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My mom taught me to knit and purl when I was 14. Throughout high school I made many scarves (most were red and gold – the color of the Gryffindor house) and a few iPod cases (back when iPods were so big). All with cheap yarn, those two stitches, and my own imagination. My knitting skills grew tremendously when my family got high-speed internet. Suddenly I could watch videos demonstrating different stitches! I could download patterns! I could connect with other knitters and easily share photos of our projects!

Sidenote: The amount of information freely available on the online knitting worlds is phenomenal. I can’t think of any other artistic communities that so readily shares resources. Ravelry is my go-to for exploring patterns and yarns.

Although today I do a lot of other fiber crafts (crochet, weaving, and embroidery), knitting will also be my first love. It feels so comfortable to me. In my 15 years knitting, I never made the leap towards making something outside of an accessory. I was scared of trying out garments. Until two weeks ago. Two weeks ago I started knitting a vest!

It’s amazing to think that a ball of cheap wool could turn into an outfit!

Part 2 of posts about our 18-day trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Click here to read all the posts!

Our second stop was in London, where we spent three and a half days, which really is no time at all in London. I planned this portion of the trip for months in advance. I had a very long list of sites I wanted to see, and that list was ultimately cut in half due to time constraints. And we still didn’t see everything on my itinerary!

But now we have a reason to return, right?

New Year’s Eve inevitably makes us contemplate on the past year and the upcoming one. And I know just about everyone says this every year, but this year was a big one for me, full of many ups and downs.

2017 brought incredibly difficult emotional challenges that I’m still struggling with. 2017 brought new hobbies that helped me explore my creative interests and relieve stresses. 2017 brought the growth of new and old friendships. 2017 brought a huge professional opportunity and a challenge that I’m still shocked I was able to handle. 2017 brought my 10th wedding anniversary.

Here are the big things that shaped my year.

Joseph and I embarked on a whirlwind of a trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. First up: two days in Iceland!

Of the 5 European cities we were visiting throughout our trip, I was most excited about this stop. And it totally lived up to (even exceeded!) my expectations. It was incredible experience after incredible experience.

We landed at 6am in Iceland, which was midnight at our departure location. We were exhausted, but we had to stay up all day. The sun is only up for around 4 hours in Iceland at this time of the year, and I wasn’t going to let us miss any of that precious daylight! So we headed off to one of the most amazing places we’ve ever been…

When people find out we’ve been married 10 years, they all have the same response: Shock. And a little bit of confusion.
I see people’s eyes glaze over as they do mental gymnastics trying to reconcile that fact with all else they know about me. It doesn’t help that we both look young (myself especially, sorry y’all).

I might look 22, but no, I didn’t get married at age 12! I got married at age 19, which is slightly less insane.

But still absolutely insane. (Don’t blame me, love made me crazy. If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right.)