FO: October Leaves

A second cowl finished just before the Busy Season (aka: school) begins.
The pattern is Twin Leaf Loop by Alana Dakos from the book Botanical Knits.  It's a fabulous pattern, with an easy pattern repeat and bulky alpaca yarn.  It's soft, squishy, and easy to wear.  My shiny decorative mannequin models it nicely!

 Next up:  a poncho/topper for a friend's birthday that must be done by the end of September.  I'm hoping that the hectic pace and stress of school/work won't hijack my plans to have it done.  Last spring I was drowning in the deep end, trying to keep it all afloat (work, home, kids, other commitments).  This fall I am determined to start with plans to take on less, spend less, simplify, and look after the things that matter most and let the rest go.  Wish me luck!


  1. I wish you all the best in the simplifying process. The key is that tiny little word that makes a big difference: 'NO'!

    I would be interested to know about the changes that you make and how it goes for you.

    Good luck!

  2. You're right - "NO" needs to be the go-to response. I am asking "is this a priority?" And "will I regret saying NO a year from now? 5 years from now?" Most of the time the answer is obvious!

    1. Great questions that I need to remember right now!


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