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FO: Waterlily Tee + A Giveaway For YOU!!!

Waterlily is a lovely lacey tee. Pattern by Meghan Fernandes (Pom Pom). I knit mine in Quince Sparrow (linen). Here's all the details you will ever need!
Pattern: Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes. Originally published in Pom Pom Quartlerly, Issue: 8 (Spring 2014)

Yarn: Quince Sparrow (linen) in Banyon

Skeins/yards: I regret to say I didn’t keep track of how many skeins I used. But I bought enough yarn because I have an entire skein left over, and it just might be yours! See details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win!

Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes knit in Quince Sparrow

Time on the needles: Eight months! I cast on in July, and I wrapped up in late February.

Mistakes: Two notable episodes of malcontent: here and here.

Construction approach: The pattern is knit bottom-up in the round. No increases. No decreases. Just miles and miles of stockinette. The front and back are divided above the arms, marked by a Latvian Braid!!! (which I actually didn’t screw up….small miracle), and then it’s ALL LACE, baby.

Modifications: The body is knit in twisted stockinette. This is mostly due to the fact that I am a complete dork and messed up on the get-go by twisting stitches accidentally…I was too lazy to start over once I had the good sense to notice my folly. So I just went with it. Otherwise, the only other modification I made was the length. The pattern called for 113/4 ” before dividing for the arms, but that seemed WAY too short for me (and I am always quite short), so I knit an extra while….Perhaps a bit too long, as I ended more with a tee that is a bit more of a tunic length. At least this way, I get to cross another thing off my bucket list for the year.Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes knit in Quince Sparrow.Pattern notes: The pattern worked well. My only (minor) complaint is that, as written, there is no way to join the lacey bits on the front half of lacy bits to the back half of lacy bits without breaking the pattern. I have one set of lace leaves that is partially knit on the front that oddly joins with the a second set of lacy leaves on the back half in a disjointed, muddles yarn mess. Thankfully it doesn’t look too weird. With foresight beyond what is described in the pattern, I think the front lace and back lace can be more properly merged with a seamless pattern. The neckline instructions at the very end seemed scary and confusing to the bitter end, but they did work out with some trial and error on my part.

Blocking notes: I did some online research and had some helpful back and forth banter with blog commenters before I had the guts to throw the entire tee into the washing machine on the delicate cycle. I had a moment of panic where I almost went back to rescue it, but I just took a deep breath and walked away. I also threw it in the dryer on low, took it out while still damp and arranged it flat to dry completely. This is definitely a huge plus of working with linen.

Overall: I love it! It fits well enough, which is miraculous considering there wasn’t any waste shaping. I wasn’t the biggest fan of knitting with linen, but I am eager to see how this wears through time. It just might become a wardrobe staple!

The Giveaway!

I finished this project with a leftover skein of Sparrow in the Banyon colorway (168 yards/155 meters). It’s all caked up and ready to go. I will be shipping this baby out to one lucky reader. To enter, simply subscribe to This Knitted Life for a chance to win. Already a subscriber? No problem! You will automatically be entered into the raffle. To subscribe, check the upper right hand corner of the side bar for the right spot. All you have to do is enter your email. I promise to never share your email, and I won’t clutter your inbox. In addition to receiving regular blog posts in your inbox, I have lots of plans for free and discounted patterns to offer subscribers…plus some knitting resources I am developing. You have until Saturday, April 2nd to enter (midnight PST).

Good luck!

Waterlily Tee-Getting Closer!

I am in a knitting rut. Three projects stuck on the needles. All unfinished in various stages of progress. Back in the olden days (two months ago) when I was a monogamous knitter, this never would have happened. I would have remained focused. One project. Then the next. Instead I am desperate for a day to myself when I can finish these up. Make true progress. Move on to new endeavors. New yarns. New everything.

Instead, work continues on my waterlily tee by Meghan Fernandes using Quince Sparrow. It has been on my needles for ages. If it weren’t linen, I would be done by now. I have paced myself to spare my wrists. This is my first and most likely last time working with linen. I am not a fan.

I am almost ready to divide for the yoke and work my first ever Latvian Braid. The pattern recommends this at 30 cm (11 3/4 in). This seemed short to me, so I am at 35.5 cm (14 in) now…not sure how much further I will go before I call it good and move on to the thrilling part of the design. 

Suggestions, dear sweater knitters?

Linking up with Ginny and her lovely Yarn Along. Just started reading Tell The Wolves I’m Home.

Summer Bucket List of Must Knits

Everything you need for summer knitting. An all-in-one-spot bucket list!

Hello? You’re looking for me? I’m over here. You know, by the pool. Lounging in the shade with my cocktail, staring longingly at my pool floaty, wondering what system I can possibly devise to enable me to knit my sock WHILE floating in the pool without risking my entire skein becoming overly saturated or otherwise sinking to the bottom of the deep end. Glug, glug, glug. (Okay, more likely I am in the pool supervising my very busy young child and arguing with him about when it is my turn to use the floaty, but I can dream.)

Oh, I’m not by the pool? Then I am at the river. Swimming. It’s beautiful now. Clear and as picturesque as a World Class Swimming Hole (WCSH) could ever come. We love to go there in the summer. It’s why we live where we do. Reed digs or plays with his trucks. We talk with our friends and rustle through the cooler for drinks and snacks, then hoover in the shade of our new pop-up shade tent (hallelujah!). I squeeze in a few rows on a sock and watch the bald eagles soar overhead, searching for salmon snacks. On the way home, I pretend not to notice to the substantial volume of sand that is All Over my car.

It’s that glorious time of year I wait for all winter, when it is finally hot. We’ve had a week of 100 degree (38 C) days when there are two options: swim or hide inside. We do a little of both. (Also: a startling rate of popsicle consumption.) Our days are full of constant battles over the application of sunscreen, batch after batch of sun tea, and tomatoes growing as fast as my waistline after the holidays. I harvested the apricot tree the other evening, and the bounty was substantial.

My rate of knitting does not slow in the summer, but I do adjust what I knit. Here’s my Summer Bucket List, in case you need some inspiration.


Socks are amazing warm weather projects. I have a pair on the needles at all times. When we went to the river last weekend, it was so incredibly hot out. I was not about to bring my 100% alpaca poncho (it’s huge, it’s hot, and I don’t want it to be covered in sand and grime), but a sock will do just fine. You can take a sock anywhere: fishing, camping, or the neighborhood barbeque. Do it! There are lots of free and simple sock patterns that will do just fine for even the most beginner knitter, like the one I used for the last pair of socks I finished.

Lace scarves and shawls

I recently finished a lace weight shawl. It wasn’t my favorite project (although I did like the pattern), but I think a simpler pattern in lace weight would be less frustrating and perfect for summer, for my particular (lazy) style of knitting. I see so many fabulous lace projects on Pinterest that are simply stunning, and I know there’s a lot of potential here for the more patient among us. This might be a good little summer project for someone. Lace weight yarn is also so much less expensive, leaving more money in the budget for summer cocktail fixings. Good tequila can be pricey.

Summer tops

I love knitting summer tops and tees. My Waterlily tee has been getting lots of use, and I would recommend the pattern to anyone. I also really loved the tee I knit last summer and hope to knit a second one (that actually fits) soon. I saw this pattern on Ravelry the other morning and almost cast on, but I just can’t right now. Must. Stay. Focused. Soon, I hope. Other favorites tees currently in my Ravelry queue are here.

Knits for fall

As a designer, I have to plan my knitting projects ahead a season. I should really plan ahead two seasons, but I am simply not that organized (yet). At night, when the AC is going strong and our house is actually on the colder side for my personal preferences, I bust out my poncho project and snuggle in. This is a big project and, at my rate, I just might be done by the end of summer.

What sun-santional knits are you stitching up this summer?

P.S. I FINALLY started a Ravelry group for This Knitted Life. You can join here! (If you haven’t already…)

It’s Going to be a Poncho

All things considered, I am making great strides to complete my knitting bucket list for the year. I’ve finished the last of my 2015 projects, and my Waterlily tee even double counts as a tunic. (It came out a bit long, so I’ve been wearing it with leggings.) I dabbled in colorwork and even managed to finish my beginner project, although I still want to give Fair Isle a whirl. We’ll see. I’ve knit one sweater from Home & Away*, and I am determined to knit at least one more this year.

Swatching up a poncho in Puna Amano alpaca.

Progress, people. Progress.

Next up: the poncho. The yarn has been purchased (four skeins of 100% alpaca Puna Amano sportweight in misty grey, I believe). I almost wish I had a worsted weight and perhaps a darker shade of grey, but this will do just fine. One can’t always expect a LYS be stocked with absolutely everything. Sometimes a knitter must be flexible and leave a bit up to fate AKA The Yarn Gods.

Swatching up a poncho in Puna Amano alpaca.

The Amano has knit up quite well, as scrumptiously soft yarns tend to do. Swatched. Pinned. Dried. Not curling. Generally behaving. The future is bright.

I wonder if the neighborhood alpacas will be offended or flattered when I wear it to give them their daily treats this later this fall.

Swatching up a poncho in Puna alpaca.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along. and happily reading Mother Tongue*, which is written by one of my all-time favorite bloggers.

*Affiliate link. Thank you for being you! 

Knit Early and Often

Things that make me grouchy:

  1. Not being able to knit every day.
  2. Not being able to walk or exercise every non-working day.  (I just spontaneously bought this GoKnit pouch to finally try walking and knitting socks. I believe this might fall under the category of two birds with one stone. Or, a future broken ankle. Remains to be seen.)
  3. Not enough knitting time every day (yes, this is different than #!).
  4. Lamenting that I don’t have more time to knit, wondering how I can swindle more time to knit, and feeling hopeless that there is no possible way I can come up with more time to knit (also different than #1 and #2).
  5. A lack of a second pair of hands (so I can knit two projects at once).
  6. Lace that unravels explosively just when you are almost finished knitting a long and complicated lace section (I promise to tell you all about this soon). It’s tragically amazing how quickly the light at the end of the tunnel can extinguish into a bleak, miasma of tangled yarn.
  7. Spending eight months working on a top and then the final two weeks fretting that it looks too long (or too…something).
  8. Five active knitting projects on the needles (or close to the needles), all of which are in various stages of incomplete and not quite right. My only upcoming hope for minor knitting success: toddler socks. One must find redemption wherever one can. Even if it is knitting a dish cloth. Or stockinette hat. There is no such thing as a knitting project that is too easy, as long as it is finished.
  9. Insufficient levels of sleep, chocolate, and quiet time, which often lead to failure to correctly read a pattern such at K1, P3 can easily become P1, K3 for 30 rows until you (uh humI) have realized your (my) fatal error.
  10. Not being able to knit every day (yes, this is the SAME as #1 but was worth repeating, in my opinion)

Can you tell I am trying to figure out how to rework my life to wiggle in more time for knitting? So far, it’s looking bleak.

I know self-driving cars are quite controversial, but I really do hope they figure them out soon in a super safe and affordable sort of way. That would add a minimum of six hours of knitting time to my life. Now, that is something I could get behind.


On the upside (because I am forever the optimist):

The swatch is for my Rosemont Carigan office knit-a-long is complete. My coworker has a head start and is already approaching the arms! Eep! I swore to myself that I had to first finish my Waterlily Tee (this weekend ???) before I can cast on another top. I loved working with Quince & Co. Lark during swatching. So squishy! I am really looking forward to this project. I have already decided that I want to use Lark to knit a second (and properly sized Kitty’s Chemise).


In the mean time, off I go to prioritize my knitting projects. Time to make some lists. Just soon as I can find my sparkly pink gel pen. Because what knitter doesn’t feel inspired by a sparkly pink gel pen?



I am proudly joining Ginny’s Yarn Along. Reading Where Did You Go, Bernadette: A Novel (which I absolutely can’t put down…even at 3:00 a.m.)

My 2016 Knitting Bucket List of Must-Knits!

My 2016 knitting bucket list

As I wrap up my final stitches on my holiday knits, I promise myself I will never knit socks for Christmas gifts again amidst a barrage of under-breath-muttered profanity, tense neck muscles, and dark thoughts, calmly allow my mind to wander to the future with poise and patience not unlike a Buddhist monk. My next knitting chapter. The 2016 chapter. AKA the chapter where everything goes perfectly, not a stitch is dropped, nothing is frogged, and finished knits fly off my needles like chocolate flies into my mouth.

It will be perfect.

(Queue angels harking, thank you very much.)

Oh, and yarn companies will discover how fabulous I am and suddenly started sending me unsolicited, free yarn of the to-die-for variety. It will start appearing in droves in my post office box. We will have to build a climate-controlled addition to our house just to store it all.

Hey, a girl can hope.

In all seriousness, this is my 2016 Knitting Bucket List:

Finish What I Started in 2015

This includes the mate for my too-small blueberry waffle socks (pair Number Two), finishing my Waterlily Tee, and knitting the final installment from my 2015 Must-Knit list before moths eat the yarn I purchased especially for the project.

True, this will probably take me through the end of March. Apparently I am going nowhere in a hurry.


I must have been abducted by aliens and then returned to Earth in an altered state because I suddenly want a poncho. And not because they are seriously everywhere. That’s just a coincidence. I think.

I even tried one on at Target a couple months back but it was HUGE despite being (mis)labeled as a size small. So yes, suddenly I feel inspired to walk around in a knitted sack. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to the cause (one of my more active boards, no less).  My only strife will be to decide WHICH ONE to knit!!! I also see some design work in the future for ponchos. I aspire to come up with a pattern that works for petite frames (and others) so I can ware a (soft, fluffy, sexy) sack but not a sheet.


Related to my new wardrobe inclinations for pieces that are comfy, tunic patterns have also been catching my eye of late. Like a sweater. But longer. More stitches, yes. But…you can wear them with leggings, which have an elastic waist and thus do not complain when you ate too many chocolate brownies paired with too much Merlot. I have been pinning all lots of tunics to my Sweaters and Tops board.

Knit a Second Kitty’s Chemise (In the Correct Size)

I really liked the pattern for my Kitty’s Chemise. It used worsted weight yarn and thus knit up quick. Mine came out too small (unless I loose ten pounds, but…cough cough…let’s be honest: that’s not happening. Why diet and exercise when I can just knit a new one in the proper size?


This is a big one. I haven’t done any colorwork. None. At least none that I can remember. It’s time to put on my big girl knitting needles and Be Brave. I can do it.

A Toddler Sweater

I figure if I felt like Mom-of-the-Year for knitting Reed toddler socks, I will surely feel like Mom-of-the-Universe if I manage to knit him a toddler sweater. Basically I want to knit him one of every sweater in the Knittin Little Winter Collection. But I will probably pick just one. Although I might Be Brave and combine the project with my colorwork aspirations: colorwork toddler sweater. Ta-da!

Although this will inevitably lead to even more foul language when I botch the whole thing, failing on two counts. In the meantime, I will try to avoid self-deprecating thoughts and hope for the best. Stay positive, right?

Knit Everything in Home & Away

I promise to prattle on about this more another day.


I want to knit pretty much every pattern in Hannah Fettig’s  Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures. Every. Stinking. Pattern.

home & away

For me, this is an ambitious list. REALLY AMBITIOUS. Especially on top of all the design work I aspire to complete. Not to mention all of the projects I will end up knitting that aren’t even on my list (yet!). I know they are out there.

Better to be ambitious and fall short then aimless and…well…aimless. Yes, my year will likely be filled with profanity, tears, and too much wine as a result. There’s worse things (sheep plague, moths, actual illness, poverty…).

I think I will be okay.

What’s on your knitting bucket list for the New Year?

All the Pretty Blues

My knitting bag may be a giant, disorganized jumble of random needles, loose stitch markers, and bits of torn paper containing invaluable (illegible) pattern development notes, but at least it’s color coordinated.


There’s the multi-toned blue sock that was going to be a holiday gift. Except it came out too small. So now it’s my sock. I have small feet. Maybe someday it will have a mate. My broken needle just might have been an omen?

And the toddler sock for Reed. I really want him to try it on to see if it fits and bask in the adorability of it all, but I am going to wait until his birthday in a few weeks or even possibility Christmas. If I can stand it. I am using my leftover Madelinetosh Sock in Shire from my first pair of socks. I love (hate?) that I can buy a skein of sock yarn and invariably have enough to knit myself a pair…and then knit my child a pair with the “leftovers.” And still have yarn left.

I am nearly done with my final test knit for an upcoming (one can only hope…) fingerless glove pattern (Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in Well Water)…pretending to ignore my row of twisted stitches. Head in sand. All is well here.

Except it’s not. Rip. Rip.

(My Waterlily Tee is blue too, but I took it out of my knitting bag over the weekend, having faced the facts that it would be on hiatus until next year.)

So far I have accomplished next to nothing in terms of holiday knitting. One toddler sock. Waa waa. At least I can give myself a gold medal for being a good mom. On most days, anyway.

(If your holiday knitting is also in need of some K-CPR (that’s Knitting CPR, in case you are wondering), I have just the patterns for you!

Mostly wishing my pesky ol’ life wasn’t getting in the way of my knitting time. Good grief!

Less typing! More knitting!

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and Nicole’s Craft Along. Still reading Outlander. Slow going.

Finishing and Plotting

I am sure you already know this…but…it’s November.

You know what this means?

It’s panic time. Holiday knits?!?

Uncork wine. Deep breaths. Or, chamomile tea (with extra honey). Xanax? Yes, please.

Consider just making cards this year. (Too tacky to simply send post-it notes? Emails? Text messages?) No hand knits. Every knitter needs a year off sometime. The pressure alone is too much. Surely this must be why God invented Target, right?

If your deadline is Hanukkah, the crunch is really on. Just 5 1/2 weeks! For you solstice lovers in the bunch, a mere 7 weeks…Even Mother Earth can’t help you now. If Christmas is your game, you’ve got a bit more time but not much: 7 1/2 weeks. Put Santa on notice.

Big time.

Unless you started your holiday knitting back in June when a smart knitter would have started (not me!), you can join me in the Up A Creek Without a Paddle Club (UCWP). Membership is free but not desirable. Like prison, but different.

Okay nothing like prison. I don’t even know where that came from.

I finished one Blueberry Waffle sock…making my way well along the second at this point thanks to an early bed time last night for my little mini (never mind the 2 1/2 hours he was awake in the middle of the night, claiming thirst, wet sheets, needs to pee {more}, not tired, read me a story even if it’s 3:00 a.m.!).  The first sock came out good minus a couple of minor glitches, but I should have stuck with the size 2 needles. Why do I always question my knitting instincts?
Also on the queue this week, I hope to finish a new pattern I have been fiddling with for a while now…some fingerless mitts (Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted in Well Water scored on clearance and no longer available…such amazing yarn…I knew I should have snatched it all up at the clearance price…Again, WHY do I not trust my knitting instincts?!*?!).  Notice how I lost yarn chicken a mere eight stitches shy?

Clearly I have bad knitting karma for some unknown reason. Perhaps not enough hats for charity?

Speaking of pattern development, thank you SO incredibly much for all your support (and purchases!) of my two latest hat patterns: Samoa and the Best Hat Ever. I am just so tickled.

Is that too dorky to say?

I am unfathomably curious to hear how they are knitting up for everyone! If you were bold enough to purchase one of the patterns, please do drop a note and let me know how it’s going…or puddle together a quick project post on Ravelry. I can’t wait to see how all the hats are turning out! Gah!

Meanwhile, my online yarn order has been placed to source all my holiday knits–mostly plans for mittens and socks with lofty aspirations for a cowl or two sourced from The Stash. More on all this soon. And don’t think I didn’t miss the irony that WEBS sent me a taunting email announcing their new 70+ shades of Madelinetosh sock yarn the DAY AFTER I placed my super huge Madelinetosh sock yarn order. Seriously. Perhaps fewer choices is better anyway. Less overwhelming. Still, WEBS, must you torture me so?

After finishing the Blueberry Waffles and mitt pattern, it’s full on Holiday Knitting. I have even decided to put my Waterlily Tee on hold until after the holidays. I am at good stopping place…finished with the stockinette and ready for the Latvian braid and lace yoke. I am at peace with the delay, even though it’s not my style. I think. Mostly I just hope I pick it back up before 2020.

That’s me: finishing some projects and plotting for more!

Linking up with Ginny and her lovely Yarn Along this morning as well as Nicole and the Craft Along. Reading Luckiest Girl Alive.


Close Call

It’s incredibly smoky at our house from the forest fire bonanza that is ripping through our community. To escape to fresher air, we’ve taken daily outings ocean-ward to spare little Reed’s precious lungs from hazardous air quality. I have been taking my Waterlily tee with me for car knitting, having finally figured out I can knit and drive without hurling if I don’t look down too much and stick to stockinette in the round. I don’t go fast, but it is something. I have been using car knitting to mitigate the subsequent loss of my sacred naptime knitting that has been impacted by these awkwardly timed toddler adventures and inevitable car snoozes. A summer of car knitting has added up, and I am almost ready to start on the sleeves and yoke.

Thrilling indeed.

To the point.

Yesterday we are on one such Smoke Avoidance Mission. We are an hour into traipsing across a very picturesque giant sand dune on the way to the ocean when my dear, sweet husband looks up and announces he forgot to lock the truck. The very same truck parked smack dab in front of the very large sign that says LOCK YOUR VEHICLES. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR VEHICLE. YOU HAVE  BEEN WARNED. IF YOU LEAVE ANYTHING IN YOUR CAR, YOU ARE ROYALLY SCREWED.

 Okay, it didn’t say exactly that. But pretty close.

We do a quick run through of what has been left in the car. Cash. Husband’s wallet. (I carefully read the sign and chose to lug my 500-pound clutch with me in the daypack, to the regret of my neck muscles. Just saying.) A cell phone.

My knitting.

Now, I couldn’t say this out loud as my dear, sweet husband never would have understood and quite frankly would have been irritated at me for even fretting over something so silly. Especially when there was so much more of real value to be lost. I mean, cash is cash.

For the next two hours, all I could think of was my knitting. Months of knitting time. Left in the unlocked car. Granted, it was in a plain white cotton knitting bag with nothing else. Not the most enticing bounty for a burglary. But I feared they would grab the bag first and look later.

There I was on the beach. Thinking: Beautiful waves. Look at the birds. My kid is so cute. Is that a seal? Oh my God, my knitting! Smile for the camera. The air smells so nice. Oh my God, my knitting. This is so great. We should come here more often. Oh my God, my knitting.

I may have even said a small prayer.

Okay, a big prayer.

I braced for the worst, rationalizing in advance how I didn’t really love the project anyway. I have decided linen yarn just isn’t my thing. If it were stolen, I told myself, I could start over with different yarn and perhaps be happier in the end.

Maybe this was fate. I was supposed to have my knitting stolen.

Scratch that. No one should ever have their knitting stolen, fate or otherwise. Never. Ever.

The Great Knitting Gods must be with me because we returned to our truck to find it unharmed. All intact. Nothing gone. Not even my knitting.

Linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along and reading Dietland.


Starting Fresh

Over the course of a single summer, I went from being a Serial Monogamist Knitter (SMK) to having three projects on the needle at once: my socks, a Waterlily tee, and now this. 

Never would I have guessed this would ever happen to me. Before you know it, I will be exercising daily, ceasing to use foul language in most sentences, and other unthinkable things.


My itty bitty swatch of Madelinetosh DK in Fallencloud is finished. Washed and dried. Bam!

I cast on a new hat design project in Fallencloud this morning. I am two rows in. I have had this design in my head for a year now. I made an attempt last fall, but the yarn was all wrong. I am hoping for a more suitable pairing with the Madelinetosh DK.

As I think of my design work, I think: A hat. No biggie. I can finish in a day. 

I crack myself up.

Two weeks in, I have had three false starts and accomplished little. I plot to pull an all nighter now that the hard math and written pattern development has been sketched out. The thinking is largely done. Now I can just knit. I hope.

I am always amazed at the amount of time that goes into developing even a small, one-skein project. This leaves me in utter awe of sweater designers and other projects that come in more than one size. My heroes. 

As with much in my life, I am constantly challenged by how little time I have for my own endeavors. Or perhaps my time is proportioned suitably but my endeavors are lofty.  Either way, my progress is slower than I prefer. I know this may change someday when my child is older, but for now I struggle to make peace with my perpetual inability to create my own success. Just for me, standing on my own two feet and succeeding at something more than providing three square meals a day, washing dishes, harvesting tomatoes, entertaining toddlers in some sort of enriching fashion, and overseeing bath time. 

Soon, I promise myself. Soon.

Linking up with Ginny. Just finished reading How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz and loved it. 

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