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The blog is getting ignored amid all the happenings in my life.  But there have been fun things.  I asked for chocolate at my farewell party at the church and this is what I got!

chocolate fountain

My chocolate cup runneth over indeed.  The farewell celebration was so sweet and lovely that it filled my heart.  I wish the church the best as they have a talented pastor coming who will lead them well.

And now I’m onto another place, Church of the Roses.   As one friend said, “That is the best name for a church ever.”  It does ring, and the folks are lovely.  I’ve only been in the office two days, but met a bunch of folks, already have fun with the volunteers and the office staff.  I know that this is the honeymoon, but I’ll enjoy it while I can!

There has been knitting in the middle of the transition – thank goodness.  I finished a couple of Christmas presents, including a wurm hat and cowl set – it took just less than 100 grams of sport-weight yarn to make these, so it’s an economical gift.  This was leftover yarn, so even better~

wurm hat & cowl

And I knit one of the viral knits happening now, the Bandana Cowl – so easy, so fun!  I used Madelinetosh DK superwash merino doubled, and it is so squishy and wonderful!

Bandana Cowl

After having eyed the Ribband necklace/bracelet pattern for months, I finally forked over my $5.00 and bought a bunch of beads at the bead store this week, and last night threaded enough for my first one – it’s going to be an easy–peasy knit, and great for gifts.

Ribband1a

On the garment front, my cardigan of my own design is done, except for the closures, which I will have to ponder for a bit.  It can be worn in the meantime, which is fortunate for me.  The decision about whether it will be a real pattern has not been made, so I’m not showing the whole sweater, but here’s a tantalizing glimpse of one of the features:

Cellular Cardigan1f copy

Next up – more Ribbands, I think, and I’m very interested in starting to knit the Lauriel cardigan from Ysolda’s Little Red in the City book – it has some new-to-me construction techniques that will be great to learn, and it’s a fabulous sweater to boot!

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