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A few months ago Sophia asked me to make her a long shawl to take to college. Since she is only a Junior, she said that I had plenty of time to get it done. Smart girl.

This is the pattern I have finally chosen after much debate. I am so glad that I did! It is the Crow Waltz Rectangular Shawl from Loop in London. There is something about this that just pleases me. Maybe it is the fairly simple 12 row repeat for the two ends. Maybe it is the way the yarn seems to work the pattern perfectly. Maybe it is the color. Maybe it is because I am making it for Sophia and I know that it will comfort her when she is away from home. Something about it is just perfect.

I am continuing to spin the wonderfully soft chocolate brown alpaca. It is so easy to spin and I’m hoping that it will be just as wonderful to knit with!

We have made a big family decision this week. We have decided to be a host family with AFS next year. We are going to host a girl from Japan! She will share a room with Sophia and hopefully will be able to attend school with her. We have a lot of experience being host parents from our many years of European au pairs. I am very excited about this decision and will post more info as we get it. We are especially happy to be able to open our home to a Japanese student now. Sophia and all of her Japan program friends have heard from their summer host families and thankfully everyone is well. But our thoughts are with them every day.

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Etsy Friends

The weather is finally shifting to Spring!  Don’t get me wrong – there is still a TON of snow on the ground, but it is RAINING today and NOT SNOWING!!!

I’ve been having tons of fun over on Etsy – here are some of my favorites!

HippieChicJewelz:  GREEN with envy everyone will be when they see you wearing this Hand Sculpted Rustic Citron Cross Bracelet by Hippie Chic Jewelz!

OddBallArtCo:  Skulls can be girly, and cute as can be! Don’t believe me? Check out these tags and find out.

Ecofriendlyfreckles:   Cheer up on rainy day with this gorgeous, meticulously handcrafted, one-of-a-kind money tin “Sunshine on a Rainy Day”

Asiabateav: Have you ever seen winter playing with spring? Check it out 🙂

Labellechanson: Delicately hand made with freshwater pearls to adorn your hair for your wedding or any special event of yours.

Veraart2010: Rose in shades of grey…

Holeestars: What a great way to hide your toaster with class with my new Mr Toaster cupboard.

Angelinainspirations: Pod Pals – Great for children and parents on the go!

Ecochictotes: Red White and Denim…Does anything say welcome to summer better than this bag.

Gabbysch: Dreaming of a wonderful summer in the adirondacks with this wall hanging.

Johnniebelinda: Time and protection in a bottle

Yifatbareket: Are you a March B-day girl or just like blue? Those stunning earrings are especially for you!!

Helmerjewelry: Nothing like colorful skulls to brighten your day!

PlanetCalamari: Magical Sea Glass necklace from Salem MA

Storybookartifact: Rekindle your lover’s alluring memory with this original painting inspired by great thought into the hazy future of soulmate’s dream: titled “Is He the Man of My Dreams”

Barsoap: Celebrate St Patrick’s day with this deliciously sweet Irish Cream Soap. The lather of the soap is as soft and smooth as that first creamy cocktail of the evening but you can use this bar of pleasure any time of the day!

Oceliasjewelry: Don’t get caught not wearing green, or you may get pinched! Beautiful glass bracelet set, including free earrings!

Madhatter92: This Octopus is just too cute!

KCIADesigns: A blue burst from the sun to colour your day!

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