Perserverence, and why it’s important to gauge…

Remember that beautiful shawl that I was knitting? Turns out that when your yarn is not worsted weight, it comes out incredibly small. I did some hopeful, non-committal blocking to see if I could still wear it, but no matter how I held it, stretched it, or asked it to simply relax and take up more space, it still was approximately two feet too short in the width, to say nothing of the length. So, like many projects before it, I got to experience the cathartic, tragic feeling of frogging an entire project. Now, I’m trying a new pattern off of Ravelry that is less lacy than I would like, but promises to knit up correctly given my needles and silky blue yarn.

 

Of course, my dear reader, all this angst over the original shawl could have been avoided by taking the time to gauge… Moral of the story here: do the stupid gauge, even if it’s a pattern that you’re just itching to get on your needles. You will be happier in the long run.

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How to make stuff that matters to the world.

301574_500971969965838_3752459_n_largeHow did you create something that mattered?

That’s the most common question I find sitting in my inbox on a daily basis. How did you create something that mattered? Where did the idea come from? How did you just begin one day? Were you afraid? How did you manage to kick fear in the face? How did you know it would make an impact? Did you deal with a lot of doubt?

All of these questions are coming up so often, tumbling into my inbox again & again from young & old movers and shakers across the world, that I have decided to begin answering some of them here, in my own little corner crepe shop of the internet.

And today, today, I will tackle the first order of business:

How to make stuff that matters to the world.

It’s a good conundrum, especially in a cluttered market place where…

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Your life must be an open city

“There is no immortality that is not built on friendship and work done with care. All the secrets in the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight. It takes forty-one seconds to climb a ladder three stories tall. It’s not easy to imagine the year 3012, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. We have new capabilities now- strange powers we’re still getting used to. Your life must be an open city, with all sorts of ways to wander in.”

– Robin Sloan, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”

Isn’t that gorgeous? “Your life must be an open city.” The book this quote comes from was a rollicking, thoroughly enjoyable journey through the secret world of books, typeface, and the search for eternal life. I highly recommend reading it in its entirety.

Knitting!

Knitting!

I’m a compulsive knitter, particularly during the summer. Here’s the pattern I’m working on right now. Isn’t it lovely? I’m using a blend of bamboo and silk in a lovely royal blue color. I’m a sucker for convoluted, nature-inspired lace patterns. Hopefully it turns out well!

Summertime, and how I decided to start blogging again

Summer is always a tricky time for me. The days get long, the food gets fresher, and I get starry-eyed with Plans. I always have Big Plans at the beginning of every summer. I make lists of grand, life-changing things to do, and vow to be a better/stronger/happier person by the end of these three months of freedom. However, within two or three weeks, my summer routine falls into a comfortable rut of food, sleep, and entertainment consumption. It’s fun, and it’s familiar, but I’m looking to go beyond it. This summer, though, I once again vow to do differently. This summer, I think I might have a chance.

My summer kicked off with an uncharacteristic, spontaneous adventure out west. I had to discover something for myself, and it was grand. Perfect, actually. Coming back, though, it made me realize how thrilling it was to do something completely new, something that will have lasting impact on my future. It was intoxicating, and I don’t want to return to my comfortable world. Maybe it’s the summertime optimism talking, or maybe it’s the post-graduation buzz, but no matter what, I’m going to try harder, go farther, be more. 

Hopefully this blog will provide a bit of accountability as I try to progress.

Happy Music for a Wednesday evening

Dat cello.

Seriously. I’m having a small love affair with the cello timbre. I especially love it in this context, which isn’t a traditional “classical” ensemble. Also, this song just always makes me smile. The melody itself is so joyous, and everyone has that look of enjoyment that my favorite musicians have. They are passionate about the sounds they create, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.