My 30s

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I’ve watched so many friends head into the new and shiny third decade of their lives with a wide range of emotions and expectations. Worry, excitement, trepidation, curiosity, and indifference were all present. Each experience was individual to each person, but the theme of radical growth tied them all together. Days and years might be hard, but the personal realizations, self acceptance, and changes made it all worthwhile.

This Spring will see me turn 34 but I can say, with all sincerity, that there’s something magical about this decade. Radical personal growth has revolutionized my life. The foundations being laid right now whisper hints towards the amazing things to come as I age and I’m so excited to see what unfolds.

I’ve learned so much about me. Owning who I am, what I need, and what I’ll accept. I’m learning to ration out my spoons to people and situations who are truly worthy of them. Conforming is still a thing I want to do because who doesn’t want to be accepted? But I’ve learned to fight against that urge because being accepted for someone I’m not isn’t actually acceptance.

The practicalities of life are also something I’m learning to accept. Expensive tastes in yarn shouldn’t prevent me from knitting what I want to create, so budget friendly fiber that acts like the fancy counterpart has been a space I’m exploring. Using that yarn to create what I want to wear (not what I think everyone else wants to wear) has been my MO for my 2019 pieces and I’m over the moon excited over what has come off my needles.

This year, my themed line is entitled “My 30s” and each piece will be representative of something I’ve embraced or learned about myself so far. I can’t wait to share it all with you.

Emergency!

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A couple weeks ago, a terrible thing happened.

My beloved notions bag with all my favorite tools completely disappeared. 

To make matters worse, I didn't have any backups except for child safety paper scissors and scrap yarn. All my second choice tools were in the same bag as my favorites, leaving no designated survivor in case of tragedy. I was completely beside myself with distress. The idea of replacing everything was completely impossible since so many of my favorite things were unique and one of a kind tools carefully currated over the years.

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I tore apart my bedroom. The family room was tossed. My car was actually cleaned out in the hunt for my notions bag. All to no avail. I couldn't find it anywhere. I was pretty sure it fell out of my purse while out and about the previous weekend. The notions bag was taller than my actual purse, so I kept my purse unzipped to accommodate. At one point during the weekend, the purse got upended and it was probably there in the restaurant that the notions bag was lost.  

Needless to say, it awkward to call the restaurant and say, "Yeah, did anyone turn in a pink and gold unicorn pencil pouch filled with gold rings, scissors with a tassel, a tape measure, and other odd things?"

Of course, the answer was no. 

By Monday, I had given up hope of ever seeing it again. As a last resort, I asked one of my kids if they had seen it and their answer was "Uh, yeah. It's in the bathroom on top of the dryer".

Clearly, I need to do laundry more frequently. And before you ask -- no, I don't know how or why it was there to begin with. 

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I resolved to never take my favorite notions out of the house EVER AGAIN. I took out all my second favorite tools from my beloved pink and gold unicorn bag and was delighted to discover they fit in an Altoids like tin. Sharp scissors, a bit of scrap yarn, stitch markers, darning needle, and a tape measure fit snuggly without having to play tetras and that tin slides perfectly into my purse.

Topping the tin with a mermaid sticker I've been hoarding was the perfect way to make it clearly mine. And a good reminder that "no" is a complete sentence. But that's another blog post for another day. 

A Happy Accident

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Many months ago, Authoress was testing a completely different pattern for me. She excitedly shared some WIP pictures so we could ooooh and ahhhh over the gorgeous yarn choice. It took me until the next day to realize that the texture wasn't quite right. The stitch pattern was lovely but not what I had actually written.

My brain bees were BUZZING over emailing her about the overall pattern mistake. Not because I thought Authoress would be rude or resistant to correcting the project but because frogging can be THE WORST THING EVER. Who wants to be the bearer of bad news? Certainly not me!

She was gracious and kind about it and frogged without complaint. But the texture stuck with me and before I knew it, a new design took hold in my mind and The Great Mistake was born. It has been such a beautiful reminder that good things can come out of almost any situation, even those involving frogging. 

You can find out more about The Great Mistake pattern here!

{mood board} Color Shot Mitts

We all could benefit from being kind to ourselves. This season can be hard and difficult to navigate, so cozy and comforting choices are necessary to see ourselves to Spring.

Click the image above to see the full mood board inspiration for my Color Shot Mitts

Fog Along 2018

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Let's kick knitting ennui together

When melancholy overtakes us, it can feel impossible to pull ourselves out into the sun. Working up a soothing pattern for a shawl that can feature colors that awaken your soul is a time tested, knitter approved option to rediscover joy again.

Let's build community together

No one should do this alone. Why don't you join me and other lovely individuals for a knit along over on Ravelry. We can all Fog Along together with my free shawl pattern called "Fog: A Shawl Recipe". The beauty of this pattern is its versatility. You knit until you're ready to change things up, then you switch to the next section. You can't knit it wrong. It looks lovely as a shawlette as it does a giant public approved wearable blanket! If you join in over at Ravelry, you'll have a built in community to cheer you on every stitch of the way.

Let's pick color together

Fog is worked in fingering and lace weight held together. It's the perfect stash busting pattern OR the ideal enabler to order from that one amazing dyer you've been eyeing f o r e v e r. Over on Ravelry, you'll find your personal color maven who is willing to help you through every potential color pairing you're considering. Also, check out this additional blog post for our favorite indie dyers.

Let's Fog Along together

There's a lot more to discover about this KAL. Prizes and online hangouts are outlined on Ravelry. Be sure to keep an eye out on social media under #FogAlong2018 for all those visual updates we love.

I hope to see you soon.

xoxo 

Where do YOU knit?

Season 1 of Knitting Myself Together is all about knitting in public. We had some great conversations about where we knit and I want to keep the dialog going! It's been great scrolling through Instagram's #placesyoucanknit, and would love to see more, especially from my listeners, so feel free to tag me @thevioletpie. Can't wait to see where you're taking your yarn! 

Season 2 of Knitting Myself Together starts September 21st, which means you have time to catch up on Season 1 if you're behind! If you're all caught up and can't wait, consider becoming a Patreon supporter where you'll have access to my weekly videos at any level of generosity.

xoxo