Sea Glass Skirt Pt. 2

I have finished tier 1 of my Sea Glass Skirt, by Jill Stover, now on to tier 2!

Here’s a quick video where I show tier 1, talk about modifications I’m making to the pattern, and preview the yarn choices for tier 2.


I’ve been dying to knit the Sea Glass Skirt by Jill Stover ever since I saw this version by Bettina (Ravelry user name: Zwitscherhexe):

I dove into my yarn stash and came up with these colours:

Ravelry Project Page for my version

Now that I have some serious time during the summer, I have cast-on this week! I’ll be doing short videos as I do each tier (there are 5 in the pattern, but I may change this as I go). Here is the first video, and stay tuned for more as I progress!

Knit 1 Breathe 2 #13

A link to my 13th episode of my knitting podcast (had to post in two parts because something weird happened when I uploaded). I promise I won’t just be posting videos 😀

Part 1:


Part 2:


7 Books

There’s the 7-Day book challenge going around right now on Facebook, and I’ve been nominated. I always enjoy talking about my favourite books, so I thought this type of thing would be perfect to post here.

After some serious thinking and editing the list frequently, here are 7 books/series that are meaningful to me:

  1. The Babysitter’s Club series
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  3. Contact by Carl Sagan
  4. Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon
  5. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
  6. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  7. The Martian by Andy Weir

Why? Because I can distinctly remember these books/series and how they made me feel.

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The Babysitter’s Club series was the first series of novels I really got into as a kid, and I credit this series for starting my love of reading. I loved following the stories of a group of young girlfriends, embarking on adventures together.




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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first novel I read in school and I remember just adoring it (especially Aslan). I read this book to Evan a few months ago and we’re now on book 5 of the series. Turkish Delight, anyone?




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I saw Contact when it came out in 1997, the year I graduated high school. I was absolutely captured by the movie and devoured the book immediately after. I then went on to read many of Carl Sagan’s books, and that is what prompted me to major in Astrophysics in university.




Anna and the King of Siam

I’m not entirely sure what prompted me to read the book – quite possibly a recommendation from a friend, but I know I read it before the Jodi Foster movie came out in 1999. Regardless, I clearly loved it because I read it numerous times in my late-teens/early-20s. I was so inspired by the strong female character.


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I supposed I should be embarrassed by this one, but we all go through it, don’t we? After a particularly bad breakup, I went though a darker phase, which included reading the whole Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. I loved it, and I don’t care! I even wanted to name one of my cats Lestat (but didn’t suite his personality).



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This is one of those stories that just sticks with you. I hadn’t even experienced my stroke when I read this and I was still struck dumb by this book. I remember finding it hard to even pick up a new book to read for a while and I still think about it often. That’s a sign of a great book, don’t you think?


The Martian: A Novel


How could I not love this book?! It melded an awesome sense of humour with the science I had spent years intimately intwined with! Any books that starts with “I’m pretty much f$#%ed” has to be good! (NOTE: the movie was great and the book was a million times better!).


What are some books that are the most meaningful to you? If you write a blog post, tweet, etc, tag it in the comments.

Here are links to more Knit 1 Breathe 2 videos (my knitting podcast):

A Renewal

Hi there, old blog! It’s been a while.

I’ve been thinking about this blog for a while, wondering what I should do with it. Should I write a “closing” post and never return?  Should I just let it sit here and maybe post every few months/years? Should I return to it in a more meaningful way?

I miss it. I’ve always enjoyed writing a blog, and really appreciate the community that has come along with it. So, since I’m off for the summer and have some time, I’d like to renew this space for myself.

As one does, I was thinking in the shower about how it would be a great place to write about things that make me happy…things that let me breathe in this busy time in life with small children,  a husband, a relatively new career, a house, bills, and don’t forget all the craziness in the world.

I plan to mostly write about my knitting, cross stitch, reading, things around the house, things we do as a family, and other things that let me breathe or give me joy.

Stay tuned!



It’s been a while, but here’s the newest episode of my knitting podcast:

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