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It's true, it just isn't about stuff. Having stuff, buying stuff, making stuff, and so on. I mean, sure, we all have stuff. Some more than others. The places we live are full of our things and those things do have meaning but still, they are only objects. And any meaning they have is from what we put on them ourselves. Take away the object and we still have that meaning. I have always struggled with my desire to make and my aversion to stuff (which is complicated in and of itself, since by nature I'm inspired by design and interiors

It's Sunday night! And our week and weekend were so much busier than I thought they would be. Monday, the local yarn shop had a Christmas in July event that featured a Wonderland Yarns/Frabjous Fibers Trunk Show. The yarn is all hand-dyed in the US and the colorways are inspired by Alice in Wonderland. I picked up a mini skein kit (that also has a full size skein in it) and a skein of some fingering weight yarn. For the kit, I think I'm going to do the Aranami Shawl and with the fingering, the Westbourne tee. Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty standard. I cast on the Linum Tee in Knit One Crochet Too Cozette yarn (which

I mentioned that I had started doing social media work at my local yarn shop and recently I wrote about a difficult knitting project I've had sitting on my needles since February. It's a cardigan, called Thyone, with some cool colorwork. It hasn't been the best project, though, and I thought I would share in part what I wrote over there. You can check out the full story by clicking the link at the end of this post. "On the Needles" is a new feature I will be posting here on Charmingly Modern once a month. You'll see another one soon, though, for July because this is just a re-post from another site! I'll be posting

It's been quiet around here! If you're visiting my site from the Drees Homes blog - welcome! And thanks for clicking over :)  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me fill you in. Drees Homes contacted me a couple months ago about guest posting on their blog here and there. My first post went live just the other day. You can check it out here - Custom Home Building Myths, Busted! I just thought I would do a quick catch up before I get back into the groove again. So, what's new with me? I've been working on knitting some diaper soakers to put up in shop next month. Here's a newborn one that's just

Kind of a dramatic title, but I wanted to share an update on the shop. These last several months I've come up with various plans on how to keep the shop up or what to do with it and they have all failed. And that's okay because this has been a journey in figuring out what doesn't work so I can hopefully narrow down to what does work. And you know what I've learned doesn't work? Taking a ton of custom orders. I really enjoy working on projects that are unique and fun and come from someone's imagination, but because they are so time intensive I end up taking time away from the shop and that means nothing