A package of splendor {organic cotton} arrived today & my immediate reaction was to wish it was for me! I’ve never been fortunate enough to visit a place where I could collect sea glass (been to the Gulf dozens & dozens of times, but no sea glass washes ashore where we visit, apparently). I like to imagine this bowl of color captures what I’m missing exquisitely & in a much more squashy soft manner….My little sister is due with her first child in late winter. Soon I will cast on a blanket of sea glass for my budding nephew. My hope is he can be brought home from his place of birth enveloped in the colors of the wondrous sea & the lakes of northern Minnesota {where his parents now live}…

My father sent me the most beautiful text a few days back…it was such a descriptive piece of writing for a simple text, I haven’t been able to send a reply! I’ll share it below–he had been traveling in his home state of Texas when he sent it to me. More splendor for the day….hope you’ve found a little, too. xx

“Flocks of pelicans arriving from the north. 5.5 foot rattlesnake. Redfish bending 12 foot surf…Falcon lazily gliding along tops of dunes. Kildeer along roadsides. Monarchs moving southwest. North wind blowing spray off wavetops. Smell of the Gulf.”


I Really Love Pumpkins

Finished a batch of knit pumpkins {stuffed with washed & teased Iowa raw wool} this week for my mother & sister. Mailing these seven ‘sisters’ {as my youngest calls them} north to Wisconsin today. The knit pattern ‘Spice Pumpkin’ by Hannah Maier is available from Knit Picks and can be found here. Extremely addictive if you knit, be forewarned! We now have quite an extensive collection ourselves in various shades of orange, yellow, blue, and green that June calls her ‘pumpkin babies.’

Halloween was exhausting enjoyable as always and the kiddos loved the experience. June was particularly enthralled with the process of trick or treating in town. She asks for her basket of treats 24/7….not sure what she will do when it’s finally devoid of sweets…. Merritt carved his pumpkin almost entirely by himself this year! The last few photos are of June a couple days prior to Halloween giving hugs & kisses to the only pumpkin left at the local youth community garden in town–a place we like to visit while {homeschooled} big sister is attenting Band at the Middle School every other day for an hour. It has quickly become one of June’s favorite places to explore. {great spot to sit & knit, too!}