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Returning to this blog, the rhythmic routine of my life, will be a process. I've got a lot to share and haven't decided whether to manage that in one blog entry or spread it across several. I highly recommend a planned break from blogging. I'm renewed and refreshed. Thank you, readers, for hanging in there until I return.


Have you ever tried to chip away at something to uncover the REAL things? For me, it's been a process of doing this on my own behalf. I expose myself to so many visual treats and ideas that I have to force myself to stop and filter them for my own benefit. I reminded myself that I'm fortunate enough right now to be able to knit what I love with the yarns and materials that I enjoy. I don't have the luxury of large blocks of time (do any of us?) but I am blessed to be able to knit for pure enjoyment. So my returning focus is that I will be keeping that in mind (with a healthy dose of self-discipline) while I decide what to tackle next (whether knitting or otherwise) -- and doing so not out of guilt or shame regarding discarded ideas, but by aggressively pursuing what I love. With focus.

(I'm not officially back yet . . . but soon. I will be replying to older emails and comments in about a week)


Yay! You're back. Thank you for reminding me that while I don't have a huge amount of free time, I should be grateful that I am able to knit the things I want. Beautiful photo!

You always write so eloquently and give me plenty to think about as it relates to my own life! Thank you.

A break from any activity that has become routine can be a very healthy thing. I think that a "blog-break" can serve the same purpose as a sabbatical in one's career, even if on a smaller scale.

A break from any activity that has become routine can be a very healthy thing. I think that a "blog-break" can serve the same purpose as a sabbatical in one's career, even if on a smaller scale.

I am so glad the time went well for you, but I am not that surprised. I always enjoy the things you share, because you always seem to really have something to share, ya know?

You've managed to write exactly what I've been thinking but couldn't quite put into words. Thank you. And welcome back. x

Can't wait to hear about your new works and discoveries. :)

Glad to see you're back janet and am happy that you had a good time away from blooging.

It was good to see you on Saturday. I just wish we'd had more chance to visit. Maybe next time.

Hello Janet, dear :) Love yarn cake!

Glad to see you're back. I missed the surprise of stopping by and seeing something pretty and thoughtful.

Hi Janet! Glad your break is working well for you. Looking forward to seeing what you plan to do.

I can't wait for your official return. Don't you hate it when something you initially love to do (knitting, blogging, reading) alluvasudden turns into a chore? I'm so glad you had the opportunity to step away and have decided to step back. :)

Hi Janet,
glad to hear that you are taking a break. The summer is going by so quickly, I hope that you are your family are enjoying it.

Janet, you are such a fantastic writer. You have a wonderful way of putting things. Thank you!
I can't wait to read more.
I'm off to Alaska, but I'll stop in when I can.

Enjoyed meeting you the other day at TY. It's my favorite yarn shop. Just wish it was closer to my house.

I completely agree with taking a break once in a while. I went to the beach for a week. No computer. I thought i was going to feel deprived, but I feel so renewed and ready to read what everyone is up to and update my own blog!

I took a blog break too......and yes it was nice....look forward to catching up on all of your posts since this one!
GLAD you are BACK! :)