The seasonal shift...

by Christina

Hellooooooo... welcome back or is it I that has returned? 

I've been away.

I've been quiet.

I've been recovering. 

I've been surviving then thriving and then back to surviving. It's a long road...

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In all honesty, I write a blog post in my head to all of you almost every day. While I walk, I think (and think and think and think) and it turns into what seems like a wonderful blog post. Then I return home and "poof" the urgency to write has vaporized. 

My father's unexpected passing in December uprooted my world and has caused such sadness. So many people have been over the top kind during this time and for that I'm truly grateful. But the pain is real as many of you know. Over the summer I allowed myself to focus on family and projects that felt right in the moment. There was lots of knitting and very little designing as I just wanted to knit, knit, and knit. I've traveled to remote places that may be of interest to you and I'll share more about these trips as we journey through the fall.... together. 

From the top, Ramona Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith, the Islands Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hogue, and Tecumseh by Caitlin Boyd. 

From the top, Ramona Cardigan by Elizabeth Smith, the Islands Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hogue, and Tecumseh by Caitlin Boyd. 

And here we are in the last unofficial week of summer (in the US) marked by the upcoming  Labor Day weekend. Although the earth has almost another month of summer in the Northern Hemisphere with the first official day of fall on September 22, we are in the midst of a seasonal shift. The leaves in central Iowa have tinges of lighter green and yellow, the corn is drying, the acorns are falling from the sky, and the native grasses are growing taller and taller. Harvest is right around the corner, soccer in full swing, crisp apples and the need to wear warmer clothes... but not quite yet as it's 90 degrees outside, muggy, and a thunderstorm is brewing. 

Anaashah sweater by Jenn Steingass.

Anaashah sweater by Jenn Steingass.

So for today, I only pop into your inbox to let you know that you are on my mind and to share a few key dates for the fall. I've been making plans for Project Peace 2018 for months and I'm eager to focus on cultivating peace for 21 days in December. There will be a few extra items to add to this calendar but I wanted to make sure you mark these dates.

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I will return soon to tell you more about Project Peace 2018. I will share that I am over the moon excited about the design(s). Yes, you read that right... there's more than one option this year because we all know there's more than one road to peace. And please remember that the only way we continue to make this initiative grow is to tell everyone you know... your friends, family, knitting groups, guilds, local yarn stores.... we can spread peace, one stitch at a time. 

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I know that I need to finish up a few loose ends from the spring. I need to announce a winner from our spring walk-along. It's on my list.

And finally, I want to share that if anyone is seeking a movie recommendation I found one that is a must. It's called "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" and can be watched on Netflix. Best movie I've seen in a long time... 

Until next time... and that will be soon.

Knit one, walk two, and peace always...