Thursday, October 18, 2012

on the same page.

Blocked my new honey cowl! So soft and drapey and cozy. Up next- Avery cowl! (yarn for this honey cowl is Madeline Tosh silver fox on vintage)

I went to the Sewing Summit for the second time this past weekend.  Did I tell you that?  This isn't quite a recap post, that is coming soon.  This post is to share with you what I learned, and it is been floating around my head all week.  I guess it is time I finally write it down.  It is kinda wordy, so please bear with me. :)

I've been through a bit of a blogging drought.  If you have been reading for awhile, you can probably tell.  I started blogging nearly 4 years ago, back when I kept an etsy shop.  It was a way for my customers to know me.  That quickly changed once I became active in the online sewing community.  I started reading sewing blogs, and I wanted to share what I was sewing for my home, family, and friends, not just what was going on in the shop.  I think I was quickly classified as a quilting blog and I had plenty of "sewing time" on my hands with sleepy babies.  I was blessed with many real friendships through blogging.

Fast forward to today.  Now I have a 2, 4, and 6 year old, and not much time to sew.  My projects have mostly switched to portable items (like knitting) and smaller projects (like garment sewing, bags, pillows, etc).  I still quilt, but it is a lot harder for me to do since I don't have big chunks to devote to bigger projects.  In all honestly, I was starting to feel like maybe my blog readers weren't interested in what I was making lately, since they originally were drawn to my quilts.  And they just aren't happening now. My blog became pretty quiet.

Then I went to Sewing Summit.  So many of you, my readers, came up and introduced yourselves to me.  You shared with me how after you read my blog, you were inspired.  Inspired to knit a cowl, tackle socks and sweaters, sew a farmer's wife block, take a break from your farmer's wife blocks (because sometimes you just need a break), sew clothing for yourselves (even if it is scary at first), and more.  You told me that you were inspired to create when you had the time, just because you love it and need to do it. 

I was and continue to be humbled.  I truly believe that I desire to create because I serve a creative God.  He gave me the ability and talent, and the idea that He uses me in some small way to inspire others blows me out of the water.  It humbles me and brings me to tears.

So I want to thank you so much for your support and encouragement.  To all of you that introduced yourselves at the Sewing Summit and shared these things with me, and also to those of you that take the time to read my blog and leave me comments.  It means the world to me. I hope you know that. 

I had been thinking about closing down my blog, I think that I lost my way for a bit.  Now I feel focused again, and I see that this little space has meaning and a purpose.  I will continue to be me and blog simply because I enjoy it.  I'll share what I'm working on, and bits and pieces of my life, too.  This includes my faith and my family because they are entwined in all I am and do.  There is no way that I can leave them out. 

Thanks for letting me share this with you.  Despite the fact that I blog for the whole world to see, I am actually a very private person.  It is really hard for me to open up about this kind of thing.  I'm glad we are on the same page now. :)

with love, Angela

PS - That is my new honey cowl and Tova pictured above, I'm in love!  More details on the cowl can be found here on my ravelry page, and a Tova post is coming soon.

69 comments:

  1. I just got shivers reading this for some reason. I'm so happy you had such a great reaction at Sewing Summit. It's OK to change! I'm very glad you'll be continuing to blog.

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  2. I'm glad you're going to keep blogging too! Yours is one of the first sewing blogs I came across and I love reading it. :)

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  3. I'm a new reader, and I have to say, you are doing exactly the kinds of projects I want to read about right now. I'm glad to hear you might be showing up in my Reader more often. Love that Liberty Dorothy print as a Tova. I'm trying to work up the courage to tackle some garment sewing, and look forward to your post about it!

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  4. Angela, I just want you know that I have been drawn to your blog for many reasons but in general your modern craftiness! I am so motivated by your knitting along with your quilting. So its mainly a collection of everything that I enjoy reading about. And just for the record, I totally admire your blogging...I only have one kiddo and I can't find the time. Keep up the great work. I love reading your blog!

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  5. I'm a newish reader and horrible at commenting. I love when your blog pops up in my reader, you and other sewing bloggers are so inspiring to me, I need to remember to take the time to comment and not just fave the post and move on : ) Your honey cowl is beautiful, those are so addicting, I think I knit 3 or 4 last fall!

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  6. Yay! So glad you are going to keep blogging! :) Your posts are always inspirational whether they are about quilts, knitting, or just everyday life! So sad I didn't get to go to SS this year, sounds like you had an amazing time!

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  7. You certainly do continue to inspire, Angela! I found your blog a couple of years ago because of your quilts, but your quilts alone are not what have kept me drawn in (whenever I have time to read a blog post or two!). I so appreciate when you share about your faith; I believe exactly as you do about being creative because we serve a creative God. It's your creativity, in whatever way that you have time to exercise it, and your obviously sweet and humble spirit that I have so enjoyed seeing more of through different venues, especially through Instagram over the past year (and can I even express how much I have appreciated your prayers when requested!). I genuinely hope to meet you IRL one day; maybe I can make SS happen next year!

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  8. hi, i read a lot of craft/sewing blogs and was drawn to yours for your quilts, but i hang around because i am curious and inspired by all your creations. you have an aesthetic that i really like. so please keep going...i don't think i have ever stopped reading a blog because they added crafts or changed the focus of their creativity. i think it enhances it. :)

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  9. hey angela! gosh, wish we would have had longer to talk. I'm glad that you shared your thoughts though. I think it's easy to get overwhelmed in what everyone else is doing/not doing, but I'm glad you're going to keep going. I've been feeling kind of stuck lately too.

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  10. So glad you are going to keep blogging. I am inspired by you and it is always a treat to see and read what is new on your blog. Thanks for what you do!

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  11. I didn't get to talk with you this time but I saw you were having a good time with your friends.
    The cowl is beautiful.
    I am glad you will remain YOU while you blog because that is all we can be, not someone else. Keep up what you are doing because it is inspiring.

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  12. I honestly look forward to reading your blog when you post. Your creativity is inspiring. The little snippets you share of your everyday life and your family keep the blog "real". I'm so glad that you decided to continue letting us into your life.

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  13. Lovely cowl! I find that my readers...the few of them that are out there ;) like to hear about whatever it is that I'm working on. I started as a cross-stitcher...and so there's definitely a part of me that feels like I'm "cheating" on those stitchers who have been with me since the beginning...but they're still cheering me on despite the fact that I now have kids, quilt, and knit :) Love what you do...and keep it up!

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  14. I love your blog and you can make it whatever you want because it is yours. :) So I hope you keep blogging. And I knit as well as quilt so I enjoy the knitting posts too. I am going to your ravelry page right after I post this comment.

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  15. I totally agree with you Angela! I think my blog was classified as a quilt blog but I haven't been doing that quite as much - I have so many other crafty/homemakey interests and I have been feeling like no one is interested in what I post anymore because I'm not showing as many quilts.

    Being at Sewing Summit really showed me that people love all sorts of different things and that we love to show off what we make to each other no matter what it is. I feel a bit renewed and more peppy now!

    I love you and miss you tons already! Just keep on doing what makes you feel good!

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  16. I've learned something here today. I've learned that I need to comment on your posts and click over to your blog to see your face. Because I've read your blog for a while, now, AND I was a Sewing Summit. And I neglected to find you, see you, all that stuff. *sigh*

    I should dust my blog off and post some pictures of my life so people can get to know me as well.

    Have a great day!

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  17. You have always and will continue to always have a lovely blog. I find that people visit places that offer realness . . . your blog is real in whatever form it takes and in whatever direction it goes.

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  18. I didn't make it to the Sewing Summit, but I have to say that I so enjoy reading you posts and seeing your projects, whatever they are. I haven't knit in years, but started a scarf a few months ago after seeing your lovely, lacey piece. So keep sharing! I for one love that you're here! Your love of creating shines through!

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  19. I'm so glad to hear that you're going to continue blogging, I always enjoy when you pop up in my reader, even if I'm not a knitter. You have a way with words and photos, not to mention creativity, that I always enjoy seeing. :)

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  20. Oh i'm so happy you're continuing to blog, yours is a place I turn to when I need inspiration myself! I don't think I formally introduced myself at SS, I was completely awestruck when I was seeing all these amazing women and got completely intimidated! I'm excited to see where you continue to take your blogging :)

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  21. You are always an inspiration Angela, love everything you do.

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  22. It's funny but just earlier I was going to check and see if blogger had dumped you from my blogroll for some reason as it felt like forever since I read a post from you. Make what you love, share what you can. We'll be happy to hear about it.

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  23. Please do continue i love your blog!

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  24. You even have a fan in South Africa!!! :) Please don't stop blogging!

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  25. I think what draws us to read certain blogs is just finding a commonality of spirit and creativity. That's what's so wonderful about the blogging community to begin with, it really is a true community filled with lots of characters and personalities. You should definately continue doing what you do and most importantly do it for YOU...the bonus is inspiring others.

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  26. I love reading your blog! I made a honey cowl for my mom last year for Christmas after seeing the beautiful one you made. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  27. Thanks for being so honest. It is nice to find a blog you love to read and are inspired by, and I always have been by yours- no matter what you are blogging about. I have a five year old, a two year old, and one on the way, and I am not sure when I am ever going to get a quilt completed! I am amazed at what you can accomplish. THank you for being inspiring- in more than just quilting!

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  28. I just found you, so I am glad you will continue! Your blog is yours; do with it what you choose.

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  29. I'm so glad all of your fans were able to help you find direction again! I was just super excited to meet you and didn't want to freak you out with a whole "I love your blog and it inspires me to do xyz" speech and settled for saying hi ;-) But I absolutely agree - keep creating, that is why we come - not for 1 certain type of creation (aka quilts) but for EVERYTHING you do because you are awesome :) I am not just a quilter, I am a crafter/creater, and I love that you are too!

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  30. I loved reading what you shared, I have really been inspired by your projects and what you are able to do with three kids (I have two young ones) and really love reading it. Hopefully I'll go to sewing summit next year and can meet you!! You're definitely the reason I'm making a Wiksten Tova Tunic this weekend and why I started the Farmer's Wife quilt blocks!!! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  31. I think blogging has its highs and lows. I love your blog and have found myself inspired by it on more than one occasion. I've knit two honey cowls since I started reading you and rediscovered my love of sock knitting. I think once a person has been blogging for a while they begin to understand the rhythms and changes of it so we don't judge if someone hasn't posted in a while or needs a break, though there is the nice bonus of people "checking in" on you if you're quiet for a bit.

    Totally jealous that you got to go to Sewing Summit. You would've been a person I'd have been excited to meet but kinda shy to talk to. :-)

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  32. Please do not ever quit blogging! Yours was one of the first blogs I started following & you have been a huge inspiration to me. I love seeing ALL of your projects! Thank you for everything you share. :)

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  33. I'm still amazed that at all that you have knit in the last year. I remember you learning to knit at SS last year...and you've fearlessly tackled project after project. I definitely want to learn to knit socks!!

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  34. Hi, I'm also a new reader though I rarely comment. I love reading about and seeing pictures of your projects. I've been a quilter for a few years but am interested in branching out, so I love seeing what crafty/creative projects other people are doing. Also, as a mom I 2 young kids, I enjoy reading about how you manage to find time to create even while taking care of your family! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Hi Angela, So pleased you have got re-inspired, we all love your posts and even if I cannot get time to read them every day often have a catch up every month or so. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration.

    My youngest son has just moved out of home, to be closer to work in the city and I am rather devasted and folorn so there is just me and the husband left at home after 4 children, but also I guess I realise that this is another new phase in life and i am hoping to get my blog up and running finally after many thwarted attempts due to lack of time.
    Many thanks for the posts

    Cilla Rule

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  36. Lovely post. I love reading about what you make. Glad you had such a great time at SS!

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  37. Thank you for your post, for your honesty, and for sharing your faith. I have visited your blog many times but never thought I had anything worthy to contribute. I can see that even saying hi is an encouragement; your post shows me that saying hello is a way for me to give back for everything I get from the bloggers who share so generously of their talent and time.

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  38. Wonderful post, Angela! I must admit, you are high on the list of people I want to meet when I get to go to Sewing Summit next year. I've gotten so much inspiration from your blog!! And I'm glad you're going to keep sharing with us. Hooray!!

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  39. Your blog is awesome, and i love spend my time reading your posts.
    I´m a fan of your work.
    :)
    Wanessa, from Brazil.

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  40. I love your blog!
    I'm sorry I haven't commented but my comment "button" hasn't been working!
    I made your Starry Eyed quilt a few months ago....your tutorial was fantastic and the quilt was so much fun to make...thank you!
    I need to take pictures to show you.
    I also follow you for the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along...although I haven't been working on mine for a while.
    We have been renovating our new apartment and now in the process of moving...once in order I will start sewing again...and sent pics!
    I appreciate all that you share.

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  41. Annie - no blog - love reading your blog, have started knitting again. Farmers wife is two thirds done. I also have three kids (in their twenties now)but I remember trying to have craft time. Well done. You have a great balance

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  42. So wonderful - hugs to you and the fun stuff you share with us!

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  43. I think many of us get tired of things we've been doing for a long period of time, blogging included. Especially when it becomes more like a chore than a joy to share. But the beauty of this community of women (and some men) is that you can take time off, you can change your focus (as we all do in life from time to time), you can be who you want to be and most everyone will gladly accept your changes, rally around you and see you through. One thing I appreciate about you and your blog is that even though you find it painful to share sometimes, your honesty always rings true in your writings. Your faithfulness and your true spirit shine in your works. Keep being you, Angela. The rest will work itself out. :)

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  44. I loved meeting you this past weekend, even though it was just a quick hug and a "hello nice to finally meet you". You are so inspiring, please do not doubt that. You are human, you have human babies to take care of. Your life changes, and every one of your readers lives are changing too. The fact that you share what bits and pieces you can get done is encouraging to all of us who are struggling to carve out our own creative time as well. I always look forward to seeing what you are working on, and one of these days I will learn how to knit so I can make beautiful knitted things like you:-)

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  45. It's nice to hear that your energized and feel the purpose coming back to you for continued sewing and blogging. I have followed your blog for about a year now. Faith, family and friends....we all share the same basics, we'd love to hear about yours :)

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  46. Make what you want, when you want and have time.
    Blog what you want, when you want and have time.
    Just have fun :)

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  47. I am glad you still are blogging. It is fun seeing what you are doing even if it isn't quilting. Thanks you for blogging.


    Linda

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  48. Phew.. luckily you have decided to blog on.. : )
    I love reading your blog Angela, even is not about quilting. I find it so inspiring and fun! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Jean (all the waaay from Singapore) ^^

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  49. Thanks for sharing. Blog when you can, and what you want. I check to see if you have. Love your quilts. We've all raised children, know the time constraints. Glad you got clear that we like you for what you do, no expectations. xxx

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  50. PS--I knitted the cowl because you did after many years of not knitting. Amazing how good you've gotten at those socks. Now am getting ready to make a dress. Yes, you are an inspiration.

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  51. I learned to stitch, quilt, scrapbook, everything creative when my kids, who are now 18 & 22, were little. Every stitch of the needle, no matter what kind, that stayed stitched was a gift to myself and a nice trade off for the endless cleaning of floors, wiping of dirty faces, the endless mounds of laundry. I say do whatever you enjoy doing and blog about whenever you want. It's your blog and should be a fun thing for you. I know how you feel, as my blog has become more of a stitching blog yet I find myself gravitating more towards quilting again. I am trying to take my friends' advice to write about whatever and it's up to others if they want to read or not. As for me, I will read whatever you want to post! :)

    Enjoy your weekend, and those adorable little kids of yours--they grow up way too fast.

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  52. Beautiful post Angela! Seasons of life (esp with kids) are so interesting. Even sewing, crafting, blogging have seasons and I think you're doing the most important thing - living in the moment. I'm glad you'll keep sharing because I am always inspired by what you share. It was great to see you again at the SS. I think you're wonderful.

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  53. Thank goodness you're still going - I've only just found you!! Love your blog. Thanks for sticking around.

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  54. Everyones lives change over the years which is so nice to see! It's sharing the ups and downs that make people feel connected. I wouldn't have started my fwq without you! So thanks for keeping on blogging :)

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  55. I am not one to comment frequently, but I love having your posts appear. Your projects have inspired me in many ways. To everything there is a season and yours just happens to be changing. That is great, embrace it. And I bet we will all enjoy it too!!!

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  56. I check in every so often and was so grateful to see this post....how nice! I love your comment about serving a creative God! WOW...that is a lot of goodness right there to contemplate! I write poetry, knit, do some sewing....and it is a great reminder to look at it all through the eyes of the One Great Creator.
    Peace!
    Diana

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  57. Thank you for sharing these thoughts, Angela! I often have trouble sharing things on my blog also. I am so happy that you are continuing to blog because your posts and projects are always inspiring!

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  58. I love your blog and I have since I first started reading it, I think you are beautiful and kind and love your husband and your children and are very creative! It requires a good deal of courage to jumping off making socks when you had not knitted very long! I think your projects being different than just quilting show you are adjusting to your family as it is now and will do more of one thing or another at different times in your life which shows all of us that we can do the same. So THANK YOU for your efforts and being willing to share your moments in time with all of us!

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  59. I have been following your blog for quite some time even though I rarely leave a comment. Like you, I think many of us don't just quilt; we knit, crochet, sew clothing and gifts, cook, work, are busy moms, etc. I love your creativeness, please don't stop.

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  60. Love your blog Angela, always have. I was definitely first attracted to it because I was just starting to quilt and I love your quilting. However, I was a knitter/crochetter first, and love/appreciate anything crafty! Truth is, our lives are always changing and if our crafting doesn't change with it, that's when it will be left behind!

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  61. Thank for you for that! It seems that there are quite a few of us who are or have been questioning our blogging purpose. Me included.

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  62. I'm all the way in Singapore and i love your blog. I love your honesty about juggling family life with your love for crafting - i have three girls under 4 1/2 yrs old and boy, is it hard to devote enough time to a quilt. I want to cry when i sew up my pieces and get interrupted every 3 mins by little girls who want me to draw princesses for them. But don't stop blogging, it is so nice to know that others are crafting, too, despite having little ones who want/need so much from us. I love going through your older posts for ideas, to look at lovely, colourful pictures and of course, stories that make me feel I'm not alone.

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  63. I am so glad you decided to keep blogging! I have been inspired to learn a lifelong goal of knitting socks! You make it seem very approachable and so much fun!

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  64. It's funny that I intentionally stopped by here today to see what you were up to on your blog. I see you on instagram, which has become such a great place to connect with friends, both real and blogging, so sometimes lately I haven't been reading blogs as much because there just isn't enough time to do it all. This was a lovely post and just what I needed to read this morning. I have always felt such a sense of calm and warmth here with your writing, along with your beautiful projects. Thanks, Angela. I'm glad you aren't going to close down your blog.

    P.S. Can you guide me through knitting my first socks this winter?

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  65. Lovely post. I too knit, sew, quilt, cook. No little ones @ home, but 8 grandchildren & big (close) family. My spirit is nourished by posts like this one... Family, friends, community, creativity, honesty and kindness. Thanks for the gift of your sharing... Blessings to you & yours. B

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  66. Please keep on to write your blog! I love it!

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  68. I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog and visit you regularly. There is so much inspiration to be found and it is fun to sit here with a cuppa tea and read about what you are up to. To me it feels like going next door to a friendly neighbour for a cup of tea and a chat. After that continuing with whatever I am doing be it fun work or disagreeable work makes it easier. And I am thousands of miles away - over the big pond in Germany! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas - I appreciate it very much!

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