerly awaiting our late-summer goodies. I hung a few more pictures on the walls and finally unpacked my wine glasses. Slowly but surely, the house is getting homier.  Lately, the best days seem to be when I wake up and go to bed without leaving the house all day.



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My boss was sweet enough to let me come in an hour late yesterday morning…it was so nice to sit at the table and enjoy some hot toast with peanuts butter, a steaming cup of coffee, and sweet blueberries from the market. Most days feel so repetitive; I feel like I go from bed to shower to car to office without blinking an eye. Like the movie Groundhog Day, or like being on autopilot. So this morning, I took that precious extra hour to appreciate all of the little things around the house that I usually walk by day after day without taking much notice…it’s nice to slow down every now and then. The best part was getting in a few rows of knitting before work! It really is the little things, isn’t it?

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It’s so much fun to knit for the new house…currently, I’m working on a set of dishcloths with cheery stripes for the kitchen. Bev’s waffle-knit dishcloths are – hands down – my favorite dishcloth pattern to knit. They are strong, sturdy, and wash up beautifully. The red and yellow striped versions are finished:

Blue and green stripes are next…

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Wishing I could be home, puttering about the house, working on little projects…

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the weekend

Well, hello! The hubby and I are getting settled into our new little home…the past few months have been a whirlwind of moving, working, and lots of little league. Things are finally starting to slow down, and we’ve been able to explore our small town. There is a sweet little main street with a cheese shop, a seafood market, an old-fashioned movie theater, and an irish pub. This weekend, we stopped into the local Amish farmer’s market, where we bought fresh veggies and ate delicious pot roast sandwiches. They had an entire bakery onsite, so we took home mini lemon meringue and chocolate cream pies:

Things are finally starting to slow down, and I’ve been slowly trying to get back into the creative swing of things. I’ve been working on a few little projects here and there, and I can’t wait to show them to you! This weekend, I decided to work on this wool blanket, which has been hibernating forever:


It feels good to be  knitting. And blogging. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

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nearly finished.

The Shaelyn shawl is coming along quite nicely…only two more repeats of the main lace chart are left before the edging.

Look how beautifully the cotton yarn catches the light…

It would be fantastic if I could have this finished by Easter, so that my mother-in-law could wear it to church.

I promised myself I wouldn’t work on it until I am finished knitting my sissy’s Hermione socks. Maybe this weekend I will wind the second ball of yarn…that doesn’t count as cheating, does it?

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{photo via homespun living}

How pretty are these petite French farmhouse dishcloths? I want to knit a whole stack of them for the new kitchen…cream-colored organic cotton paired with red french ticking-stripes is a classic I will never tire of. Perhaps I’ll knit some of the stripes in navy blue, and some in a sunny yellow, then pile them all sweetly into a basket next to our kitchen sink.

For the free pattern, please visit the Homespun Living blog!


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